Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I’ll be on Facebook live over at Children’s Books Daily on Friday 8th Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books!  I feel like I'm jumping on a bandwagon with the Barefoot Investor...

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...

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...

Samantha Turnbull: The Anti-Princess Club Series

It’s hard being a ten-year-old girl when everyone wants to turn you into a princess. Welcome to the lives of Bella, Grace, Chloe and Emily… ‘The Anti-Princess Club’series is aimed squarely at young female readers...

The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables

The Children's Book Council of Australia 2015 Short List and Notables The Children’s Book Council of Australia awards are the most highly regarded children’s/YA lit awards within the industry and in the wider community. If...

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...

Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Kira Dreaming’

After such lovely feedback on her review of 'The Shop at Hoopers Bend', Pud is braving the wilds of online reviewing once again and is today sharing the third book in her current favourite...

Mindfulness for Children

I recently happened upon a book, 'Making Mindful Magic', that made even I, frenetic/ever-fidgeting/always moving me, slow down *briefly*. Look, to be honest, I do try very hard to embrace mindfulness - I just...

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,...

Review of the ‘Chook Chook’ series

Review of the ‘Chook Chook’ series Written by Wai Chim. Illustrated by Aileen Lord Publisher: UQP Age Range: 7 years+ Themes:  family, belonging, loss, grief, farming, pets, friendship, China, adventure. I’m a big fan of books set in China and...

Review of ‘Friday Barnes: Girl Detective’

One of my regular young reviewers is the gorgeous Jazzy, of 'Jazzy's Bookshelf'. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog homepage here and ‘like’ her Facebook page, managed by her mum, here. Today Jazzy...

Children’s Book Online – Dallas Clayton

Children's Book Online by Dallas Clayton Authors or illustrators choose to self-publish a book for a variety of reasons. Many people might just want to share their work with friends or family, some people do...

Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

Written by Susanne Gervay and illustrated by Serena Geddes Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes:  siblings, family, illness, childhood, hospitals, cancer, resiliance Click on cover image or title links to purchase. Sometimes I finish...

Book Party: EJ12 Rocks!

Book Party: EJ12 Rocks! As you may have gathered, I’m rather a fan of book parties. Seriously what’s not to love? The theming is done for you, often there are enough food mentions in books...

Book People: Jen Storer

Book People: Jen Storer The children's book industry in Australia is a beautiful place to inhabit. I have been incredibly fortunate to work and play in this industry over many, many years now and to  have...

Top Ten Dog Books

  Top Ten Dog Books Apologies for the excessive amount of Staffordshire terrier pictures in this post.  RIP gorgeous boys. As any of my long-time readers will know, we lost our much adored Rex in March 2014...

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...

Jazzy’s Bookshelf: Raymie Nightingale

Tween book blogger Jazzy is back, this time with a review of Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. You can read Jazzy’s complete bio here, see her blog homepage here and ‘like’ her Facebook page,...

Review and Giveaway of ‘The Frankie Dupont’ Series

Review and Giveaway of ‘The Frankie Dupont’ Series Written by Julie Anne Grasso. Illustrated by Alexander Avellino. Age Range: Middle Primary Themes: detectives; sleuthing; mystery; crime; fantasy With a background in paediatric nursing, author Julie Anne Grasso, spent...

Jazzy Reviews: Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children

It’s no secret that I love to feature child reviews on my blog, I have a whole tab of them here. Today we are joined again by MS Readathon Ambassador and book blogger, Jazzy of...