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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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ChickPea Reviews: Fish Kid and the Turtle Torpedo

By Megan Daley | Apr 21, 2021
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Author and illustrator: Kylie HowarthPublisher: Walker BooksAge Range: Lower Primary, Middle PrimaryThemes: Ocean, climate change, Marine biology This week I am introducing ‘ChickPea Reviews’! Is it any surprise that the daughter of a teacher librarian is…

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Review of This Small Blue Dot

By Megan Daley | Apr 7, 2021
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Author and illustrator: Zeno SworderPublisher: Thames & HudsonAge Range: Babies, boddlers, toddlersThemes: Childhood, life, philosophy, self-identity I have gushed about ‘This Small Blue Dot’ since its release in August 2020 on my socials, to my kids,…

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Interview: Meet the author of ‘Earth Matters: Loving Our Planet’

By Megan Daley | Apr 1, 2021
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Title: Earth Matters: Loving our Planet.Author: Carole WilkinsonIllustrator: Hilary Cresp Publisher: Wild Dog Books Age Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary Themes: climate change, global warming, earth, sustainability, environmental activism, nature,…

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Review of Early One Morning

By Megan Daley | Apr 1, 2021
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Author: Mem FoxIllustrator: Christine DavenierPublisher: PenguinAge Range: Early childhood, toddlers, early primaryThemes: Farm animals, visual literacy, repetition Mem Fox needs no introduction – who hasn’t been begged to read, ‘Where is the Green Sheep’, ‘The Magic Hat‘,…

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Review of School of Monsters Series

By Megan Daley | Mar 18, 2021
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Series Title: School of Monsters Author: Sally RippinIllustrator: Chris Kennett Publisher: Hardie Grant Age Range: beginner reader, early childhood. Themes: monsters, friendships, school, spooky, starting reading. Sally Rippin has been writing books…

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Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: Best Books for 10-12

By Megan Daley | Mar 11, 2021
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Around the ages of 10-12, books really take on a life of their own. By now kids are reading text THEY want to read, not just the books given to them by…

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Review of ‘Who Am I’

By Megan Daley | Mar 10, 2021
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Author: Philip BuntingIllustrator: Philip BuntingPublisher: ScholasticAge Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primaryThemes: Identity, philosophy Welcome to the Children’s Books Daily review team Clare Mellor! You can read more about Clare in her bio below this review,…

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Review of ‘Tomorrow Girl’

By Megan Daley | Feb 25, 2021
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Title: Tomorrow Girl Author: Vikki ConleyIllustrator: Penelope PratleyPublisher: EK BooksAge Range: early childhood, lower primary. Themes: mindfulness, anxiety, friendship, connection, curiosity, imagination, natural world.Teachers’ Notes: from the EK Books website here. Mindfulness…

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Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: Best Books for 8-10 years

By Megan Daley | Feb 24, 2021
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As young readers pause less on sounding out individual words, the story tends to carry them along and keep them engaged. To encourage this new reading momentum (and don’t fret if it’s…

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