Nine Year Old and a Book Update

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Today is Pud’s ninth birthday* and we celebrated with family yesterday as today is a school day – although, excitement of all excitements…cross country was cancelled today due to rain…a welcome birthday gift from above.

Personality wise, not much has changed at all since my update on Pud at eight years old, but reading-wise, she’s going through a bit of a slump. When she puts her mind to it, she can still hoon through a book, but on the whole she would rather be playing with her Sylvannians/LEGO, playing piano or creating some craft or cooked concoction in her spare time…and of course she loves a screen when she can get access to one:). I AM TRYING NOT TO FREAK OUT by this lack of passion for reading. I mean, I AM A LIBRARIAN. But perhaps therein lies the problem and I’m trying very hard to back off with suggestions of new books and anxious stares her way over lack of reading :). Sigh. Parenting is hard.


Some parents want to remember when their child first started soccer or played in their first piano recital – I want to remember the books my children adored each year. What can I say? I’m a librarian…the books are important milestones to me. The books below are ones that Pud has read and loved in the last little while. 

She also received a new charm, delivered via the fairy door. She loves her silver charm bracelet and charm necklaces and they are great ‘collectables’ for her – with each charm representing something she’s loved. The top hat one is from when #backboy danced in her jazz concert last year, so she particularly loves this one. 

Books at Nine Years Old

Click on title links to read more about each book and purchase.

‘Friday Barnes’ series by R.A. Spratt

‘Olive of Groves’ series by Katrina Nannestad

‘Our Australian Girl: The Alice Stories’ by Davina Bell

‘Wombat Warriors’ by Samantha Wheeler

‘Danny Best’ series by Jen Storer

‘Alice Miranda’ series by Jacqueline Harvey

Harry Potter’ illustrated editions (being read with #backboy) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

‘I’m Australian Too’ by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh

‘Heads and Tails’ by John Canty

‘Lucys Book’ by Natalie Jane Prior and Cheryl Orsini

‘The Fleurville Trilogy’ by Comtesse De Segur

Happy birthday Pud; may you always find books which you love and which inspire, challenge and comfort you. May you walk in the shoes of others through literature and may words and stories help you to navigate your way through life.

The Look Says it All

*As the girls grow older, I am ever-conscious of not telling their stories online. It was cute as toddlers and kindy kids but I don’t want them to look back and be horrified about stories or images I have shared online. I check with them before I post a photo and Pud has full editing rights over any posts that mention her! I don’t want to overshare, but I do like to share our journey as a family. We live in a digital age and whilst there is much to be wary of, there is also much to celebrate. I want my children to use the online space wisely and for good.

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  1. Nicola on Mar 31, 2017 at 8:21 am

    A great post, and the books look like fun – happy birthday! What is the picture book that she is reading? That seems to be the favourite. I love a good picture book for any age.

  2. Sandra Shannon on Mar 31, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I loved this post, I have three grand-daughters, one of whom is 9. They are surrounded with books but I see with the eldest one, nearly 12, her screen has taken over. The youngest one, Miss 7, loves her books. Loves sharing the reading. What a wonderful thing it is when all the letters on pages, start to form words for them and they can read! Miss 9 always wants me to tell her about the book I am reading and we have lovely conversations about that. Keep up the sharing.

  3. Lara at Charming Language on Apr 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Your girls are so beautiful and I love the respectful way you share their stories. My girls are 8 and 10 at the moment, so they have similar reading tastes to Pud. We haven’t tried Wombat Warriors though. Must check that out. I love the eclectic nature of their reading at this age – they’re pushing themselves with chapter books but picture books are still cool on the right occasion 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Aussie Book Chat x

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