Child’s Play International Books

Child’s Play International Books

I was recently sent a big box of books from Child’s Play International to look at with the children.

Child’s Play publish a wide range of books and learning resources and they are really good. Over the weekend I read two new books to Daniel and Emma at bedtime. To Emma I read No!by Marta Altes and to Daniel I read the lovely (and thought provoking) The Lost Stars by Hannah Cumming.

Childs play books

No is a lovely little story and it’s a funny one as a parent. We joke that Emma probably thinks her name is No Emma, as that’s how she seems to hear most sentences start! The story is all about a dog who thinks he is being helpful and is thus called No. It’s a lovely well illustrated story and Emma liked it (and she can be really difficult to engage in books at times).

I liked this from the parent’s perspective too as it’s reminder that often children think they are being helpful and that it might be better to try a different word to No!

No childs play

The Lost Stars is all about how we have forgotten the natural beauty of the world around us as we become consumed with bright lights and technology. It’s a reminder to look up at the world around us. I should have read this one beforehand as Daniel instantly wanted to look out and up at the stars – bit difficult to do at 7pm in the summer! It will certainly be one to revisit when we do some winter time learning (I have a space topic planned). It is a lovely way to introduce ideas about the natural world to children and this book will be a feature in our future learning.


The Child’s play books are lovely. They are well illustrated and have engaged both Daniel and Emma, as well as having a nice subtle message for the adult reading them too.


I was sent these books in exchange for a fair and honest review. All words and opinions are my own.




  1. Emma Perry
    27th July 2015 / 07:48

    The Lost Stars picture book in particular looks lovely – I love books that encourage all of us to slow down and notice what’s around us, often easier said than done!

  2. 27th July 2015 / 08:11

    I love the look of The Lost Stars – will look out for it 🙂


  3. 27th July 2015 / 08:42

    I love the illustration in these, they look gorgeous! I like the idea of the NO book as well. I try really hard not to say no all the time, but it does creep in there! #readwithme

  4. 27th July 2015 / 21:17

    What lovely pictures! These books look lovely and with a nice message too #readwithme

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