Early Childhood

On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

By Megan Daley | Jun 4, 2018
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I have long loved the writing of Anna Fienberg. It’s hard to not fall head first into the Tashi series, and ‘Horrendo’s Curse’ (and its companion book ‘Wicked’s Way’) will also always…

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On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

By Megan Daley | Jun 1, 2018
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This is Part Two of the story behind the story of ‘Monsters’. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how…

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Review of ‘Gecko’

By Megan Daley | May 15, 2018
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This review is another by Dr Sam Lloyd AKA one of my neighbours, and also an ecologist and manager for South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Sam is also a former…

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Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

By Megan Daley | May 3, 2018
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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…

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Review of ‘The Last Peach’

By Megan Daley | Apr 26, 2018
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Written and illustrated by Gus Gordon. Age Range: early childhood – adult lovers of illustration. Themes: sharing, friendship, friends, bugs, nature. One fine summer’s day two bugs discover the most beautiful peach…

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Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’

By Megan Daley | Feb 24, 2018
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Title: A Boat of Stars: New Poems to Inspire and Enchant Editors: Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: babies – middle primary Themes: poetry, rhyme, language, anthology,…

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Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

By Megan Daley | Sep 14, 2017
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A lovely member of the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group asked the other day about books for young children which help to explain divorce. I had done a post several year…

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For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool

By Megan Daley | Aug 24, 2017
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I recently discovered that my library copy of ‘For All Creatures’ was missing in action and I rather scrambled to find a replacement as it is one of my all time favourite…

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Review of ‘This is Banjo Paterson’

By Megan Daley | Jan 30, 2017
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Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson loved to write poetry. He loved hunting and fishing and horses, too, especially a horse named Banjo. In this exceptional picture book, young readers can celebrate the life…

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Chinese New Year 2017

By Megan Daley | Jan 30, 2017
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We are incredibly fortunate to have living with us, a delightful student from Macau, who keeps up totally up to date with all things Chinese, and we greatly enjoy celebrating Chinese New…

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Review of ‘The Patchwork Bike’

By Megan Daley | Jan 7, 2017
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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…

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‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’: Printables and Craft

By Megan Daley | Dec 14, 2016
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‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ celebrates the wonder of cake and the magic of friends to solve most of the worries of the world; it is pure creamy, sugary delight and you…

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The Books and the Bees

By Megan Daley | Dec 12, 2016
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It’s been a big month for my lovely little Earth Angels at school! Earth Angels is our sustainability group in the Junior School and each year we focus on issues of environmental…

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Review of ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’

By Megan Daley | Oct 31, 2016
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Title: ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ Author: Natalie Jane Prior Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: early childhood; cake and/or cat lovers of all ages. Themes: community; friendship; family; cats;…

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Review of ‘Twig’ by Aura Parker

By Megan Daley | Oct 26, 2016
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Title: Twig Author/Illustrator: Aura Parker Publisher: Scholastic Age Range: 3 – 6 years Themes: starting school; friends; loneliness;confidence; making friends; paying attention; teamwork; school; counting; finding. I was so very, very excited…

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Your Kid’s Next Read

By Megan Daley | Aug 15, 2016
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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…

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Book Party: Thelma the Unicorn

By Megan Daley | Jul 17, 2016
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If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that ChickPea is a dinosaur loving, roaring, stomping kind of a creature. So it was no surprise that she requested another dinosaur birthday…

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Five Years Old and a Literary Unicorn Party

By Megan Daley | Jul 14, 2016
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ChickPea turns five tomorrow. Five! It feels like she has always been here and despite her daily stomping, roaring and screaming she makes us laugh everyday with her quirky take on life.…

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Review of ‘The Day You Came Into the World’

By Megan Daley | Jul 5, 2016
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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…

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Essential Reads: Big Hug Books

By Megan Daley | May 10, 2016
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It’s not often that I blog about a series time and time and time again, but then it’s not often that I come across a series that I feel so passionately about.…

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