Book People: Shona Innes

Book People: Shona Innes

I’m so peased to be a part of the blog tour for ‘The Big Hug’ series by Shona Innes, published by Five Mile Press. I’m a big fan of books for children which deal with the big issues for young people such as grief, marriage breakdown, disability, illness, allergies, friendship issues and adoption. Children need to see their lives reflected in literature – to know they are not alone and to know they are understood. Books which deal with ‘issues’ give children the vocubularly to help them articulate how they might be feeling and the strategies to deal with a tricky situation.

Author, Shona Innes, is a practicing child psychologist and her first two books in ‘The Big Hug’ series deal with grief in ‘Life is Like the Wind’ and navigatigating friendships in ‘Friendship is like a Seesaw’. The language in each of the books is spot on and the stories are engaging and appealing to young children. The illustrations by Irisz Agocs are full of movement and light and help to keep the heavy subject matter at an age appropriate level. I would highly recommend these books for every home, school and library collection as you just never ever know when they may be needed. ‘Life is Like the Wind’ is a beautiful story about grief and loss and has been much read in our household and I’ve just purchased a copy for two divine little girls in my life who very much need this big hug of a book.

Shona, I so enjoyed reading your responses to my ten questions – you are clearly passionate about what you do and I’m so pleased you are now sharing your work with a wider audience through your books. Thank you for joining me here today! Megan.

Click on title or cover images to add these books to your collection. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/book-people-shona-innes/

Easter Giveaway thanks to Harper Collins Australia

Easter Giveaway: Ruby Red Shoes

To kickstart the Easter celebrations, the lovely people at Harper Collins Australia are offering readers of Children’s Books Daily the opportunity to win one of five ‘Ruby Red Shoes’ sets. Simply leave a comment here on the blog post, or on Facebook or Instagram. Entrants must be newsletter subscribers to enter…to sign up for the once weekly newsletter simply go to the main home page and enter your email address in the box on the right hand side. Winners will be chosen on Tuesday 15th April and prizes will be posted by Harper Collins (they won’t arrive until after Easter!). The ‘Fine Print’ is below.

Those of you who have been reading this blog for little while now will know that I have a teeny tiny obsession with all things Ruby Red Shoes and Twigseeds in general! Author/illustrator Kate Knapp is so incredibly talented, and an extremely nice person to boot! You can read more about Kate Knapp here and you can read my review of ‘Ruby Red Shoes’ here. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/easter-giveaway-thanks-harper-collins-australia/

Review of ‘A New Friend for Marmalade’

Review of ‘A New Friend for Marmalade’

Written by Alison Reynolds. Illustrated by Heath Mackenzie.

Publisher: The Five Mile Press

Themes: friendship, difference, tolerance, new experiences, acceptance, cats.

There is nothing better than a well-produced picture book about a topic close to the hearts of parents and children alike – friendship! ‘New Friend for Marmalade’ has just been added to my list of favourites on this topic and I can’t wait to share it with my Kindergarten students in library.

a-friend-for-marmalade_cover_pb-copy Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/review-new-friend-marmalade/

Review of ‘The Ratcatcher’s Daughter’

Review of ‘The Ratcatcher’s Daughter’

Written by Pamela Rushby

Publisher: HarperCollins

Age Range: Upper Primary – Lower Secondary

Themes: history, Australia, plague, occupations, role of women, family, community. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/review-ratcatchers-daughter/

Book People: Pamela Rushby

Book People: Pamela Rushby

I am so pleased to be featuring Pamela Rushby as part of my ‘Book People’ series. Pamela and I clearly attend the same literary events as I see her at 90% of the functions I attend and it’s always lovely to chat with her. There are a few children’s/YA authors in Australia who do historical fiction incredibly well and Pamela is one of them. Her ability to delve into the past, conduct extensive research and then create a story which will engage youth of today is remarkable. Her books are studied in schools around the country and are often popular choices for my ‘Girl Zone Book Club’ and our school bookclub for senior students and parents. I have reviewed ‘The Ratcatcher’s Daughter’ here and ‘Flora’s War’ here. You can purchase her books by clicking on the cover or title images in this post and you can read more about Pamela at her website here.

Thank you so much for joining me here today Pamela! Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/book-people-pamela-rushby/

Creating a Welcome

Creating a Welcome

We all need a nest to call our own.

From 1 April, Kids’ Book Review, in in conjunction with author Anna Branford, will be holding a month long sale—Creating a Welcome—of children’s books and art from some of Australia’s leading creators.

The sale is in support of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. All funds from sales will go directly to the Centre, a community organisation working directly with asylum seekers to provide basic necessities such as food, housing, healthcare and legal assistance. Creating a Welcome encourages creative people to use their hands, hearts and minds, as well as their skills and convictions, to effect social and political change, and the wonderful people at Kids Book Review is supporting this incredibly worthy cause.

So drop by the Kids Book Review website from 1 April to see the incredible items they have for sale, from original children’s book artwork to signed books to incredibly inexpensive, massive book lots, and specialised author packages including Skype visits and manuscript assessments. You will NOT be disappointed. One little word of warning: you’ll want to get in quickly, as items are sure to be snaffled up.

KBR will also have information for Melbournites on the two craft markets Anna has organised for Creating a Welcome. You won’t want to miss them.

KBR sale

We all need a nest to call our own.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/creating-welcome/

Easter Gifts Part Two

Easter Gifts Part Two

As I said in Part One, for Easter we get our children an egg, some flower seeds or bulbs to plant (new life) and of course a book. Nan often gets them an Easter themed craft kit for the holidays and grandparents/aunts etc perhaps get a rabbit or bilby ‘something’ – and of course there is always chocolate! Part Two contains links to kits and gifts we/extended family have purchased for the small and big people in our extended family over the last few Easters – most of the gifts are of course literary related and it’s nice to have something a little different from chocolate. A few of these links are affiliate links which make no difference to you as the buyer nor does it influence the products I endorse, these are all products I use and love.

Image Credit: Stuck on You

‘Audrey’. Image Credit: Stuck on You Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/easter-gifts-part-two/

Top 20 Easter Books

Top 20 Easter Books

Easter Gifts Part One

Easter Bunny

My Easter book post last year was well received (see it here), so I thought I’d do a similar list this year and update it with some new Easter books that I have added to our home or school library collection this year. Part Two of this post is some other non-egg and non-book gifts that I love.

At Easter my girls receive an egg, some flower seeds or bulbs to plant (new life) and of course a book. The books below are Easter books which I recommend. The title and/or cover takes you to Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here.

Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/top-20-easter-books/

Girl Zone Book Club

Girl Zone Book Club 

We’ve just had our second Girl Zone Book Club meeting for the year! We read ‘When You Reach Me’, which you can read more about here. Girl Zone Book Club is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend! This Book Club is an opportunity to talk, laugh and learn through a shared love of reading. Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/girl-zone-book-club/

Top Ten Dog Books

 

Top Ten Dog Books

Apologies for the excessive amount of Staffordshire terrier pictures in this post. Click away NOW if you’re not a dog person! RIP gorgeous boys.

rex and flint

Read the rest of this entry »

Permanent link to this article: http://childrensbooksdaily.com/top-ten-dog-books/

Older posts «