Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do


Reading with the girls (though we don't normally look this smart!)

I’m a mum of two young girls (referred to here as M [8] and J [5]) and we really love words and we really love to make stuff.

Sometimes we make or do something and we want a good book (or poem / song / audiobook) that continues the game, that captures some of the magic we’ve enjoyed. Sometimes it’s the other way round and we read a great book which inspires us to get the glue and glitter out.

Either way, we’ve always got plenty of books around the house, boxes of “crafty stuff” and a desire to have fun**.

However, my memory is terrible :-) So this blog is to celebrate and remind me of many of the things we get up to as a family, of the books we’ve read and loved and that you might just fall in love with too.

We’re a bilingual family (English-Dutch), based in the UK. We try to live making as little impact on the earth as possible (for example, we don’t drive, all our electricity comes from renewable sources, we grow as much of our own food as we currently know how to).

  • Three random things I love: dancing to good music in my kitchen, munching on tomatoes in our greenhouse, drinking good coffee with friends

  • Three random things M loves: fossils, lego, audiobooks

  • Three random things J loves: painting, bouncing on any bed or sofa, walking instead of sitting in the pushchair

  • There’s also a wonderful husband and father in our crazy home who loves reading with M and J, and who is very good at clearing up glitter / flour / playdough and the general trail of mess often left behind us!

    Book suggestions are always very welcome. I try to post at least twice a week – on Mondays and Thursdays.

    **This means – and I’m glad to admit it -  that strictly speaking we don’t always play by the book…

    If a book I review is available on Amazon I include a link to it in my aStore. If you purchase the book via this link a small amount of the purchase price eventually makes its way to me. I shall be using these funds to provide giveaways on the blog. So yes, if you would use Amazon anyway to get your books, please use my aStore, but if you are lucky enough to have a local, independent bookshop please pay them a visit if my reviews persuade you to part with your money!

    zoe dot toft at kuvik dot net is my email address – I’m always happy to hear from my readers!

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