Starting Out on Chapter Books: Part One

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...

Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books

Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books For Christmas I had purchased PudStar a very cute mermaid tail from a local co-op handmade shop. She wasn’t even particularly into mermaids but I rather adored...

Review of ‘The Cherry Dress’

Review of 'The Cherry Dress' Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: Early childhood – lower primary Themes:  family, sharing, homemade clothes, sewing, siblings, community, upcycling, recylying. This book review is dedicated to the gorgeous Ana...who publicly...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE I’m guessing you don’t read this blog hoping for books on creepy crawly vermin. But let’s be honest, if you have a child of school age, the dreaded...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School

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....

Holiday Reading and Writing Journals

Holiday Reading and Writing Journals Recently I found one of my old holiday journals. It is full of glued in Christmas cards, bus tickets, movie tickets, whinges and reflections on a family holiday, letters from...

Review of Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle

Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Themes: Counting, Australiana, visual literacy Age Range: Early Childhood Awards: Notable book, 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia...

Review of ‘Dinosaur Rocks’

Review of ‘Dinosaur Rocks’ Written and illustrated by Lachlan Creagh Age Range: Lower Primary Themes: dinosaurs, adventure, grandparents, family, discovery. To add ‘Dinosaur Rocks’ to your home library click here. For more great dinosaur books see here. The first page...

Visiting Countries through Books: New York

Visiting Countries through Books: New York This is a tale about a big city. It’s a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeze… So begins ‘Herman and Rosie’, written and illustrated by the talented...

Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’

Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’ Written by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker Age Range: Early childhood-middle primary Publisher: Penguin Books Themes: family, togetherness, time, passing of time, days of the week, relaxation, slowing down. “A busy week, a slower...