Playing by the book

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

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 […]

Tomtebobarnen

As we continue Reading Round Europe my first offering from Sweden is by a classic, much loved (and widely translated) author/illustrator, Elsa Beskow. Born in 1874 Elsa Beskow published 40 odd books in her lifetime, many featuring children exploring fairy tale worlds where respect for nature plays a major role. She is credited with having […]

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