Playing by the book

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

The Katie Morag Treasury / Books with a strong sense of location

Over the last couple of year’s I’ve read quite a lot about how children’s books with a very specific cultural setting are not favoured by publishers because it is hard to sell rights widely; publishers are keen for “universal” stories which translate (literally and figuratively) well across borders and languages. Whilst I understand publishers’ drive […]

Meet Hilda: A comic book heroine full of kindness and curiosity

What books will you be gifting this Christmas? One that I’m giving to my girls (please don’t tell them!) will be the 3rd comic book in a series about the life and adventures of a curious, bright and brave blue-haired young girl called Hilda: Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson. Hilda walked into […]

An utterly perfect rainy day read and activity!

A book about making the most of a situation, of living by the motto ‘Carpe diem’, of seeing the glass half-full rather than half-empty, Ernest & Celestine: The Picnic by Gabrielle Vincent is a perfect read for a rainy summer’s day. It may be pouring down outside, but that doesn’t mean Ernest and Celestine cannot […]

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