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Grief, Widowhood and Books

By Megan Daley | Jun 11, 2018
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Unsurprisingly, I’ve collected a large number of books on grief over the years. My brother died six years ago and my favourite Aunt died two weeks before Dan died. Sadly, I’m a grief veteran. I’m not brave, I’m not inspirational…I am merely putting one foot in front of the other,…


The Book Gender Debate (by Jacqueline Harvey)

By Megan Daley | May 24, 2018
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This week I was so fortunate to host Jacqueline Harvey at school and, as on previous visits, she captivated students and staff alike with her enthusiasm, wit and wisdom. If you ever have the chance to attend a Jacqueline Harvey event – get thee along. I have an entire shelf…


Mindfulness Resources for Kids

By Megan Daley | Mar 12, 2018
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I’m well aware that mindfulness is a buzzword and I’m generally not a fan of such things. However, my dad (AKA Geoff Dean) has been espousing the virtues of being mindful and training your brain for as long as I can remember. While I’ve never successfully calmed because #WIRED, he’s…


Book People: Sue Whiting

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2018
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What do you hope for when there is no hope? In search of this answer, award-winning Australian author Sue Whiting delivers a confronting mystery for younger readers. Mackenzie da Luca’s mother is missing – she’s vanished without a trace in the jungles of Panama. Now, 116 days later Mackenzie and…


Yoga Books for Kids

By Megan Daley | Feb 21, 2018
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When I was first time around mother I did baby yoga for months on end and had long leisurely lunches with the ladies afterwards; those were the days (and they are long gone). When we grew out of baby yoga, Pud continued with toddler yoga at a local yoga studio…


Book People: Nova Weetman

By Megan Daley | Jan 25, 2018
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My first ‘Book People’ for 2018 is someone I have long wanted to chat with, Nova Weetman. Though she has been writing for literary magazines and television for many years now,  Weetman burst onto the children’s/YA literary scene just a few years ago with the astonishing (little scary for me…


The Dromkeen Librarians Award

By Megan Daley | Dec 4, 2017
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Gone are the days of me tripping off around the place at the drop of a hat and leaving ChickPea and PudStar at home…those days came to a crashing halt when Dan died, so it was both a treat and a logistical nightmare for me to escape the house to…


Native Stingless Bees and Bee Books

By Megan Daley | Nov 8, 2017
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It has been a very big week at school! Monday we had Elly Awesome (who was awesome and her book is here) and Tuesday we had Dr Tobias Smith from Bee Aware Kids to talk all things native bees and split our native bee hive. Apparently we are excellent school…


Six Months of Grief

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2017

Long post alert…and it’s not about books so click back one for books if that is more your thing. It sure is more mine than #grieftown. This week marks six months since we lost Dan and I still cannot wrap my head around how our lives have changed forever. I…


Top Twenty Magazines for Kids

By Megan Daley | Oct 13, 2017
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Each year around this time I publish a list of magazines for kids – good ones for aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents to gift to little people for Christmas. Magazines are the gift that keeps on giving…each month or quarter a new part of the gift arrives and it is magical…