Playing by the book

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

Interviews with Adele Geras and many others!

Later this month I’m off to a wonderful conference specially for grown ups who are fans of children’s literature, the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ Annual Conference. By way of preparation, I’ve been interviewing many of the authors and illustrators who will be speaking at the conference, and you can read my interviews over at […]

A weekend full of stories at the Just So Festival

We’ve been very lucky this summer holiday to have collected many stories that will become part of our family folklore. New places we’ve fallen in love with (our allotment!), new things we’ve tried (hooray! M now eats those exotic food items known as toast and cheese), time spent together as a family doing even crazier […]

Stories in Tune – Swan Lake – Part 1

Welcome to the sixth post in our mini-series here on Playing by the book – Stories in tune – all about picture books inspired by classical music. In the last month or so we’ve been listening to Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, doing a fair bit of dancing, and of course reading some lovely books. Ella […]

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