Preparing for a New Sibling With Books

Preparing for a New Sibling with Books Review of 'Too Busy Sleeping' Over the years, I've been asked on numerous occasions for books which will assist when introducing the idea of a new sibling. I have...

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 + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puddle Hunters’

Title: 'Puddle Hunters' Author: Kirsty Murray Illustrator: Karen Blair Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: early childhood Themes: puddles, weather, rain, sunshine, families, siblings, play. Ruby and her brother Banjo wait for the rain to stop and the fun to...

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...

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 ‘Bird Builds a Nest’

Another review by my ever obliging ecologist neighbour, Dr Sam Lloyd. I pass on to her titles that I know will be RIGHT up her alley. Sam is an ecologist and manager for South...

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...

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...

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...

Review of ‘One Funky Monkey’

Written by Stacey McCleary and illustrated by Sue deGennaro Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: Early Childhood Themes: animals; counting; rhyme; dance Awards: 2011 Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. ‘One Funky Monkey’ was first released...

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...

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...

Review of ‘Claris The Chicest Mouse in Paris’

Author/Illustrator: Megan Hess Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Ages: 3+ Age Range: early childhood - lower primary Themes: Parisian, Paris, adventure, journey, fashion, courage, compassion, friendship Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  Acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator, Megan Hess, has...

Sophie the Giraffe: Books!

Sophie the Giraffe: Books! I'm pretty sure you all know who Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy is. The Wild Thing AKA ChickPea had a Sophie, and she adored it, lovingly covering the poor thing in saliva...

14th Feb Books About Love!

I’m not 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 small, freshly washed child and reading a...

Top Ten Books About Swimming

Top Ten Books About Swimming It has been insanely hot here in Brisbane, and if we're not in air con...we've been at the local pool, the local park which has an amazing water playground, or...

Book People: Kate Ritchie

Kate Ritchie is probably much better known to all of you as 1/3 of the nations number one drive show. Or perhaps you remember her fondly as Sally Fletcher, who Ritchie played on Home and Away between...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I’ll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 4pm Brisbane time this Friday 11 January. Come and say hello - you'll find my on my Children's Books Daily Facebook page. If you...

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...