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Review of ‘Baby Tawnies’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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  Please welcome to Children’s Books Daily, Fiona Eastwood. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian at Coopers Plains State School. ‘Baby Tawnies’ is a delightful book for younger readers – it…

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Review of ‘Found: The Art of Recycling’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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Please welcome Fiona Eastwood to Children’s Books Daily. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian at Coopers Plains State School and like me she is completing her Masters – so we both…

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Review of ‘Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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Please welcome Fiona Eastwood to Children’s Books Daily. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian and like me she is completing her Masters – so we both really should not have been…

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Mem Fox: ‘Possum Magic’

By Megan Daley | Mar 31, 2013
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Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic… Did you…

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3 Fabulous Relaxation and Meditation Stories for Children

By Megan Daley | Mar 27, 2013
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I’ve spoken before about the reasons I love audio stories: great for imagery; listening skills; and for calming overtired or over stimuluated children.You can find some audio story ideas here. Recently I’ve…

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Review of ‘Pennies for Hitler’

By Megan Daley | Mar 21, 2013
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Welcome guest reviewer – Jackie Child! Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we are not: she…

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Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’

By Megan Daley | Mar 21, 2013
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Title: ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ Author/Illustrator: Narelle Oliver Publisher: Scholastic/Omnibus Books Age Range: early childhood – lower primary Themes:  Australian birds, fantasy, imagination, habitat, visual literacy   I always look forward to…

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Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’

By Megan Daley | Mar 18, 2013
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Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we are not: she runs, hops, skips, jumps…

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Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series

By Megan Daley | Mar 13, 2013
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Title: ‘Drongoes’ Author: Christine Bongers Illustrator: Dan McGuiness Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: newly independent readers, lower – middle primary Themes:  mateship, competition, selflessness, running, school, sport, asthma/breathing difficulties, school spirit The ‘Mates: Great…

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Children’s Books about Gardening

By Megan Daley | Mar 13, 2013
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I adore gardening but am a very chaotic and sporadic gardener. Photos of my garden on this blog are of teeny tiny sections of my garden as mostly my garden is a disaster zone.…

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Inspired by a Book: Worm Towers!

By Megan Daley | Mar 12, 2013
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Over the summer holidays I went through all the children’s gardening books we have at home and PudStar became very keen on one in particular, ‘Yucky Worms’. I’m always on the lookout…

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Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series

By Megan Daley | Mar 11, 2013
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I’m sure there is not a parent who does not know these books. I resisted them for so long as I’m usually not a fan of books which seem churned out one…

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Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2013
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Title: ‘Gracie and Josh’ Author: Susanne Gervay Illustrator: Serena Geddes Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes:  siblings, family, illness, childhood, hospitals, cancer, resiliance Click on title links or…

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Review of ‘Bea’

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2013
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Title: ‘Bea’ Author/Illustrator: Christine Sharp Publisher: UQP (University of Queensland Press) Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: daring to be different, uniqueness, celebrating difference, friendship, birds, bird behaviour, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia,…

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Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Fashion, Flowers, Gardens

By Megan Daley | Feb 18, 2013
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I do so love it when I find PudStar doing something that has been inspired by a book: happy parent/teacher/librarian moment! Much better than when I find her with a Sharpie pen.…

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