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Book People: Ursula Dubosarsky

By Megan Daley | Jan 15, 2020
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Ursula Dubosarsky is one of the finest writers in the country. Her books are sophisticated yet still accessible and each one is utterly unique; she seems to flit between genres effortlessly and…

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The Australian Ballet Brings ‘The Happy Prince’ from the Story to the Stage

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2020
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…at QPAC & You Can Win a Family Pass A kind heart shines brighter than gold… ‘The Happy Prince’ is one of my favourite Oscar Wilde classics remembered from childhood. It was…

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Book People: Emily Conolan

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2019
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Emily Conolan has used the ever-popular ‘choose your own adventure’ format to put young readers at the centre of stories of immigration; utter.darned.genius. Why was this not done sooner? I spend so…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year…Until it is Not

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2019
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As I try and find a moment this week when my children are not glued (superglued) to my side, in order to simply wrap their Christmas presents, I remember what the lead…

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‘Searching for Cicadas’: Narrative Non-Fiction

By Megan Daley | Dec 16, 2019
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Narrative non-fiction titles are one of the best ways I know to introduce young children to the joys of information books – they are a fabulous ‘smash up’ of story with true…

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Top 15 Library Loans in 2019

By Megan Daley | Dec 2, 2019
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Each year I look forward to the borrowing stats and borrower stats at the conclusion of the school year. Possibly this is a librarian thing, but I find it fascinating and of…

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Book People: Adam France

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2019
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Adam France has a bulldog, he’s a primary school teacher, he’s in a successful band and now he has his first book for middle – upper primary readers…he’s clearly kicking life goals.…

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Book People: Robert Henderson

By Megan Daley | Nov 19, 2019
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A book for one? A book for two? A book for different points of view. Recently I had the privilege of meeting a newcomer to the kidlit world, author/illustrator/designer Robert Henderson. Robert…

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Literary + Lovely Christmas Gift Ideas

By Megan Daley | Nov 13, 2019
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The gift ideas in this post are a mash up of all the things I love and I think you will also love. They are not sponsored ideas,  though some are affiliate…

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The Wonderful World of Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novels

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2019
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Raina Telgemeier has taken the kidlit world by storm and in my library her books actually never make it back to the shelves – EVER. They go from returns chute to next…

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Book People: Mark Greenwood

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2019
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The term ‘lyrical’ is not often used to describe books on the ever-popular topic of ‘rocks, gems and minerals’ and yet this is what I would say about ‘The Book of Stone’…

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Book People: Jasmine Seymour

By Megan Daley | Nov 3, 2019
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Cooee mittigar. Tread softly on our lands. Know that this dreaming was here. Is still here. Will be forever. Jasmine Seymour is fast becoming known in the world of children’s literature and…

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New Book Gifts for 11 – 13 Year Olds this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2019
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Gosh I love this age group for reading. I was talking to some teacher librarian friends the other day and we were discussing our fav reading age for children’s literature. Mine is…

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New Book Gifts for Young Adult Readers this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2019
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There has been some amazing YA books published this year and some of them are on this list – almost all are new titles so you can rest assured that they probably…

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New Book Gifts for 6-10 Year Olds this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 7, 2019
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Lists! What is not to love? Lists make me feel calm and organised, especially at this time of year when chaos is more my daily reality! I’ve spent several weeks creating book…

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New Book Gifts for 0-5 Year Olds this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 1, 2019
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Can you believe that it is time to turn our minds to Christmas gifts? As you can imagine, I am a very loud advocate for buying book gifts for young and old…

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Books for Your Tweens and Teens

By Megan Daley | Sep 24, 2019
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I’ve been collecting books for tweens and teens on *all of the things* for many years now – for the various schools I have worked at and now also for my own…

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Supporting Reading Differences

By Megan Daley | Sep 18, 2019
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It would be easy to assume that with several teacher librarians and a few academics in the family, my journey with reading within my extended family has been *seamless* and full of…

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Environment Award for Children’s Literature

By Megan Daley | Aug 14, 2019
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Few would argue that environmental concerns, sustainable living and the disconnect children of today have with nature are issues we need to address at individual, family and community level.  Books are one…

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Book People: Wai Chim

By Megan Daley | Jul 29, 2019
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For starters – can we just all pause and take a moment to take in the glory that is the cover of ‘The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling’? It contains all…

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