Book People: Jacqueline Harvey

I am slightly over excited that Jacqueline Harvey is coming to visit my school library in March; as are the students, which is good, seeing as really, she is coming to see them not...

Review of ‘1000 Dot-to-Dot Books’

Review of '1000 Dot-to-Dot Books' I’ve been a fan of the Thomas Pavitte’s ‘1000 Dot-to-Dot’ books for some time now. I believe they are the perfect gift for anyone - young and old alike! Especially...

Review of ‘The Patchwork Bike’

When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own fun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch,...

Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Kira Dreaming’

After such lovely feedback on her review of 'The Shop at Hoopers Bend', Pud is braving the wilds of online reviewing once again and is today sharing the third book in her current favourite...

Queensland Literary Awards Shortlist

Queensland Literary Awards Shortlist The shortlists for the Queensland Literary Awards has just been announced and you can the full lists here. I have been so proud to have been involved in these awards for some time...

Easter Gifts Part Three: Peter Rabbit

One of the very first books I ever owned was a beautiful collection of Peter Rabbit books and I have all things Beatrix Potter ever since. Every year our Year Three teacher has a...

Book Gifts for Boys 9 years old +

Book Gifts for Boys 9 years old+ I love this age range in books for boys. The great adventure stories start but without some of the gore and terror that enters their books in a few...

‘The Croc and the Platypus’: The Illustrative Process

'The Croc and the Platypus': The Illustrative Process My three year old AKA The Wild Thing has insisted we read 'The Croc and the Platypus' EVER.SINGLE.NIGHT. since we have owned it. It's become a firm...

Review of ‘Time to Create’

Review of ‘Time to Create’ Written by Christie Burnett Publisher: Gryphon House Age Range: parent education Themes:  non fiction, art, process art, creating, exploration, activities, painting, printmaking, drawing, collage, sculpture, textiles, photography, natural materials. Many of you will be familiar...

Jazzy Reviews: Ruby Redfort: Look into my Eyes by Ruby Redfort

I do so love it when Jazzy sends me an email with another of her reviews. I adore reading good reviews by young people and I often use the reviews of Jazzy as examples...

Review of ‘Wishful Thinking’

One of my regular young reviewers is the gorgeous Jazzy, of ‘Jazzy’s Bookshelf’. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog homepage here and ‘like’ her Facebook page, managed by her mum, here. Today Jazzy...

Book Party: EJ12 Rocks!

Book Party: EJ12 Rocks! As you may have gathered, I’m rather a fan of book parties. Seriously what’s not to love? The theming is done for you, often there are enough food mentions in books...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE I’m guessing you don’t read this blog hoping for books on creepy crawly vermin. But let’s be honest, if you have a child of school age, the dreaded...

Top Ten Beginning Reader Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! Ahhhhh the beginning reader! I consider it a joy and a privilege as a teacher librarian to see so many children start start their independent reading journey. When letters turn into...

New Release Clementine Rose! Yip Yip Yay!

Just before Christmas a VERY exciting envelope arrived in the mail, and when PudStar saw it's contents, she very nearly cried with happiness. The 11th book in the Clementine Rose series, 'Clementine Rose and...
Gumnut Babies and Gumleaves

Ten of the Best Children’s Classics

Ten of the Best Children's Classics Classics are books that have stood the test of time and still remain relevant and popular. Many parents love reading the classics with or to their children and remembering...

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...

Jazzy Reviews: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Well that was quick! The delightful Jazzy from 'Jazzy's Bookshelf' has read and reviewed the much anticipated 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' in record time and is sharing her review with us today....

Review of ‘A Year in My Real Food Kitchen’

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be aware that I like/LOVE/ADORE food and cooking. It’s a well-known fact amongst family and friends that I pretty much live for food, cooking and children’s books...

Review of ‘Let’s Get a Pup’

Review of 'Let’s Get a Pup' Written and Illustrated by Bob Graham Age Range: Lower Primary - Adult Publisher: Walker Books Themes: dogs, belonging, home, family Awards: 2002 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year: Early Childhood - Winner 2002 Boston...