Early Childhood

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Feb 7, 2019
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I’ll be on Facebook live over at Children’s Books Daily on Friday 8th Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books!  I feel like I’m jumping on a bandwagon with…

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Chinese New Year 2019

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2019
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Like Christmas and Easter books, Chinese New Year books are seasonal ones that I like to gradually collect and rotate in and out of my home and school library. 2019 is the…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Heads and Tails: Insects’

By Megan Daley | Feb 3, 2019
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Title: Heads and Tails: Insects Author/Illustrator: John Canty Publisher: Berbay Publishing Age Range: early childhood Themes: animals, animal classification, animal characteristics, clues, guessing. Awards: 2018 Speech Pathology Awards: Winner in the birth – 3 category My…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Jan 31, 2019
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I’ll be on Facebook live over at Children’s Books Daily on Friday 1st Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books! To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘All the Ways to be Smart’

By Megan Daley | Jan 31, 2019
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Title: All the Ways to be Smart Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribble Themes: diversity; talents; creativity; strengths; confidence; kindness Age Range: early childhood – upper primary Click on title links or cover image…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Jan 23, 2019
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To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! ‘Sleep Tight, Platypup’ by Renee Treml ‘Wrestle’ by Charlotte Mars etc ‘The House on…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Starting School’

By Megan Daley | Jan 23, 2019
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Title: Starting School Author: Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Themes: starting school, friendships, school, diversity, families, teachers, classrooms, schools, playgrounds, new experiences.  Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Tim,…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show’

By Megan Daley | Jan 16, 2019
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Title: Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show Author: Zanni Louise Illustrator: Gillian Flint Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Age Range: early childhood; lower primary; independent readers Themes: music, painting, art, The Arts, imagination, creativity, friendship, feelings, nerves,…

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Books and ALL of the Things for Back to School

By Megan Daley | Jan 10, 2019
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Congratulations! You’ve made it through Christmas and New Year celebrations and now we’re heading right on into ‘Back to School Season’. The girls’ book packs for this year arrived just a few…

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Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

By Megan Daley | Jan 10, 2019
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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.…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puffin the Architect’

By Megan Daley | Dec 10, 2018
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Title: Puffin the Architect Author/Illustrator: Kimberly Andrews Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Themes: animals, homes, animal homes, architecture, professions, STEAM, STEM, design, family Click on title links or cover image to purchase. There is so much to…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Dinosaur Day Out’

By Megan Daley | Dec 3, 2018
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Title: Dinosaur Day Out Author/Illustrator: Sara Acton Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: early childhood Themes: dinosaurs, museums, books, family, Sydney Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Siblings Sally and Max are off…

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Best Book Gifts for Newly-Independent Readers

By Megan Daley | Nov 29, 2018
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This list of must-have books is for little readers who are just starting their independent reading journey and can read a text with minimal assistance. Age range varies here as reading progression…

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Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: Best Books for 3-8 Year Olds

By Megan Daley | Nov 15, 2018
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One of my fav places to hang out on Facebook is the Your Kid’s Next Read (YKNR) group, started in 2016 by author Allison Tait and moderated by Al, along with author…

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Best Book Gifts for Toddlers

By Megan Daley | Nov 14, 2018
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This age bracket adore books and language and as they are still learning the mechanics of how a book works they to use all their senses to ‘read’ a book; chewing and…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go’

By Megan Daley | Nov 8, 2018
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Title: There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go Author/illustrator: David Mackintosh (see interview here) Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia  Age Range: early childhood and adults who need a laugh Themes: bugs, childhood…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puddle Hunters’

By Megan Daley | Oct 15, 2018
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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…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Want to Play Trucks?’

By Megan Daley | Sep 5, 2018
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Title: ‘Want to Play Trucks?’ Author: Ann Stott Illustrator: Bob Graham Publisher: Walker Books Themes: gender stereotypes, ethnicity, play, free play, social skills, toddlers, trucks, sandpits, family, society. Click on title links or…

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Review of ‘Claris The Chicest Mouse in Paris’

By Megan Daley | Aug 30, 2018
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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…

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Review of ‘Bird Builds a Nest’

By Megan Daley | Jul 11, 2018
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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…

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