Playing by the book

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

Diversity in picture books and the astonishing case of the stolen stories

“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?” Last weekend Walter Dean Myers, a previous National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (the US equivalent of the UK’s children’s laureate) wrote a thought-provoking article in the New York Times about the need for […]

Mrs Mo’s Monster or How reading a picture book can cause a science experiment

At the end of last year I was asked to name the books I was most looking forward to seeing out in the wide world in 2014 and Mrs. Mo’s Monster by Paul Beavis was one of the two I chose. In it, Beavis mixes colour, perspective and page turns into magic, creating a highly […]

Exciting Grammar, trolls and cake

Troll and the Oliver by Adam Stower is one of the funniest picture books I’ve read this year. It channels the wicked delight of Rosie’s Walk, with comforting echoes of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and throws in gender myth-busting normality and laugh-out-loud humour with the perfect shot of adrenalin-fuelled surprise. It explores how friendship […]

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