Playing by the book

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

Jon Klassen shares the books which inspire him

Join me today on the first leg of a world wide tour! Back in April when I attended the London Book Fair there was a lot of buzz about one particular picture book – Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back. Then, later in the year award winning illustrators Viviane Schwarz and Claudia Boldt both […]


As we continue Reading Round Europe my first offering from Sweden is by a classic, much loved (and widely translated) author/illustrator, Elsa Beskow. Born in 1874 Elsa Beskow published 40 odd books in her lifetime, many featuring children exploring fairy tale worlds where respect for nature plays a major role. She is credited with having […]

What makes a home?

Earlier this month Jutta Bauer received the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator Award at the at the international IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) congress in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Interested to find out more about this German illustrator I tracked down one of the books she has illustrated – When We Lived in […]

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