Lower Primary

‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’: Printables and Craft

By Megan Daley | Dec 14, 2016
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‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ celebrates the wonder of cake and the magic of friends to solve most of the worries of the world; it is pure creamy, sugary delight and you…

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The Books and the Bees

By Megan Daley | Dec 12, 2016
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It’s been a big month for my lovely little Earth Angels at school! Earth Angels is our sustainability group in the Junior School and each year we focus on issues of environmental…

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Review of ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’

By Megan Daley | Oct 31, 2016
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Title: ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ Author: Natalie Jane Prior Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: early childhood; cake and/or cat lovers of all ages. Themes: community; friendship; family; cats;…

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Back to School Books!

By Megan Daley | Jan 6, 2016
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How cute was I on my first day of school (above)? I just found this photograph at my nan’s house yesterday! Have you got a little one starting school for the first…

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100 of the Best Books for Children on Sustainability

By Megan Daley | May 1, 2015
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Best sustainability children's books

Looking for the best sustainability children’s books to help kids learn about caring for the environment? Good for you! Growing a love for nature and teaching our kids how to look after…

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‘Review of Weirdo’

By Megan Daley | Jan 28, 2015
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Review of ‘Weirdo’ Every so often I love to invite young readers I know and admire to submit reviews to Children’s Books Daily. You can see all the ‘child reviews’ if you…

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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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Ballet Books and Ballet Dresses

By Megan Daley | Nov 18, 2014
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There is something truly magical about ballet. To be able to float in layers of tulle and silk, across a stage, with seemingly effortless grace requires precision, strength and skill way beyond…

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Book People: David Mackintosh

By Megan Daley | Aug 20, 2014
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I have loved the work of David Mackintosh for the longest time and I am so excited to be featuring him here today – I rather loved what he said about his ‘typical…

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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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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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Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series

By Megan Daley | Mar 13, 2013
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Title: ‘Drongoes’ Author: Christine Bongers Illustrator: Dan McGuiness Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: newly independent readers, lower – middle primary Themes:  mateship, competition, selflessness, running, school, sport, asthma/breathing difficulties, school spirit The ‘Mates: Great…

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