Playing by the book

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

How to cook up a new magazine for 8-12 year olds

I’m a massive believer in having all sorts of reading material around at home for M and J (and us grownups!) to enjoy. Alongside books, catalogues, and newspapers, magazines play an important part in our varied reading diet: We subscribe to the enormously fun (and secretly often educational) Phoenix Comic, the very well produced and […]

Christmas presents all wrapped up (A newspaper for kids and a tale from Korea)

If you’re still looking for something a little bit different to give as a gift to your 9-13 year old reader this Christmas, you might want to consider a subscription to The Loop, a new quarterly magazine (“that thinks it’s a newspaper”) for kids, their parents and teachers. It first came to my attention because […]

A trio of goodies I couldn’t let you miss out on

(1) All this past week, and next week, BBC Radio 4 Extra is serialising Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls. It’s wonderfully read by David Hayman. Anyone can listen, worldwide, but episodes are not available for long online so don’t hang around. In each case the reading of A Monster Calls starts about 45 minutes into […]

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