Playing by the book

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

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 […]

For when you need a pink princess story where they all live happily ever after

Autumn has arrived here, and with it, a beautifully illustrated book to take on our blackberry foraging: Lily the little Princess by Daniela Drescher. Lily lives an idyllic life, playing with animal friends amongst flowers and nature’s bounty, in her magical kingdom behind a hedge (a hedge just like those where we’ve been picking blackberries). […]

If it’s snowing where you are, this is especially for you…

First up: An Apology. This post will mention Christmas. Sorry. Yes, I know it’s still months away, but Christmas cards are on sale everywhere I go at the moment and so I’m jumping on the bandwagon and giving you what may be my only Christmas post all year so be generous, and stick with me… […]

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