Playing by the book

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

Aliens at school, and how (and why) to choose books to read to large groups of kids

For last week’s book+activity session I held at the girls’ school we read and played aliens. First up was a new book by Sue Hendra, Wanda’s Space Party. For Wanda’s birthday treat, her friend, the alien, takes Wanda to his planet for a special space party. Wanda is amazed by all the new things she […]

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 […]

“Reading is an invitation to dream”

**The giveaway is now closed** In a little departure from the norm, today I’m not reviewing a book, but rather a film, Eleanor’s Secret, directed by Dominique Monfery. The reason why I’ve wanted to share Eleanor’s Secret with you is because it is a celebration of the joy of reading and a tribute to the […]

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