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Preparing for a New Sibling With Books

  Preparing for a New Sibling With Books! Over the years many people have asked me about what books to read to a firstborn when a brother or sister is on the way. The books below are...

Book Party: Dinosaur Party!

Book Party: Dinosaur Party! Warning: Photo Fest As mentioned in my post last week about dinosaur books (here), The Wild Thing AKA ChickPea loves a dinosaur book or twenty. We’ve been reading ‘How to Grow a...

Children’s Books about Feelings and Grief

Children’s Books about Feelings and Grief Where do you stand on books for young children on feelings and grief? Do you worry you will make your children upset and morose and avoid them or do...

Book Party: Ladybird

Book Party: Ladybird Poor Chickpea. She came into the world screaming and then, due to a hefty dose of reflux, she continued to scream for approximately two years. She was a cranky, cranky little bug...

Mem Fox: ‘Possum Magic’

Mem Fox: 'Possum Magic' Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic… Did you...

Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’

Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ Written by Emma Allen and Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: Early Childhood  - Lower Primary Themes: starting school, school, classrooms, making friends, acceptance, tantrums, imagination, adventure, space To add this...

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’ Written by Anna Branford Illustrated by Sarah Davis Photographed by Cath Muscat Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: Lower Primary – Upper Primary Themes:  craft, collections, creating, reading, characters, gifts, recycle, upcycle This book...

Top Ten Pirate Books!

Top Ten Pirate Books! Our house seems to be overflowing with pirate books at the moment.  Pud ‘helped’ me one day when I was working at the StoryArts Festival. I ‘paid’ her in books signed...

Review of ‘Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris’

Review of 'Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris' I’ve long admired the work of Kate Knapp and have many of her little Twigseed creations. A good friend of mine owns a Kate Knapp chicken print...

‘Belle and Boo’ Picture Books

'Belle and Boo' Picture Books ChickPea has a golden halo of curls, chubby cheeks and a gorgeous smile full of too-big- for-her-mouth teeth. My nan says she looks like one of the babies from the ‘Sunshine...