Playing by the book

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

Do you avoid “pink” books? Plus an interview with Abie Longstaff

When browsing for new books to read with my girls, I generally avoid anything which is pink (or associated shades of purple and red) and sparkly. I know lots of parents don’t; for many it’s a useful pointer, and for publishers it’s seen as a way to boost sales. But for me, it’s often shorthand […]

Refugee Week: Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland

Today sees the start of Refugee Week, a UK-wide programme of cultural and educational events that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. My contribution will be a week-long series looking at children’s books about refugees, and exploring children’s authors and illustrators who were themselves […]

I’m looking for a book about… gardening with kids

Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature. Every month I encourage 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 become a […]

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