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 […]

Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz & Margaret Chamberlain & other knitting picture books

Indulge me: Have a quick brainstorm about picture books you know for young kids which explore what it feels like to be different? [Go on! Play the game!] . . . . . . . Of those you’ve come up with, how many are about emotions rather than physical characteristics? How many of them feature […]

Max the Brave by Ed Vere. Warning: this post really does contain cute kittens

Kittens and Cute. They go together like purple and prickles, tigers and teatime, picnics and lashings of ginger beer. And in Max the Brave by Ed Vere (@ed_vere) we meet another very cute kitten. He’s small, and black and has big bright eyes. But even though every reader who picks up this book will definitely […]

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