Playing by the book

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

Books can give you lifeskills: Never underestimate a good sandwich

Many libraries and schools will have a shelf labelled something like “When a book might help“, with titles covering everything from Adoption to Asthma, Teasing to Twins, and beyond. But there’s also a very important space for books which give you practical life skills… like how to make a mean sandwich. I jest not Very […]

New from Belgium via New Zealand: An interview with award winning illustrator Kaatje Vermeire

Kaatje Vermeire is a young and very talented Belgian illustrator who has just made her debut in the English speaking world with Maia and What Matters (written by Tine Mortier, translated by award winning David Colmer), a stunning and unusual book exploring friendship across the generations, illness and ageing. As I’ve a particular interest in […]

Waffle Hearts: a brilliant and big hearted new book from Norway

On Monday Waffle Hearts by Maria Parr swept me off my feet. I read it in a single sitting late at night, and on Tuesday, I dropped everything and read the entire novel to the kids, over breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a novel twice in under 24 hours, […]

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