Review of ‘Found: The Art of Recycling’

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 completing her Masters...

Review of ‘Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline’

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 we both really...

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

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 on Australian identity,...

Easter Gift Book Giving

Easter Gift Book Giving I adore chocolate eggs. However in the interests of basic human health I attempt to limit the chocolate. I have to avert my eyes as my grandmother hands it out left...

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...

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

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 I find her...

Review of ‘The Treasure Box’

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 Margaret Wild it was never in...

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...

Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

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.  Technically, Maya...

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE

Back to School Series: Children’s Books about…HEADLICE I’m guessing you don’t read this blog hoping for books on creepy crawly vermin. But let’s be honest, if you have a child of school age, the dreaded...

Holiday Reading and Writing Journals

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 holiday, letters from...

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...

Review of ‘The Kingdom of Silk’ series

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 on title or image...

Book Gifts for Boys 9 years old +

Book Gifts for Boys 9 years old+ I love this age range in books for boys. The great adventure stories start but without some of the gore and terror that enters their books in a few...

Review of ‘Today we Have no Plans’

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 slower day, brings time to dream...

Ask a Professional: Books for Tweenage Girls on Friendship

Ask a Professional: Books for Tweenage Girls on Friendship “Can you recommend a book for my 'tweenage' girl who is dealing with some friendship issues” So you're worried about your child’s ability to make new...
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 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...

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 ‘For All Creatures’

Review of "For All Creatures" Written by Glenda Millard. Illustrated by Rebecca Cool Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Early Childhood - Middle Primary+ Themes: nature, thankfulness, prayer, animals, ryhme, environment. Awards: Honour Book: Picture Book of the Year, Children...