Review of ‘The Secrets We Keep’

Author: Nova Weetman Publisher: UQP Age Range: Middle Grade; upper primary; lower secondary; 10 years+ Themes: grief; loss; school; family; friendships; lies; mental illness To purchase 'The Secrets We Keep', click on title links or cover image.  I picked this book...

Review of ‘One Would Think the Deep’

It seems that Claire Zorn can do no literary wrong - I just hope that the pressure doesn't freak her out entirely and give her writers block!  I've only just turned the final page on...

Essential Reads: Big Hug Books

It's not often that I blog about a series time and time and time again, but then it's not often that I come across a series that I feel so passionately about. The 'Big...

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,...

Must-Have Children’s Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings

Must-Have Children's Books on Grief, Empathy and Feelings Talking with David Curnow on 612ABC Brisbane about books which explore feelings and in particular those which support young people who have experienced grief. Listen to the Soundcloud HERE.  I...

Back to School Series: Books which Deal with ‘The Big Issues’

Back to School Series: Books which Deal with ‘The Big Issues’ 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...

Review of ‘To This Day: For the bullied and the beautiful’

I've been meaning to review slam poet, Shane Koyczon's powerful, must-have book, 'To This Day: For the bullied and the beautiful' for ages now, but when I gifted the book to one of Eden Riley's children, I...

Everyone Needs a Nana Blanket

Everyone Needs a Nana Blanket There is a Story Behind Every Stitch My Nan is 86 and she is just a little bit fabulous. She loves her five great granddaughters and the feeling is mutual. The...

Review of ‘The Protected’

Review of 'The Protected' Written by Claire Zorn Publisher: University of Queensland Press Age Range: Young Adult Themes: grief; adolescence; sibling relationships; bullying; school; family; parents; depression; realistic fiction. To purchase this book click on title or cover links....

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...