Playing by the book

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

Welcome to the family by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

Fascinating and reassuring, thoughtful and funny, Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Ros Asquith is a very special book about all sorts of different families and the ways children end up in them. If ever a book was cut and bound with love, this is it. It’s the perfect book if you’re […]

A must-have book about feelings

The Great Big Book of Feelings by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Ros Asquith should be in every primary school, every library, every home. A funny and thoughtful exploration of emotions from ‘happy’ to ‘sad’ via ‘interested’, ‘upset’ and ‘silly’, this book is beautiful, empowering and great fun to read and share. It’s perfect for helping […]

Fantastic Fiction for Kids – Thinking about life as a refugee

We’re half way through National Refugee Week here in the UK and as my small contribution to it Fantastic Fiction for Kids is this week all about refugees. It is also, necessarily, about humanity, compassion, despair, empathy and hope. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi Unhei has left Korea and is just starting at her […]

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