Playing by the book

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

Upcoming Children’s Literature Events in the UK

This coming Saturday and Sunday sees a wonderful children’s literature festival “pop up” just behind Kings Cross in London. The Pop Up Festival is completely free and is all about celebrating books, stories and imagination for children, teenagers and families. Authors and illustrators attending include Candy Gourlay, Nii Parkes, James Mayhew, Marcus Sedgwick, Laura Dockrill, […]

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 […]

How to save on your energy bills!

For my first Poetry Friday post I simply had to chose a poem by Michael Rosen. Rosen was the UK’s Children’s Laureate 2007-June 2009 and is a truly wonderful, funny, perceptive and engaging author – M has adored listening to his audiobooks for nearly 2 years now and I’ve been listening to them for 25. […]

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