It is always a great privilege to receive a review from Joy Lawn*...always.  A.F. Harrold has a special kind of imagination. Many readers of children’s books will know his work from his CILIP Kate Greenaway and Carnegie...

Review of ‘Marty’s Nut Free Party’ Written by Katrina Roe and illustrated by Leigh Hedstrom Publisher: Wombat Books Age Range: Early Childhood - Lower Primary Themes: allergies, peanut allergy, food, birthday parties. I love trying to find a book for...

One of my regular young reviewers is the gorgeous Jazzy, of ‘Jazzy’s Bookshelf’. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog homepage here and ‘like’ her Facebook page, managed by her mum, here. Today Jazzy...

Book Club: Pre Teen Reads We’ve just had our latest Book Club meeting for the year, where we discussed our latest read, ‘My Life as an Alphabet'. This Book Club is a group I run for Year...

Book Party: Ladybird Poor Chickpea. She came into the world screaming and then, due to a hefty dose of reflux, she continued to scream for approximately two years. She was a cranky, cranky little bug...

Top 30 Christmas Books ...and Christmas Book Advent Tree We are again doing a Christmas Book Advent Tree (full image at end of post) and  you can see last years tree here. The idea is that...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School In Australia, Prep/Foundation/Kindergarten is the first formal year of schooling and it can’t come soon enough for PudStar who has been playing school for months now....

Title: 'The Tales of Mrs Mancini' Author: Natalie Jane Prior Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: early childhood; cake and/or cat lovers of all ages. Themes: community; friendship; family; cats; cake; pastries; bakery; adventure. From the creators of...

Review of the 'Stuff Happens' series Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: 7 years+ Themes: resilience; boys; school; friendships; families; emotional intelligence. To add these books to your home, school or library collection click on cover images or...

Last week I wrote a little about PudStar's 8th birthday party (here), her favourite books at 8 years old (here), and her birthday bike (here), a Byk brand bike from our local cycling shop,...