Middle Primary

Book People: Pat Flynn

By Megan Daley | Jul 17, 2013
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Book People: Pat Flynn Pat Flynn grew up running around an old dairy farm in Queensland before moving to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on a tennis scholarship. After playing…

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Review of ‘Different Like Coco’

By Megan Daley | Jul 8, 2013
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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…

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Book People: Narelle Oliver

By Megan Daley | Jun 3, 2013
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Book People: Narelle Oliver Today I am so pleased to be introducing you to the amazing Narelle Oliver. I have known Narelle for many years now and I always enjoy a good…

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Review of the ‘TooCool’ and ‘Marcy’ Series

By Megan Daley | May 27, 2013
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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…

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Reading Lists for Nine Year Olds +

By Megan Daley | May 22, 2013
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Reading Lists for Nine Year Olds + I love a list. I think it’s the librarian in me. I love lists nearly as much as my long time teacher librarian friend and colleague,…

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Book People: Michael Gerard Bauer

By Megan Daley | Apr 17, 2013
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Book People: Michael Gerard Bauer ‘Book People’ is a series of posts in which you will meet some talented and dedicated authors, illustrators and publishers.  These are the people that start our…

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Review of ‘Found: The Art of Recycling’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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Review of ‘Found: The Art of Recycling’ Please welcome Fiona Eastwood to Children’s Books Daily. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian at Coopers Plains State School and like me she is…

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Review of ‘Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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Review of ‘Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline’ Please welcome Fiona Eastwood to Children’s Books Daily. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian and like me she is completing her Masters – so…

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Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series

By Megan Daley | Mar 13, 2013
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Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series The ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series for newly independent readers are unashamedly Australian and would be perfect for a unit of work…

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Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2013
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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…

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Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Fashion, Flowers, Gardens

By Megan Daley | Feb 18, 2013
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Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Flowers, Gardens I do so love it when I find PudStar doing something that has been inspired by a book: happy parent/teacher/librarian moment! Much better than when…

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Review of ‘The Treasure Box’

By Megan Daley | Feb 15, 2013
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Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood Publisher: Penguin Age Range: Middle Primary – adult Themes:  war, peace, lifetimes, resilience, hope, survival, literature, libraries, story. With a writer of the calibre of…

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Review of ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk’

By Megan Daley | Feb 14, 2013
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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…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2013
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We have a good friend called Maya, whose family does a great job celebrating Chinese New Year and I’ve asked her to contribute some ideas to my ‘celebrating Chinese New Year’ list below.…

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Holiday Reading and Writing Journals

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2012
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Holiday Reading and Writing Journals Recently I found one of my old holiday journals. It is full of glued in Christmas cards, bus tickets, movie tickets, whinges and reflections on a family…

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Review of ‘Eric Vale, Epic Fail’

By Megan Daley | Nov 5, 2012
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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…

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Review of ‘The Kingdom of Silk’ series

By Megan Daley | Oct 26, 2012
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Review of ‘The Kingdom of Silk’ series Written by Glenda Millard, Illustrated by Caroline Magerl (book 1) and Stephen Michael King (books 2-6) All titles in this series can be purchased by clicking…

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Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2012
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Written by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker Age Range: Early childhood-middle primary Publisher: Penguin Books Themes: family, togetherness, time, passing of time, days of the week, relaxation, slowing down. “A busy week, a…

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Review of ‘Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’

By Megan Daley | Oct 18, 2012
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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…

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Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series

By Megan Daley | Oct 1, 2012
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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…

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