Early Childhood

Poetry Anthologies & Verse Novels for Readers Aged 2-12

By Megan Daley | Aug 7, 2019
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Encouraging young people to read widely and enjoy a balanced literary diet is something that can add immeasurably to their reading and writing journey. For many of us, poetry and verse novels…

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Review of ‘Baby Business’

By Megan Daley | Jun 17, 2019
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‘Baby Business’ tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing — it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. Click…

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Review of ‘Playing With Collage’

By Megan Daley | Jun 3, 2019
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I was 10 or 11 the first time I ever read Jeannie Baker’s iconic book, ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’ and to this day I can spend hours pouring over the…

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Review of ‘A Quiet Girl’

By Megan Daley | Apr 25, 2019
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For the quiet ones and for the noisy ones (to teach us how to listen)…‘A Quiet Girl’ by Peter Carnavas will gently (and quietly) settle in your soul. Title: ‘A Quiet Girl’…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Grandma’s Treasured Shoes’

By Megan Daley | Apr 22, 2019
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At talks to parents and educators, I always say that books allow young people to walk in the shoes of others. Never was this saying more relevant than with the latest book…

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Easter Books + Gifts

By Megan Daley | Apr 7, 2019
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I asked on Facebook earlier this week if it was just me that gifted books, new PJ’s and eggs for Easter. I’ve always done it, my family gifted me the same and…

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The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist

By Megan Daley | Mar 28, 2019
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The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist was announced this week and of course it has ruffled some feathers and made some book creators weep with joy…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’

By Megan Daley | Mar 25, 2019
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A super sparkly story of one independently minded little girl, and the unexpected, precious ways life sometimes works. Title: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’ Author:  Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin…

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Best Book Gifts for Toddlers

By Megan Daley | Nov 14, 2018
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This age bracket adore books and language and as they are still learning the mechanics of how a book works they to use all their senses to ‘read’ a book; chewing and…

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On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

By Megan Daley | Jun 4, 2018
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I have long loved the writing of Anna Fienberg. It’s hard to not fall head first into the Tashi series, and ‘Horrendo’s Curse’ (and its companion book ‘Wicked’s Way’) will also always…

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On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

By Megan Daley | Jun 1, 2018
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This is Part Two of the story behind the story of ‘Monsters’. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how…

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Review of ‘Gecko’

By Megan Daley | May 15, 2018
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This review is another by Dr Sam Lloyd AKA one of my neighbours, and also an ecologist and manager for South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Sam is also a former…

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Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

By Megan Daley | May 3, 2018
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I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time, having read it in manuscript form some time ago and having followed Rachel Noble’s own journey with grief since…

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Review of ‘The Last Peach’

By Megan Daley | Apr 26, 2018
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Title: ‘The Last Peach’ Author/Illustrator: Gus Gordon Age Range: early childhood – adult lovers of illustration Themes: sharing, friendship, friends, bugs, nature. One fine summer’s day two bugs discover the most beautiful…

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Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’

By Megan Daley | Feb 24, 2018
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Title: ‘A Boat of Stars: New Poems to Inspire and Enchant’ Editors: Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: babies – middle primary Themes: poetry, rhyme, language, anthology,…

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Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

By Megan Daley | Sep 14, 2017
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A lovely member of the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group asked the other day about books for young children which help to explain divorce. I had done a post several year…

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Review of ‘For All Creatures’

By Megan Daley | Aug 24, 2017
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I recently discovered that my library copy of ‘For All Creatures’ was missing in action and I rather scrambled to find a replacement as it is one of my all time favourite…

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Review of ‘This is Banjo Paterson’

By Megan Daley | Jan 30, 2017
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Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson loved to write poetry. He loved hunting and fishing and horses, too, especially a horse named Banjo. In this exceptional picture book, young readers can celebrate the life…

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Chinese New Year 2017

By Megan Daley | Jan 30, 2017
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We are incredibly fortunate to have living with us, a delightful student from Macau, who keeps up totally up to date with all things Chinese, and we greatly enjoy celebrating Chinese New…

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Review of ‘The Patchwork Bike’

By Megan Daley | Jan 7, 2017
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When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike…

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