Middle Primary

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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What to Read After Harry Potter and Percy Jackson

By Megan Daley | Jun 27, 2019
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It’s a question yelled into cyberspace regularly, and to be honest even as a teacher librarian I’ve struggled with this question. Where does a reader go when they feel like they’ve read…

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Review of ‘Juno Jones Word Ninja’

By Megan Daley | Jun 13, 2019
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A quirky comedy about one young reader/writer who doesn’t actually like reading at all! The start of a great new series for early readers from 6-10 years.  Title: ‘Juno Jones Word Ninja’…

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Review of ‘Young Dark Emu’

By Megan Daley | Jun 10, 2019
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Bruce Pascoe has penned a book, and now a younger readers edition of that book, that is, and will continue to be, the subject of many wonderful conversations and changes in the…

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Review of ‘Dream Riders: Frankie’

By Megan Daley | May 29, 2019
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‘Dream Riders’ is a new middle grade series about the lives of the ‘dream riders’ as they enter the  world of the ‘Pocket of Dreams’. Located in Mullumbimby, this idyllic property is…

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Review of ‘The Eco Rangers’ series by Candice Lemon-Scott

By Megan Daley | May 27, 2019
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Looking for some books to spark an interest in environmental issues and activism in young readers? The new ‘Eco Rangers’ series does just that, and I have suggestions for some other similar…

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Emily Rodda at her Finest: ‘His Name Was Walter’ & ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’

By Megan Daley | May 23, 2019
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Many, many Australians know and love Emily Rodda for her ‘Rowan of Rin’ and ‘Deltora Quest’ series, and like many schools, each year we usually study ‘Rowan of Rin’ in our primary…

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Review of ‘The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon’

By Megan Daley | May 7, 2019
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When I get Science based books, as much as I adore them, I pass them over the back fence for my scientist neighbour to review for me! A million thanks Sam –…

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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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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘ Girl on Wire’

By Megan Daley | Apr 3, 2019
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Title: ‘Girl on Wire’ Author:  Lucy Estela Illustrator: Elise Hurst Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Age Range: 5+ (ageless) Themes: courage, resilience, emotional wellbeing, support, self-esteem Awards: CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019:…

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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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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Feb 20, 2019
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This week on ‘Five on Friday’ I’m talking about a ‘group’ of books (I’m stretching the friendship on five this week) which are perfect for middle – upper primary and into lower…

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Best Book Gifts for 9-12 Year Olds

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2018
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Those tricky middle primary readers huh? There is such huge variance in their reading ages and stages and that’s not even taking into consideration their reading interests. The list below is a…

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Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’

By Megan Daley | Oct 21, 2018
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Interviewer: Joy Lawn Title: ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’ Author: Elliot Perlman Illustrator: Laura Stitzel Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Themes: friendship, kindness, empathy,  bravery, animals, difference, tolerance, humour. Teachers’ Notes: Prepared by Penguin Random House Australia…

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Review of ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’

By Megan Daley | Oct 14, 2018
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Title: ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’ Author: Samantha Wheeler Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary Themes: Rett Syndrome; disability; diversity; voice; resilience; family; siblings. Today the we attended the book launch of a…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The Flying Optometrist’

By Megan Daley | Oct 12, 2018
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Title: ‘The Flying Optometrist’ Author: Joanne Anderton Illustrator: Karen Erasmus Publisher: National Library of Australia Publishing Age Range: early childhood – middle primary Themes: optometry, eye-health, glasses, remote communities, outback, flying, aviation, medical professionals.…

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Ten *NEW* Must Have Information Books

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2018
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I’m a big fan of encouraging the reading of non-fiction texts, it’s an entirely different reading experience and skill set and one that I don’t think we encourage enough in our young…

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Review of ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2018
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Title: ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’ Reviewer: Dr Sam Lloyd Author/Illustrator/Creators: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti Publisher/Production: CSIRO Publishing (2018) in partnership with Small…

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Review: ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’

By Megan Daley | Jul 4, 2018
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Title: ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’ Author: Kirli Saunders Illustrator: Matt Ottley Publisher: Scholastic Press Themes: freedom; boundaries; persistence; imagination; wonder; freedom; hope; machinery; tinkering; motors; cogs; motorbikes; third person narrative; visual literacy.…

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Young Reader and Reviews

By Megan Daley | Jun 14, 2018
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A ten year-old family friend of ours is an avid reader and churns through books in paper form and on her Kindle at a great rate. Her mother told me recently that…

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