Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I'll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 5:30pm Brisbane time on the 14/12/18. Come and say hello! To purchase any of these titles or read more about them – click on title...

Teacher Gifts

Good educators can set the path for your child's future; they inspire, empower and guide our children alongside parents and they deserve an utterly genuine ‘THANK YOU’ for what they do. This thanks does not...

Holiday Reads for the Grown-Ups

Over the recent school holidays I actually read some books aimed at my age group! I know. Surprised even myself. I mostly stick to YA and children's books for recreational and work reading, but...

Grief, Widowhood and Books

Unsurprisingly, I've collected a large number of books on grief over the years. My brother died six years ago and my favourite Aunt died two weeks before Dan died. Sadly, I'm a grief veteran....

Book Club: When You Reach Me

Tonight is my first Girl Zone Book Club for the year! This is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister,...

Native Stingless Bees and Bee Books

It has been a very big week at school! Monday we had Elly Awesome (who was awesome and her book is here) and Tuesday we had Dr Tobias Smith from Bee Aware Kids to...

Every Writer Needs an Office

So. I'm writing a book. Allegedly. Dear glory I hope Kristina from UQP is not reading this...but I promise it will one day sit alongside those lovely UQP spines above! It's been a *&%@#$...

Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

A lovely member of the Your Kid's Next Read Facebook group asked the other day about books for young children which help to explain divorce. I had done a post several year ago on...

Book Club 2017

Tonight was our first meeting of the year for Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older...

Book People: Judith Ridge

'The Book that Made Me' has been my constant breakfast companion for some months now. I like nothing more than taking ten minutes to read over breakfast and it's always a non-fiction title which...

Review of ‘Girl in Pieces’

Title: Girl in Pieces Author: Kathleen Glasgow Cover Design: Allison Colpoys Publisher: Harper Collins Themes: self-half, PTSD; suicide; depression; anxiety;mental health; addiction; alcoholism; drug addiction; therapy; recovery; family; friends; community. Age Range: Young Adult (upper young adult - 15...

Frances Whiting and Rebecca Sparrow: Book Lovers’ High Tea

Today Pud and I had the absolute privilege to join two of Qld’s favourite authors and book lovers, Frances Whiting (journalist and author) and Rebecca Sparrow (columnist and author) at their inaugural  “Book Lovers’ High Tea” at Brisbane’s oldest cafe, the Shingle...

Book Lovers’ High Tea

Join two of Qld's favourite book lovers, Frances Whiting (journalist and author) and Rebecca Sparrow (columnist and author) at the inaugural  "Shingle Inn Book Lovers' High Tea" at Brisbane's oldest and most loved cafe, the Shingle Inn City Hall. Frances and Rebecca will  discuss "what are you...

Books for Insight, Strategies, Advice on ASD

I have done a few blog posts now, and spoken on 612ABC, about books which focus on the Autism Spectrum. However I am no expert in this area and a firm believer in finding...

Book People: Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, journalist and newspaper columnist, who has PhD in creative writing and cultural studies. That's the official spiel from his website but I'm pretty sure that my intro is better; Benjamin Law...

Book People: Lance Balchin

So many, many books come across my desk that it takes something pretty special to wow me these days. 'Mechanica' has wowed me and more. It is innovative in a way I have not...

Literary Fathers Day Gifts

All families are different: some have a dad and some don’t; some have two dads; some have a dad that no longer lives with them; and some are grieving a dad. Whatever your family...

Mother’s Day Gifts

All families are different: some have a mum and some don’t; some have two mums; some have a mum who no longer lives with them; and some have several generations of mums living under the...

Book Club: The Lie Tree

This evening, Girls Zone Book Club will be meeting to discuss our latest read, 'The Lie Tree' by Frances Hardinge. This was a mature read for our group, particularly so early on in the...

Girl Zone Book Club: Meeting Two 2016

This book club is a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or uncle will do. It...