Review of ‘Sad, the Dog’

Written by Sandy Fussell. Illustrated by Tull Suwannakit. Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: early childhood - middle primary (and adult dog/sentiment lovers!) Themes: pets; love; care; family; survival; resilience; happiness; seeking happiness. To purchase this book for your...

Doodle Drawing Books for Children

Doodle Drawing Books for Children I recently wrote an article for Kidspot about colouring books for children and adults, and also spoke on Radio National (here) about the calming qualities of colouring books for both...

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...

Story Charms

Story Charms I've spoken a fair bit on here about a local online store I adore, Oh My Giddy Aunt - none of the talk sponsored! Over the years I've had many a gift purchased for me...

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...

Review of ‘This is a Ball’

Review of ‘This is a Ball’ Written and illustrated by Beck and Matt Stanton Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: I don’t really know what to write here. No really. I don’t. No...

Book People: Claire Saxby

Book People: Claire Saxby I have long loved the work of Claire Saxby and her latest work is no exception - in fact it possibly my new favourite illustrated fiction book (this is what I...

Review of ‘The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade’

Review of 'The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade' Written by Davina Bell. Illustrated by Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribe Age Range: Early Childhood - Middle Primary Themes: anxiety; fears; social situations; school; family; underwater; empathy; feelings; bravery. Scribe has produced some of...

‘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 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...