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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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Book Week 2019: Reading is My Secret Power

By Megan Daley | Jul 28, 2019
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Term Three is always a wonderful celebration of Australian children’s literature in schools, early education centres, libraries and bookstores around the country. The theme for CBCA Book Week 2019 is ‘Reading is…

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Book People: Lisa Nicol

By Megan Daley | Jul 24, 2019
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You will find my video review of Lisa Nicol’s latest book on my Youtube channel, but in a nutshell, ‘Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth’ is for readers 8-88 who want…

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Book People: Trent Maxwell AKA ‘Maxi’

By Megan Daley | Jul 22, 2019
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I first came across the ‘Maxi the Lifeguard’ books when my dear friend Mel waved them under my nose, astonished at how they had totally engaged her  9 year old ‘reluctant’ reader.…

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Book People: Tony Flowers

By Megan Daley | Jul 18, 2019
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The latest book collaboration between Tony Flowers and Nick Falk is ‘Vognox the Viking’ and readers from 7+ are so going to enjoy this funny, clever and rollicking tale of a Viking…

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Girl Zone Book Club

By Megan Daley | Jul 17, 2019
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I have enjoyed running my Year Six ‘Girl Zone Book Club’ for many years now. The school I work at is all girls, hence ‘Girl Zone’, but I have run similar styles…

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Book People: Amelia McInerney

By Megan Daley | Jul 15, 2019
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A tale so tall you will pinch yourself. Get set for one shell of a story, as this crabby crustacean grabs life by the claws! I’ve always wanted to be minimalist. One…

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Picture Book Perfection: How to get the Most From a Shared Reading

By Megan Daley | Jun 6, 2019
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High quality contemporary picture books are works of art and the best way I know to teach visual literacy and dive deeply into critical thinking and discussion with both the very young,…

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Engaging and Encouraging Reluctant Readers – Guest Post for ‘Planning with Kids’

By Megan Daley | May 19, 2019
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I have been reading Planning With Kids for a very long time now, since I had PudStar in 2008. Nicole Avery’s incredibly successful blog and website has always been one of my…

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Mother’s Day

By Megan Daley | May 1, 2019
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All families are different and I try very hard to feature books here on my blog for all families. You will find children’s books about mothers and mother figures in this post here.…

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Two Years is Such a Very Short Time

By Megan Daley | Apr 28, 2019
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Two years is such a very short time in #grieftown. When my brother died unexpectedly in 2012 I spoke about feeling like I was in a place, far from everyone else and…

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Cover Design: Jo Hunt

By Megan Daley | Apr 11, 2019
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There’s that old saying, ‘you can’t judge a book by its cover’. But you know what? We all do – yes even teacher librarians like myself. Unless we are hunting down a…

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‘Raising Readers’: Five Weeks Until Publication

By Megan Daley | Feb 26, 2019
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This Tuesday marks 5 weeks until my book, ‘Raising Readers’ is officially out in the world. This realisation is exciting and terrifying in equal measure; somehow I have written a book, an…

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Stories in All Forms: Stories in Silver

By Megan Daley | Feb 21, 2019
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I love a local online jewellery store by the name of Oh My Giddy Aunt – this is…

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Literary Tour to Shanghai International Literary Festival

By Megan Daley | Jan 29, 2019
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‘Travelling Book Club’ week in Shanghai. Literature, inspiration, conversation, authentic cuisine and truly absorbing explorations of old and new China. This post is not sponsored in any way, I just had to…

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Children’s Books Daily in Bali

By Megan Daley | Dec 13, 2018
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If you are looking for a post about top tips for Bali holidays, this is not the blog post for you. I do books remember? If however, you would like to know…

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The Ultimate List of ALL.THE.LISTS this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Dec 6, 2018

Over the last few weeks we’ve been publishing ALL.THE.LISTS for Christmas book buying. To help you find what you’re after here is ONE list with all those lists in one place. There…

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Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: The ONE Book I’m buying this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Nov 21, 2018
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Recently in the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group, Allison Tait asked members to name the one book they are definitely recommending or buying for a young reader this Christmas. BEHOLD! This…

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