Playing by the book

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

Diversity in picture books and the astonishing case of the stolen stories

“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?” Last weekend Walter Dean Myers, a previous National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (the US equivalent of the UK’s children’s laureate) wrote a thought-provoking article in the New York Times about the need for […]

Christmas presents all wrapped up (A newspaper for kids and a tale from Korea)

If you’re still looking for something a little bit different to give as a gift to your 9-13 year old reader this Christmas, you might want to consider a subscription to The Loop, a new quarterly magazine (“that thinks it’s a newspaper”) for kids, their parents and teachers. It first came to my attention because […]

2 more fabulous read alouds with rude bits

“Do your briefs give you grief in the morning? Do your knickers get tied up in knots? Are you forced to wear tight, itchy, brown ones Or long, floppy, grey ones with spots?” Don’t worry, I’m not asking for full disclosure in the comments, I simply wanted to give you a flavour of the cheeky […]

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