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Book People: Ursula Dubosarsky

By Megan Daley | Jan 15, 2020
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Ursula Dubosarsky is one of the finest writers in the country. Her books are sophisticated yet still accessible and each one is utterly unique; she seems to flit between genres effortlessly and each new book is a delightful surprise. Yes I am fangirling. You would to if you’d read as…

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The Australian Ballet Brings ‘The Happy Prince’ from the Story to the Stage

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2020
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…at QPAC & You Can Win a Family Pass A kind heart shines brighter than gold… ‘The Happy Prince’ is one of my favourite Oscar Wilde classics remembered from childhood. It was first published in 1888 as a collection of stories which also included ‘The Selfish Giant’ – and I…

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Book People: Emily Conolan

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2019
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Emily Conolan has used the ever-popular ‘choose your own adventure’ format to put young readers at the centre of stories of immigration; utter.darned.genius. Why was this not done sooner? I spend so much time speaking to students at school about the importance of reading the stories of others, as it…

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year…Until it is Not

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2019
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As I try and find a moment this week when my children are not glued (superglued) to my side, in order to simply wrap their Christmas presents, I remember what the lead up to Christmas used to look like. I tend not to look back at what used to be,…

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‘Searching for Cicadas’: Narrative Non-Fiction

By Megan Daley | Dec 16, 2019
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Narrative non-fiction titles are one of the best ways I know to introduce young children to the joys of information books – they are a fabulous ‘smash up’ of story with true information. In my opinion the series that does this best is the ‘Nature Storybooks’ series from Walker Books…

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Top 15 Library Loans in 2019

By Megan Daley | Dec 2, 2019
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Each year I look forward to the borrowing stats and borrower stats at the conclusion of the school year. Possibly this is a librarian thing, but I find it fascinating and of course we incorporate all this ‘data’ and more into our Annual Report. The 2019 list doesn’t really have…

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Book People: Adam France

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2019
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Adam France has a bulldog, he’s a primary school teacher, he’s in a successful band and now he has his first book for middle – upper primary readers…he’s clearly kicking life goals. ‘Paddy T and the Time-Travelling Trampoline’ is a darned good read aloud (or independent read) which took me…

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Book People: Robert Henderson

By Megan Daley | Nov 19, 2019
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A book for one? A book for two? A book for different points of view. Recently I had the privilege of meeting a newcomer to the kidlit world, author/illustrator/designer Robert Henderson. Robert is a (self-proclaimed) prolific non-graduate from a range of prestigious Australian Universities, failing to complete courses in areas…

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Literary + Lovely Christmas Gift Ideas

By Megan Daley | Nov 13, 2019
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The gift ideas in this post are a mash up of all the things I love and I think you will also love. They are not sponsored ideas,  though some are affiliate links (which cost the buyer nothing) which support the running costs of the blog. Many of the businesses…

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The Wonderful World of Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novels

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2019
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Raina Telgemeier has taken the kidlit world by storm and in my library her books actually never make it back to the shelves – EVER. They go from returns chute to next person on the reserves list or a gaggle of girls hang around waiting for Miss Olive to return…

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