Playing by the book

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

Exciting Grammar, trolls and cake

Troll and the Oliver by Adam Stower is one of the funniest picture books I’ve read this year. It channels the wicked delight of Rosie’s Walk, with comforting echoes of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and throws in gender myth-busting normality and laugh-out-loud humour with the perfect shot of adrenalin-fuelled surprise. It explores how friendship […]

Refugee Week: Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland

Today sees the start of Refugee Week, a UK-wide programme of cultural and educational events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. My contribution will be a week-long series looking at children’s books about refugees, and exploring children’s authors and illustrators who were themselves […]

Promoting social justice – which children’s books do a good job of this?

On Saturday, the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) announced the winner of the inaugural Little Rebels Children’s Book Award: Sarah Garland for her book, Azzi In Between. Using a graphic novel format, Azzi In Between tells the powerful story of a family forced to flee their homeland and settle in a strange and unfamiliar country. […]

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