Playing by the book

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

Books can give you lifeskills: Never underestimate a good sandwich

Many libraries and schools will have a shelf labelled something like “When a book might help“, with titles covering everything from Adoption to Asthma, Teasing to Twins, and beyond. But there’s also a very important space for books which give you practical life skills… like how to make a mean sandwich. I jest not Very […]

We have lift off

We Have Lift Off! by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw is a riotously funny take on a deadly serious issue; what we’re doing to destroy our planet and how, if at all, we can save it. Farmer Tanner’s land is polluted, the trees have all been chopped down, and the animals are crammed together into […]

Free activity sheets from Hannah Shaw, Shel Silverstein and David Melling

Here’s the next batch of free activity sheets from children’s book authors and illustrators! Happy creating, colouring and doodling! Hannah Shaw has written 14 books, both picture books and chapter books, including the brilliant Great Hamster Massacre and School for Bandits (which I reviewed here). You can find out more about her and her work […]

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