Upper Primary

Review of This Small Blue Dot

By Megan Daley | Apr 7, 2021
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Author and illustrator: Zeno SworderPublisher: Thames & HudsonAge Range: Babies, boddlers, toddlersThemes: Childhood, life, philosophy, self-identity I have gushed about ‘This Small Blue Dot’ since its release in August 2020 on my socials, to my kids,…

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Review of Early One Morning

By Megan Daley | Apr 1, 2021
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Author: Mem FoxIllustrator: Christine DavenierPublisher: PenguinAge Range: Early childhood, toddlers, early primaryThemes: Farm animals, visual literacy, repetition Mem Fox needs no introduction – who hasn’t been begged to read, ‘Where is the Green Sheep’, ‘The Magic Hat‘,…

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Review of ‘Who Am I’

By Megan Daley | Mar 10, 2021
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Author: Philip BuntingIllustrator: Philip BuntingPublisher: ScholasticAge Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primaryThemes: Identity, philosophy Welcome to the Children’s Books Daily review team Clare Mellor! You can read more about Clare in her bio below this review,…

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Review of ‘Iceberg’

By Megan Daley | Feb 10, 2021
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Title: ‘Iceberg’ Author: Claire Saxby Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary Themes: Antarctica, icebergs, sea life, climate change, global warming, natural history, life…

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Review of ‘Claudette’

By Megan Daley | Jan 26, 2021
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Title: ClaudetteAuthor + Illustrator: Hélène MagissonPublisher: Red Paper Kite Age Range: 5+, early childhood, lower primary, middle – upper primary as art study. Themes: puppets, puppeteers, makers, creativity, difference, freedom of thought,…

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Review of ‘The Bushfire Book: How to be Aware and Prepare’

By Megan Daley | Nov 5, 2020
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Title: The Bushfire Book: How to be Aware and PrepareAuthor + Illustrator: Polly Marsden (writer) and Chris Nixon (illustrator)Publisher: A Lothian Children’s Book published by Hachette Australia (2020)Age Range: Age range: lower…

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Review of ‘The Fire Star’

By Megan Daley | Oct 15, 2020
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Title: The Fire StarAuthor + Illustrator: A.L. Tait Publisher: Penguin Age Range: 10+, upper primary, middle grade. Themes: medieval history, mystery, knights, maids, friendship, belonging, education of girls and women, secret societies.…

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Review of ‘Obsessive about Octopuses’

By Megan Daley | Sep 14, 2020
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Title: Obsessive about OctopusesAuthor + Illustrator: Owen Davey Publisher: Flying Eye Books (published 2020) Age Range: early childhood, middle primary, upper primary, adults who love octopuses. Themes: Octopus ecology, diet, behaviour, movement,…

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Review of ‘Bear in Space’

By Megan Daley | Aug 27, 2020
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Title: ‘Bear in Space’Author: Deborah AbelaIllustrator: Marjorie Crosby-Fairall Publisher: Walker Books AustraliaAge Range: early childhood, lower primary. Themes: friendship, difference, schools, kindergartens, imaginative play, space. I will always shout loudly and lovingly…

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Review of ‘Small Town’

By Megan Daley | Aug 9, 2020
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Title: ‘Small Town’Author: Phillip GywnneIllustrator: Tony Flowers Publisher: Penguin BooksAge Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary. Themes: rural life, country towns, community, home, refugees, grandparents, school, activism, initiative, inclusivity, visual literacy.…

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Review of ‘The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle’

By Megan Daley | Jul 16, 2020
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Title: ‘The Mummy Smugglers of Crumblin Castle’Author: Pamela Rushby Publisher: Walker BooksAge Range: 9+, middle primary, upper primary, lower secondary, middle grade. Themes: Victorian England, Egypt,  Egyptology, ancient civilisations, historical fiction, mystery,…

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Review of ‘The Year The Maps Changed’

By Megan Daley | May 28, 2020
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Title: ‘The Year The Maps Changed’ Author: Danielle BinksPublisher: Hachette Age Range: middle grade, upper primaryThemes: Australia, modern history, ‘Operation Safe Haven’, Kosovar refugees, asylum, immigration, empathy, kindness, grief, loss, maps, geopgraphy,…

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Review of ‘Bubbay’s Desert Adventure’

By Megan Daley | May 12, 2020
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Bubbay will be known to many families already, indeed I discovered it is a favourite in the house of my lovely neighbour Sam! She spied this re-release on my kitchen bench recently…

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Review of ‘Australian Sea Life’

By Megan Daley | Dec 2, 2019
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The gorgeous large format of this latest offering from Matt Chun just adds to the list of reasons why this book is utterly giftable and utterly coffee table worthy. Dr Sam Lloyd…

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Review of ‘A Hollow is a Home’

By Megan Daley | Nov 20, 2019
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Oh how I love this book and I’m so grateful to Sam for reviewing it for me as her Scientific knowledge is invaluable with CSIRO publications. My parents have always had amazing…

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Review of ‘Windcatcher’

By Megan Daley | Oct 8, 2019
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ChickPea has been an avid lover of books about birds for some time now and has enjoyed a few outings with a dear friend of ours who takes the most amazing photographs…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’

By Megan Daley | Sep 30, 2019
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Title: ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’ Author: Nat Amoore Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: middle primary, upper primary Themes: humour, school, friends, family, adventure, entrepreneurship. Finding a million dollars in your…

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Review of ‘Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles’

By Megan Daley | Sep 25, 2019
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Dr Sam Lloyd has been reviewing Science themed books for Children’s Books Daily for some years now – you can see all her reviews by clicking on the ‘guest blogger’ category or…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2019
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Title: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’  Author:  Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence Illustrator: Peter Baldwin Publisher: Affirm Press  Themes: surf lifesaving; lifeguards; rescue; family; friendship; goal setting; community engagement; teamwork; caring for the environment; protest.…

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Girl Zone Book Club

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2019
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Term Three is such a busy term with sports and other school activities (including Book Week!) and it’s often the time of year when many book club attendees are unable to make…

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