Playing by the book

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

Discover a story centre you’ll long for in your own home town

As a final Last Hurrah of the Summer Holiday, M, J and I spent Saturday gone in the wonderfully inspiring Discover Centre in London. Part soft play centre, part adventure playground, part kids’ bookshop, part interactive kids “museum” with buttons to press, ropes to pull, and costumes to dress up in, Discover defies easy description. […]

Getting up close and personal with Julia Donaldson

This summer, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a large, very entertaining exhibition all about the former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. It explores her life, her books, her illustrators and is full of lovely places to play, original illustrations and notebooks, correspondence, videos, and of course, books to read. It’s based on an […]

Our Orkney Reading List Part 1

For our recent trip to Orkney I was looking for books we could enjoy as an entire family; limited space, and a desire for physical books meant I spent a long time choosing the books to take with us. Today I’ll review two books set in Orkney which were absolutely perfect choices. The Boy with […]

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