Review of ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’

Review of ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’ Written by Liliana Stafford and Illustrated by Stephen Michael King Publisher:  Scholastic Australia Themes: community, gardening, chickens, urban life, friendship, sharing. Pud had a friend over the other afternoon for a play. Deciding...

‘Review of Weirdo’

Review of 'Weirdo' Every so often I love to invite young readers I know and admire to submit reviews to Children’s Books Daily. You can see all the ‘child reviews’ if you click on this...

Graphic Novels and Comic Books

Graphic Novels and Comic Books One of the first blogs I ever read was Picklebums, written by the lovely Kate Pickle. It's a quirky, gentle, soul soothing collection of family tales, educational ideas, printables, food, gardening...

The ‘Meet…’ Series: ‘Welcome to the World ‘Meet…Sidney Nolan’

The 'Meet...' Series: Welcome to the World 'Meet... Sidney Nolan' Random House has done a simply brilliant job with the 'Meet...' series; a picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's...

‘Young Children and the Environment’

Review of 'Young Children and the Environment' It’s the age old question to ask young children; ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’. ChickPea always says, ‘a dinosaur or a truck driver’...

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 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...

Mem Fox: ‘Possum Magic’

Mem Fox: 'Possum Magic' Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic… Did you...

Book People: Emma Quay

I have loved the work of Emma Quay ever since 'Bear and Chook' (written by Lisa Shanahan, illustrated by Emma Quay) first landed in my library. It was pretty much love at first sight...

Dallas Clayton: Online, Print and App Versions

Dallas Clayton: Online, Print and App Versions I like story in all forms. I like print. I like electronic. I like my stories as apps, and as audio stories and I like stories on the...