Playing by the book

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

Diversity in picture books and the astonishing case of the stolen stories

“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books?” Last weekend Walter Dean Myers, a previous National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (the US equivalent of the UK’s children’s laureate) wrote a thought-provoking article in the New York Times about the need for […]

Meet Hilda: A comic book heroine full of kindness and curiosity

What books will you be gifting this Christmas? One that I’m giving to my girls (please don’t tell them!) will be the 3rd comic book in a series about the life and adventures of a curious, bright and brave blue-haired young girl called Hilda: Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson. Hilda walked into […]

Exciting Grammar, trolls and cake

Troll and the Oliver by Adam Stower is one of the funniest picture books I’ve read this year. It channels the wicked delight of Rosie’s Walk, with comforting echoes of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, and throws in gender myth-busting normality and laugh-out-loud humour with the perfect shot of adrenalin-fuelled surprise. It explores how friendship […]

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