Playing by the book

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

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 […]

Solve your Christmas Present dilemmas with this post

Seriously. I know it’s only October but I’ve got one of M and J’s presents sorted and I’m confident what’s here today will do it for you and your kids too. Not only can you forget another plastic toy that will only annoy you with its flashing lights, I think you can even stop worrying […]

Reading outside the book – a week-long celebration of magazines for kids (2)

On Monday I introduced Playing by the book’s week-long celebration of magazines for kids by looking at 3 very different publications, National Geographic Kids, Puffin Post, and Alphabet Glue. Today’s selection of magazines, however, all have something in common; they are incredibly beautifully produced, with stunning illustrations of the highest quality. In fact, for their […]

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