Playing by the book

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

Promoting social justice – which children’s books do a good job of this?

On Saturday, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) announced the winner of the inaugural Little Rebels Children’s Book Award: Sarah Garland for her book, Azzi In Between. Using a graphic novel format, Azzi In Between tells the powerful story of a family forced to flee their homeland and settle in a strange and unfamiliar country. […]

Illustration competition: Design a logo for the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ Festival of Children’s Literature!

HIP HIP HOORAY! Today I can finally begin to share with you an enormous project I’ve been working on behind the scenes for the past couple of months, and which is going to keep me VERY busy until almost Christmas time: I’m project managing a children’s literature festival in Birmingham! The Federation of Children’s Book […]

RHCBA blog tour: Elen Caldecott

As part of the Red House Children’s Book Award blog tour, I’m delighted to welcome shortlisted author Elen Caldecott to Playing by the book today. Elen had many lives before becoming a writer, including as an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard. Perhaps because she was taking her job at […]

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