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...

Humour in Children’s Literature

Humour in Children’s Literature My most recent 612ABC radio 'Bookworms' half hour was about the books that make our young people, and the adults who read with them, roll around on the floor laughing -...

Must-Have Children’s Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings

Must-Have Children's Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings Talking with David Curnow on 612ABC Brisbane about books which explore feelings and in particular those which support young people who have experienced grief. Listen to the Soundcloud HERE.  I...

The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables

The Children's Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards are the most highly regarded children’s/YA lit awards within the industry and in the wider community. If...

Books on Making, Tinkering and Creating

Books on Making, Tinkering and Creating The idea of making, tinkering, engineering and creating is not a new one – in fact it is as old as time itself. Most individuals and communities have an...