Upper Primary

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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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Sonam and the Silence’

By Megan Daley | Oct 4, 2018
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Title: ‘Sonam and the Silence’ Author: Eddie Ayres Illustrator: Ronak Taher Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: middle – upper primary Themes: music, resilience, courage, curiosity, Afghanistan, Taliban. Click on title links or cover image to…

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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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Girl Zone Book Club: The Endsister

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2018
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This week we had our latest Girl Zone Book Club meeting – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older…

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Jazzy Reviews: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

By Megan Daley | Jul 16, 2018
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I was so hoping that Jazzy might review, ‘Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow’! I absolutely LOVED it but wanted the opinion of an actual teen reader – enter Jazzy of Jazzy’s Bookshelf.…

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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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Girl Zone Book Club

By | Jun 12, 2018
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Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a…

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Doing the Tween Years Right

By Megan Daley | May 29, 2018
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I’m entirely horrified at the prospect of having teenagers one day, but I’m already getting a taste of it with the *TEN* year old. Surely I was not like this at ten?…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Wonder of Us’

By Megan Daley | May 3, 2018
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‘The Wonder of Us’  by Kim Culbertson appeals to me as I love and adore realistic fiction and YA is my happy place. I’ve got this one to read on my girls…

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Review of ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’

By Megan Daley | Mar 19, 2018
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The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .  The very best school based stories resonate with children and teachers…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Missing’ by Sue Whiting

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2018
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I’m buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘How to Hang a Witch’

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2018
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Jazzy of Jazzy‘s Bookshelf is one of my favourite teen reviewers. Her latest review is below. Thank you Jazzy!   People recoil from me as I navigate the hallway. Not the freshmen so much –…

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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 ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2018
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Jazzy from Jazzy’s Bookshelf has been a long time reviewer for me and I always smile when I see one of her emails and reviews pop up my inbox. At twelve years…

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Review of ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’

By Megan Daley | Nov 28, 2017
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My children mostly think my blog is ridiculous and of no use to them whatsover. But recently, PudStar offered me a deal I couldn’t refuse…a review of her latest favourite book in…

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Book Club Books Part 3

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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If you’ve been reading along, you’ll know that Part One of this series is here and Part Two is here. This is my final instalment of fav books that have been read…

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Book Club Books Part 2

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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Part One of this series is here. So why a ‘Girl Zone Book Club’ I hear you ask? Well the easy answer to that question is that I work at a girls…

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Book Club Books Part 1

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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For many years now at school I’ve been running ‘Girl Zone Book Club’– a reading group for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older…

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