Book Club: The War that Saved My Life

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...

Jazzy Reviews: The Chronicles of Jack McCool: The Amulet of Athlone

It's always great to receive a review from Jazzy. Terrific to see she's using her holidays for reading. And this one does look like a fabulous holiday read. Jazzy has her own blog, and...

Win: La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate diCamillo & Jaime Kim

One of our favourite visiting authors this year, Kate diCamillo, is publishing her first picture book in ten years! It's an inspiring nearly wordless collaboration with illustrator Jaime Kim who works in gouache and...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

This evening I will be on ABC Radio (612ABC) at 8:30pm talking with Trevor Jackson about my favourite books of the past month or so. It's coming up to *that time of year* when...

Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

A lovely member of the Your Kid's Next Read Facebook group asked the other day about books for young children which help to explain divorce. I had done a post several year ago on...

Review: ‘The Book of Secrets’: Ateban Cipher #1

Happy book birthday to Allison Tait and her new baby, 'The Book of Secrets: Ateban Cipher #1'! While I have read and loved 'The Book of Secrets' myself, I have asked Trish Buckley to...

Review: ‘Because of You’ by Pip Harry

Title: ‘Because of You’ Author: Pip Harry Publisher: UQP Age Range: 15+ Themes: homelessness, belonging, hope, stereotypes, identity, friendship, addiction, alcoholism, community service, homosexuality, teen pregnancy. ‘Books can save anyone. If they’re the right ones.’ Tiny is 18, homeless and...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

This evening I will be on ABC Radio (612ABC) at 8:30pm talking with Trevor Jackson about my favourite books of the past month or so. I've got way too many to talk about and...
Review D-Bot Squad by Mac Park

Three great books for boys (5-9)

Boys are notoriously tricky to engage with reading, which is one reason Megan loves sharing book reviews from young blogger Book Boy. The following three books for boys are all reviewed by Book Boy...

For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool

I recently discovered that my library copy of 'For All Creatures' was missing in action and I rather scrambled to find a replacement as it is one of my all time favourite picture books...