Playing by the book

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

Non-fiction books aren’t just about facts: 2 playful artist biographies which encourage self expression

In this day and age where there are fewer and fewer independent bookshops, some of the most exciting bricks-and-mortar places for discovering new children’s books are the shops in museums and art galleries. Whilst they may not carry a huge range of stock, they often have quirky, unusual books which would never make it to […]

Mi and Museum City: A curious and creative picture book debut

An exciting book about being observant, imaginative and open to the wonder and delight in even the smallest things, Mi and Museum City by Linda Sarah (@travelandsing) is an utterly charming and magical début which will be hitting bookshelves early in February. Life for Mi is boring and lonely. Although Mi’s hometown is packed with […]

Getting up close and personal with Julia Donaldson

This summer, the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is hosting a large, very entertaining exhibition all about the former Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson. It explores her life, her books, her illustrators and is full of lovely places to play, original illustrations and notebooks, correspondence, videos, and of course, books to read. It’s based on an […]

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