Playing by the book

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

Waffle Hearts: a brilliant and big hearted new book from Norway

On Monday Waffle Hearts by Maria Parr swept me off my feet. I read it in a single sitting late at night, and on Tuesday, I dropped everything and read the entire novel to the kids, over breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a novel twice in under 24 hours, […]

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 […]

If you love someone… you have to let them leave you

If you don’t already know the wickedly funny, heart-warming, deliciously illustrated Pettson and Findus books by Sven Nordqvist, please STOP READING this blog post and get on your online library catalogue or down to your local bookshop and Rectify This Situation Immediately. This is for your own good. Don’t waste time on my words, just […]

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