Playing by the book

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

Today is National Poetry Day!

National Poetry Day is here and I’m celebrating by sharing two poems with you. The Reading Mother by Gillian Strickland I had a mother who read to me Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea. Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth; “Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath. I had a Mother who read me lays […]

Free activity sheets from Hannah Shaw, Shel Silverstein and David Melling

Here’s the next batch of free activity sheets from children’s book authors and illustrators! Happy creating, colouring and doodling! Hannah Shaw has written 14 books, both picture books and chapter books, including the brilliant Great Hamster Massacre and School for Bandits (which I reviewed here). You can find out more about her and her work […]

A few more words on slugs…

I meant to include this earlier in the week but it slipped my mind, so here today, is probably the funniest poem you’ll read all week – Slug by Matt Harvey (in his collection Where Earwigs Dare). SLUG low-born land mollusc high-impact intruder free-loader, sprout-spoiler meandering marauder disrespecter of my broad-beans’ border you’ve a one-track […]

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