Playing by the book

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

Summer Kidlit days out: A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons with Cressida Cowell

Summer holidays are nearly upon us here in the UK and so I’ve compiled a set of places to visit with the family all of which have a children’s literature link. The 26 Characters exhibition at the Story Museum features photos of children’s authors and illustrators dressed up as their favourite book characters, and runs […]

In Heaven

This weekend I was in heaven. 48 hours of being surrounded by articulate, engaging, thought provoking, charming, and downright inspirational people does a lot towards making the world seem a good place. Here are just a few of said people: Cressida Cowell was on a high from having come pretty much straight from being present […]

48 hours with Melvin Burgess, Susan Cooper, Jonathan Stroud, Michael Foreman and more!

This week Christmas came early to my neck of the woods: I’ve spent the last 48 hours with Michael Foreman, Josh Lacey, Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre, Holly Smale, Lauren Child, Levi Pinfold, Sally Gardner, Tony Robinson, Melvin Burgess, Jonathan Stroud and Susan Cooper at the UK’s Youth Libraries Group Conference. As you can imagine, it […]

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