Early Childhood

Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2013
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Written by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Serena Geddes Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes:  siblings, family, illness, childhood, hospitals, cancer, resiliance Click on cover image or title…

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Review of ‘Bea’

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2013
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Review of ‘Bea’ I’m supposed to be concentrating on my Masters. However this evening I left the tall pile of qualitative and quantitative dissertations on the future of children’s reading and went…

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Reading Response Stones

By Megan Daley | Feb 10, 2013
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Reading Response Stones…with Sparkle My reading response post continues to be one of my most read posts so I thought I’d show you our updated version…tis very sparkly. These are the original reading…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2013
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We have a good friend called Maya, whose family does a great job celebrating Chinese New Year and I’ve asked her to contribute some ideas to my ‘celebrating Chinese New Year’ list below.…

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Hear My Voice: Why We Must Sing to Our Children

By Megan Daley | Jan 30, 2013
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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…

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Review of ‘One Love’

By Megan Daley | Jan 25, 2013
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Adapted by Cedella Marley and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Chronicle Books San Francisco Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes:  love, songs, family, community, neighbourhood, nature.  “One love, one heart, let’s get…

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Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2013
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Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books For Christmas I had purchased PudStar a very cute mermaid tail from a local co-op handmade shop. She wasn’t even particularly into mermaids but…

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Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School

By Megan Daley | Jan 7, 2013
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Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School In Australia, Prep/Foundation/Kindergarten is the first formal year of schooling and it can’t come soon enough for PudStar who has been playing school…

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Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’

By Megan Daley | Jan 6, 2013
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Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ Written by Emma Allen and Illustrated by Freya Blackwood

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Preparing for a New Sibling With Books

By Megan Daley | Nov 22, 2012
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  Preparing for a New Sibling With Books! Over the years many people have asked me about what books to read to a firstborn when a brother or sister is on the…

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Review of Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle

By Megan Daley | Nov 17, 2012
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Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Themes: Counting, Australiana, visual literacy Age Range: Early Childhood Awards: Notable book, 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the…

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Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2012
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Written by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker Age Range: Early childhood-middle primary Publisher: Penguin Books Themes: family, togetherness, time, passing of time, days of the week, relaxation, slowing down. “A busy week, a…

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Review of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’

By Megan Daley | Oct 18, 2012
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Gumnut Babies and Gumleaves

Review of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ Let me start be saying that really I’m not reviewing these books, as they are classics…so obviously they are fabulous. But in order to properly categorize this…

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Review of ‘Squish Rabbit’

By Megan Daley | Oct 9, 2012
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Elizabeth the Penguin on her Shelf

Written and Illustrated by Katherine Battersby Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: Adventure, feelings, friends, problem solving, imagination, confidence Awards:  2012 Children’s Book Council Notable book (Early Childhood category) Short listed…

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Review of ‘Little Blue’

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2012
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Little Blue and Berry Tea

Written and Illustrated by Gaye Chapman Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes: Adventure, feelings, friends, imagination, grandparents, art Awards: 2009 Queensland Premier’s Literature Awards, Children’s Book Category Children’s Book Council…

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Review of ‘Can We Lick the Spoon Now’

By Megan Daley | Aug 14, 2012
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Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Author: Carol Goess Illustrator: Tamsin Ainslie Age Range: Early Childhood Themes: Cooking, family, rhyme Awards: 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book – Early…

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Review of ‘For All Creatures’

By Megan Daley | Aug 5, 2012
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Review of “For All Creatures” Written by Glenda Millard. Illustrated by Rebecca Cool Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary+ Themes: nature, thankfulness, prayer, animals, ryhme, environment. Awards: Honour…

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