Playing by the book

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

For when life is just not fair

I couldn’t have written a better script… J was off ill a few days ago and M stomped to school with fury all over her face. “IT’S NOT FAIR! Why can’t I stay at home?” The pavement (and my ears) got a fair bashing from M that morning, and before 9am I was already exhausted! […]

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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