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...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE I’m guessing you don’t read this blog hoping for books on creepy crawly vermin. But let’s be honest, if you have a child of school age, the dreaded...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School In Australia, Prep/Foundation/Kindergarten is the first formal year of schooling and it can’t come soon enough for PudStar who has been playing school for months now....

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...

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...

Review of Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle

Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Themes: Counting, Australiana, visual literacy Age Range: Early Childhood Awards: Notable book, 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia...

Visiting Countries through Books: New York

Visiting Countries through Books: New York This is a tale about a big city. It’s a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeze… So begins ‘Herman and Rosie’, written and illustrated by the talented...

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...
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Review of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’

Review of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ Let me start be saying that really I’m not reviewing these books, as they are classics…so obviously they are fabulous. But in order to properly categorize this post (and I...
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Review of ‘Squish Rabbit’

Review of ‘Squish Rabbit’ Written and Illustrated by Katherine Battersby Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: Adventure, feelings, friends, problem solving, imagination, confidence Awards:  2012 Children’s Book Council Notable book (Early Childhood category) Short listed for the...