Playing by the book

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

Aliens at school, and how (and why) to choose books to read to large groups of kids

For last week’s book+activity session I held at the girls’ school we read and played aliens. First up was a new book by Sue Hendra, Wanda’s Space Party. For Wanda’s birthday treat, her friend, the alien, takes Wanda to his planet for a special space party. Wanda is amazed by all the new things she […]

Bookstart 20 – Books I’d share with 20 fictional children

As you may know, I’ve taken the Bookstart 20 pledge to share at least 20 books this year. Now, sharing books and book ideas is what Playing by the book is all about, so what could I do to make my Bookstart 20 pledge a little bit more of a challenge? I thought I’d start […]

I bet you have something in common with Michael Rosen and The Duchess of Cornwall

…And with Lauren Laverne, Shami Chakrabarti and even Jamie Oliver! All these people have made a very simple promise: during 2012 they will share 20 books with others. It’s simple isn’t it? And why have they made this promise? Because they know the importance, value and joy of books. Because they know what a difference […]

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