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Books and ALL of the Things for Back to School

By Megan Daley | Jan 15, 2022
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Congratulations! You’ve made it through Christmas and New Year celebrations and now we’re heading right on into ‘Back to School Season’. Do your family decorate and cover the school books? I’m still…

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Review and Guest Post: ‘Big Love’

By Megan Daley | Oct 30, 2021
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Title: ‘Big Love’Author: Megan JacobsonIllustrator: Beck FeinerPublisher: Walker Studio an Imprint of Walker Books AustraliaAge Range: babies, early childhood, lower primary.Themes: family, love, diversity. ‘Big Love’ is a soothing lullaby packaged and…

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Review of ‘The gentle genius of trees’

By Megan Daley | Aug 16, 2021
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Dr Sam Lloyd is entirely the correct person to review this book as not only is she a fabulous neighbour (oh the baked goods, chats and gin) but her yard is a…

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Review of ‘Elsewhere Girls’

By Megan Daley | Aug 4, 2021
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Title: ‘Elsewhere Girls’Author: Emily Gale & Nova WeetmanPublisher: Text Publishing Age Range: from 10+, upper primary, lower secondary. Themes: friendship, family, courage, pressure, sport, elite sport, academics, timeslip, history, feminism, women, women…

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Review of ‘Enough Love?

By Megan Daley | Jul 22, 2021
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Title: ‘Enough Love?’ Author: Maggie HutchingsIllustrator: Evie Barrow Publisher: Affirm Press Age Range: lower primary, middle primary. Themes: family, family changes, family love, blended families, relationships, identity, step parenting, same sex relationships,…

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Review of ‘The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling’

By Megan Daley | Jun 1, 2021
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Title: ‘The Surprising Power Of A Good Dumpling’Author: Wai ChimPublisher: Allen & Unwin (2019)Awards: Shortlisted Best Young Adult Literature, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2020 AU; Shortlisted Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020…

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Review of the ‘Coco: Big City Kitty’ series

By Megan Daley | May 25, 2021
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Title: ‘Coco: Big City Kitty’ (and series)Author: Laura BuntingIllustrator: Nicky Johnston Publisher: Scholastic Australia Age Range: early childhood Themes: city vs country, nature, insects, crafting, change, friendship, family. Sometimes you find a…

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Review of ‘Bee Detectives’

By Megan Daley | May 5, 2021
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I have been showcasing some of my new favourite bee books of late, including ‘The Very Clever Bee’ which you can see my review of here and my more extensive list of…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Happy (& other ridiculous aspirations)’

By Megan Daley | Apr 29, 2021
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Jazzy has been reviewing for me for several years now and I always love seeing her emails pop into my inbox as her reviews are thoughtful and insightful and it’s so nice…

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Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: Best Books for 12-14

By Megan Daley | Apr 22, 2021
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Reading around the ages of 12-14 is all about engagement. Themes (yes, some of them heavy!), characters, storyline and even the cover art all need to appeal to savvy teen readers, otherwise…

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