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New Book Gifts for 6-10 Year Olds this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 7, 2019
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Lists! What is not to love? Lists make me feel calm and organised, especially at this time of year when chaos is more my daily reality! I’ve spent several weeks creating book gift lists for different age groups, which I hope will make your Christmas book shopping easier this year.…

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New Book Gifts for 0-5 Year Olds this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 1, 2019
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Can you believe that it is time to turn our minds to Christmas gifts? As you can imagine, I am a very loud advocate for buying book gifts for young and old alike. The books may be cast aside in favour of toy gifts at the actual time of unwrapping…

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Books for Your Tweens and Teens

By Megan Daley | Sep 24, 2019
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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 now also for my own children. I am not a doctor, psychologist or high school teacher – so I’m definitely no expert on…

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Supporting Reading Differences

By Megan Daley | Sep 18, 2019
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It would be easy to assume that with several teacher librarians and a few academics in the family, my journey with reading within my extended family has been *seamless* and full of success.  But actually we have a number of family members across the generations for whom reading has been…

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Environment Award for Children’s Literature

By Megan Daley | Aug 14, 2019
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Few would argue that environmental concerns, sustainable living and the disconnect children of today have with nature are issues we need to address at individual, family and community level.  Books are one of the best ways I know for children to learn about nature, issues of the environment, and sustainability…

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Book People: Wai Chim

By Megan Daley | Jul 29, 2019
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For starters – can we just all pause and take a moment to take in the glory that is the cover of ‘The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling’? It contains all of my favourite colours and one of my favourite foods (dumplings) and the thing with the chopsticks and…

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Book Week 2019: Reading is My Secret Power

By Megan Daley | Jul 28, 2019
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Term Three is always a wonderful celebration of Australian children’s literature in schools, early education centres, libraries and bookstores around the country. The theme for CBCA Book Week 2019 is ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ and reading does indeed give us secret powers: the power to walk in the shoes…

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Book People: Lisa Nicol

By Megan Daley | Jul 24, 2019
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You will find my video review of Lisa Nicol’s latest book on my Youtube channel, but in a nutshell, ‘Vincent and the Grandest Hotel on Earth’ is for readers 8-88 who want to escape into a fantastical world where pocket dogs are standard companions for all and where chocolate fountains,…

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Book People: Trent Maxwell AKA ‘Maxi’

By Megan Daley | Jul 22, 2019
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I first came across the ‘Maxi the Lifeguard’ books when my dear friend Mel waved them under my nose, astonished at how they had totally engaged her  9 year old ‘reluctant’ reader. Mel then discovered he was coming to speak at a local library, whipped her kids off  to see…

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Book People: Tony Flowers

By Megan Daley | Jul 18, 2019
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The latest book collaboration between Tony Flowers and Nick Falk is ‘Vognox the Viking’ and readers from 7+ are so going to enjoy this funny, clever and rollicking tale of a Viking who really doesn’t want to be in a book! As an illustrator, Tony Flowers embeds so many visual…

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