Playing by the book

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

Is it snowing yet? 2 winter reads shimmering with hoarfrost

Stoke up the fire and wrap yourself up in a warm blanket before settling down to enjoy Winter’s Child by Angela McAllister, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith (@GrahameBakerSmi), a gently haunting, somewhat melancholic but ultimately hopeful story full of delight, empathy and friendship. Young Tom cannot get enough of the snow. And when it also brings […]

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 […]

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