Playing by the book

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

The best Dutch children’s literature in translation: now and in the future?

To celebrate the publication earlier this month of The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt, translated by David Colmer, today I’m sharing my 5 favourite Dutch children’s books which are available in English (being a Dutch-English bilingual family this is something we know a little bit about ). But […]

Head over Heart by Colette Victor and writing outside of your experience

A rich and warm-hearted coming-of-age tale, Head over Heart is an impressive and important debut novel from Colette Victor. An adolescent girl is smitten with a boy in her class. But she fears her family would disapprove of her spending time with him. How can she balance her wishes with those of her family? How […]

Summer Kidlit days out: A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons with Cressida Cowell

Summer holidays are nearly upon us here in the UK and so I’ve compiled a set of places to visit with the family all of which have a children’s literature link. The 26 Characters exhibition at the Story Museum features photos of children’s authors and illustrators dressed up as their favourite book characters, and runs […]

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