Playing by the book

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

Two bright stars in space – timely astronomy books for kids

With every blog post I publish I feel like I’m taking a risk, but none more so than with this one. The inspiration for it is something that might end up being a totally unremarkable damp squib, or – quite literally – a trail blazing light through our skies. I’m talking about Ison, a sun […]

Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour: Eoin Colfer

Last week the shortlist for the Children’s Book Award, sponsored by Red House was announced, and I was delighted to see that Eoin Colfer‘s W.A.R.P.: The Reluctant Assassin made the cut in the ‘Books for Older Readers’ category. We’re massive Eoin Colfer fans; if you ever get the chance to see him live, don’t miss […]

48 hours with Melvin Burgess, Susan Cooper, Jonathan Stroud, Michael Foreman and more!

This week Christmas came early to my neck of the woods: I’ve spent the last 48 hours with Michael Foreman, Josh Lacey, Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, Holly Smale, Lauren Child, Levi Pinfold, Sally Gardner, Tony Robinson, Melvin Burgess, Jonathan Stroud and Susan Cooper at the UK’s Youth Libraries Group Conference. As you can imagine, it […]

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