Playing by the book

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

The Story of Money from bartering to bail out

The Story of Money written by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura is a humorous, wide-ranging tale about the evolution of money, starting with what people did before money was invented, exploring why it came into being and how money systems developed before coming right up to date with a discussion of modern day bank […]

We’ve Got Your Number – a Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlistee

We’ve Got Your Number written by Mukul Patel and illustrated by Supriya Sahai aims to show 10-14 year olds why almost everything in their lives boils down to maths, and explains why they should change how they get pocket money so they start with just 1p in the first week of the new year. It’s […]

Big! by Tim Hopgood = a perfect storytelling start to the school year

School is back in full swing now, and I’ve returned to my storytelling sessions at J’s school on a Friday afternoon, where I get to read stories and play and craft in what is termed “Golden Time”. It’s a brilliant way to round off the week (definitely much better than the Triple Latin I once […]

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