The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2016 Short List

I've not been at an announcement of The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) shortlist since I was national VP quite some years ago now. The excitement in the room is palpable and to be...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

This will be my last 'Five on Friday' for two weeks as the girls and I are off to Bali - this is the REPLAY of last years botched attempt to avoid our first...

Review of ‘Baby Tawnies’

Review of ‘Baby Tawnies’ Please welcome to Children’s Books Daily, Fiona Eastwood. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian at Coopers Plains State School. ‘Baby Tawnies’ is a delightful book for younger readers – it is...

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...

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...

Review of ‘The Wilderness Fairies’ series

Review of 'The Wilderness Fairies' series Written by Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and illustrated by Kerry Millard. Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: 6+ (newly independent readers) Themes: Australiana, fairies, nature, friendship To add these books to your home, school or library...

EVENT: Nearly a Vet Convention!

I love nothing more than events themed around books - you may have noticed this if you follow me on social media:). All our birthday parties are book themed (see here for some) and...

‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’: Printables and Craft

‘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 can read...

Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’

Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ Written and illustrated by Narelle Oliver Publisher: Scholastic/Omnibus Books Age Range: early childhood – lower primary Themes:  Australian birds, fantasy, imagination, habitat, visual literacy I always look forward to a new Narelle Oliver...

Review of the ‘Lulu Bell’ series

Review of the 'Lulu Bell' series Written by Belinda Murrell and illustrated by Serena Geddes Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: 7+ Themes:  animals, vets, frienship, school, family, siblings.  I’m an enormous fan of the work of Belinda Murrell, as is...

Essential Reads: Big Hug Books

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. The 'Big...

For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool

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 picture books...

Review of ‘One Love’

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 together and feel all right" Children’s books...

Review of ‘Bird Builds a Nest’

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 for South...

Review of ‘Rose Meets Mr Wintergarden’

Review of 'Rose Meets Mr Wintergarden' Yesterday I shared with you some Queensland University of Technology (QUT) student reviews which were done as part of a fabulous unit which took a close look at children's...

Books and Bikes: Part Two

Last week I wrote a little about PudStar's 8th birthday party (here), her favourite books at 8 years old (here), and her birthday bike (here), a Byk brand bike from our local cycling shop,...

Review of ‘Claris The Chicest Mouse in Paris’

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 purchase.  Acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator, Megan Hess, has...

Review of ‘Engibear’s Dream’

Review of 'Engibear's Dream' Written by Andrew King and illustrated by Benjamin Johnston Website: http://www.engibear.com/ Publisher: Little Steps Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood - Lower Primary (+ adult engineers!) Themes: maths, engineering, dreams, perseverance, robots When 'Engibear's Dream' landed on my desk...

Easter Gift Book Giving

Easter Gift Book Giving I adore chocolate eggs. However in the interests of basic human health I attempt to limit the chocolate. I have to avert my eyes as my grandmother hands it out left...

Review of ‘The Waterhole’

Review of 'The Waterhole' For a few years I have been doing some tutoring work at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and have greatly enjoyed sharing my passion (some would say over-excitement) for quality children's literature...