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...

2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature Shortlist

I'm a fan of literary awards as it helps to separate the wheat from the chaff in a literary sense and they help when parents or educators are looking to purchase some quality titles....

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: The Incredible Freedom Machines

Title: The Incredible Freedom Machines Author: Kirli Saunders Illustrator: Matt Ottley Publisher: Scholastic Press Themes: freedom; boundaries; persistence; imagination; wonder; freedom; hope; machinery; tinkering; motors; cogs; motorbikes; third person narrative; visual literacy. I’m long overdue on my review...

Book People: Kirli Saunders

'The Incredible Freedom Machines' is Kirli Saunders debut children's book and you can read my full review of of this exceptional book here. I came across Kirli Saunders on the website of a motorcycle shop...

On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

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 sit on...

On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

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 on earth...

Review of ‘Gecko’

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 dance teacher...

Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

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 the loss...

Review of ‘The Last Peach’

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 of the season and are...

Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’

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, family, feelings, Indigenous, animals, food, identity,...

Review of ‘The Wishing Chair Collection’

To celebrate the last week of school here in Queensland, I'm publishing this beautiful review of 'The Wishing Chair', recently written by my Year One Extension English girls, who discovered that it is rather...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

Tonight at 8:30pm I’ll be on 612ABC talking all things books for half an hour or so. The books pictured above are my favourites of the last month or so and great ones in...

First Facts and First Reads

If you've been reading here for a while now you'll know that I love the work of Australian author Rebecca Johnson, who happens to also be an award winning teacher, her latest accolade being...

Win: La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate diCamillo & Jaime Kim

One of our favourite visiting authors this year, Kate diCamillo, is publishing her first picture book in ten years! It's an inspiring nearly wordless collaboration with illustrator Jaime Kim who works in gouache and...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

This evening I will be on ABC Radio (612ABC) at 8:30pm talking with Trevor Jackson about my favourite books of the past month or so. It's coming up to *that time of year* when...

Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

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 ago on...

Bookworms: ABC Radio

This evening I will be on ABC Radio (612ABC) at 8:30pm talking with Trevor Jackson about my favourite books of the past month or so. I've got way too many to talk about and...
Review D-Bot Squad by Mac Park

Three great books for boys (5-9)

Boys are notoriously tricky to engage with reading, which is one reason Megan loves sharing book reviews from young blogger Book Boy. The following three books for boys are all reviewed by Book Boy...

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...