Playing by the book

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

The best new read-aloud with rude bits

Tick… Tick… Tick… I just can’t wait for this afternoon… I’m going into school for my weekly story+craft session with 5/6/7 year olds and today I’ve got a corker of a book to read with them. Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul is going to take the kids by […]

Celebrating Children’s Book Week – Castles

Here are our plans for Year 1 (5 and 6 year olds) on our special Book Day, as part of Children’s Book Week. Year 1’s theme is “Castles”. Please feel free to reuse, adapt and share any of the resources on this page. Session 1 Book: Shhh! by Sally Grindley and Peter Utton Follow up […]


A couple of weeks ago I came across a very stylish castle project on Bloesem Kids and knew straight away that it would be something the girls would enjoy doing AND that we had the perfect book to read alongside – Castles by Colin Thompson. Castles presents itself as a non-fiction book cataloguing a variety […]

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