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Girl Zone Book Club

This week is our first Girl Zone Book Club meeting of the year - my favourite extracurricular activity by far. This is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in...

Young Reader and Reviews

Some of you may have seen the book trolley I posted on social media last week, which was made by a very clever friend of mine - you can see it on Facebook and...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I’ll be on Facebook live over at Children’s Books Daily on Friday 8th Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books!  I feel like I'm jumping on a bandwagon with the Barefoot Investor...

Chinese New Year 2019

Like Christmas and Easter books, Chinese New Year books are seasonal ones that I like to gradually collect and rotate in and out of my home and school library. 2019 is the Year of...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Heads and Tails: Insects’

Title: Heads and Tails: Insects Author/Illustrator: John Canty Publisher: Berbay Publishing Age Range: early childhood Themes: animals, animal classification, animal characteristics, clues, guessing. Awards: 2018 Speech Pathology Awards: Winner in the birth - 3 category My first thought upon opening this book was 'oh...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I'll be on Facebook live over at Children's Books Daily on Friday 1st Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books! To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘All the Ways to be Smart’

Title: All the Ways to be Smart Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribble Themes: diversity; talents; creativity; strengths; confidence; kindness Age Range: early childhood – upper primary Click on title links or cover image to purchase. When the school principal asked me for...

Literary Tour to Shanghai International Literary Festival

‘Travelling Book Club’ week in Shanghai. Literature, inspiration, conversation, authentic cuisine and truly absorbing explorations of old and new China. This post is not sponsored in any way, I just had to share the details because...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! 'Sleep Tight, Platypup' by Renee Treml 'Wrestle' by Charlotte Mars etc 'The House on the Mountain' by Ella Holcombe...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Starting School’

Title: Starting School Author: Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Themes: starting school, friendships, school, diversity, families, teachers, classrooms, schools, playgrounds, new experiences.  Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off...

Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Puppy Pandemonium’

Author: Belinda Murrell (see our interview with Belinda here) Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: middle primary -  upper primary Themes: family, friends, clubs, school, beach, island living, cafes, food, pets, dogs, small business. PudStar has been reading the...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! 'All the Ways to Be Smart' by Davina Bell. Illustrated by Alison Colpoys 'Find Your Tribe' by Rebecca...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show’

Title: Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show Author: Zanni Louise Illustrator: Gillian Flint Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Age Range: early childhood; lower primary; independent readers Themes: music, painting, art, The Arts, imagination, creativity, friendship, feelings, nerves, resilience. Author Zanni Louise adds a touch of...

Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Beauty is in the Walking’

Jazzy of Jazzy’s Bookshelf is today reviewing a book by one of my favourite Australian authors, James Moloney. James was Dan’s teacher librarian for a time and always loved his writing. I was first introduced...

Books and ALL of the Things for Back to School

Congratulations! You've made it through Christmas and New Year celebrations and now we're heading right on into 'Back to School Season'. The girls' book packs for this year arrived just a few days before...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I’ll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 4pm Brisbane time this Friday 11 January. Come and say hello - you'll find my on my Children's Books Daily Facebook page. If you...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I'll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 5:30pm Brisbane time on the 14/12/18. Come and say hello! To purchase any of these titles or read more about them – click on title...

Children’s Books Daily in Bali

If you are looking for a post about top tips for Bali holidays, this is not the blog post for you. I do books remember? If however, you would like to know about the...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puffin the Architect’

Title: Puffin the Architect Author/Illustrator: Kimberly Andrews Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Themes: animals, homes, animal homes, architecture, professions, STEAM, STEM, design, family Click on title links or cover image to purchase. There is so much to love about this picture book by Kimberly...

The Ultimate List of ALL.THE.LISTS this Christmas

Over the last few weeks we've been publishing ALL.THE.LISTS for Christmas book buying. To help you find what you're after here is ONE list with all those lists in one place. There is absolutely...