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First Facts and First Reads

If you've been reading here for a while now you'll know that I love the work of Australian author Rebecca Johnson, who happens to also be an award winning teacher, her latest accolade being...

Native Stingless Bees and Bee Books

It has been a very big week at school! Monday we had Elly Awesome (who was awesome and her book is here) and Tuesday we had Dr Tobias Smith from Bee Aware Kids to...

New and Old Favourites: Children’s Books for Christmas

2017 is a year I am keen to see end for obvious reasons. And yet STILL I cannot believe that it is time to start the whole Christmas thing - which is going to...

Six Months of Grief

Long post alert...and it's not about books so click back one for books if that is more your thing. It sure is more mine than #grieftown. This week marks six months since we lost Dan...

Book Club Books Part 3

If you've been reading along, you'll know that Part One of this series is here and Part Two is here. This is my final instalment of fav books that have been read in Girl...

Book Club Books Part 2

Part One of this series is here. So why a 'Girl Zone Book Club' I hear you ask? Well the easy answer to that question is that I work at a girls school! I've...

Book Club Books Part 1

For many years now at school I've been running 'Girl Zone Book Club'– a reading group for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin,...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

Tonight at 8:30pm I'll be on 612ABC talking all things books for half an hour or so. The books pictured above are my favourites of the last month or so and great ones in...

Top Twenty Magazines for Kids

Each year around this time I publish a list of magazines for kids – good ones for aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents to gift to little people for Christmas. Magazines are the gift that keeps...

Review of ‘The Wonderling’ by Mira Bartók

My young reviewer, Jazzy from Jazzy's Bookshelf, emailed me her review of 'The Wonderling' by Mira Bartók just this afternoon and I couldn't get it up on the blog fast enough! I've had this...