Playing by the book

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

A rhyming review, a covert cat and another great giveaway

A review in verse Imaginary friends are really the best for escaping the blame, explaining the mess. They’re even more fun, when your Mum plays along until she’s fed up with all that goes wrong. No matter how cute, your friend must comply: It’s better behaviour, or else it’s goodbye. Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat […]

Celebrating International Book Giving Day with 150+ literacy and reading charities around the world

Today is International Book Giving Day, and to celebrate I’ve finally managed to update my list of literacy and reading charities around the world. It now contains over 150 charities and not-for-profit organisations which are working either to get books into peoples’ hands or to improve literacy. Some need funding, others are looking for used […]

Shine – a literacy charity working in Zambia

Here on Playing by the book I maintain a list of reading/literacy charities around the world. I recently discovered Shine, a charity working in the country where I was born – Zambia – and I asked their founder, Vineet Bhatnagar to share with us more information about the charity. Shine – who we are and […]

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