Lower Primary

Review of ‘The Big Waves’

By Megan Daley | Feb 7, 2013
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Title: ‘The Big Waves’ Author: Raewyn Caisley Illustrator: Elise Hurst Publisher: Puffin Age Range: lower primary Themes:  holidays, beach, waves, surfing, sand, family, bravery, overcoming fears, facing fears. Click on title link or cover…

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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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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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Starting Out on Chapter Books

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2013
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Best Chapter Books

Is your child ready to graduate to reading chapter books? Picture books should be read from birth to adulthood, and nowadays publishers cater for this with a plethora of picture book choices…

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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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Holiday Reading and Writing Journals

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2012
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Recently I found one of my old holiday journals. It is full of glued in Christmas cards, bus tickets, movie tickets, whinges and reflections on a family holiday, letters from friends on…

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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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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 the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series

By Megan Daley | Oct 1, 2012
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Title:  The ‘Violet Mackerel’ Series Author: Anna Branford Illustrator: Sarah Davis Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Lower –  Middle Primary Themes: family, blended families, siblings, ideas, collections. Awards: 2011 Children’s Book Council…

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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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