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 […]

Waffle Hearts: a brilliant and big hearted new book from Norway

On Monday Waffle Hearts by Maria Parr swept me off my feet. I read it in a single sitting late at night, and on Tuesday, I dropped everything and read the entire novel to the kids, over breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a novel twice in under 24 hours, […]

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