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Kid’s Online Writing Course

I'm regularly asked by parents where their creative kids can access writing or illustrating courses and while I know of a few locally, I've not yet found one online that I would be comfortable...

Ten *NEW* Must Have Information Books

I'm a big fan of encouraging the reading of non-fiction texts, it's an entirely different reading experience and skill set and one that I don't think we encourage enough in our young people. Of...

Review of ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’

Reviewer: Dr Sam Lloyd Title: Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching Author/Illustrator/Creators: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti Publisher/Production: CSIRO Publishing (2018) in partnership with Small Friends Books, an art-science collaborative...

Students Need School Libraries

I have been a teacher librarian for over fifteen years, a teacher for twenty years and have been involved in the children’s and YA book industry in Australia for even longer, thanks in part...

Review of ‘Bonkers About Beetles’

Reviewer: Dr Sam Title: Bonkers about Beetles Author/Illustrator: Owen Davey Publisher: Flying Eye Books (published 2018) Themes: Beetle ecology, diet, behaviour, habitat, camouflage, specialist adaptations. Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  'Bonkers about Beetles' is engaging, informative, beautifully...

Girl Zone Book Club: The Endsister

This week we had our latest Girl Zone Book Club meeting – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin,...

Do You Read at the Breakfast Table?

Do you let your kids read at the breakfast table? Do you read at the table? As a librarian, you'd probably expect that I'm not a fan of kids having cereal near *my* library...

Bedrooms and Books at Seven

ChickPea turned seven recently, and, as I do, I changed up her bedroom as part of her birthday present. I admit, the 'birthday bedroom change-up' has become a thing, maybe a beast I should...

Review of ‘Want to Play Trucks?’

Title: 'Want to Play Trucks?' Author: Ann Stott Illustrator: Bob Graham Publisher: Walker Books Themes: gender stereotypes, ethnicity, play, free play, social skills, toddlers, trucks, sandpits, family, society. Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Jack likes trucks. Alex...

Review of ‘Claris The Chicest Mouse in Paris’

Author/Illustrator: Megan Hess Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Ages: 3+ Age Range: early childhood - lower primary Themes: Parisian, Paris, adventure, journey, fashion, courage, compassion, friendship Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  Acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator, Megan Hess, has...

Jewellery Book Boxes

It would be fair to say that I love a good book themed gift or twenty. My latest fav is these book jewellery boxes from Oh My Giddy Aunt (seen above). This post is...

Book Party: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I have been buying Nightie Night Lane pyjamas for a few years now and, as happens when you buy from a small business, you chat via email with the owners and get to know...

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...