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 ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’

Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ Written and illustrated by Narelle Oliver Publisher: Scholastic/Omnibus Books Age Range: early childhood – lower primary Themes:  Australian birds, fantasy, imagination, habitat, visual literacy I always look forward to a new Narelle Oliver...

Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series

Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series The ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series for newly independent readers are unashamedly Australian and would be perfect for a unit of work on Australian identity,...

Easter Gift Book Giving

Easter Gift Book Giving I adore chocolate eggs. However in the interests of basic human health I attempt to limit the chocolate. I have to avert my eyes as my grandmother hands it out left...

Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

Review of 'Gracie and Josh' Written by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Serena Geddes Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes:  siblings, family, illness, childhood, hospitals, cancer, resiliance Click on cover image or title links...

Review of ‘Bea’

Review of 'Bea' I’m supposed to be concentrating on my Masters. However this evening I left the tall pile of qualitative and quantitative dissertations on the future of children’s reading and went out to what...

Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Fashion, Flowers, Gardens

Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Flowers, Gardens I do so love it when I find PudStar doing something that has been inspired by a book: happy parent/teacher/librarian moment! Much better than when I find her...

Review of ‘The Big Waves’

Review of 'The Big Waves' Written by Raewyn Caisley and illustrated by Elise Hurst Publisher: Puffin Age Range: lower primary Themes:  holidays, beach, waves, surfing, sand, family, bravery, overcoming fears, facing fears. I do so love a good ‘Aussie Nibble’ book....

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books We have a good friend called Maya, whose family does a great job celebrating Chinese New Year and I've asked her to contribute some ideas to my 'celebrating Chinese...

Review of ‘One Love’

Review of 'One Love' Adapted by Cedella Marley and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Chronicle Books San Francisco Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes:  love, songs, family, community, neighbourhood, nature.  One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel...