DIY Literary Christmas Decoration

This week for Year Three homework, Pud has to write a procedural text for a handmade Christmas decoration. Next week they will be sharing their instructions with the class and making the decorations. Fortunately...

Review of ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’

Title: 'The Tales of Mrs Mancini' Author: Natalie Jane Prior Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: early childhood; cake and/or cat lovers of all ages. Themes: community; friendship; family; cats; cake; pastries; bakery; adventure. From the creators of...

Review of ‘Twig’ by Aura Parker

Title: Twig Author/Illustrator: Aura Parker Publisher: Scholastic Age Range: 3 - 6 years Themes: starting school; friends; loneliness;confidence; making friends; paying attention; teamwork; school; counting; finding. I was so very, very excited when I opened a box of books...

Violet Mackerel: Oh How I Adore Thee

The Violet Mackerel series, written by Anna Branford, illustrated by Sarah Davis and published with care by Walker Books, is without a doubt the series that I will most remember from my children's early...

Birthday Party Gift Books

Pud looked at the pile of wrapped presents for the upcoming weekend birthday parties we were off to: 'urghhhhhhhhh, is there anything there that is not a book mummy?'. What can I say? We're...

Out of the Box Creative Creature Workshops

OUT OF THE BOX CREATIVE CREATURE WORKSHOPS  FREE FUN FOR THE KIDS THESE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS I already have my kids booked into a number of holiday workshops at BCC libraries and Where the Wild Things...

Got to Love Playdough!

Dear glory I love playdough - yep at nearly 40 (arghhhhhh) I still find it terribly therapeutic to squish playdough or roll it out flat and cut out shape after shape with a biscuit cutter. I...

School Holidays HERE WE COME

School holidays are nearly upon us and this is fairly obvious in my house. The small people are over-tired and unable to admit this and, according to #backboy, so am I. I know I'm  my usually bubbly,...

How to Make Paper

I have done quite a few 'Slow Communication' workshops at Brisbane City Council Libraries, based on the book 'Snail Mail'.  You can read about my slow communication station in my school library here. We've...

Favourite Reads of 2015: Anita

I've asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths...I like my friends...