Playing by the book

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

Favourite reads of 2013 as chosen by 25 (children’s) authors and illustrators (and me)

This time of year the colour supplements and review sections of newspapers always feature articles I enjoy, with authors recommending their favourite reads of the past year. But these articles rarely feature authors and illustrators whose work is enjoyed by the 0-teens. Whilst the Children’s Laureate or a media-genic YA/Crossover author might be included, the […]

An interview with Petr Horáček

Today sees the publication of two new books by Petr Horáček. Petr was born in Czechoslovakia and trained at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague in the early 1990s before moving to the UK. His first books were published in 2001, and that year he received the Books For Children Newcomer award. In 2006 […]

A Perfect Picture Book Picnic

Thanks to the very generous folk at Walker Books I got to do something which makes me very happy earlier this week – read aloud lots of fabulous picture books with friends and their kids, and then give the books away, all part of a Picture Book Picnic… The day started early, baking “Walker Bear” […]

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