Playing by the book

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

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 […]

The Interactive art book plus 90+ publicly displayed masterpieces of art which feature in children’s books

Holidays are on the horizon and we’ll definitely be making the most of the full days to visit a few museums and art galleries. To get our eye in, we’ve recently been really enjoying The Interactive Art Book by Ron van der Meer and Frank Whitford. As you’ll see if you take a look at […]

60+ Children’s books featuring museum artefacts on public display around the world

This is a list of children’s books (including YA) which feature/are inspired by museum artefacts on public display around the world. The original idea for this list was to find books I could share with my kids and for us all then to be able to visit the museum/see the artefact in question. For this […]

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