Book People: Nikki Gemmell

Book People: Nikki Gemmell I really am utterly stoked to have Nikki Gemmell here on the blog today - she is my favourite newspaper columnist, regularly bringing me to tears or feeling the need to shout...

Review of ‘Star’

Review of ‘Star’ Let me introduce the overly energetic Jackie. Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we...

Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’

Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ Written by Emma Allen and Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: Early Childhood  - Lower Primary Themes: starting school, school, classrooms, making friends, acceptance, tantrums, imagination, adventure, space To add this...

Review of ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’

Review of ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’ Written by Peter Taylor. Illustrated by Nina Rycroft. Musical arrangement Rusty Berther. Publisher: Five Mile Press (book and CD set) Themes: Australian animals, Waltzing Matilda, poetry, song. The Wild Thing (3) thinks...

Top Ten Beginning Reader Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! Ahhhhh the beginning reader! I consider it a joy and a privilege as a teacher librarian to see so many children start start their independent reading journey. When letters turn into...

Review of ‘One Would Think the Deep’

It seems that Claire Zorn can do no literary wrong - I just hope that the pressure doesn't freak her out entirely and give her writers block!  I've only just turned the final page on...

Review of ‘Madeleine, Maddy and Midge’

Review of 'Madeleine, Maddy and Midge' (Positive Thinking for Children) Author: Cathy Domoney Illustrator: Karen Davis Age Range: Early Childhood - Middle Primary Themes: positive thinking, thoughts, emotions, positive behaviour. Madeleline has two secret friends, Maddy and Midge. Maddy's...

Review of ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’

Review of ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’ Written by Liliana Stafford and Illustrated by Stephen Michael King Publisher:  Scholastic Australia Themes: community, gardening, chickens, urban life, friendship, sharing. Pud had a friend over the other afternoon for a play. Deciding...

Review of the ‘Bella Dancerella’ Series

Review of the 'Bella Dancerella' Series Not so long ago I shared my Top Ten Favourite classical ballet books – which you can see here. There are many stories of ballet aimed at young ballerinas...

Review of ‘Refuge’

Review of ‘Refuge’ Written by Jackie French Publisher: Harper Collins Teaching Notes:  Written by Robyn Sheahan Bright (amazing BTW) Awards: TO COME – there will be many. Age Range: 11 – 111 Themes: refuges; asylum seekers; boat people; nations; fantasy;...