Early Childhood

Review of ‘One Love’

By Megan Daley | Jan 25, 2013
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Title: ‘One Love’ Author: Adapted by Cedella Marley Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Chronicle Books San Francisco Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes:  love, songs, family, community, neighbourhood, nature. Click on title links…

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Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2013
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For Christmas I had purchased PudStar a very cute mermaid tail from a local co-op handmade shop. She wasn’t even particularly into mermaids but I rather adored the tail and was pretty…

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Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School

By Megan Daley | Jan 7, 2013
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In Australia, Prep/Foundation/Kindergarten is the first formal year of schooling and it can’t come soon enough for PudStar who has been playing school for months now. Of course she is always the…

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Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’

By Megan Daley | Jan 6, 2013
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Title: ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ Author: Emma Allen Illustrator: Freya Blackwood Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: Early Childhood  – Lower Primary Themes: starting school, school, classrooms, making friends, acceptance, tantrums, imagination, adventure, space…

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Preparing for a New Sibling with Books

By Megan Daley | Nov 22, 2012
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Over the years many people have asked me about what books to read to a firstborn when a brother or sister is on the way. The books below are ones that I…

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Review of ‘Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle’

By Megan Daley | Nov 17, 2012
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Title: ‘Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle’ Author/Illustrator: Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Themes: Counting, Australiana, visual literacy Age Range: Early Childhood Awards: Notable book, 2012 Children’s Book…

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Review of ‘Today We Have No Plans’

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2012
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Title: ‘Today We Have No Plans’ Author: Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Age Range: Early childhood-middle primary Publisher: Penguin Books Themes: family, togetherness, time, passing of time, days of the week, relaxation, slowing down.…

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Review of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’

By Megan Daley | Oct 18, 2012
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Gumnut Babies and Gumleaves

Let me start be saying that really I’m not reviewing these books, as they are classics…so obviously they are fabulous. But in order to properly categorise this post (and I do so…

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Book Gifts for Toddlers

By Megan Daley | Oct 15, 2012
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Book Gifts for Toddlers

Okay let’s be honest… this is a hard (ish) age group. They love books, but they love them so much they eat them.  Toddlers are still learning the mechanics of how a…

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Review of ‘Squish Rabbit’

By Megan Daley | Oct 9, 2012
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Elizabeth the Penguin on her Shelf

Title: ‘Squish Rabbit’ Author/Illustrator: Katherine Battersby Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: Adventure, feelings, friends, problem solving, imagination, confidence Awards:  2012 Children’s Book Council Notable book (Early Childhood category) Short listed…

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Review of ‘Little Blue’

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2012
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Little Blue and Berry Tea

Title: ‘Little Blue’ Author/Illustrator: Gaye Chapman Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes: Adventure, feelings, friends, imagination, grandparents, art Awards: 2009 Queensland Premier’s Literature Awards, Children’s Book Category, Children’s Book Council…

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Review of ‘Can We Lick the Spoon Now’

By Megan Daley | Aug 14, 2012
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Title: ‘‘Can We Lick the Spoon Now?’ Author: Carol Goess Illustrator: Tamsin Ainslie Age Range: Early Childhood Themes: Cooking, family, rhyme Awards:  2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book – Early Childhood, Shortlisted…

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