Book Party: Ladybird

Book Party: Ladybird Poor Chickpea. She came into the world screaming and then, due to a hefty dose of reflux, she continued to scream for approximately two years. She was a cranky, cranky little bug...

Review of ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’

Review of ‘Once a Creepy Crocodile’ Written by Peter Taylor. Illustrated by Nina Rycroft. Musical arrangement Rusty Berther. Publisher: Five Mile Press (book and CD set) Themes: Australian animals, Waltzing Matilda, poetry, song. The Wild Thing (3) thinks...

Your Kid’s Next Read

If you're looking for the 'next book' for a child, tween or teen, the Your Kids Next Read Facebook group is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. The lovely Allison...

Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series

 Review of the ‘That’s Not My…’ Series I’m sure there is not a parent who does not know these books. I resisted them for so long as I’m usually not a fan of books which...

The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables

The Children's Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards are the most highly regarded children’s/YA lit awards within the industry and in the wider community. If...

Top Ten Counting Books for Children

Top Ten Counting Books for Children I love gifting counting or alphabet books to newborn babies (for more newborn baby gifts see here) as learning numbers and letters really is the basis for early literacy...

Mother’s Day Book Gifts

Mother’s Day Book Gifts: Part One 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...

Top Ten Early Childhood Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! Oh me, oh my how I wish I was a clever as the authors and illustrators of the books below! How cleverly they manage to capture the attention of children and...

Review of ‘The Day You Came Into the World’

My first child has a lovely baby book, full of anecdotes, photos and locks of hair. Second child has an empty baby book...totally empty. Not a thing. Fortunately ChickPea is a resilient second child and...

The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2016 Short List

I've not been at an announcement of The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) shortlist since I was national VP quite some years ago now. The excitement in the room is palpable and to be...

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...

Stories for Sleeping: Review of ‘Dinosnores’

Stories for Sleeping Review of ‘Dinosnores’ Titles in series: ‘Kitten’, ‘Honeybee’, ‘Forest Night’, ‘Mermaid’, ‘Pterosaur’, ‘Ocean Waves’, ‘Dragon’, ‘Fairy’, ‘Tyrannosaurus’. Age Range: Early childhood – Middle Primary Themes: audio, sleep, relaxation, calming, meditation. Awards: 7 Creative Child Magazine Awards...

Review of ‘Dreamers’

Review of ‘Dreamers’ Written by Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Illustrated by Sally Morgan. Publisher: Fremantle Press Age Range: early childhood and dreamers of all ages. Themes: Aboriginal Australians; dreamtime; dreaming; children; childhood; imagination; play; wonder. To add this book to your...

Cozy Classics: Your Fav Classics Tales in 12 Words

Cozy Classics: Your Fav Classics Tales in 12 Words The 'Cozy Classics' board books are my baby, toddler and ‘adult who loves the classics’ gift book of choice at the moment. I have spoken before about...

Books about Love, Love, Love

Books about Love, Love, Love Whilst I'm not really a fan of Valentines Day and all that jazz, I do love books about love.   There is nothing better than settling into bed with a...

Review of ‘Sleep Tight, Digger Dan’

Review of ‘Sleep Tight, Digger Dan' ‘Sleep Tight, Digger Dan: A Goodnight Story from the Construction Site’ Written by Dorte Horn. Illustrated by Philipp Stampe. Publisher: New Black Press Age Range: Early Childhood Themes: diggers, trucks, cranes, dump trucks,...

Book Gifts for Toddlers

Book Gifts for Toddlers Toddlers love books. Sometimes they love them so much that they eat them. They are learning the mechanics of how a book works…and in order to do this they use all their senses...

Hear My Voice: Why We Must Sing to Our Children

I have asked the musically gifted Jen Teh to write a series on music, song and language in our children’s lives. Singing and reading are all important in language development and so loved by...

612ABC: Bookworms

They invited me back! He of the lovely voice, Mr David Curnow, emailed me recently to invite me back for another year of monthly chats about all things children's and YA books. I really...

Review of ‘Counting Aussie Animals in my Backyard’

Written and illustrated by Bronwyn Houston Publisher: Magabala Books Age Range: Babies - Early Childhood Themes: Australia; Australian animals; backyard; counting; numeracy. To add this book to your home, school or library collection click on title or cover links. I...