Playing by the book

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

How happy is your Christmas tree?

Do you put up a Christmas tree each year? Real or synthetic? For weeks or just a few days? Have you ever thought about the journey your tree (whatever sort) has made to be in your home? If you’re looking for a Christmas tale with more substance than just sparkly stars and gaudy baubles, The […]

More Finnish children’s books

Today’s post is about signposting you to more children’s books either by Finnish authors / illustrators or with Finnish themes. Perhaps you’re simply curious about children’s literature from another part of the world. Or maybe at some point this year Finland will be in the headlines (for example because the Finnish city of Turku is […]

Finnish puppets and friendly barracudas!

As part of both my Reading Round Europe series and Nonfiction Monday today I’m bringing you a review of Puppet Theatre by Maija Baric, the Artistic Director of the Sampo Puppet Theatre in Finland, and illustrated by award winning Kristiina Louhi. A craft manual bursting at the seams with creative, novel ideas for making puppets, […]

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