Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Fashion, Flowers, Gardens

Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Flowers, Gardens I do so love it when I find PudStar doing something that has been inspired by a book: happy parent/teacher/librarian moment! Much better than when I find her...

Review of ‘The Big Waves’

Review of 'The Big Waves' Written by Raewyn Caisley and illustrated by Elise Hurst Publisher: Puffin Age Range: lower primary Themes:  holidays, beach, waves, surfing, sand, family, bravery, overcoming fears, facing fears. I do so love a good ‘Aussie Nibble’ book....

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

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.  Technically, Maya...

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...

Starting Out on Chapter Books: Part One

Picture books should be read from birth to adulthood, and nowadays publishers cater for this with a plethora of picture book choices for all ages and stages. However, the enjoyment of a longer children’s book...

Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books

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 I rather adored...

Review of ‘The Cherry Dress’

Review of 'The Cherry Dress' Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: Early childhood – lower primary Themes:  family, sharing, homemade clothes, sewing, siblings, community, upcycling, recylying. This book review is dedicated to the gorgeous Ana...who publicly...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE I’m guessing you don’t read this blog hoping for books on creepy crawly vermin. But let’s be honest, if you have a child of school age, the dreaded...

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

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 for months now....

Holiday Reading and Writing Journals

Holiday Reading and Writing Journals Recently I found one of my old holiday journals. It is full of glued in Christmas cards, bus tickets, movie tickets, whinges and reflections on a family holiday, letters from...

Review of Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle

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 Year Award - Early...

Review of ‘Dinosaur Rocks’

Review of ‘Dinosaur Rocks’ Written and illustrated by Lachlan Creagh Age Range: Lower Primary Themes: dinosaurs, adventure, grandparents, family, discovery. To add ‘Dinosaur Rocks’ to your home library click here. For more great dinosaur books see here. The first page...

Visiting Countries through Books: New York

Visiting Countries through Books: New York This is a tale about a big city. It’s a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeze… So begins ‘Herman and Rosie’, written and illustrated by the talented...

Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’

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 slower day, brings time to dream...
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...
Elizabeth the Penguin on her Shelf

Review of ‘Squish Rabbit’

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 for the 2012 Crichton Awards 'Squish Rabbit’...

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...
Little Blue and Berry Tea

Review of ‘Little Blue’

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 of Australia Notable Book 2009 Publisher: Hardie...