Playing by the book

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

Our Orkney Reading List Part 2

Whilst away on holiday we read not only books set in Orkney but also books with more tangential links to this heart-entrapping archipeligo of islands. Full of seaweed, flotsam and inspiration for beach combing, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre was a massive hit with us all. Mermaids, mysterious islands which […]

Pick up a penguin!

Penguin in Peril by début author/illustrator Helen Hancocks is a terrific tale of feline banditry as a trio of tom cats kidnap a penguin from the local zoo. Their plan – to teach the penguin to fish for them so they need never go hungry again – falters when the penguin escapes their clutches and […]

Please wish me luck!

Tomorrow I’m starting to volunteer at a new-to-me school, with the very simple mission: to transform it into a book-loving* school. The school currently has no librarian and no literacy co-ordinator. On the visits I’ve so far made to the school, the library seems to be treated as a corridor or a storage area. As […]

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