612ABC: Bookworms


This evening I chatted all things new in the world of children’s and YA literature, on 612ABC Brisbane, ‘Bookworms’ show, with Sarah Howells. The books below are my fav’s from the last month and you can here the Soundcloud of this show by clicking below.

Click on cover images or title links to purchase. 612ABC Bookworms

xalison-lester-s-wonderful-world-jpg-pagespeed-ic-ubfzoquf1r‘Alison Lester’s Wonderful World’ colouring books have pretty much been bestsellers for a year or two now and they do not seem to be waning in popularity. This one by Alison Lester is superb and takes the reader/colourer far further than most colouring books on the market. The endpapers are full of tips, tricks and ideas from Alison: ‘think about using shading to make things look solid. Imagine where the sun might be coming from’; ‘patterns and doodles are good drawing practice’; ‘always leave a little bit of white in eyes to make them sparkle’. ‘My Drawing Tips’ is a double page spread where Alison takes about her drawing from the age of six years old and is a fascinating insight into her artistic life and full of inspiration for budding artists young and old.  The colouring pages  contain images from some of Alison’s most adored books: ‘Imagine’; ‘Magic Beach’; Kissed by the Moon’ and ‘Noni the Pony’ to name just a few. Highly recommended.

australia-illustrated‘Australia Illustrated’ written and illustrated by Tania McCartney. ‘Big! Beautiful! Diverse’ are the words which Tania McCartney uses to encapsulate Australia and this superlative text certainly pays homage to each of these words.

The book trailer for ‘Australia Illustrated’ is below.

‘Australia Illustrated’ begins with a look at native animals, trees, bush tucker, rocks, iconic foods and sports (to name a few!) before taking a closer look at each state and territory. The illustration and graphic design throughout is full of colour, movement, humour and heart, and this is pretty much the perfect coffee table book for those who love quality children’s literature. Perfect for use in early childhood educational settings, in schools and as a reference guide at home or a bedtime browse. The highly graphic nature of the text appeals to young readers and indeed, after we finished reading the book last night, PudStar (8) took it up to the top bunk to delve into more deeply – tick of approval from her! I have just purchased two extra copies – one for the cousins of our Macanese homestay student (who found the slang page very entertaining and informative!) and one for family in Belgium with a new baby – BRILLIANT introduction to Australia.  mrs-mancini

‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ full review here.


‘Violet Mackerel’ and ‘How to Make Small Things With Violet Mackerel’ full review here.xhotdog-1-jpg-pagespeed-ic-scyyufup5p

‘Hot Dog’ Anh Do


‘Artie and the Grime Wave’ full review here.

girl-in-pieces‘Girl in Pieces’ full review here.

The Body Shop

The titles of each book takes you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.


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