Playing by the book

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

Head over Heart by Colette Victor and writing outside of your experience

A rich and warm-hearted coming-of-age tale, Head over Heart is an impressive and important debut novel from Colette Victor. An adolescent girl is smitten with a boy in her class. But she fears her family would disapprove of her spending time with him. How can she balance her wishes with those of her family? How […]

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari plus 7 ways to turn your (child’s) words and pictures into a book

Do you think there is an age at which you’ll stop reading aloud to your children? Have you already reached that stage? Why might you keep reading to an older child who can already read themselves? These are some of the questions I’ve been contemplating as part of a discussion, initiated by Clara Vulliamy, about […]

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 […]

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