Playing by the book

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

Picture books where naughtiness goes unpunished and unredeemed

The phenomenal, ongoing success of Horrid Henry and the recent rebranding of Blyton’s Naughtiest Girl in the School series (with new illustrations by Kate Hindley) show how many young children love to read about kids getting up to no good. Picture books which revel in really bad behaviour are less common but Children are Naughty […]

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 […]

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