Playing by the book

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

Getting up close and personal with Julia Donaldson

This summer, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a large, very entertaining exhibition all about the former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. It explores her life, her books, her illustrators and is full of lovely places to play, original illustrations and notebooks, correspondence, videos, and of course, books to read. It’s based on an […]

Be a world record breaker!

In celebration of the lovely picture book The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb Pan Macmillan Children’s Books are looking for people to help make the world’s LONGEST EVER chain of paper dolls! Anyone living in the UK/Ireland can join in and make as many dolls as they like. All you need to […]

Falling in love again with an old classic

What “classic” picture books have you read so often that the magic in them now doesn’t sparkle so bright? With some regret, I have to admit that many of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture books fall in to that category for me, so it was an utter treat to be able to cast off […]

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