Playing by the book

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

Head over Heart by Colette Victor and writing outside of your experience

A rich and warm-hearted coming-of-age tale, Head over Heart is an impressive and important debut novel from Colette Victor. An adolescent girl is smitten with a boy in her class. But she fears her family would disapprove of her spending time with him. How can she balance her wishes with those of her family? How […]

Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz & Margaret Chamberlain & other knitting picture books

Indulge me: Have a quick brainstorm about picture books you know for young kids which explore what it feels like to be different? [Go on! Play the game!] . . . . . . . Of those you’ve come up with, how many are about emotions rather than physical characteristics? How many of them feature […]

Ghosts for new readers, a giveaway and garb for World Book Day

Mortimer Keene is a brilliant inventor…. who knows how to have fun! He’s also a very small boy. And he likes to cause chaos at his school. Having previously created a slime machine, his latest contraption is an appliance which sends out all sorts of scary apparitions to haunt his teachers and frighten his classmates. […]

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