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...

Easter Holiday Reading Log

Easter Holiday Reading Log School holidays are nearly upon us! It’s a time for our children to rest, rejuvenate….and READ! Reading is the perfect holiday pastime and takes children from the boredom of their bedroom...

Nick Falk and Tony Flowers

Thanks to Penguin Random House, we have just had a visit from Tony Flowers and Nick Falk who are two of my favs in this children's literature business - though I did give up...

Books for Early Independent Readers

or ‘My Child is Reading Chapter Books and I Can’t Find ANYTHING for Them to Read' At least once a week I receive an email about capable and keen young readers who need books which...

Review of ‘The Journey’

Review of ‘The Journey’ Written and illustrated by Coral Tulloch Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: middle primary Themes:  quest, journey, imagination, cooking, craft, puzzles, maps, choose your own adventure. To add this book to your home or school library click here. This is...

Review of ‘Wonder’

Review of 'Wonder' Written by R. J. Palacio Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper primary – Adult (parents/guardians/teachers please be aware of subject matter and decide on age appropriateness for your child) Themes:  difference, friendship, family, schools, resilience, acceptance,...

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...

14th Feb Books About Love!

I’m not a fan of Valentines Day and all that jazz, I do love books about love. There is nothing better than settling into bed with a small, freshly washed child and reading a...

Book Club Books Part 2

Part One of this series is here. So why a 'Girl Zone Book Club' I hear you ask? Well the easy answer to that question is that I work at a girls school! I've...

Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series

 Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series I’m sure there is not a parent who does not know these books. I resisted them for so long as I’m usually not a fan of books which...