Playing by the book

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

Diversity in picture books and the astonishing case of the stolen stories

“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?” Last weekend Walter Dean Myers, a previous National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (the US equivalent of the UK’s children’s laureate) wrote a thought-provoking article in the New York Times about the need for […]

Do you avoid “pink” books? Plus an interview with Abie Longstaff

When browsing for new books to read with my girls, I generally avoid anything which is pink (or associated shades of purple and red) and sparkly. I know lots of parents don’t; for many it’s a useful pointer, and for publishers it’s seen as a way to boost sales. But for me, it’s often shorthand […]

A real hoot of a book!

Since Easter I’ve been reading twice a week at M’s school to two classes of 5 and 6 year olds. The idea behind this was to create a time when the kids experienced reading and stories as something tremendously fun, and not just all about literacy and the nuts and bolts of phonics. Choosing books […]

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