Playing by the book

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

Brilliant Libraries create Brilliant Opportunities: Book Aid’s Open Doors Campaign

This really speaks to my heart. Open Doors is Book Aid International‘s new appeal to create library environments for children in which reading for pleasure and learning can flourish. Between now and 2018 they are planning to create create a total of 60 child-friendly spaces – Children’s Corners – in libraries in Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, […]

2 picture books about world markets and universal child delights

It’s a familiar scenario from childhood; the thrill of setting off with pocket money to spend: What to choose with the coins in your pocket? Where to spend it? And yet, in To Market! To Market! by Anushka Ravishankar, illustrated by Emanuele Scanziani, a joyous, richly illustrated rhyme, what one little girl discovers is that […]

Shine – a literacy charity working in Zambia

Here on Playing by the book I maintain a list of reading/literacy charities around the world. I recently discovered Shine, a charity working in the country where I was born – Zambia – and I asked their founder, Vineet Bhatnagar to share with us more information about the charity. Shine – who we are and […]

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