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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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Native Stingless Bees and Bee Books

By Megan Daley | Nov 8, 2017
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It has been a very big week at school! Monday we had Elly Awesome (who was awesome and her book is here) and Tuesday we had Dr Tobias Smith from Bee Aware…

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Six Months of Grief

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2017
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Long post alert…and it’s not about books so click back one for books if that is more your thing. It sure is more mine than #grieftown. This week marks six months since…

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Top Twenty Magazines for Kids

By Megan Daley | Oct 13, 2017
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Each year around this time I publish a list of magazines for kids – good ones for aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents to gift to little people for Christmas. Magazines are the gift…

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Every Writer Needs an Office

By Megan Daley | Oct 2, 2017
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So. I’m writing a book. Allegedly. Dear glory I hope Kristina from UQP is not reading this…but I promise it will one day sit alongside those lovely UQP spines above! It’s been…

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Book Week Costumes

By Megan Daley | Aug 20, 2017

If you’re a teacher librarian in a school, particularly a primary school, Book Week is will no doubt be one of your busiest weeks of the year. As a teacher librarian and…

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Coming to a bookshelf near you…

By Megan Daley | Jul 24, 2017
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The reading handbook by Children's Books Daily

Since the end of 2016, I’ve had an exciting project in the pipeline and early this year my name was signed on the dotted line of a publishing contract with UQP. I’ve…

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Book people: Belinda Murrell

By Megan Daley | Jul 5, 2017
Jacqueline Harvey meets Belinda Murrell to talk about Pippa's Island

For this week’s Book People post, we asked the fabulous Jacqueline Harvey to catch up with Belinda Murrell about her new series Pippa’s Island. Fortunately for us, they agreed! Take it away…

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Book Party: Alice in Wonderland

By Megan Daley | Jul 2, 2017
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In one of those really weird online/offline worlds collide moments…I ordered a gorgeous organic cotton nightie for Pud from online company Nightie Night Lane a few years ago and noted that one…

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Book people: Oliver Phommavanh

By Megan Daley | Jun 28, 2017
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Belinda Murrell interviews Oliver Phommavanh

We hope you are enjoying our series of Book People posts for CBD! This week, bestselling author Belinda Murrell is back with another terrific interview with hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh. You…

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Book People: Deborah Abela

By Megan Daley | Jun 21, 2017
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10 things you need to know about Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela is one of the most popular authors in Australian children’s literature – and you only need to read one of her books or see one of her school presentations to know…

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Begin, End, Begin: (The Making of) A #LoveOzYA Anthology

By Megan Daley | Jun 14, 2017
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An oral history of Begin End Begin: A #LoveOZYA anthology

This week, TMB is excited to be highlighting a shiny new YA release. Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA anthology showcases some of the brightest stars on the Australian YA scene, and makes the…

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The story behind the book: Karen Foxlee’s ‘A Most Magical Girl’

By Megan Daley | May 19, 2017
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The story behind A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

*Please see the end of this article for a special message Karen Foxlee’s ‘A Most Magical Girl’ is having a well-deserved most magical run in 2017. Not only has A Most Magical…

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Somewhat Bookish Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

By Megan Daley | Apr 26, 2017
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I update my Mother’s Day gift guide most years on the blog, so that we all (including me) have an easily email-able/text-able to children/husbands/partners! This way they have a nice list of…

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Book People: J.C. Burke

By Megan Daley | Feb 22, 2017
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Click on title links or cover images to read more about each book and purchase.  #loveOzYA Like when I read Claire Zorn’s ‘One Would Think the Deep’, ‘The Things We Promise’ took…

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