Playing by the book

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

Rebellious reading and other audacious acts

If you were trying to support and encourage a young environmentalist, feminist or …anarchist (!) what books would you suggest for them? I might give the newly re-issued Barbapapa’s Ark, or the simple but very effective What are you playing at? Or if you were simply looking for a great read for your kids about […]

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 […]

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