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Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series

Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series Written by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Lower -  Middle Primary Themes: family, blended families, siblings, ideas, collections. Awards: 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlisted Book...
Carrots for Parsley Rabbit

Inspired by a Book

Inspired by a Book We’ve growing some carrots! Inspired by one of my favourite 'books about books, 'Parsley Rabbit's Book About Books', PudStar decided that we should really grow some carrots for Parsley Rabbit and...
Ava's Tunes

Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Audio Children’s Books

Top Ten Reasons to Enjoy Audio Children’s Books PudStar loves audio children's stories, songs and ryhmes. We have quite a collection now on CD and in files on the computer. On her dressing table you...

Online Audio Children’s Stories

Online Audio Children's Stories Children’s books in audio form – online stories or CDs or MP3 files are a great way for children to experience books and stories in a different format. Reading is a...
Bedtime reading

Raising a Reader – Online Tips for Parents

Raising a Reader - Online Tips for Parents The Western Australian Department of Education has some great downloadable booklets on ‘Raising a Reader’. I’ve used them a number of times over the years as handouts...

Children’s Book Online – Dallas Clayton

Children's Book Online by Dallas Clayton Authors or illustrators choose to self-publish a book for a variety of reasons. Many people might just want to share their work with friends or family, some people do...

Reading in the Digital Age

Reading in the Digital Age Perhaps sensationalist, but Craig Mod, captures the sentiment of many writers on the topic when he poetically states; Print is dying. Digital is surging. Everyone is confused. The advent of e-readers and digital reading...

Top 20 Gift Books for Babies

 Top 20 Gift Books for Babies Every so often I do an order with Booktopia or Amazon for some of the following titles, which are my all-time favourites as book gifts for babies. I like to have a...
Present Time!

Library Shelving = BEST.PRESENT.EVER

Library Shelving = BEST.PRESENT.EVER For PudStars first Christmas we got her…LIBRARY SHELVING! Really what child doesn’t want a bit of organisation in their lives? Anyway, I was happy with the shelving/present, Dan was unsure but not...
Peter Rabbit mini books

Books for Coffee Shops Visits

Books for Coffee Shops Visits PudStar spent much time in coffee shops in her first year...she was so portable back then! After leaving hospital, first stop before going home was Salt, and this is still her favourite coffee...