Starting Out on Chapter Books: Part One Picture books should be read from birth to adulthood, and nowadays publishers cater for this with a plethora of picture book choices for all ages and stages. However, the enjoyment of...

Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series Written by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Lower -  Middle Primary Themes: family, blended families, siblings, ideas, collections. Awards: 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlisted Book...

The Gift of Words: Book Gifts for Newborns and Parents Selecting books and gifts for newborn babies is one of my most favourite things to do. I actually don’t love newborns…my own were terrifying, and...

Review of ‘Different Like Coco’ Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Matthews Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: 7 years+ - 70 years+ Themes:  daring to be different, biography, poverty, resilieance, fashion, fashion design, designers, France I just love a book that encourages difference!...

Top Twenty Horse Books for Young Readers Some children go through a stage of wanting to be Spiderman, others a fairy, some a dinosaur. Many young ones want to ride horses at some point and dream...

Review of 'Eric Vale, Epic Fail' Written by Michael Gerard Bauer, Illustrated by Joe Bauer Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: school, nicknames, friendships, resilience, journal writing, writing, humour Many years ago I was a bridesmaid for Rebecca, someone...

Top Thirty Australiana Books (+ one app!) To date I have resisted creating a list of books about Australia because our country is so many different things to so many different people and I don’t think any...

Review of ‘Two Wolves’ Written by Tristan Bancks Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper Primary/Lower Secondary - Young Adult (mature themes, check suitability for younger readers) Awards: Shortlisted Younger Readers Category, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the...

Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers! Review of the ‘You Choose’ series Written by George Ivanoff. Illustrated by James Hart. Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: adventure, action, magic, mystery, choose...

Series for Readers Age 10 – YA There is nothing better than using the school holidays as a chance to become totally immersed in the world of a brilliant book series! I remember reading John...