Playing by the book

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

“A book, too, can be a star…

…a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” I recently read this quote from Madeleine L’Engle and thought it was just perfect for a fascinating book we’ve been reading this week about astronomy The Story of Astronomy and Space by Louie Stowell and Peter Allen. Before launching in to a […]

How the world works…

In my mini series reviewing the books shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2011 next up is How The World Works by Christiane Dorion and Beverley Young A pop-up book covering a wealth of ground, How The World Works is a tremendous introduction to topics as diverse as the solar system, evolution, […]

Fairytale (Christmas) stars and being selfless

Having admitted that Christmas isn’t a major event for us in my previous post, you may be wondering why I’ve a second post so soon with Christmas in the title. There’s a simple answer: David Lucas. David Lucas is one of my very favourite illustrators (an appreciation which went only deeper after meeting him in […]

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