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‘The Call of the Wild’ Movie Giveaway!

By Megan Daley | Feb 20, 2020
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Thanks to Twentieth Century Studios, I have *five* double movie passes + books of the classic tale, ‘The Call of the Wild’. To enter, just comment here on or Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with who you’d love to take along!It’s been SO MANY YEARS since I read the classic book…

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Book People: Belinda Murrell

By Megan Daley | Feb 15, 2020
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Belinda Murrell is one of my favourites in the kidlit world. Am I even allowed to have favourites?! She is a completely wonderful person and a damn great writer to boot. One of her ‘Pippa’s Island’ novels is dedicated to PudStar, who reviewed the series here and here and who…

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Book People: Lyn White

By Megan Daley | Feb 6, 2020
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When I grow up I think I’d like to be Lyn White. She’s a teacher librarian, editor, marketing guru – she’s all of the things I love rolled into one. I’m always saying to my students at school ‘when I grow up I’d like to be…’ (usually it’s the owner…

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Book Club: Reading for the Future

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2020
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17 Goals for People, for Planet As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Member states developed the Sustainable Development Goals as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The Sustainable Development Goals, ‘provide a global…

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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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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 have to say that both stories made me cry.…

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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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