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Give the Treasure of Reading with Room to Read

In my last blog you may have read Tristan Bancks’s Top Ten Tips for Book Week. One of those ideas was “Give the Treasure of Reading” and support global literacy nonprofit Room to Read...

Celebrating National Tree Day

National Tree Day has just passed, but every single day can be tree day and I highly recommend selecting a native tree or plant and getting out in some sunshine very soon to plant...

Book Week Costumes for Teachers

As a young classroom teacher (those were the days!) I would spend months planning my Book Week costumes and they became more and more elaborate each year. As the full weight of just what...

Book Week 2018: Find Your Treasure

Tonight I will be presenting a webinar for Eduwebinar with lots of ideas for Book Week 2018. My notes from this event are below and may be of help in your own Book Week...

Top 30 Book Week Costumes for ‘Find Your Treasure’

I am a  Book Week tragic from way back. As a child I have vivid memories of planning my Book Week costumes with my teacher librarian mum (TL mum and daughter...apple doesn't fall far...

Holiday Reads for the Grown-Ups

Over the recent school holidays I actually read some books aimed at my age group! I know. Surprised even myself. I mostly stick to YA and children's books for recreational and work reading, but...

The Tween Bedroom and Books

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I have a propensity to change up our bedrooms a little too regularly. I’ve been doing this since I was quite...

Girl Zone Book Club 2018

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Jazzy Reviews: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

I was so hoping that Jazzy might review, 'Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow'! I absolutely LOVED it but wanted the opinion of an actual teen reader - enter Jazzy of Jazzy's Bookshelf. I love...

2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature Shortlist

I'm a fan of literary awards as it helps to separate the wheat from the chaff in a literary sense and they help when parents or educators are looking to purchase some quality titles....

Review of ‘Bird Builds a Nest’

Another review by my ever obliging ecologist neighbour, Dr Sam Lloyd. I pass on to her titles that I know will be RIGHT up her alley. Sam is an ecologist and manager for South...

Review: The Incredible Freedom Machines

Title: The Incredible Freedom Machines Author: Kirli Saunders Illustrator: Matt Ottley Publisher: Scholastic Press Themes: freedom; boundaries; persistence; imagination; wonder; freedom; hope; machinery; tinkering; motors; cogs; motorbikes; third person narrative; visual literacy. I’m long overdue on my review...

Book People: Kirli Saunders

'The Incredible Freedom Machines' is Kirli Saunders debut children's book and you can read my full review of of this exceptional book here. I came across Kirli Saunders on the website of a motorcycle shop...

Brisbane Holiday Event: STEMies

PudStar has been enjoying STEMies holiday programs for several years now. She loves working with Jackie Child AKA #bestteachingpartnerever AKA the voice behind TinkeringChild and she also adores hanging out with, and learning from,...

WIN with Your Kid’s Next Read

If you’re looking for the ‘next book’ for a child, tween or teen, the Your Kids Next Read Facebook group is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. The lovely Allison Tait set up this...

Readers’ Cup

I have a love-hate relationship with Readers' Cup. I love that it enables the readers in a school the opportunity to flex their muscles in a different way and that it encourages students to...

Young Reader and Reviews

A ten year-old family friend of ours is an avid reader and churns through books in paper form and on her Kindle at a great rate. Her mother told me recently that Miss Ten...

Girl Zone Book Club

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Grief, Widowhood and Books

Unsurprisingly, I've collected a large number of books on grief over the years. My brother died six years ago and my favourite Aunt died two weeks before Dan died. Sadly, I'm a grief veteran....

On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

I have long loved the writing of Anna Fienberg. It's hard to not fall head first into the Tashi series, and 'Horrendo's Curse' (and its companion book 'Wicked's Way') will also always sit on...