Playing by the book

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

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 […]

When it all adds up to a 5* book

Abigail by Catherine Rayner is a gentle, joyous book about friendship, counting and enjoying the natural beauty all around us. Abigail, a giraffe, simply loves adding up her numbers but keeps encountering difficulties; the leaves she is enumerating get nibbled by her friend Zebra, whilst Cheetah’s spots just whoosh past in a blur. Abigail’s clever […]

You’ll never guess who’s to blame…

Who gets blamed in your home when something goes missing? The cat? An invisible friend? In Ophelia Redpath‘s The Lemur’s tale funny goings-on in a quayside home of a slightly eccentric naturalist keep being blamed on the family’s only child. Little does the Family Laruby know that a mischievous lemur is actually to blame. Having […]

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