The Gift of Words: Book Gifts for Newborns and Parents

The Gift of Words: Book Gifts for Newborns and Parents Selecting books and gifts for newborn babies is one of my most favourite things to do. I actually don’t love newborns…my own were terrifying, and...

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...

Top Twenty Horse Books for Children

Top Twenty Horse Books for Young Readers Some children go through a stage of wanting to be a pirate, others a fairy, some a dinosaur. Many young ones want to ride horses at some point and...

Book Party: ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

Book Party: 'Where The Wild Things Are' ChickPea turned two today we have celebrated with a ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ party with family (sticking to family parties for as long as I can!). Maurice Sendaks’...

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...

An Enid Blyton Faraway Tree Birthday Party

An Enid Blyton Faraway Tree Birthday Party Hey Bubbles is one of my favourite blogs for beautiful photography, kids craft ideas, excellent kids parties and food...oh the food! Anna also happens to be a good...

Top 20 Gift Books for Babies

 Top 20 Gift Books for Babies Every so often I do an order with Booktopia or Amazon for some of the following titles, which are my all-time favourites as book gifts for babies. I like to have a...

Review of ‘Eric Vale, Epic Fail’

Review of 'Eric Vale, Epic Fail' Written by Michael Gerard Bauer, Illustrated by Joe Bauer Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: school, nicknames, friendships, resilience, journal writing, writing, humour Many years ago I was a bridesmaid for Rebecca, someone...

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...

Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers!

Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers! Review of the ‘You Choose’ series Written by George Ivanoff. Illustrated by James Hart. Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: adventure, action, magic, mystery, choose...