Playing by the book

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

The power of flowers and unexpectedly enjoyable reading

Want to know what book is the hottest property in our home at the moment? The book we’re fighting over, the book that it’s almost impossible to take a photo of, because as soon as someone finds it they’ve hidden themselves away with it in a wardrobe with a torch, or under their bed with […]

Planting a rainbow for real

Way back in 2009, during that very first week I ever blogged about picture books and play, I wrote about Lois Ehlert’s Planting a Rainbow. It may have taken me a couple of years, but finally we got round to planting our own rainbow in honour of Ehlert’s beautiful, vibrant book. Six months ago we […]

Growing great stories

For the last couple of weeks our bedtime stories have come from Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairy Tales from the Storybag. This is an anthology of tales, some well known (Rapunzel), others less so (Cockadoodle-doo, Mr Sultana!) told by a rich choir of voices. You can choose from Anne Fine, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, […]

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