Child’s Play

  • Celebrate Children’s Book Week 2019 with Book Formats Less than 100 Years Old

    Although Children’s Book Week now marks a century of calling attention to the diversity and splendor of all that kids and caretakers can find on library and bookshop shelves, there are some great book formats that weren’t even around back in 1919–or even in 1929. It was just a year or two after 1929, however, […]

  • Children’s Book Week at 100: New Board Books Are Inclusive

    This week marks the 100th anniversary of America’s longest running literacy initiative: Children’s Book Week. We’ll bring you a slice of inspiration each day here, from Board books (today) through picture books, chapter books, middle grade and teen choices, graphic novels and audiobooks. There’s something new for everyone as we honor this century-old occasion. The […]

  • New Stories for a Traditional Holiday: Happy Halloween!

    New Stories for a Traditional Holiday: Happy Halloween!

    Whether you’re looking for a gentle picture book for a child new to the holiday or something to ratchet up the fear factor for a blasé teen, the crop of possibilities is glowing with options. From Pajama Press, Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round, by Rosanna Battigelli and illustrated by Tara Anderson, provides seasonal rhymes and images […]

  • An Abundance of Award Winners!

    An Abundance of Award Winners!

    October has brought a wonderfully rich harvest of awards to our publishers. The Northern Dawn‘s book awards, Northern Lights, were announced in a range of categories “honoring children’s literature of extraordinary merit.” We are so pleased to see so many of the books we love on the roster of 2019 winners: Board Book/Toddler Winner: From […]

  • World Kid Lit Month and the Richly Diverse Northern Hemisphere

    This is the third in a series of four posts with which we ask you to join us in celebrating World Kid Lit Month (#WorldKidLit on social media). As we continue our month-long celebration of international kids’ publishers and some of their newest books, we find the Northern Hemisphere overflowing with delights to discover. We’ve […]

  • Errol’s Garden Is an Award Winner

    Errol’s Garden Is an Award Winner

    Congratulations to Child’s Play International and author and illustrator Gillian Hibbs! The Junior Master Gardener Program of the American Horticultural Society has honored Errol’s Garden with the 2019 Growing Good Kids Book Award for excellence in children’s literature. Take a quick trip to the beach to join the book’s creator in her acceptance speech and […]

  • Happy National Library Week!

    Happy National Library Week!

    In the US, it’s National Library Week, and we love our librarians! Many of you who follow us here work in libraries or are enthusiastic library users. Let’s celebrate libraries with a few good books–because that’s who we are (even though we recognize that, today, libraries are a lot more than “just books”). Jessica Spanyol’s […]

  • Let’s Hear It for Multilingual Board Books!

    Let’s Hear It for Multilingual Board Books!

    Language is the marvelous attribute and skill that helps bind us together in relationships between individuals and across whole cultures. Being able to use more than a single language expands our capacities to: Consider other people’s perspectives Learn even more languages Improve problem solving skills Become better aware of our surroundings Learning language from the […]

  • Inclusive Board Books for Every Bunny

    Inclusive Board Books for Every Bunny

    What better way to celebrate World Down Syndrome Awareness Day  than with bright new board books from two different publishers! Both Child’s Play and Barefoot Books have new board book series inclusively featuring energetic and engaged toddlers. There are kids wearing glasses, kids of African heritage and Asian heritage, books in Spanish as well as […]