Playing by the book

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

42? Sausages? On the meaning of life and Tim Hopgood’s Little Answer

Both giggle inducing and surreptitiously brain expanding, Little Answer by Tim Hopgood is about BIG questions (“What is the meaning of life?”, “What is the secret to happiness?”). And sausages. Yes, really. It’s about sausages. And I say that even though you could in fact argue Little Answer is ultimately about the biggest existential questions […]

Diversity in picture books and the astonishing case of the stolen stories

“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?” Last weekend Walter Dean Myers, a previous National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (the US equivalent of the UK’s children’s laureate) wrote a thought-provoking article in the New York Times about the need for […]

Book Bingo!

Need a quick fix for a dose of bookish delights? For World Book Day or just for fun? I’ve prepared a picture book Book Bingo game you can download, print and play – please feel free to use with your kids, your class, your library book group! There are 16 different sheets (on 8 pieces […]

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