Playing by the book

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

Meet Hilda: A comic book heroine full of kindness and curiosity

What books will you be gifting this Christmas? One that I’m giving to my girls (please don’t tell them!) will be the 3rd comic book in a series about the life and adventures of a curious, bright and brave blue-haired young girl called Hilda: Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson. Hilda walked into […]

A World Exclusive! A mini illustrated book for inspiring young story tellers, by Clara Vulliamy

I’m so excited! The wonderfully talented, super generous author and illustrator Clara Vulliamy is kicking off a new series here on Playing by the book today. Every month (where possible), she is going share some ideas to encourage children to tell stories of their own, using the monthly theme from the “I’m looking for a […]

I’m looking for a book about… elves and fairies

Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the inaugural topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature. Every month I’ll be encouraging anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will […]

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