Playing by the book

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

Snowflakes, Seedheads and CBeebies

Although the temperature has dropped markedly here this week, there’s no snow on the horizon. Yet. Nevertheless I wanted to share Snowflakes with you right now, a début picture book by Cerrie Burnell (a CBeebies – children’s TV – presenter), illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson. We’ve had fun with this book and I’m hoping you […]

Playing ‘spot the difference’ with Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever

This year sees the 50th anniversary of Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t love Scarry’s charming, anthropomorphic world, and I know I’m far from the only adult around who adores Scarry and could happyily spend hours perusing his books even at an age that makes me only […]

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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