Playing by the book

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

A Picture Book Party!

Welcome, welcome! It’s lovely to see you! So very glad you could join the party today We’ll start off with a story (always an excellent place to start I believe!). Get comfy, and sit back and enjoy the marvellous, hilarious Peck, Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins. This book has everything: Startling colours! Wonderful rhyme! Silly […]

Free activity sheets from Viviane Schwarz and Walker Books

Today’s first lot of free activities from children’s book authors and illustrators come from the fantastically talented Viviane Schwarz, author of There are Cats in this Book, one of J’s all time favourite books. On Viv’s blog you can download knitting patterns to create the cats in There are Cats in this Book. Not a […]

What makes us happy

I try very hard not to buy books on impulse when we go into a bookstore; instead I endeavour to use our bookshop more like a library with lots of recent stock – I can browse through all the new publications and then go back to our real library and put in reservation requests. Then […]

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