Playing by the book

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

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 […]

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 […]

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