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Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Fashion, Flowers, Gardens

Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Flowers, Gardens I do so love it when I find PudStar doing something that has been inspired by a book: happy parent/teacher/librarian moment! Much better than when I find her...

Review of ‘The Treasure Box’

Review of ‘The Treasure Box’ Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood Publisher: Penguin Age Range: Middle Primary - adult Themes:  war, peace, lifetimes, resilience, hope, survival, literature, libraries, story. With a writer of the calibre of Margaret...

Children’s Literature Quotes

Children's Literature Quotes You'd never believe it I know...but I adore all things children literature and I am particularly in awe of the authors, illustrators and publishers who create such amazing works. This is one of...

Review of ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk’

Review of ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk' Written by Glenda Millard, Illustrated Stephen Michael King Themes: family, feelings, illness, acceptance, love, strength, courage, imagination, responsibility, siblings, reading. Publisher: ABC Books Age Range: Middle Primary - Adult I get...

Reading Response Stones

Reading Response Stones...with Sparkle My reading response post continues to be one of my most read posts so I thought I’d show you our updated version...tis very sparkly. These are the original reading response sticks (and...

Review of ‘The Big Waves’

Review of 'The Big Waves' Written by Raewyn Caisley and illustrated by Elise Hurst Publisher: Puffin Age Range: lower primary Themes:  holidays, beach, waves, surfing, sand, family, bravery, overcoming fears, facing fears. I do so love a good ‘Aussie Nibble’ book....

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books We have a good friend called Maya, whose family does a great job celebrating Chinese New Year and I've asked her to contribute some ideas to my 'celebrating Chinese...

Hear My Voice: Why We Must Sing to Our Children

I have asked the musically gifted Jen Teh to write a series on music, song and language in our children’s lives. Singing and reading are all important in language development and so loved by...

Books to Screen: Part One

Books to Screen Part One I like story in all forms. I like print. I like electronic. I like my stories as apps. I like audio stories and I like stories on the screen.  I’m...

Review of ‘One Love’

Review of 'One Love' Adapted by Cedella Marley and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Chronicle Books San Francisco Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes:  love, songs, family, community, neighbourhood, nature.  One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel...