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 […]

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 […]

Lucious ladybirds (or ladybugs, if you will)

Lucy Ladybird by Sharon King-Chai is a lovely book to share on any day you’re feeling blue. A sweet tale about a ladybird who doesn’t fit in because she has no spots, this story is full of kindness and colour, with a dazzling final spread that will brighten the gloomiest of days. Lucy Ladybird goes […]

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