Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘All the Ways to be Smart’

Title: All the Ways to be Smart Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribble Themes: diversity; talents; creativity; strengths; confidence; kindness Age Range: early childhood – upper primary Click on title links or cover image to purchase. When the school principal asked me for...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! 'Sleep Tight, Platypup' by Renee Treml 'Wrestle' by Charlotte Mars etc 'The House on the Mountain' by Ella Holcombe...

Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Puppy Pandemonium’

Author: Belinda Murrell (see our interview with Belinda here) Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: middle primary -  upper primary Themes: family, friends, clubs, school, beach, island living, cafes, food, pets, dogs, small business. PudStar has been reading the...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I’ll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 4pm Brisbane time this Friday 11 January. Come and say hello - you'll find my on my Children's Books Daily Facebook page. If you...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I'll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 5:30pm Brisbane time on the 14/12/18. Come and say hello! To purchase any of these titles or read more about them – click on title...

Best Book Gifts for 9-12 Year Olds

Those tricky middle primary readers huh? There is such huge variance in their reading ages and stages and that’s not even taking into consideration their reading interests. The list below is a combination of...

Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: Best Books for 3-8 Year Olds

One of my fav places to hang out on Facebook is the Your Kid's Next Read (YKNR) group, started in 2016 by author Allison Tait and moderated by Al, along with author Allison Rushby...

Five on Friday: Favourite Reads This Week

'My Sunbeam Baby' by Emma Quay 'Another Book About Bears' by Laura and Philip Bunting 'Help Around the House' by Morris Gleitzman 'Limelight' by Solli Raphael 'The Things That Will Not Stand' by Michael Gerard Bauer  

Book People: Susannah McFarlane

There would be few parents of small people out there who did not know the EJ Girl Hero and EJ Spy School books - we've even had an EJ Disco Party. Author Susannah McFarlane...

Christmas Books: New and Old Favourites

Can we just take a moment to admire my Christmas library mice? I'm rather chuffed with them and I also rather enjoyed making teeny books for them to hold! I find cutting and glueing...

Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’

Interviewer: Joy Lawn Title: The Adventures of Catvinkle Author: Elliot Perlman Illustrator: Laura Stitzel Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Themes: friendship, kindness, empathy,  bravery, animals, difference, tolerance, humour.  Teachers’ Notes: Prepared by Penguin Random House Australia and available here. The girls and I have greatly enjoyed  'The...

Review of ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’

Author: Samantha Wheeler Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary Themes: Rett Syndrome; disability; diversity; voice; resilience; family; siblings. Today the we attended the book launch of a remarkable new novel, 'Everything I've Never Said' by Samantha Wheeler. Sam...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The Flying Optometrist’

Title: 'The Flying Optometrist' Author: Joanne Anderton Illustrator: Karen Erasmus Publisher: National Library of Australia Publishing Age Range: early childhood - middle primary Themes: optometry, eye-health, glasses, remote communities, outback, flying, aviation, medical professionals. Click on title links or cover image to...

Book People: Lorraine Marwood

Lorraine Marwood is well known to many as an award winning poet and writer. Her novel 'Star Jumps' won the 2010 Prime Ministers Award for Children’s Fiction and is a poignant verse novel depicting...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Sonam and the Silence’

Title: 'Sonam and the Silence' Author: Eddie Ayres Illustrator: Ronak Taher Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: middle - upper primary Themes: music, resilience, courage, curiosity, Afghanistan, Taliban. Click on title links or cover image to purchase. A lyrical fable-like story by the well-known musician,...

Ten *NEW* Must Have Information Books

I'm a big fan of encouraging the reading of non-fiction texts, it's an entirely different reading experience and skill set and one that I don't think we encourage enough in our young people. Of...

Review of ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’

Reviewer: Dr Sam Lloyd Title: Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching Author/Illustrator/Creators: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti Publisher/Production: CSIRO Publishing (2018) in partnership with Small Friends Books, an art-science collaborative...

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: 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...