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Review of ‘The Cherry Dress’

Review of 'The Cherry Dress' Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: Early childhood – lower primary Themes:  family, sharing, homemade clothes, sewing, siblings, community, upcycling, recylying. This book review is dedicated to the gorgeous Ana...who publicly...

Back to School Series: School Lunches Printable Poster

Back to School Series: School Lunches Printable Poster School lunches are the bane of many a parents weekday mornings. I try and stay in the habit of having a freezer stocked with biscuit dough and frozen...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE I’m guessing you don’t read this blog hoping for books on creepy crawly vermin. But let’s be honest, if you have a child of school age, the dreaded...

Back to School Series! Covering, Labelling and Contacting Children’s Schoolbooks

Back to School Series! Covering, Labelling and Contacting Children’s Schoolbooks As a librarian I am always asked at this time of the year how to cover school books. I get texts, calls and tagged in...

Chocolate Chip Biscuits: Reading and Cooking

Chocolate Chip Biscuits: Reading and Cooking  Anyone that knows me will sigh and shake their head at this post. I have a reputation for obsessively labelling everything in my house, particularly my freezer and pantry...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School In Australia, Prep/Foundation/Kindergarten is the first formal year of schooling and it can’t come soon enough for PudStar who has been playing school for months now....

Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’

Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ Written by Emma Allen and Illustrated by Freya Blackwood Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: Early Childhood  - Lower Primary Themes: starting school, school, classrooms, making friends, acceptance, tantrums, imagination, adventure, space To add this...

Holiday Reading and Writing Journals

Holiday Reading and Writing Journals Recently I found one of my old holiday journals. It is full of glued in Christmas cards, bus tickets, movie tickets, whinges and reflections on a family holiday, letters from...

Cozy Classics…Board Books for All Ages

Cozy Classics...Board Books for All Ages I’m sure other people don’t stand in bookshops, spy a book and shriek with delight: but this is exactly what I did in Avid Reader the other day when...

Christmas Playdough – Holiday Reading Activities

Christmas Playdough – Holiday Reading Activities Yesterday I talked about Christmas cooking and reading. Cooking with children is really such a great way to encourage reading, and develop mathematical skills at the same time. It’s...