Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series

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...

Top Thirty Australiana Books

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...

Graphic Novels and Comic Books

Graphic Novels and Comic Books One of the first blogs I ever read was Picklebums, written by the lovely Kate Pickle. It's a quirky, gentle, soul soothing collection of family tales, educational ideas, printables, food, gardening...

Christmas Books for Children

Christmas Books for Children The time has come. There is no escaping Christmas anymore. If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years now you’ll be aware that I’m not a massive fan of...

Billie B Brown Clubhouse

Billie B Brown Clubhouse All title and book cover images take you to Booktopia for easy purchase or to a more in-depth review. PudStar and ChickPea (AKA The Wild Thing) love their cubbyhouse. Mostly it's a...

Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour

Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour (Notes from Andy Griffith’s session at CBCA Conference, Canberra, 2014) Books by Andy Griffiths are madness and brilliance personified and I’m yet to find a reader who has not enjoyed...

Book Party: Dinosaur Party!

Book Party: Dinosaur Party! Warning: Photo Fest As mentioned in my post last week about dinosaur books (here), The Wild Thing AKA ChickPea loves a dinosaur book or twenty. We’ve been reading ‘How to Grow a...

Children’s Books about Feelings and Grief

Children’s Books about Feelings and Grief Where do you stand on books for young children on feelings and grief? Do you worry you will make your children upset and morose and avoid them or do...

Mem Fox: ‘Possum Magic’

Mem Fox: 'Possum Magic' Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic… Did you...

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’ Written by Anna Branford Illustrated by Sarah Davis Photographed by Cath Muscat Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: Lower Primary – Upper Primary Themes:  craft, collections, creating, reading, characters, gifts, recycle, upcycle This book...