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Summer School Music Program

By Megan Daley | Oct 2, 2018
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This is not a sponsored post and I have absolutely no affiliation with this organisation apart from thinking they are most excellent indeed.  This coming January will be Pud’s fourth year of…

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80 Kids Books to Movie Adaptations

By Megan Daley | Sep 25, 2018
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With the holidays upon us, it’s time to sort out activities to keep the small people entertained, and the coffee to keep you functioning. I aim for a mix of indoor and…

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Kid’s Online Writing Course

By Megan Daley | Sep 20, 2018
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I’m regularly asked by parents where their creative kids can access writing or illustrating courses and while I know of a few locally, I’ve not yet found one online that I would…

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Students Need School Libraries

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2018
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I have been a teacher librarian for over fifteen years, a teacher for twenty years and have been involved in the children’s and YA book industry in Australia for even longer, thanks…

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Do You Read at the Breakfast Table?

By Megan Daley | Sep 11, 2018
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Do you let your kids read at the breakfast table? Do you read at the table? As a librarian, you’d probably expect that I’m not a fan of kids having cereal near…

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Bedrooms and Books at Seven

By Megan Daley | Sep 5, 2018
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ChickPea turned seven recently, and, as I do, I changed up her bedroom as part of her birthday present. I admit, the ‘birthday bedroom change-up’ has become a thing, maybe a beast…

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Jewellery Book Boxes

By Megan Daley | Aug 28, 2018
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It would be fair to say that I love a good book themed gift or twenty. My latest fav is these book jewellery boxes from Oh My Giddy Aunt (seen above). This…

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Book Party: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Megan Daley | Aug 16, 2018
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I have been buying Nightie Night Lane pyjamas for a few years now and, as happens when you buy from a small business, you chat via email with the owners and get…

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Book Week Costumes for Teachers

By Megan Daley | Jul 29, 2018
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As a young classroom teacher (those were the days!) I would spend months planning my Book Week costumes and they became more and more elaborate each year. As the full weight of…

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Book Week 2018: Find Your Treasure

By Megan Daley | Jul 26, 2018
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Tonight I will be presenting a webinar for Eduwebinar with lots of ideas for Book Week 2018. My notes from this event are below and may be of help in your own…

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Top 30 Book Week Costumes for ‘Find Your Treasure’

By Megan Daley | Jul 24, 2018
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I am a  Book Week tragic from way back. As a child I have vivid memories of planning my Book Week costumes with my teacher librarian mum (TL mum and daughter…apple doesn’t…

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The Tween Bedroom and Books

By Megan Daley | Jul 19, 2018
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I have a propensity to change up our bedrooms a little too regularly. I’ve been doing this since I…

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Book People: Kirli Saunders

By Megan Daley | Jul 4, 2018
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‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’ is Kirli Saunders debut children’s book and you can read my full review of of this exceptional book here. I came across Kirli Saunders on the website of a…

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Grief, Widowhood and Books

By Megan Daley | Jun 11, 2018
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Unsurprisingly, I’ve collected a large number of books on grief over the years. My brother died six years ago and my favourite Aunt died two weeks before Dan died. Sadly, I’m a…

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The Book Gender Debate (by Jacqueline Harvey)

By Megan Daley | May 24, 2018
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This week I was so fortunate to host Jacqueline Harvey at school and, as on previous visits, she captivated students and staff alike with her enthusiasm, wit and wisdom. If you ever…

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Mindfulness Resources for Kids

By Megan Daley | Mar 12, 2018
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I’m well aware that mindfulness is a buzzword and I’m generally not a fan of such things. However, my dad (AKA Geoff Dean) has been espousing the virtues of being mindful and…

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Book People: Sue Whiting

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2018
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What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers. Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is…

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Yoga Books for Kids

By Megan Daley | Feb 21, 2018
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When I was first time around mother I did baby yoga for months on end and had long leisurely lunches with the ladies afterwards; those were the days (and they are long…

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Book People: Nova Weetman

By Megan Daley | Jan 25, 2018
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My first ‘Book People’ for 2018 is someone I have long wanted to chat with, Nova Weetman. Though she has been writing for literary magazines and television for many years now,  Weetman…

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The Dromkeen Librarians Award

By Megan Daley | Dec 4, 2017
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Gone are the days of me tripping off around the place at the drop of a hat and leaving ChickPea and PudStar at home…those days came to a crashing halt when Dan…

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