Playing by the book

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

2 picture books about world markets and universal child delights

It’s a familiar scenario from childhood; the thrill of setting off with pocket money to spend: What to choose with the coins in your pocket? Where to spend it? And yet, in To Market! To Market! by Anushka Ravishankar, illustrated by Emanuele Scanziani, a joyous, richly illustrated rhyme, what one little girl discovers is that […]

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari plus 7 ways to turn your (child’s) words and pictures into a book

Do you think there is an age at which you’ll stop reading aloud to your children? Have you already reached that stage? Why might you keep reading to an older child who can already read themselves? These are some of the questions I’ve been contemplating as part of a discussion, initiated by Clara Vulliamy, about […]

Honesty’s the best policy

I have an admission to make…. …..I’ve got a soft spot for crocodiles! Apparently one of my first words was “crocodile” (well… something more like “tot-la-die-loo” if I’m precise), and if a book has a crocodile in it, I’ll always give it a second look. Little Croc’s Purse by Lizzie Finlay is full of cute […]

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