Playing by the book

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

Polly and the North Star

I wish I were better at keeping notes… Polly Horner is an author/illustrator I discovered on someone else’s blog but I can’t now remember whose, which is very frustrating! We’re smitten with Horner’s first book, Polly and the North Star and I should love to be able to thank whoever it was who first brought […]

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 […]

Moon machine

Shirley Hughes is one of our favourite illustrators in this house and although we’ve read and enjoyed many of her books (though not all 200 or so she has illustrated nor all 50+ she has written), over Christmas we came across a book of hers that was new to us – Abel’s Moon. Abel Grable […]

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