Book Reviews

Books by First Nations Authors and Illustrators for Children to Teens

By Megan Daley | Sep 12, 2023
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We are a nation with a long history of storytelling and we are incredibly fortunate to have so many talented First Nations Peoples writing and illustrating books for our young people. Books…

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Nature Themed Kids Books

By Megan Daley | Jun 24, 2023
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As an early childhood educator with a deep love for the natural world, I have always found joy in exploring the wonders of nature with young children and encouraging an interest in…

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The Young Adult books featured on Your Kids Next Read in 2022

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2022
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Over the year that was 2022, we have featured MANY a book on the Your Kids Next Read podcast. So the obvious end of year activity was getting the Teen-Elf (aka Pudstar)…

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The Middle Grade books featured on Your Kid’s Next Read in 2022

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2022
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Over the year that was 2022, we have featured MANY a book on the Your Kids Next Read podcast. So the obvious end of year activity was getting the Teen-Elf (aka Pudstar)…

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The Middle to Upper Primary Books Featured on Your Kids Next Read

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2022
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Since the very start, we have featured MANY a book on the Your Kids Next Read podcast. So I have collated some of the favourites, in age groups, because who doesn’t love…

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Early Childhood Books featured on Your Kid’s Next Read

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2022
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Since the very start, we have featured MANY a book on the Your Kids Next Read podcast. So I have collated some of the favourites, in age groups, because who doesn’t love…

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The Lower Primary Books featured on Your Kids Next Read Podcast

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2022
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Since the very start, we have featured MANY a book on the Your Kids Next Read podcast. So I have collated some of the favourites, in age groups, because who doesn’t love…

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Books to boost body image and self love in kids

By Lana Hallowes | Nov 13, 2021
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Guest post. Standing in front of the mirror, head tilted. She squints, focuses, dwells. She hones in on all the ‘flaws’ – and the tween girl looking back at her agrees with…

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Lockdown love! Bringing book joy to worn down friends

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 23, 2021
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Guest post. How are we all in lockdown (if you are in lockdown)? Everyone’s experience is so different, right? While for some it’s good, nice even, for others it can be very…

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5 things your child’s teacher librarian wants you to know

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 16, 2021
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Guest post. I don’t know about you, but I really haven’t the faintest idea of what happens in the six hours my kids are at school – five days a week. I…

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Rhyme time! Best rhyming books for little ones

By Lana Hallowes | Jun 2, 2021
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Guest post. Is there any better feeling in this world than snuggling a warm little body into yours and reading to them in a sing-song voice? Books that rhyme are just so…

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15 books all boys should read before age ten

By Lana Hallowes | May 31, 2021
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Guest post. When I envision the future, my sons all grown up and my face more lined than I’d like, I hope they have become men who are kind, gentle, respectful of…

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Roarsome! Best dinosaur books for kids

By Lana Hallowes | Apr 29, 2021
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When my boys were around the ages of three to five they became obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with dinosaurs. So much so that it felt like we had a pet dino…

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Factual and informative reads to blow little minds

By Lana Hallowes | Apr 8, 2021
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The other day in an attempt to coax my kids out of Kmart’s toy aisle, I offered them a bribe. I told them they could each pick something SMALL but then we…

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Secrets of the Honey Bee

By Megan Daley | Mar 25, 2021
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Many of you will know that I have long loved bees – one of my very first posts on this blog was ‘Books About Bees’ and I have done a plethora of…

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Books to Support Earth Hour

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2021
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For some years now, the girls and I have taken part in WWF’s Earth Hour. Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney and has become a global movement to protect our planet.…

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Everyone belongs: Books to read for Harmony Week

By Lana Hallowes | Mar 4, 2021
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School playgrounds across the nation will soon turn orange, as little ones celebrate what it means to be inclusive with Harmony Week. In 2023 Harmony Week runs from March 20 – 26…

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Book People: Kirli Saunders

By Megan Daley | Dec 3, 2020
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I interviewed Kirli Saunders in 2018 when her first book, ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines‘ was released (see here for that interview) and I have followed her work with interest ever since. Her…

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Personalised kids’ books teaching the value of vulnerability

By Megan Daley | Nov 24, 2020
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There are some moments in life which are calling out for a personalised book experience – even though I could count on one hand the number of such books I’ve ‘approved of’…

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Book People: Ted Prior

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2020
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It is hard to imagine a time when ‘Grug’ did not exist. I feel like I grew up reading about the funny little character who began his life as the top of…

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