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Best Book Gifts for Toddlers

  This age bracket adore books and language and as they are still learning the mechanics of how a book works they to use all their senses to ‘read’ a book; chewing and ripping may...

The 15 Most Popular Books in my Junior School Library in 2018

Each year I do so enjoy looking at the stats on 'most borrowed items' from the Junior Library. Possibly this is a librarian thing, but I find it fascinating. There is absolutely no surprises...

Five on Friday: Favourite Reads This Week

'My Sunbeam Baby' by Emma Quay 'Another Book About Bears' by Laura and Philip Bunting 'Help Around the House' by Morris Gleitzman 'Limelight' by Solli Raphael 'The Things That Will Not Stand' by Michael Gerard Bauer  

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go’

Title: There's a Bug on My Arm That Won't Let Go Author/illustrator: David Mackintosh (see interview here) Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia  Age Range: early childhood and adults who need a laugh Themes: bugs, childhood worries, insects, visual literacy Click on title...

Teacher Gifts

Good educators can set the path for your child's future; they inspire, empower and guide our children alongside parents and they deserve an utterly genuine ‘THANK YOU’ for what they do. This thanks does not...

The Global Literacy Challenge – There’s An App For That! Library For All

I became aware of the fabulous work done by Library for All, through Dr Lara Cain Gray, who is their Senior Research Librarian and someone I admire very much. I have been so incredibly impressed...

Book People: Susannah McFarlane

There would be few parents of small people out there who did not know the EJ Girl Hero and EJ Spy School books - we've even had an EJ Disco Party. Author Susannah McFarlane...

12 Literary Days of Christmas Giveaways

There is no escaping it. Christmas is on its way people! While I'm not a fan of the hype and the shopping centre chaos, I am a fan of the Christmas books, the book...

Harry Potter

Oh dear. Pottery Barn Kids have released an entire range of 'Harry Potter' bed linen, bedroom decor and Christmas decorations and it.is.divine. PudStar had read most of the Harry Potter series with Dan, but...

Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Anger of Angels’

I am always super pleased when I open an email from Jazzy of teen book blog, Jazzy's Bookshelf to find a new review. Her reviews are insightful and she absolutely understands what teens and...

‘Raising Readers’ Cover Reveal

Oh goodness it starts to feel real when you have a cover! My book, 'Raising Readers: How to nurture a child's love of books' is due in stores in April 2019 and is published...

Christmas Books: New and Old Favourites

Can we just take a moment to admire my Christmas library mice? I'm rather chuffed with them and I also rather enjoyed making teeny books for them to hold! I find cutting and glueing...

Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’

Interviewer: Joy Lawn Title: The Adventures of Catvinkle Author: Elliot Perlman Illustrator: Laura Stitzel Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Themes: friendship, kindness, empathy,  bravery, animals, difference, tolerance, humour.  Teachers’ Notes: Prepared by Penguin Random House Australia and available here. The girls and I have greatly enjoyed  'The...

Top Ten Blog Reads this Month

It's getting to the time of year when I start to reflect a little on this blog and what content has connected with you as readers. I very rarely look at my Google analytics,...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puddle Hunters’

Title: 'Puddle Hunters' Author: Kirsty Murray Illustrator: Karen Blair Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: early childhood Themes: puddles, weather, rain, sunshine, families, siblings, play. Ruby and her brother Banjo wait for the rain to stop and the fun to...

Review of ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’

Author: Samantha Wheeler Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary Themes: Rett Syndrome; disability; diversity; voice; resilience; family; siblings. Today the we attended the book launch of a remarkable new novel, 'Everything I've Never Said' by Samantha Wheeler. Sam...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The Flying Optometrist’

Title: 'The Flying Optometrist' Author: Joanne Anderton Illustrator: Karen Erasmus Publisher: National Library of Australia Publishing Age Range: early childhood - middle primary Themes: optometry, eye-health, glasses, remote communities, outback, flying, aviation, medical professionals. Click on title links or cover image to...

Book People: Lorraine Marwood

Lorraine Marwood is well known to many as an award winning poet and writer. Her novel 'Star Jumps' won the 2010 Prime Ministers Award for Children’s Fiction and is a poignant verse novel depicting...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Sonam and the Silence’

Title: 'Sonam and the Silence' Author: Eddie Ayres Illustrator: Ronak Taher Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: middle - upper primary Themes: music, resilience, courage, curiosity, Afghanistan, Taliban. Click on title links or cover image to purchase. A lyrical fable-like story by the well-known musician,...

Summer School Music Program

This is not a sponsored post and I have absolutely no affiliation with this organisation apart from thinking they are most excellent indeed.  This coming January will be Pud's fourth year of 'giving up' two...