The Rabbits Come to Brisbane

One of the defining books of my teacher librarian career to date has to be, 'The Rabbits' by John Marsden and Shaun Tan and I know I am not the only one who would...

Song and Story

This is not a sponsored post and I have no affiliation with this organisation - but jeepers am I am impressed with them.  PudStar has just spent two weeks of her school holidays at the...

Books and Music Dealing with ALL the Feelings!

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 and the really BIG feelings for young people...

Review of ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’

Review of ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’ Written by Peter Taylor. Illustrated by Nina Rycroft. Musical arrangement Rusty Berther. Publisher: Five Mile Press (book and CD set) Themes: Australian animals, Waltzing Matilda, poetry, song. The Wild Thing (3) thinks...

Review of ‘I’m Still Awake Still’

Review of 'I'm Still Awake Still' Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey. Music composed by Sue Johnson Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: Early Childhood – 80 Themes: bedtime, music, song, rhyme, family, dreams, animals, imagination, lullaby. To add...

Review of ‘Octupus’s Garden’

Review of ‘Octupus’s Garden’ Written by Ringo Starr and illustrated by Ben Cort Publisher: Simon and Schuster Age Range: early childhood – lower primary – Beatles fans Themes: music; underwater; adventure; Beatles; song; audio book; sea creatures Ringo Starr...

Hear My Voice: Why We Must Sing to Our Children

I have asked the musically gifted Jen Teh to write a series on music, song and language in our children’s lives. Singing and reading are all important in language development and so loved by...