Playing by the book

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

Is it snowing yet? 2 winter reads shimmering with hoarfrost

Stoke up the fire and wrap yourself up in a warm blanket before settling down to enjoy Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith (@GrahameBakerSmi), a gently haunting, somewhat melancholic but ultimately hopeful story full of delight, empathy and friendship. Young Tom cannot get enough of the snow. And when it also brings […]

Books can give you lifeskills: Never underestimate a good sandwich

Many libraries and schools will have a shelf labelled something like “When a book might help“, with titles covering everything from Adoption to Asthma, Teasing to Twins, and beyond. But there’s also a very important space for books which give you practical life skills… like how to make a mean sandwich. I jest not Very […]

Playing ‘spot the difference’ with Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever

This year sees the 50th anniversary of Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t love Scarry’s charming, anthropomorphic world, and I know I’m far from the only adult around who adores Scarry and could happyily spend hours perusing his books even at an age that makes me only […]

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