Playing by the book

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

One way to launch a library! (or 4 ways to celebrate World Book Day)

If you were invited to design a school library launch, how would you go about it? What events would you want to facilitate? Who would you want to involve? These questions have been very much on my mind since the start of the year, for designing and delivering a school library launch is exactly what […]

Love and a lost toy

Can you believe it’s the very last day of Picture Book Month 2012? Holidays is the theme of the day, and in taking that to mean festive celebrations, I’ve chosen to wrap up a wonderful month with a gentle, charming, heart-melting story set at Christmas: Ernest & Celestine by Gabrielle Vincent, translated by Sam Alexander. […]

Beautiful books inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Today’s Picture Book Month theme is Music and given the approaching season I couldn’t resist looking at a couple of books to go with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker by James Mayhew, and Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman, translated by Ralph Manheim, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Having introduced us to Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella […]

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