Playing by the book

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

Why I’ve spent the Christmas holidays reading all about genetics

Ever since my young teenage years, watching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures has been an important seasonal tradition. A short series of informative and entertaining talks on a single scientific topic, aimed at a general audience (though with a focus on young people), these lectures have been held every year since 1825 (with the exception […]

Two bright stars in space – timely astronomy books for kids

With every blog post I publish I feel like I’m taking a risk, but none more so than with this one. The inspiration for it is something that might end up being a totally unremarkable damp squib, or – quite literally – a trail blazing light through our skies. I’m talking about Ison, a sun […]

National Non-Fiction Day: How to be a dinosaur hunter

Things have been fairly quiet on the blog front recently because I’ve been very busy getting all the last pieces in place for the Festival of Children’s Literature I’ve organised, which is taking place this Saturday in Birmingham. But I couldn’t let (the UK’s) National Non-Fiction Day go unmarked, especially as I’m hoping to spend […]

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