Review of ‘Peggy’

Review of ‘Peggy’ Written and illustrated by Anna Walker Publisher: Scholastic Australia Age Range: Early Childhood – adults (who love chickens) Themes: travel, bravery, independence, home, chickens   If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you will be...

Review of ‘Bea’

Review of 'Bea' I’m supposed to be concentrating on my Masters. However this evening I left the tall pile of qualitative and quantitative dissertations on the future of children’s reading and went out to what...

Literary Easter Gifts!

So it's seems like only yesterday we were eating chocolate Santa's, but apparently it's now time so start eating chocolate bunnies and eggs. At Easter, ChickPea and PudStar receive an egg (of the chocolate variety!), some...

Top Ten Dog Books

  Top Ten Dog Books Apologies for the excessive amount of Staffordshire terrier pictures in this post.  RIP gorgeous boys. As any of my long-time readers will know, we lost our much adored Rex in March 2014...

Easter Gifts Part Three: Peter Rabbit

One of the very first books I ever owned was a beautiful collection of Peter Rabbit books and I have all things Beatrix Potter ever since. Every year our Year Three teacher has a...

Review of ‘Waiting for Later’

Review of 'Waiting for Later' Written and illustrated by Tina Matthews (2011). Published by Walker Books Australia For a few years I have been doing some tutoring work at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and have greatly enjoyed sharing...

Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Life with Literature

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief, serious illness,...

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Live on Stage at QPAC

With Summer holidays approaching fast, tis time to start booking library workshops, arts workshops and theatre experiences for the youngest people in the family. I know many people visit the zoo, beach or bushwalk...

Mindfulness for Children

I recently happened upon a book, 'Making Mindful Magic', that made even I, frenetic/ever-fidgeting/always moving me, slow down *briefly*. Look, to be honest, I do try very hard to embrace mindfulness - I just...

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...