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, […]

Nonfiction Monday – The Planet Gods

For my contribution to this week’s Nonfiction Monday I’m reviewing The Planet Gods: Myths and Facts about the Solar System by Jacqueline Mitton and Christina Balit The Planet Gods is a tremendous, beautifully written, stunningly illustrated introduction to the solar system. Each of the planets (plus three so-called dwarf planets) in our night sky is […]

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