Playing by the book

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

Welcome to the family by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

Fascinating and reassuring, thoughtful and funny, Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Ros Asquith is a very special book about all sorts of different families and the ways children end up in them. If ever a book was cut and bound with love, this is it. It’s the perfect book if you’re […]

Why I’ve spent the Christmas holidays reading all about genetics

Ever since my young teenage years, watching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures has been an important seasonal tradition. A short series of informative and entertaining talks on a single scientific topic, aimed at a general audience (though with a focus on young people), these lectures have been held every year since 1825 (with the exception […]

Chaos, sex, death and a wonderful, wonderful children’s book

A beautifully written book rich with themes encompassing teenage identity, sexuality, gender, possible mental health issues, ageing, intergenerational friendship and death Fruitloops & Dipsticks by Swedish writer Ulf Stark packs a punch. It’s a breathtaking read full of humour, warmth, generosity and complexity that left me in tears, determined to spread the word about it, […]

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