Playing by the book

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

The Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets – a Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlistee

The Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets written by Emily Bone, illustrated by Fabiano Fiorin is a first primer in astronomy, full of simply explained and rather beautifully illustrated facts about the Solar System, different types of stars and how they group together, and space exploration and observation. Four large flaps fold out (a […]

Cakes in space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Imagine packing up your home, leaving Earth and setting out to travel across space to colonise a new planet. The journey will take so long you’ll be put into a cryptobiotic state. But there is absolutely nothing to fear: You’re on sleek new spaceship, looked after by a team of well-programmed robots, and everything has […]

Two bright stars in space – timely astronomy books for kids

With every blog post I publish I feel like I’m taking a risk, but none more so than with this one. The inspiration for it is something that might end up being a totally unremarkable damp squib, or – quite literally – a trail blazing light through our skies. I’m talking about Ison, a sun […]

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