Playing by the book

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

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 […]

One way to launch a library! (or 4 ways to celebrate World Book Day)

If you were invited to design a school library launch, how would you go about it? What events would you want to facilitate? Who would you want to involve? These questions have been very much on my mind since the start of the year, for designing and delivering a school library launch is exactly what […]

A visit to Seven Stories – a must-see destination for fans of children’s literature

A couple of weeks ago I was able to realise a long held dream: I got to spend a day at Seven Stories, “the national home of children’s books in Britain”. Opened in 2005, Seven Stories showcases a national collection of manuscripts and illustrations of some of the UK’s greatest authors and illustrators for children. […]

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