Playing by the book

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

Summer Kidlit days out: A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons with Cressida Cowell

Summer holidays are nearly upon us here in the UK and so I’ve compiled a set of places to visit with the family all of which have a children’s literature link. The 26 Characters exhibition at the Story Museum features photos of children’s authors and illustrators dressed up as their favourite book characters, and runs […]

Falling in love again with an old classic

What “classic” picture books have you read so often that the magic in them now doesn’t sparkle so bright? With some regret, I have to admit that many of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture books fall in to that category for me, so it was an utter treat to be able to cast off […]

A real hoot of a book!

Since Easter I’ve been reading twice a week at M’s school to two classes of 5 and 6 year olds. The idea behind this was to create a time when the kids experienced reading and stories as something tremendously fun, and not just all about literacy and the nuts and bolts of phonics. Choosing books […]

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