612ABC Bookworms: Books for ANZAC Day

25th April is ANZAC Day, a day to honour Australian and New Zealanders who have served their countries with such bravery. One of the most effective ways to ensure our children understand the importance...

School Holidays HERE WE COME

School holidays are nearly upon us and this is fairly obvious in my house. The small people are over-tired and unable to admit this and, according to #backboy, so am I. I know I'm  my usually bubbly,...

Books for Early Independent Readers

or ‘My Child is Reading Chapter Books and I Can’t Find ANYTHING for Them to Read' At least once a week I receive an email about capable and keen young readers who need books which...

Books Celebrating Australia

I find it incredibly hard to put together a list of books which encapsulate Australia. Our country is so many different things to so many different people and I don’t think any one book,...

612ABC Bookworms: Books for Children on the Autism Spectrum

This evening on Bookworms, David Curnow and I discussed books for children on the Autism Spectrum and you can listen to the Soundcloud here. I’m not an expert in the field of autism, these...

612 ABC Bookworms: Cookbooks for Kids

Follow me on social media for about half an hour and you'll see that as well as children's books, I love food and cooking. I wake up thinking about what I might cook for...

612ABC Bookworms Show: The Qld Literary Awards 2015

612ABC Bookworms Show: The Qld Literary Awards 2015 Last night on 612ABC Brisbane I chatted with David Curnow on the 8pm 'Bookworms' show about the Qld Literary Awards (QLA) for 2015 - to listen to the...
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BookWorms: 612ABC Radio: Fathers Day

BookWorms: 612ABC Radio: Fathers Day All families are different: some have a dad and some don’t; some have two dads; some have a dad that no longer lives with them; and some are grieving a...

Diversity in Children’s Literature

Diversity in Children’s Literature Dictionary definitions of diversity look something like: di•ver•si•ty n., pl. -ties. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness. variety; multiformity. a point of difference. having or including people from different ethnicities and social backgrounds. I spend a lot of time looking for children’s and YA books which showcase diversity in all forms; religious; cultural; sexual; family format...

Review of ‘The Worm Who Knew Karate’

Review of ‘The Worm Who Knew Karate’ Written by Jill Lever. Illustrated by Terry Denton. Publisher: Penguin Group Australia Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: garden worms, karate, confidence, defence strategies, working hard, thinking...