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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Gift of Words: Book Gifts for Newborns and Parents

Selecting books and gifts for newborn babies is one of my most favourite things to do. I actually don’t love newborns…my own were terrifying, and I tend to make other people’s newborns cry. I...

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 ‘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,...

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...

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...

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 ‘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...

Review of ‘Octupus’s Garden’

Review of ‘Octupus’s Garden’ Written by Ringo Starr and illustrated by Ben Cort Publisher: Simon and Schuster Age Range: early childhood – lower primary – Beatles fans Themes: music; underwater; adventure; Beatles; song; audio book; sea creatures Ringo Starr...

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...

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...