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Students Need School Libraries

I have been a teacher librarian for over fifteen years, a teacher for twenty years and have been involved in the children’s and YA book industry in Australia for even longer, thanks in part...

Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

I feel like I've been waiting for this book for a long time, having read it in manuscript form some time ago and having followed Rachel Noble's own journey with grief since the loss...

A Literary Easter Gift Supporting MND

My parents regularly attend talks at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane on many and varied topics and the latest one was on Motor Neurone Disease (MND), with Wayne Patterson as a guest speaker. MND or...

Series: ‘Juliet Nearly a Vet’

Click on title links or cover images to purchase books.  I really love books which tap into those parts of young minds that like to dream of future careers. Most young girls I know at...

The Books and the Bees

It's been a big month for my lovely little Earth Angels at school! Earth Angels is our sustainability group in the Junior School and each year we focus on issues of environmental interest and...

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...

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 + Profession Match: The Milliner Collection

My husband has know the Le Mura family since childhood, but I only had the pleasure of meeting Angelica recently, at a 40th where we bonded over a shared love of blog reading and...

Essential Reads: Big Hug Books

It's not often that I blog about a series time and time and time again, but then it's not often that I come across a series that I feel so passionately about. The 'Big...

People Who Tinker, Invent and Build: Warren Key

This is the first in a new series for Children’s Books Daily. For a few years now, #bestteachingpartnerever (Jackie Child) and I have been running a Makerspace Zone in our Junior School Library. Tinkering,...

Favourite Reads of 2015: Clare

I've asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths...I like my friends...

Favourite Reads of 2015: Trish

I've asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths...I like my friends...

Favourite Reads of 2015: Ang

I've asked some of my fav people and keen readers to share their favourite books of 2015. Like my fav people, these books are a jumble of ages, genres and lengths...I like my friends...

Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Life with Literature

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief, serious illness,...

3 Library Ladies

3 Library Ladies Last night I went out to dinner with two lovely library, literary types - Clare and Trisha. We talked YA fiction - discussed, dissected and debated it at length. In fact we...

Review of ‘Chance of a Lifetime’

Review of 'Chance of a Lifetime' I'm going to be really honest - I've had these books on my 'to read' pile for some time now. I really like the idea and I was sure...

Review of ‘The Silver Shoes’ series

Don't you just love it when you discover that your new neighbours are extremely likeable, adore books, collect vintage everything, love baking, love studying (except she went one higher and has a PhD -...

LGTB* Fiction Books for a YA Audience

LGTB* Fiction Books for a YA Audience Review of 'This Book is Gay' Written by James Dawson. Published by Hot Key Books. ISBN 9781471403958. Guest Post by Trisha Buckley. For more of her guest posts see here...

Back to School Series: Covering Books

Back to School Series: Covering Books Some people find contacting their children’s schoolbooks very therapeutic and others get sweaty palms and a twitch at the mere thought of it. Whatever you may feel about it, labelling...

Review of ‘To This Day: For the bullied and the beautiful’

I've been meaning to review slam poet, Shane Koyczon's powerful, must-have book, 'To This Day: For the bullied and the beautiful' for ages now, but when I gifted the book to one of Eden Riley's children, I...