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Review of ‘Catch a Falling Star’

By Megan Daley | Feb 25, 2019
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Multiple-award-winning author Meg McKinlay’s latest middle grade novel places the reader at that tricky intersection where logic and science meet magic and hope, a place where many of us find ourselves when…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Feb 20, 2019

This week on ‘Five on Friday’ I’m talking about a ‘group’ of books (I’m stretching the friendship on five this week) which are perfect for middle – upper primary and into lower…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water’

By Megan Daley | Feb 18, 2019

Title: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water’ Author:  Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence Illustrator: Peter Baldwin Publisher: Affirm Press  Themes: surf lifesaving; lifeguards; rescue; family; friendship; goal setting; community engagement; teamwork; caring for the…

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Girl Zone Book Club

By Megan Daley | Feb 13, 2019

This week is our first Girl Zone Book Club meeting of the year – my favourite extracurricular activity by far. This is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant…

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Young Reader and Reviews

By Megan Daley | Feb 11, 2019

Some of you may have seen the book trolley I posted on social media last week, which was made by a very clever friend of mine – you can see it on…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Feb 7, 2019

I’ll be on Facebook live over at Children’s Books Daily on Friday 8th Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books!  I feel like I’m jumping on a bandwagon with…

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Chinese New Year 2019

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2019

Like Christmas and Easter books, Chinese New Year books are seasonal ones that I like to gradually collect and rotate in and out of my home and school library. 2019 is the…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Heads and Tails: Insects’

By Megan Daley | Feb 3, 2019

Title: Heads and Tails: Insects Author/Illustrator: John Canty Publisher: Berbay Publishing Age Range: early childhood Themes: animals, animal classification, animal characteristics, clues, guessing. Awards: 2018 Speech Pathology Awards: Winner in the birth – 3 category My…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Jan 31, 2019

I’ll be on Facebook live over at Children’s Books Daily on Friday 1st Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books! To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘All the Ways to be Smart’

By Megan Daley | Jan 31, 2019

Title: All the Ways to be Smart Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribble Themes: diversity; talents; creativity; strengths; confidence; kindness Age Range: early childhood – upper primary Click on title links or cover image…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Jan 23, 2019

To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! ‘Sleep Tight, Platypup’ by Renee Treml ‘Wrestle’ by Charlotte Mars etc ‘The House on…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Starting School’

By Megan Daley | Jan 23, 2019

Title: Starting School Author: Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Themes: starting school, friendships, school, diversity, families, teachers, classrooms, schools, playgrounds, new experiences.  Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Tim,…

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Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Puppy Pandemonium’

By Megan Daley | Jan 21, 2019

Author: Belinda Murrell (see our interview with Belinda here) Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: middle primary –  upper primary Themes: family, friends, clubs, school, beach, island living, cafes, food, pets, dogs, small…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Jan 17, 2019

To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! ‘All the Ways to Be Smart’ by Davina Bell. Illustrated by Alison Colpoys ‘Find…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show’

By Megan Daley | Jan 16, 2019

Title: Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show Author: Zanni Louise Illustrator: Gillian Flint Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Age Range: early childhood; lower primary; independent readers Themes: music, painting, art, The Arts, imagination, creativity, friendship, feelings, nerves,…

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