Playing by the book

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

When were you last a princess?

As it happens, I spent much of the weekend being a princess. M and J too – although, perhaps technically that meant that I was the queen? Either way we’ve been living it up like only princesses do, testing our sensitivity by sleeping on mattresses and quilts piled almost as high as the ceiling. In […]

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 […]

Stories in Tune – Swan Lake – Part 2

Last week I wrote about the picture books we’ve been reading as a way into enjoying the music of Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky. As in the past I found the easiest way to get the girls to become familiar with the music was to play them clips from YouTube. The advantage of using these clips, […]

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