Playing by the book

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

A weekend full of stories at the Just So Festival

We’ve been very lucky this summer holiday to have collected many stories that will become part of our family folklore. New places we’ve fallen in love with (our allotment!), new things we’ve tried (hooray! M now eats those exotic food items known as toast and cheese), time spent together as a family doing even crazier […]

8 books which influenced Frances Hardinge

Yesterday Ali of Fantastic Reads very kindly and engagingly interviewed Frances Hardinge, 2006 winner of the Branford Boase award and finalist in the 2010 School Library Journal Battle of the Kids’ Books. Although I didn’t manage to meet with Ali and Frances for their interview, I did ask Frances by email if she would share […]

An interview with Frances Hardinge

I can’t believe that this time next week I’ll be heading home from the Just So Festival, a family arts festival with lots for fans children’s literature. In my last preparatory post as the festival’s Kidlit Correspondent I’m really very pleased to be able to bring you an interview with one more author who’ll be […]

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