Playing by the book

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

Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz & Margaret Chamberlain & other knitting picture books

Indulge me: Have a quick brainstorm about picture books you know for young kids which explore what it feels like to be different? [Go on! Play the game!] . . . . . . . Of those you’ve come up with, how many are about emotions rather than physical characteristics? How many of them feature […]

Picture books where naughtiness goes unpunished and unredeemed

The phenomenal, ongoing success of Horrid Henry and the recent rebranding of Blyton’s Naughtiest Girl in the School series (with new illustrations by Kate Hindley) show how many young children love to read about kids getting up to no good. Picture books which revel in really bad behaviour are less common but Children are Naughty […]

I’m looking for a book about… bullying

Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature. Every month I encourage anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a […]

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