Playing by the book

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

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 […]

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 […]

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