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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...

On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

This is Part Two of the story behind the story of 'Monsters'. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how on earth...

Doing the Tween Years Right

Biome and CBD have had an ongoing relationship for many years now, and they kindly gifted PudStar her first skincare pack. All opinions, as always, are my own and I shop online at Biome...

You’re Invited to a Book Launch: Errol!

Join Megan Daley as she introduces author Zanni Louise and illustrator Philip Bunting to launch their new book Errol! Play Pin the Hat on the Penguin, enjoy an ice cream (with sprinkles on top!), and listen to the story of...

The Book Gender Debate (by Jacqueline Harvey)

This week I was so fortunate to host Jacqueline Harvey at school and, as on previous visits, she captivated students and staff alike with her enthusiasm, wit and wisdom. If you ever have the...

Raising a Reader: The Kindergarten and Home Connection in Early Literacy

This evening I am talking to parents at Red Hill Kindergarten about the important role they play in creating a sense of wonder around reading. Enquiries regarding education and/or parent talks can be made...

Review of ‘Gecko’

This review is another by Dr Sam Lloyd AKA one of my neighbours, and also an ecologist and manager for South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Sam is also a former dance teacher...

Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

I feel like I've been waiting for this book for a long time, having read it in manuscript form some time ago and having followed Rachel Noble's own journey with grief since the loss...

Review of ‘The Wonder of Us’

'The Wonder of Us' by Kim Culbertson appeals to me as I love and adore realistic fiction and YA is my happy place. I've got this one to read on my girls weekend away...

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...