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The Ever so Sociable Reader

The Ever so Sociable Reader (or 'How to Stop Freaking-Out at the Amount of Time Your Child Spends Reading. Alone) Reading is oft considered a solitary pursuit; sitting alone in one’s private home library, cup of...

Back to School Series: School Lunches Printable Poster

Back to School Series: School Lunches Printable Poster School lunches are the bane of many a parents weekday mornings. I try and stay in the habit of having a freezer stocked with biscuit dough and frozen...

School Holiday Activity Books

School Holiday Activity Books School holidays are just around the corner.I don’t know about your children, but PudStar is exhausted and cranky by this time of the term and although she would never admit it…she needs...

‘Belle and Boo’ Picture Books

'Belle and Boo' Picture Books ChickPea has a golden halo of curls, chubby cheeks and a gorgeous smile full of too-big- for-her-mouth teeth. My nan says she looks like one of the babies from the ‘Sunshine...

Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’

Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ Written and illustrated by Narelle Oliver Publisher: Scholastic/Omnibus Books Age Range: early childhood – lower primary Themes:  Australian birds, fantasy, imagination, habitat, visual literacy I always look forward to a new Narelle Oliver...

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’ Written by Anna Branford Illustrated by Sarah Davis Photographed by Cath Muscat Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: Lower Primary – Upper Primary Themes:  craft, collections, creating, reading, characters, gifts, recycle, upcycle This book...
Carrots for Parsley Rabbit

Inspired by a Book

Inspired by a Book We’ve growing some carrots! Inspired by one of my favourite 'books about books, 'Parsley Rabbit's Book About Books', PudStar decided that we should really grow some carrots for Parsley Rabbit and...

Review of ‘Sew Together Grow Together’

Review of ‘Sew Together Grow Together’ Written by Trixi Symonds. Photographed by Nicola Bailey. Age Range: 6 years – adult Themes: sewing, craft, instructions, making, creating. To add this book to your home, school or library collection click...

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...

Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series

Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series The ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series for newly independent readers are unashamedly Australian and would be perfect for a unit of work on Australian identity,...