Young Reader and Reviews

A ten year-old family friend of ours is an avid reader and churns through books in paper form and on her Kindle at a great rate. Her mother told me recently that Miss Ten...

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 ‘Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables’

The class in room 12B has a new teacher, and nothing is ever going to be the same . . .  The very best school based stories resonate with children and teachers alike and the...

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 ‘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...

Review of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio

Jazzy from Jazzy's Bookshelf has been a long time reviewer for me and I always smile when I see one of her emails and reviews pop up my inbox. At twelve years old, Jazzy...

Review of ‘The Shop at Hoopers Bend’

My children mostly think my blog is ridiculous and of no use to them whatsover. But recently, PudStar offered me a deal I couldn't refuse...a review of her latest favourite book in exchange for...

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...

Review of ‘The Wonderling’ by Mira Bartók

My young reviewer, Jazzy from Jazzy's Bookshelf, emailed me her review of 'The Wonderling' by Mira Bartók just this afternoon and I couldn't get it up on the blog fast enough! I've had this...

Review: Elly Awesome

With the Summer holidays approaching (yes I know it's only week two of Term Four, but we all know that Term Four is a blur), it's time to turn our minds to 'Summer Reads'...

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...
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...

Review of ‘Kookoo Kookaburra’

I have most excellent neighbours - I really do. I always knew this, but the past few months has really proven this; the care they have shown the girls and I, as well as...

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,...

ABC Radio: Bookworms

Tuesday evening I spoke on ABC Radio Brisbane with Trevor Jackson about my favourite titles of the last month or so. I’ve listed the titles below. Click on titles to purchase. 'Once Upon an ABC' by...
Book review: Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

Review: ‘Dragonfly Song’ by Wendy Orr

In the lead-up to the announcement in August of the CBCA Book Of The Year Awards, Team Megan's Blog plans to bring you reviews of as many shortlisted books as we can. This week, Australian...