Early Childhood

Back to School Series: Books about School

By Megan Daley | Jan 12, 2015
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Back to School Series: Books about School Whether they are super confident, or feeling apprehensive, children’s books are a great way to introduce new experiences such as starting school or going back to…

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Back to School Series: Books which Deal with ‘The Big Issues’

By Megan Daley | Jan 11, 2015
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief,…

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Book Gifts for Toddlers

By Megan Daley | Nov 8, 2014
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Toddlers love books. Sometimes they love them so much that they eat them. They are learning the mechanics of how a book works…and in order to do this they use all their senses –…

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Tooth Fairy Books

By Megan Daley | Aug 8, 2013
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Today I’ve got some books about my favourite part of teeth…the tooth fairy! And whilst I love a bit of tooth fairy action, I’m not a fan of wobbly teeth. The students…

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Children’s Books about Teeth Cleaning

By Megan Daley | Aug 6, 2013
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Cleaning your teeth before bed is as important as reading your books before bed. The ‘bathroom art’ in the canvas painting picture below is PudStar’s ‘Princess with Cavities’ painting from back in…

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‘Belle and Boo’ Picture Books

By Megan Daley | May 7, 2013
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ChickPea has a golden halo of curls, chubby cheeks and a gorgeous smile full of too-big- for-her-mouth teeth. My nan says she looks like one of the babies from the ‘Sunshine Milk’…

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Review of ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’

By Megan Daley | Apr 29, 2013
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Title: ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’ Author: Liliana Stafford Illustrator: Stephen Michael King Publisher:  Scholastic Australia Themes: community, gardening, chickens, urban life, friendship, sharing. Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  Pud…

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Top 5 Books About Learning to Swim

By Megan Daley | Apr 24, 2013
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PudStar has done swimming lessons for a LONG TIME.  Learning to swim is a crucial skill – but for some it is easier than others! I’ve spoken before about how young children…

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Book Party: Miffy

By Megan Daley | Apr 22, 2013
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I rarely deviate from the ‘Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book’ when doing birthday cakes – except when there is a book themed cake to be made! PudStar’s second birthday was all about Miffy,…

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Review of ‘Baby Tawnies’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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  Please welcome to Children’s Books Daily, Fiona Eastwood. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian at Coopers Plains State School. ‘Baby Tawnies’ is a delightful book for younger readers – it…

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Mem Fox: ‘Possum Magic’

By Megan Daley | Mar 31, 2013
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Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic… Did you…

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3 Fabulous Relaxation and Meditation Stories for Children

By Megan Daley | Mar 27, 2013
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I’ve spoken before about the reasons I love audio stories: great for imagery; listening skills; and for calming overtired or over stimuluated children.You can find some audio story ideas here. Recently I’ve…

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Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’

By Megan Daley | Mar 21, 2013
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Title: ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ Author/Illustrator: Narelle Oliver Publisher: Scholastic/Omnibus Books Age Range: early childhood – lower primary Themes:  Australian birds, fantasy, imagination, habitat, visual literacy   I always look forward to…

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Children’s Books about Gardening

By Megan Daley | Mar 13, 2013
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I adore gardening but am a very chaotic and sporadic gardener. Photos of my garden on this blog are of teeny tiny sections of my garden as mostly my garden is a disaster zone.…

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Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series

By Megan Daley | Mar 11, 2013
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I’m sure there is not a parent who does not know these books. I resisted them for so long as I’m usually not a fan of books which seem churned out one…

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Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2013
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Title: ‘Gracie and Josh’ Author: Susanne Gervay Illustrator: Serena Geddes Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes:  siblings, family, illness, childhood, hospitals, cancer, resiliance Click on title links or…

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Review of ‘Bea’

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2013
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Title: ‘Bea’ Author/Illustrator: Christine Sharp Publisher: UQP (University of Queensland Press) Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: daring to be different, uniqueness, celebrating difference, friendship, birds, bird behaviour, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia,…

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Reading Response Stones

By Megan Daley | Feb 10, 2013
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My reading response post continues to be one of my most read posts so I thought I’d show you our updated version…tis very sparkly. These are the original reading response sticks (and if…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2013
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We have a good friend called Maya, whose family does a great job celebrating Chinese New Year and I’ve asked her to contribute some ideas to my ‘celebrating Chinese New Year’ list below.…

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Hear My Voice: Why We Must Sing to Our Children

By Megan Daley | Jan 30, 2013
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I have asked the musically gifted Jen Teh to write a series on music, song and language in our children’s lives. Singing and reading are all important in language development and so…

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