Playing by the book

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

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari plus 7 ways to turn your (child’s) words and pictures into a book

Do you think there is an age at which you’ll stop reading aloud to your children? Have you already reached that stage? Why might you keep reading to an older child who can already read themselves? These are some of the questions I’ve been contemplating as part of a discussion, initiated by Clara Vulliamy, about […]

Opening horizons: An interview with Laura Watkinson, the translator of The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

As I anticipated its publication last year, one book – above all – got my heart trembling. When it finally hit the shelves, The Guardian said, “The book is beautifully constructed, and has passages of urgent writing that take their inspiration from fairytales as well as the Arthurian legend.“, The Irish Times said, “a fast-moving, […]

Handmade Christmas (book) decorations inspired by Ernest and Celestine

A good story can right the world. It can draw you back from lonely grumpiness, or fed-up tiredness. It can make you feel human and connected once again. And this truth is at the gentle heart of Ernest & Celestine: Merry Christmas by Gabrielle Vincent, a charming, restorative seasonal read. Celestine is full of hope […]

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