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Book People: Kate Gordon

By Megan Daley | Oct 28, 2020
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Kate Gordon’s writing in ‘Aster’s Good, Right Things’ is at times so authentic that it makes you wince with the pain and anguish of it all but ultimately wraps you up in immense beauty and goodness. This is one of my favourite middle grade reads in a long time and…

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You can be anything. Be your own man…

By Megan Daley | Sep 23, 2020
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When I first read ‘Love Your Body’ by Jessica Saunders, I felt so very grateful to be living in an age where my girls had access to a book like this. This week I have read her latest book ‘Be Your Own Man’ and this time I thought ‘my glory…

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Best ‘lap armchair’ books for boddlers

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2020
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Bedtime reading is something I feel incredibly passionate about, in fact I have pretty much a whole chapter in my book devoted to it and I still read to my 10 and 14 year old children most nights – and definately to the 6 and 8 year olds! It is…

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Book People: Renee Treml

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2020
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Hi! This is ChickPea here. Taking over from mummy on this Book People interview because … well … I love the Sherlock Bones books and I knew I would do a better job of asking Renee Treml the questions. If you like graphic novels, laughing and taxidermy … you should…

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Mashed Potato Reads for Troubled Times

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2020
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When the world feels like the grown ups aren’t in charge (on a global scale!) and everything feels a bit scary – sometimes comfort foods and comfort reads are what is called for! Allison Rushby and I were talking about this the other day and I realised that we might…

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#YKNRGiveaway: Win a HUGE Puffin book pack!

By Megan Daley | Aug 24, 2020
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Children’s book publisher Puffin is having a BIG birthday and YKNR members have the chance to win ALL the presents! From the publisher: This September, iconic children’s book publisher Puffin commemorates its milestone 80th anniversary. To celebrate, we’re offering a blockbuster giveaway including 17 books, from old favourites to new classics,…

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New Aussie Series to Read After the Treehouse Books

By Megan Daley | Aug 17, 2020
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Too often adults dismiss ‘the funny books’ like the Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton as not quite as worthy as more ‘highbrow’ literary choices.  A balanced literary diet is great but, so too is page after page of laughter over witty writing and words which make young…

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A creative collaboration: when fact, fiction, nature and art come together

By Megan Daley | Aug 12, 2020
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The latest book by Dannika Patterson and Megan Forward, ‘Scribbly Gum Secrets’ could not have come at a better time for my family and I as 2020 has seen us do a lot more bushwalking in our local area and this is one of the very few things I will…

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Top Tips for Improving Reading Skills

By Megan Daley | Jul 29, 2020
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Guest Article by Tracey Hand of Optimise Learning. Co-founder of Optimise Learning, Tracey Hand, is a former teaching colleague and she is one of the most outstanding teachers I have ever seen in a classroom. In fact I respect her wisdom on all things reading so very much that I…

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Dying to Know Day: Resources

By Megan Daley | Jul 23, 2020
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Recently I was asked to be a part of The Groundswell Project Dying to Know Day campaign. Dying To Know Day (August 8th) is an annual day of action dedicated to activating conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement. I am intimately acquainted with grief. The tragic death…

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