Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series

Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series Written by Anna Branford. Illustrated by Sarah Davis Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Lower -  Middle Primary Themes: family, blended families, siblings, ideas, collections. Awards: 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Shortlisted Book...

Top Thirty Australiana Books

Top Thirty Australiana Books (+ one app!) To date I have resisted creating a list of books about Australia because our country is so many different things to so many different people and I don’t think any...

Graphic Novels and Comic Books

Graphic Novels and Comic Books One of the first blogs I ever read was Picklebums, written by the lovely Kate Pickle. It's a quirky, gentle, soul soothing collection of family tales, educational ideas, printables, food, gardening...

Christmas Books for Children

Christmas Books for Children The time has come. There is no escaping Christmas anymore. If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years now you’ll be aware that I’m not a massive fan of...

Top Ten Pirate Books!

Top Ten Pirate Books! Our house seems to be overflowing with pirate books at the moment.  Pud ‘helped’ me one day when I was working at the StoryArts Festival. I ‘paid’ her in books signed...

Billie B Brown Clubhouse

Billie B Brown Clubhouse All title and book cover images take you to Booktopia for easy purchase or to a more in-depth review. PudStar and ChickPea (AKA The Wild Thing) love their cubbyhouse. Mostly it's 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...

Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour

Five Reasons Children Should Read Humour (Notes from Andy Griffith’s session at CBCA Conference, Canberra, 2014) Books by Andy Griffiths are madness and brilliance personified and I’m yet to find a reader who has not enjoyed...

Book Party: Dinosaur Party!

Book Party: Dinosaur Party! Warning: Photo Fest As mentioned in my post last week about dinosaur books (here), The Wild Thing AKA ChickPea loves a dinosaur book or twenty. We’ve been reading ‘How to Grow a...

Books for Early Independent Readers

or ‘My Child is Reading Chapter Books and I Can’t Find ANYTHING for Them to Read' At least once a week I receive an email about capable and keen young readers who need books which...

Children’s Books about Feelings and Grief

Where do you stand on books for young children on feelings and grief? Do you worry you will make your children upset and morose and avoid them or do you read them as you...

Mem Fox: ‘Possum Magic’

Mem Fox: 'Possum Magic' Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic… Did you...

Children’s Books about Teeth Cleaning

Cleaning your teeth before bed is as important as reading your books before bed. The 'bathroom art' in the canvas painting picture below is PudStar's ‘Princess with Cavities’ painting from 2012. Thanks to Aunty...
Gumnut Babies and Gumleaves

Review of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’

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 post (and I...

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’

Review of ‘How to Make Small Things with Violet Mackerel’ Written by Anna Branford Illustrated by Sarah Davis Photographed by Cath Muscat Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: Lower Primary – Upper Primary Themes:  craft, collections, creating, reading, characters, gifts, recycle, upcycle This book...

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...

‘Belle and Boo’ Picture Books

'Belle and Boo' Picture Books ChickPea has a golden halo of curls, chubby cheeks and a gorgeous smile full of too-big- for-her-mouth teeth. My nan says she looks like one of the babies from the ‘Sunshine...

Review of the ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ Series

Review of the ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ Series Written by Phil Kettle and Susan Halliday Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: 7 years+ Themes:  sports, friendships, outdoors, adventures, action My name is Toocool, and I’m a legend! I’m always after books...

Book People: Jacqueline Harvey

I am slightly over excited that Jacqueline Harvey is coming to visit my school library in March; as are the students, which is good, seeing as really, she is coming to see them not...

Your Kid’s Next Read

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 lovely Allison...