Upper Primary

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2019
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Title: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’ Author/Illustrator: Michael Speechley Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Awards: Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year at the 2019 CBCA Awards Age Range:…

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Review of ‘As Happy as Here’

By Megan Daley | Aug 19, 2019
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In my humble opinion, Jane Godwin is one of the heroes of the kidlit world in Australia. A former publisher (responsible for the wonderful ‘Our Australian Girls’ series no less), Jane has…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’

By Megan Daley | Aug 12, 2019
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‘Sometimes rain made me want to cry, like there was something deep inside of me – the sadness flower that opened up when rainy days came, and blossomed inside of me until…

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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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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’

By Megan Daley | Aug 5, 2019
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‘Everything I’ve Never Said’ is a bold book with a powerful voice that will connect with readers from 9+ and many adults.   Title: ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’ Author: Samantha Wheeler Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper…

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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 the…

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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 + 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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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water’

By Megan Daley | Feb 18, 2019
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Title: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water’ 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…

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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: ‘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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Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Kira Dreaming’

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2018
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After such lovely feedback on her review of ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’, Pud is braving the wilds of online reviewing once again and is today sharing the third book in her…

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Review of ‘The Book of Secrets’: Ateban Cipher #1

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2017
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I have asked Trish Buckley to review this one – given Allison and I run the ‘Your Kid’s Next Read’ Facebook page together and I want the review to be totally unbiased!…

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Review of ‘The Turnkey’

By Megan Daley | Apr 8, 2017
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Title: ‘The Turnkey’ Author: Allison Rushby Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: 9+ Themes: ghosts; paranormal; history; World War II; historical fiction. Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Flossie…

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100 of the Best Books for Children on Sustainability

By Megan Daley | May 1, 2015
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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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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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Review of ‘The Treasure Box’

By Megan Daley | Feb 15, 2013
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Title: ‘The Treasure Box’ Author: Margaret Wild Illustrator: Freya Blackwood Publisher: Penguin Age Range: Middle Primary – adult Themes:  war, peace, lifetimes, resilience, hope, survival, literature, libraries, story. With a writer of the calibre…

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