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Community Event: Red Hill Kindergarten ‘Raising Young Readers’

I often speak at educational events and recently the lovely people at Red Hill Kindergarten booked me to speak to their parents and any interested members of the community. It's a free event, you...

2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Short List

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has been a champion for children’s and YA literature in Australia since 1945 and its importance cannot be underestimated. Be as loud and cranky as you like...

Review of ‘How to Hang a Witch’

Jazzy is an incredibly astute reader and reviewer, and very rarely gives a book 5 book bolts, so I admit that I am intrigued by this book, despite it being 'not my genre' of choice! I've ordered...

Review of ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’

The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .  The very best school based stories resonate with children and teachers alike and the...

Cover Reveal: ‘Louisiana’s Way Home’

I am chuffed that Walker Books Australia has entrusted me with a cover reveal for the LATEST Kate Di Camillo book, 'Louisiana’s Way Home', due out in October 2018. Former US children’s laureate and two-time...

Mindfulness Resources for Kids

I’m well aware that mindfulness is a buzzword and I’m generally not a fan of such things. However, my dad (AKA Geoff Dean) has been espousing the virtues of being mindful and training your...

Book People: Sue Whiting

What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers. Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is missing – she’s...

Jazzy Reviews: Missing by Sue Whiting

I'm buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last day here?...

QPAC: Aladdin

The animated film 'Aladdin' was released by Disney in 1992...when I was in Year Eleven (so old). I was enchanted by the movie and clearly I wasn't the only one as it grossed over...

Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’

Title: A Boat of Stars: New Poems to Inspire and Enchant Editors: Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: babies – middle primary Themes: poetry, rhyme, language, anthology, family, feelings, Indigenous, animals, food, identity,...