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 […]

I Can Read: A Carnival Celebrating New Readers

Welcome one and all to this month’s celebration of early literacy, easy readers and short chapter books! The I Can Read carnival is all about sharing finds, approaches, successes and more when it comes to books aimed at those just beginning to read for themselves, or those consolidating their reading skills. If you’ve a review, […]

Putting images to sounds

Once Upon An Ordinary School Day by Colin McNaughton, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura has been on my to-review list since last summer. I had hoped to write about it when M started school, but it is only now, half way through the year (!) that we’ve managed to do the activity that Once Upon An […]

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