Playing by the book

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

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 […]

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 […]

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