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Five Tips to Help Children Write a Masterpiece  

By Megan Daley | Oct 5, 2023
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Bestselling authors Nat Amoore and Tim Harris have teamed up to create Kids Writing Cool, a self-paced online creative writing course designed to get primary-aged children excited about writing. ‘We even make punctuation and paragraphs fun,’ says Nat. ‘I know it sounds hard to believe, but it’s true! They’ll be…

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Books by First Nations Authors and Illustrators for Children to Teens

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2023
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We are a nation with a long history of storytelling and we are incredibly fortunate to have so many talented First Nations Peoples writing and illustrating books for our young people. Books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples allow us all the opportunity to walk alongside a character as…

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Nature Themed Kids Books

By Megan Daley | Jun 24, 2023
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As an early childhood educator with a deep love for the natural world, I have always found joy in exploring the wonders of nature with young children and encouraging an interest in sustainability. From gardening with my parents and nature crafts with my kindy mates, to immersing myself in the…

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Imagining the Future

By Megan Daley | Feb 7, 2023
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Late last year, I was contacted by Dan who is a Producer of a fascinating initiative of the Federal Government called Future You. I am a staunch advocate of any program that promotes diversity and sustainability and also gets our kids thinking about the future and their ability to have…

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Books for the Dark Times

By Megan Daley | Dec 12, 2022
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I recently presented a keynote speech for the Australian Publishing Association. Authors, booksellers and publishers, all in the same room.  It was a really special event.  I spoke about two VERY diverse subjects – Books In Crisis and Reading for Joy.  This blog is a focus on the former –…

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Book Week Costumes for Adults

By Megan Daley | Jul 26, 2022
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If you’re reading this then you have clearly already thought about dressing up for Book Week and are on the look out for some manageable Book Week costume ideas. I talk ad nauseam about educators and library staff being reading role models, and Book Week is one of those times…

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Kids Costumes for Book Week

By Megan Daley | Jul 25, 2022
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If you are reading this then you probably fall within one of two camps – loving prepping your kids Book Week costumes or utterly dreading/loathing/resenting prepping Book Week costumes! I am the former. I have vivid childhood memories of planning Book Week costumes from Snugglepot to Mog. Our four kids…

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Books to boost body image and self love in kids

By Lana Hallowes | Nov 13, 2021
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Guest post. Standing in front of the mirror, head tilted. She squints, focuses, dwells. She hones in on all the ‘flaws’ – and the tween girl looking back at her agrees with her thoughts. Yep. Definitely ugly. Her hair is too thin. Her skin too pale. Her body too thick.…

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Books for Tweens and Teens

By Megan Daley | Sep 5, 2021
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I’ve been collecting books for tweens and teens on *all of the things* for many years now – for the various schools I have worked at and for my own children. I am not a doctor, psychologist or high school teacher (definitely no expert) but between a shelf full of…

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Book Week Costumes for Kids

By Megan Daley | Jul 28, 2021
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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, my favourite being the year my sister and I went as gumnut babies from the iconic May Gibbs books. I know some people dread…

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