Playing by the book

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

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 […]

A holiday… but not from books!

For the last two week’s I’ve been on holiday in one of my very favourite places in the world, Orkney. An archipelago of islands just off the Northern coast of Scotland, my girls called it what I have long know it to be: “Paradise!” But being away from this blog (and all of the internet, […]

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