Bookworms: ABC Radio


Tonight at 8:30pm I’ll be on 612ABC talking all things books for half an hour or so. The books pictured above are my favourites of the last month or so and great ones in the lead up to Christmas book giving. You can purchase these books by clicking on the title links or cover images in this post – I’ve got a few of these titles tucked away as Christmas gifts!

What Do You Wish For by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker

All I Want for Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooks and Megan Forward

First Facts series reviewed here

Magazines for children  (Wacky by True, Teen Breathe, National Geo Kids)

Colour Me by Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Drawn Onward by Meg McKinlay and Andrew Frazer

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost her Laughter by Lisa Nicol

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Vol 1 by Philip Pullman

What Do You Wish For Jane Godwin and Anna Walker

All the children in the street are writing down a special Christmas wish. But what is Ruby’s wish? What does she wish for at Christmas time? Ruby thinks of all the things that make Christmas special …From this much-loved creative partnership comes a sparkling and beautiful story, full of the wonder of Christmas, the magic of wishing, and the timeless dreams of a child.

All I Want for Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooks and Megan Forward

An Australian Christmas is threatened when drought takes hold. A little girl has only one wish—for rain. Will her wish come true?

Links to purchase on review post

Wacky But True 12 month subscription 

This cool mag for kids gives you the BEST value for money. There are NO ADS, just quality information about this wacky world of ours. The kids love it! Short, informative articles on history, archaeology and nature educate the kids without them realising it! You will be surprised at how much they learn. It is aimed at kids aged 8-15, but even adults say they love reading this mag. It’s good clean fun – and it’s all true!

Teen Breathe 12 month subscription

Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Kind. Be Yourself. Here at Teen Breathe, following in the footsteps of our older sibling, Breathe, we believe mindfulness forms the basis of a happier, healthier, more authentic life; and we’re putting you centre stage. So, what is it that you’re interested in? Social media, sport, making friends… making flowers? We provide tips, fun activities and inspiring ideas to help you explore how paying attention to everything you do, being curious, kind and staying positive can bring out the very best of you.


National Geographic for Kids 12 month subscription

National Geographic Kids is an exciting monthly read for boys and girls that make learning fun. From wildlife to space, geography to the environment, it has all the incredible stories and dazzling images you’d expect from National Geographic packed into bite-sized chunks. National Geographic Kids is everything an inquisitive young mind needs. Let’s get children excited about their world!

Colour Me by Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Using the rainbow as a metaphor for our diversity and uniqueness, Indigenous author Ezekiel Kwaymullina joins forces with award-winning illustrator Moira Court in this gorgeous new picture book. Luminous screen prints and evocative prose celebrate every individual colour as well as the power of their combination.

Drawn Onward by Meg McKinlay and Andrew Frazer

The text is a palindrome- in the first half reading as a dire denunciation, and in the second, reversed, is a call to hope. It graphically and cleverly illustrates that the very same situation can be viewed quite differently depending on perspective. From the glass half empty- ‘There is no light on the horizon and it is foolish to think you can change anything at all’; to the glass half full- ‘you can change anything at all. It is foolish to think there is no light on the horizon.’

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young charges exist only to serve and suffer. Part animal and part human, the groundlings toil in classroom and factory, forbidden to enjoy anything regular children have, most particularly singing and music.

For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, one-eared, fox-like eleven-year-old with only a number rather than a proper name – a 13 etched on a medallion around his neck – it is the only home he has ever known. But unexpected courage leads him to acquire the loyalty of a young bird groundling named Trinket, who gives the Home’s loneliest inhabitant two incredible gifts: a real name – Arthur, like the good king in the old stories – and a best friend.

Dr Boogaloo and the Girl Who Lost her Laughter by Lisa Nicol

Dr Boogaloo was no ordinary doctor. Not at all like the one you might visit if you had a sore tummy. No, Dr Boogaloo was a very different type of doctor. He treated folks who suffered from rather unusual complaints. And how did he treat them? Why, with the most powerful medicine known to mankind . . . Music!

Blue was no ordinary girl. For starters, her name was Blue. But what was truly extraordinary about Blue was the fact that she hadn’t laughed for 712 days. Not a hee hee, a ho ho or even a tiny tee hee.

According to Dr Boogaloo, music can cure anything. (Of course, you need the right dose of the right music. No point listening to a jive if you’re in need of some boogie-woogie, and you can’t just substitute a toot for a blow!) But no laughter was definitely a case for alarm.

Can Dr Boogaloo compose a cure before Blue loses her laughter forever?

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Vol 1 by Philip Pullman

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .

Support one of favourite local (and online) bookstores in Brisbane, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’/’Avid Reader’ by purchasing through the link below. If you are local to Brisbane you can order online and pick up in-store. 

The titles of each book takes you to the Australian based online bookstore Booktopia. You can also compare prices on Fishpond and Bookworld for Australian purchases.If you live in the US or would prefer to use Amazon click here. If you live in the UK or would prefer to use Book Depository click here. Purchases clicked through from the Children’s Books Daily site result in a small commission. Commission is used in part to maintain Children’s Books Daily and to support community groups which connect children with books.


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