Playing by the book

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


On Sunday when I was interviewed by Jojoebi she asked me what advice I had for parents who want their kids to become more engaged with reading and books. I don’t know that I’m the best person to turn to for such advice, but what I did suggest was that kids could be taken to […]

Fantastic Fiction for Kids – Thinking about life as a refugee

We’re half way through National Refugee Week here in the UK and as my small contribution to it Fantastic Fiction for Kids is this week all about refugees. It is also, necessarily, about humanity, compassion, despair, empathy and hope. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi Unhei has left Korea and is just starting at her […]

Fantastic Fiction for Kids – Death and grief

This week’s Fantastic Fiction for Kids is once again selected by me, Zoe, at Playing by the book. Today it is exactly a year since my paternal Grandfather died, and it is with him in my mind and in my heart that I have selected today’s beautiful, but I’m afraid to say heart-breaking books, all […]

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