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...

Review of ‘Eric Vale, Epic Fail’

Review of 'Eric Vale, Epic Fail' Written by Michael Gerard Bauer, Illustrated by Joe Bauer Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: school, nicknames, friendships, resilience, journal writing, writing, humour Many years ago I was a bridesmaid for Rebecca, someone...

Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers!

Choose Your Own Adventure for a New Generation of Readers! Review of the ‘You Choose’ series Written by George Ivanoff. Illustrated by James Hart. Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: adventure, action, magic, mystery, choose...

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...

Review of ‘Different Like Coco’

Review of ‘Different Like Coco’ Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Matthews Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: 7 years+ - 70 years+ Themes:  daring to be different, biography, poverty, resilieance, fashion, fashion design, designers, France I just love a book that encourages difference!...

Top 20 Picture Books for ANZAC Day

Top 20 Picture Books for ANZAC Day plus ANZAC Biscuit Recipe 25th April is ANZAC Day, a day to honour Australian and New Zealanders who have served their countries with such bravery. One of the most...

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...

Review of the ‘Our Australian Girl’ Series

Review of the ‘Our Australian Girl’ Series Various authors (listed below). Illustrated by Lucia Mascuillo. Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Age Range: 8 -12 years. Each volume is slim, making them suitable for younger readers as well as...

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...

Review of the ‘Timmy Failure’ Series

Review of the 'Timmy Failure' Series I love to invite young readers I know and admire to submit reviews to Children’s Books Daily. Child reviews give authors and other young readers insight into a book...

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...

Humour in Children’s Literature: David Walliams

Humour in Children’s Literature: David Walliams I recently shared wisdom from bestselling author, Andy Griffiths on the importance of humour in children’s literature, see here. As a teacher librarian in a primary school, I see...
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 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...

Review of ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk’

Review of ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk' Written by Glenda Millard, Illustrated Stephen Michael King Themes: family, feelings, illness, acceptance, love, strength, courage, imagination, responsibility, siblings, reading. Publisher: ABC Books Age Range: Middle Primary - Adult I get...

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...

‘Review of Weirdo’

Review of 'Weirdo' Every so often I love to invite young readers I know and admire to submit reviews to Children’s Books Daily. You can see all the ‘child reviews’ if you click on this...