Dinosaur Tea Party

DIY Dinosaur Garden As mentioned recently, ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ is ChickPea’s favourite book and we all know it by heart. On the eve of her third birthday there was a massive meltdown over PudStar’s fairy garden (here), as ChickPea kept adding her dinosaurs and trashing it… so I decided to make her a garden…

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I first came across Allison Rushby when I met her mother, Pamela Rushby, who I featured here some time back. I was chatting to Pamela at a literary function (I see her at every literary function without fail…clearly we get around!) and she mentioned her daughter also wrote. After locating Allison’s webpage and her travel blog,…

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Dave Hartley is a deputy principal in the city of Logan, south of Brisbane. Employed by Education Queensland for more than a decade, he has taught across many year levels and was awarded ‘Gold Coast Teacher of the Year’ in 2009. David’s people are Barunggam, the traditional people of the Darling Downs/Chinchilla region. Together with…

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A little while ago now I participated in a “Sweet Swap” because, well…I love sugar. Given my lack of self control with all things sugary I should not really have signed up at all, but I did. And I ate sweets and I didn’t share them. In fairness…it was also to raise money for a…

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Book Week 2014: Parade Costumes …for students and staff! Oh Book Week…I have a love/hate relationship with you. It feels like the planning for Book Week starts in April each year and yet when Book Week finally arrives in August I still feel like I am totally unprepared. I posted a few pictures on Instagram…

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The Frida Kahlo Series: Part One I’ve been meaning to write about Pud’s Frida flowers for so long now as so many of you comment on her flowers on Instagram. So here is Part One. Part Two here is about Pud’s favourite Frida Kahlo picture books and Part Three here is a virtual tour of…

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Part One is here and Part Two are here. PudStar made me promise that the next school holidays we would re-decorate her room as she was clearly far too old for her Miffy decorated room these days. She already knew what she wanted – birds, blue and a painting of Frida Kahlo on her wall.  At…

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I asked my soon-to-be-nine niece what she would like for her birthday somewhat dreading the answer. She replied that she knew I would get her books (clearly I am the Book Aunty) and that she also really wanted a spy kit. I nearly fainted with excitement and couldn’t get out of the house fast enough…

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This week I crossed something off my literary bucket list. Megan’s Literary Bucket List Visit Jackie French’s garden Go to 100 Acre Woods, alone and in the rain and get chased by a cow at Poohsticks Bridge Visit Nutcote, home of May Gibbs Stay a while in Narnia Eat Heston Blumenthal’s Alice in Wonderland inspired…

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I am so pleased to be featuring Pamela Rushby as part of my ‘Book People’ series. Pamela and I clearly attend the same literary events as I see her at 90% of the functions I attend and it’s always lovely to chat with her. There are a few children’s/YA authors in Australia who do historical…

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Top Ten Favourite Books at Six Years Old Now We Are Six When I was one, I had just begun. When I was two, I was nearly new. When I was three, I was hardly me. When I was four, I was not much more. When I was five, I was just alive. But now…

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Book Party: Pearlie in the Park This afternoon we celebrated PudStar’s sixth birthday with a ‘Pearlie in the Park’ fairy party and it was just lovely. Lots of funky little fairies running around and a good opportunity to catch up with parents from school – something I don’t do enough of.

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Book People: Karen Foxlee I’m so pleased today to be chatting with Karen Foxlee about her lastest book, ‘Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy’. ‘Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy’ is published by Hot Key Books, an imprint of The Five Mile Press. It is a modern but old-worldly feeling retelling of Han’s Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’, aimed at middle primary…

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Spaces to Create, Play and Wonder (an update on the Cubbyhouse that became an ‘Art Studio’) If you’ve been reading along with me for a while now you’ll know about PudStar’s self-named ‘Art Studio’…you can read about it here. After visiting illustrator Stephen Axelsen one Christmas holidays, she cleared out her cubbyhouse (by clean I…

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DIY Bookshelf for Favourite Books PudStar has many books in her room. Actually our entire house is filled with many books. One can never have too many books however one MUST have a system of organising ones books. Without a system for books – book chaos reigns. As I librarian I have THE perfect system happening…

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With Christmas just around the corner, there is much Christmas craft happening both at home and at school! This week it’s been Christmas story stones all round and the ones below are by our talented Year Four students and their teacher. My original story stone post here is one of the most popular on the…

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The Christmas Card Dilemma Last year I spoke about the Christmas card dilemma (first world problem) – to do or not to do. My family and I have had a few not so good years, and for me, I think my annual Christmas card says, “we’re still here and we so appreciate and love all…

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Spineless Classics: Literature as Art Earlier in the year I spoke about our ‘Secret Garden’ Spineless Classic art print, which I made a display around in the library. The students still adore it, and we have ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to display next year. These art prints are just a little bit fab, and would…

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Book People: Kate Knapp I have long adored the work of artist Kate Knapp (still coveting the chook picture) and I was so pleased when she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, ‘Ruby Red Shoes’. The second book in this series, ‘Ruby Red Shoes Goes to Paris’ was released recently and you can see…

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Top 5 Un-Princessy Princess Books (actually there are six – but ‘Top 6’ doesn’t have the same ring to it!) There is a plethora of books about princesses and most small children go through a princess phase – hard to avoid! However too much reading about tiaras, gowns, princes, weddings and riches can only end…

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