Girl Zone Book Club: Pre Teen Reads

Girl Zone Book Club Tonight was our first meeting of the year for Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother,...

Top 10 Ballet Books

  Top 10 Ballet Books (with titles suitable for early childhood to young adult reading age range. More ballet book posts are here and here) Yesterday we went to ‘Tutu Day’, an event by the Queensland Ballet. It was...

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...

Review of the ‘Our Australian Girl’ Series

Review of the ‘Our Australian Girl’ Series Various authors (listed below). Illustrated by Lucia Mascuillo. Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Age Range: 8 -12 years. Each volume is slim, making them suitable for younger readers as well as...

Review of ‘Amazing Babes’

Review of ‘Amazing Babes’ Written by Eliza Sarlos and illustrated by Grace Lee Publisher: Scribe Publications Age Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary, secondary school, young adult, adult Themes:  women, inspiration, influential women, current affairs, history, gender, biographies. To add...

Book People: Paul Collins

Book People: Paul Collins I’m rather excited to be able to share with you today a glimpse into the life of author and publisher, Paul Collins. Paul has ‘around 150 books’ (his words!) to his...

Review of ‘The Adventures of Nelly Nolan Book 1: The Nelly Gang’

Review of ‘The Adventures of Nelly Nolan Book 1: The Nelly Gang’ Written and illustrated by Stephen Axelsen Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: middle – upper primary Themes:  history, Australia, immigration, goldfields, graphic novels, adventure, action, mateship, friendship. To add...

Mother and Daughter Book Club Titles

Mother and Daughter Book Club Titles My Mother & Daughter Bookclub has just finished reading ‘The Forgotten Pearl’ and tonight we’ve had a great discussion about this fabulous book  - if it were to be...

Review of ‘Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend’

Review of ‘Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend’ Written by Steven Herrick  Publisher: UQP  Age Range: Middle Primary – Upper Primary Themes:  community, friendship, kindness, school, grief, lonliness Awards: Shortlisted: 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize, Shortlisted: 2013 CBCA Younger Reader,...

Review of the ‘Word Hunters’ series

Review of the ‘Word Hunters’ series Written by Nick Earls and illustrated by Terry Whidborne Publisher: UQP Age Range: Middle Primary – Lower Secondary Themes: words, language, dictionaries, etymology, adventure, hunting, sibling, twins, history, time travel The complete set...