Gifts That Give Life, Hope and Opportunity…

...gifts that meet needs not wants. Gifts that tread lightly on the earth. TEAR Australia was established in 1971, and I first came across them in the late 90s. If you've been reading my blog...

Book People: Vale Narelle Oliver

Beautiful Narelle... You will be so missed by your family, so missed. I know only too well the grief cycle and you, my mum and I have discussed grief at length on many occasions over...

Summer Music Program: Teaching, Musical and Story Brilliance

This is not a sponsored post and I have absolutely no affiliation with this organisation apart from thinking they are most excellent indeed.   As a family, we value and celebrate music in all its forms,...

Top Five Ways to Bring Books to Life

Saturday we visited our fav bookshop and then went to the local bit of 'wild bush' up the road from our house, so that the munchkins could work on and decorate the treehouse they discovered...

NAPLAN Results and the Role of the School Library and Teacher Librarian

I don’t agree with standardized testing such as NAPLAN, but at this point there is no avoiding it, so I will at least use the data to shine a light on an issue I...

‘Fairy Dancers’ Bedroom

It would be fair to say that for ChickPea and PudStar, one of their favourite books of the past year would be 'The Fairy Dancers' by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini - my...

In Praise of a Bunk Bed

#notsponsored ...weird title for a blog post I know, but seriously...I have nothing else but praise for the girls' new bunk bed. And I have a history of raving about bits of furniture I like...

Favourite Reads of 2015: Jo

I've asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths...I like my friends...

The Kindred Collective

The Kindred Collective emag Volume Two, 'First' of The Kindred Collective emag is out now! I'm very, very fortunate to have a beautiful village of people in my life - family and family friends who've been...

PudStar’s Show and Tell

PudStar's Show and Tell Good afternoon Two Gold. My name is PudStar on the internet. We call me that on the internet becuase it is not good to put to much information on the internet. This...