Playing by the book

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

Minature landscapes and giant hats

My girls are going through a phase where what they most want to do pretty much all of the time is create miniature landscapes, with building bricks, playmobil, sylvanian family furniture and animals, supplemented by all sorts of knick-knacks that little children have a magical ability to accumulate. These “set-ups” as the girls call them […]

A Child’s Adventure in the Swedish Countryside: Children’s Literature Installation at Scandinavia House, NYC

Today I’m thrilled to be bringing you a guest post by award-winning British writer and educator Matthew Finch. Matthew is currently based in New York and blogs on literacy, education and storytelling at When he saw my Reading Round Europe adventures through the Nordic countries he offered to visit the storybook installation at Scandinavia […]


As we continue Reading Round Europe my first offering from Sweden is by a classic, much loved (and widely translated) author/illustrator, Elsa Beskow. Born in 1874 Elsa Beskow published 40 odd books in her lifetime, many featuring children exploring fairy tale worlds where respect for nature plays a major role. She is credited with having […]

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