Playing by the book

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

Some things are worth waiting for: Snow by Samuel Usher

Illustrator Sam Usher burst onto the scene two years ago with with a riot of colour and pattern in Can You See Sassoon?, which was shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013. When your first book gets flagged up as a potential prize winner, there is some expectation and anticipation when it comes […]

Wonder-based library programs – and how you can bring them home

Spend any time on Playing by the book and you’ll soon realise that bringing books to life is something I’m passionate about; taking their wonder and bringing it out of the pages and into our lives. And so, when I recently heard about the work Australian librarian Tracie Mauro was doing in Parkes Library I […]

Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival (and how to breathe bubbles instead of fire)

Even before I had finished reading Bubble Trouble by Tom Percival to the kids I knew this was a book we were going to have LOTS of fun with. Have you ever had great fun playing with a friend but discovered things have got out of control when you try to out-do each other? That […]

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