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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...

Review: Elly Awesome

With the Summer holidays approaching (yes I know it's only week two of Term Four, but we all know that Term Four is a blur), it's time to turn our minds to 'Summer Reads'...

Book Club: The War that Saved My Life

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Every Writer Needs an Office

So. I'm writing a book. Allegedly. Dear glory I hope Kristina from UQP is not reading this...but I promise it will one day sit alongside those lovely UQP spines above! It's been a *&%@#$...

Jazzy Reviews: The Chronicles of Jack McCool: The Amulet of Athlone

It's always great to receive a review from Jazzy. Terrific to see she's using her holidays for reading. And this one does look like a fabulous holiday read. Jazzy has her own blog, and...

Win: La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate diCamillo & Jaime Kim

One of our favourite visiting authors this year, Kate diCamillo, is publishing her first picture book in ten years! It's an inspiring nearly wordless collaboration with illustrator Jaime Kim who works in gouache and...

Top Posts of the Past Month

I find it infinitely fascinating which blog posts you lovely people, my blog readers, connect with. I really have very little understanding or interest in Google Analytics as my blog is more my place...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

This evening I will be on ABC Radio (612ABC) at 8:30pm talking with Trevor Jackson about my favourite books of the past month or so. It's coming up to *that time of year* when...

Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

A lovely member of the Your Kid's Next Read Facebook group asked the other day about books for young children which help to explain divorce. I had done a post several year ago on...