Audio Stories Children’s books in audio form – online stories or CDs or MP3 files are a great way for children to experience books and stories in a different format. Reading is a multi-sensory experience – vision, touch, hearing and even smell (but probably not taste!) are all employed when a child experiences a children’s…

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Spineless Classics I’ve spoken before about creating a print rich environment – surrounding your children with print in all forms. Well I’ve just added the most amazing print form to my library –  a Spineless Classic. I may be slightly overexcited.

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Father’s Day Gift Books In Australia it is Father’s Day this Sunday. All celebrations in our house call for a new book, and for Father’s Day this year, it’s ‘What’s Dad Doing?’ which is new title from The National Library of Australia. There is a plethora of books out there for dads, but my absolute…

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Book People: Geoffrey McSkimming In a previous job I worked at a boys school, and Geoffrey McSkimming’s ‘Cairo Jim’ books were never on the shelves. I now work at a girls school and whilst ‘Cairo Jim’ is popular, it is not at the fever pitched levels I had been used to! However his new series,…

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Well this man obviously needs no introduction. Andy Griffiths is loved, loved, loved by young readers worldwide (and plenty of adults!) and in my humble opinion his books just keep getting better. I have particularly enjoyed his latest series with Terry Denton, the ‘Treehouse’ books. They are madness and brilliance personified and I’m yet to…

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Andrew King is relatively ‘new’ to the world of children’s literature – although of course he’s been writing for years! An engineer by day, Andrew is the creator of ‘Engibear’s Dream’ and I sent a copy of the book to a friend who has an engineering obsessed son and you can read her review here.…

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Ten Thing You Need to Know about Alison Lloyd 1. Tell us about your latest book Battle of the Jade Horse is the story of two boys in China’s far north-west. Bandits attack the Emperor’s officials. Friends Ren and Hu are pulled onto opposing sides of the battle. It’s a fast-paced adventure ‑ the conflict…

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Book People: Leonie Norrington I can’t remember anymore what I first loved about Leonie Norrington – her books or her appearances on gardening shows and seeing her passion for all things related to the Australian bush. A gardening expert, Australian bush advocate and a children’s author – that’s the complete package for me! She also…

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Book People: Anthony Eaton ‘Fireshadow’ (UQP) and ‘Into White Silence’ (Random House) are without a doubt two of my all-time favourite young adult novels. You can read my review of ‘Fireshadow’ here. Both novels kept me awake into the wee hours of the morning and both stories remained in my head long after they were…

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An Enid Blyton Faraway Tree Birthday Party Hey Bubbles is one of my favourite blogs for beautiful photography, kids craft ideas, excellent kids parties and food…oh the food! Anna also happens to be a good friend of my sister…so I can kind of/sort of claim her as my own friend and I certainly love following…

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Many teens and pre teens will need no introduction to the work of Brian Falkner. His bestselling books are action packed, techno thrillers, time bending, suspense filled adventures and they are never on the library shelves. Ten Things You Need to Know About Brian Falkner 1. Tell us about your latest book. My latest book…

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ChickPea turned two today we have celebrated with a ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ party with family (sticking to family parties for as long as I can!) Can you believe Maurice Sendaks’ classic book turned 50 this year?! ChickPea is indeed a Wild Thing; ask anyone in the family. She roars her terrible roars, and…

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The first time I ever spied a Peter Carnavas book was in a box of books I was judging for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards (now the Qld Literary Awards). It was ‘Jessica’s Box’…which I adored.  It is still one of PudStar’s favourite books several years down the track and I often hear Dan (aka Chief…

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Jackie French deserves every bit of gushing I give her. She deserves bouquets of flowers (native), baskets of organic produce, buckets of compost, hi-fives from wombats, clucks from chooks and a standing ovation from parents and teachers for the gift she has given to our young people. Jackie French has given our children (and many…

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Book People: Sarah Davis I’ve been online stalking Sarah Davis for some time now – in the nicest possible way! I have adored her illustrations ever since I purchased ‘Fearless’ some years ago now. I loved it so much that as soon as I finished it I Googled ‘Sarah Davis Illustrator’, located an email and…

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This post is part of a series for the StoryArts Festival Ipswich, showcasing some of the brilliant authors and illustrators who will be in attendance at the festival in September 2013. An internationally published, bestselling children’s author, Belinda Murrell’s 18 books include ‘The Sun Sword Trilogy’, a fantasy-adventure series for boys and girls aged 8 to…

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Vale Gregory Rogers 19th June 1957 – 1st May 2013 Gregory Rogers was one of Australia’s most internationally recognized and highly awarded author/illustrators, a gifted musician, and a wonderful long lunch companion; my mum worked with him on the Children’s Book Council of Australia merchandise – and we will both miss the lunches, meetings at…

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School Holiday Activity Books School holidays are just around the corner.I don’t know about your children, but PudStar is exhausted and cranky by this time of the term and although she would never admit it…she needs some down time.

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The Cubbyhouse That Became an Art Studio Before she was a teacher librarian, my mum was a high school art teacher and as a result we all spent much time painting, drawing and creating as children. PudStar is also rather enamoured with all things drawing related and can spend hours drawing on little squares of…

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Book People: Susanne Gervay Susanne Gervay does children’s books which deal with tricky issues well. She writes with genuine kindness and care when dealing with issues such as cancer, blended families, refugees and bullying. I recently reviewed ‘Gracie and Josh’ here which deals with childhood illness, and the impact this has on the entire family.…

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