Book Reviews

Book People: Kate Gordon

By Megan Daley | Oct 28, 2020
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Kate Gordon’s writing in ‘Aster’s Good, Right Things’ is at times so authentic that it makes you wince with the pain and anguish of it all but ultimately wraps you up in…

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You can be anything. Be your own man…

By Megan Daley | Sep 23, 2020
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When I first read ‘Love Your Body’ by Jessica Saunders, I felt so very grateful to be living in an age where my girls had access to a book like this. This…

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Best ‘lap armchair’ books for boddlers

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2020
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When you employ someone do you go by their resume or by the feel of the interview and referee comments? I’m definitely on the ‘gut feeling’ side of things and when Lana…

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Book People: Renee Treml

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2020
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Hi! This is ChickPea here. Taking over from mummy on this Book People interview because … well … I love the Sherlock Bones books and I knew I would do a better…

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Mashed Potato Reads for Troubled Times

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2020
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This year has been the pits hasn’t it? I’ve felt like I’ve been sinking all year and my head is only just above water (and sometimes not even above to be honest!).…

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Top 50 Books Celebrating Pride Month

By Megan Daley | Jun 5, 2020
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The LGBTQI+ community across the world celebrate Pride month (June each year) in all manner of different ways. I celebrate most occasions with books (and cake), so I’m celebrating with 50+ books…

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Book People: Corinne Hall

By Megan Daley | May 15, 2020
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Books which inspire young people to dream big and aim high with sport are always going to capture attention, and so it is with ‘Victress’ – a truly beautiful collection of stories…

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Reading Diverse Time Periods

By Megan Daley | May 7, 2020
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One of PudStar’s (12 years old) favourite books of the last few years has been ‘The Mulberry Tree’ by Allison Rushby. She’s read it a few times now and went on to…

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Book People: Zanni Louise

By Megan Daley | Mar 18, 2020
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Zanni and I met at Children’s Book Council of Australia conference, where we walked around the garden of Jackie French together, and let me tell you, that is a wonderful place to…

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Book People: Belinda Murrell

By Megan Daley | Feb 15, 2020
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Belinda Murrell is one of my favourites in the kidlit world. Am I even allowed to have favourites?! She is a completely wonderful person and a damn great writer to boot. One…

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Book People: Emily Conolan

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2019
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Emily Conolan has used the ever-popular ‘choose your own adventure’ format to put young readers at the centre of stories of immigration; utter.darned.genius. Why was this not done sooner? I spend so…

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‘Searching for Cicadas’: Narrative Non-Fiction

By Megan Daley | Dec 16, 2019
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Narrative non-fiction titles are one of the best ways I know to introduce young children to the joys of information books – they are a fabulous ‘smash up’ of story with true…

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Top 15 Library Loans in 2019

By Megan Daley | Dec 2, 2019
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Each year I look forward to the borrowing stats and borrower stats at the conclusion of the school year. Possibly this is a librarian thing, but I find it fascinating and of…

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Book People: Adam France

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2019
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Adam France has a bulldog, he’s a primary school teacher, he’s in a successful band and now he has his first book for middle – upper primary readers…he’s clearly kicking life goals.…

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Book People: Robert Henderson

By Megan Daley | Nov 19, 2019
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A book for one? A book for two? A book for different points of view. Recently I had the privilege of meeting a newcomer to the kidlit world, author/illustrator/designer Robert Henderson. Robert…

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The Wonderful World of Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novels

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2019
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Raina Telgemeier has taken the kidlit world by storm and in my library her books actually never make it back to the shelves – EVER. They go from returns chute to next…

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Book People: Mark Greenwood

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2019
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The term ‘lyrical’ is not often used to describe books on the ever-popular topic of ‘rocks, gems and minerals’ and yet this is what I would say about ‘The Book of Stone’…

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Book People: Jasmine Seymour

By Megan Daley | Nov 3, 2019
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Cooee mittigar. Tread softly on our lands. Know that this dreaming was here. Is still here. Will be forever. Jasmine Seymour is fast becoming known in the world of children’s literature and…

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New Book Gifts for 11 – 13 Year Olds this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2019
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Gosh I love this age group for reading. I was talking to some teacher librarian friends the other day and we were discussing our fav reading age for children’s literature. Mine is…

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New Book Gifts for Young Adult Readers this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2019
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There has been some amazing YA books published this year and some of them are on this list – almost all are new titles so you can rest assured that they probably…

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