Playing by the book

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

Mix it Up! And let the wonder in

When M was about 9 months old she was sat in a bath and became transfixed by the steady trickle of water coming from the tap. Time and time again she tried to grab the stream of water and was utterly puzzled: Why wasn’t it possible to hold onto the solid-appearing rod of glinting water? […]

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 […]

What if the sky were yellow and the sea were green?

One of the first books I’m going to share at school when term starts later this week is The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. A school boy’s crayons are up in arms. They are fed up with the way they get used. Some complain of not being used […]

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