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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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Book People: Tony Flowers on ‘Advance Australia Fair’

By Megan Daley | Feb 22, 2022
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Tony Flowers is one of my favourite illustrators in the Australian children’s book industry and I eargerly anticipate each new project with his name on in it. His latest work is ‘Advance Australia Fair’ and I was so intrigued about the story behind this book that I asked him a…

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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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Gifts Which are Literary & Lovely

By Megan Daley | Oct 24, 2021
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The lovely bits and pieces in this post are gift ideas for colleagues, friends, family and teachers – a bit of a mash up of all the things I love, and I think you will also love. They are not sponsored ideas,  though some links are affiliate links (which cost…

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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at QPAC

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2021
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I laughed, teared up (several times) and applauded enthusiastically from the first note to the final bow of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) last night. We could all do with being transported to a better place right now and the fantastical world of Wonka…

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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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Lockdown love! Bringing book joy to worn down friends

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 23, 2021
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Guest post. How are we all in lockdown (if you are in lockdown)? Everyone’s experience is so different, right? While for some it’s good, nice even, for others it can be very mentally eroding and testing. Like those of us trying to homeschool while also working, for instance … face…

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5 things your child’s teacher librarian wants you to know

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 16, 2021
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Guest post. I don’t know about you, but I really haven’t the faintest idea of what happens in the six hours my kids are at school – five days a week. I mean, OF COURSE I know they are being educated and learning the stuff I did when I was…

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