Best Book Gifts for Babies

Babies will start to show interest in books earlier than you may think. They will reach for and explore board books and bath books as soon as they can reach for a toy. From...

Best Book Gifts for Toddlers

This age bracket adore books and language and as they are still learning the mechanics of how a book works they to use all their senses to ‘read’ a book; chewing and ripping may...

Five on Friday: Favourite Reads This Week

'My Sunbeam Baby' by Emma Quay 'Another Book About Bears' by Laura and Philip Bunting 'Help Around the House' by Morris Gleitzman 'Limelight' by Solli Raphael 'The Things That Will Not Stand' by Michael Gerard Bauer  

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go’

Title: There's a Bug on My Arm That Won't Let Go Author/illustrator: David Mackintosh (see interview here) Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia  Age Range: early childhood and adults who need a laugh Themes: bugs, childhood worries, insects, visual literacy Click on title...

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...

Jazzy Reviews: ‘The Anger of Angels’

I am always super pleased when I open an email from Jazzy of teen book blog, Jazzy's Bookshelf to find a new review. Her reviews are insightful and she absolutely understands what teens and...

Christmas Books: New and Old Favourites

Can we just take a moment to admire my Christmas library mice? I'm rather chuffed with them and I also rather enjoyed making teeny books for them to hold! I find cutting and glueing...

Elliot Perlman’s ‘The Adventures of Catvinkle’

Interviewer: Joy Lawn Title: The Adventures of Catvinkle Author: Elliot Perlman Illustrator: Laura Stitzel Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia Themes: friendship, kindness, empathy,  bravery, animals, difference, tolerance, humour.  Teachers’ Notes: Prepared by Penguin Random House Australia and available here. The girls and I have greatly enjoyed  'The...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puddle Hunters’

Title: 'Puddle Hunters' Author: Kirsty Murray Illustrator: Karen Blair Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: early childhood Themes: puddles, weather, rain, sunshine, families, siblings, play. Ruby and her brother Banjo wait for the rain to stop and the fun to...

Review of ‘Everything I’ve Never Said’

Author: Samantha Wheeler Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary Themes: Rett Syndrome; disability; diversity; voice; resilience; family; siblings. Today the we attended the book launch of a remarkable new novel, 'Everything I've Never Said' by Samantha Wheeler. Sam...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The Flying Optometrist’

Title: 'The Flying Optometrist' Author: Joanne Anderton Illustrator: Karen Erasmus Publisher: National Library of Australia Publishing Age Range: early childhood - middle primary Themes: optometry, eye-health, glasses, remote communities, outback, flying, aviation, medical professionals. Click on title links or cover image to...

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...

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 Bogan Mondrian’

Title: 'The Bogan Mondrian’ Author: Steven Herrick Publisher: UQP. Teachers' Notes are here. Themes: grief, fathers, domestic violence, gambling, family, friendship, hope, trust, prejudice. I often wonder if it’s overwhelming to be a celebrated author with a new book about...

Once There Was A Boy: on books and empathy by Emily Gale

One of us is a bully.  One of us wants to be understood.  One of us loves a girl who loves another.  One of us remembers the past as if it just happened.  One of us believes they’ve...

Ten *NEW* Must Have Information Books

I'm a big fan of encouraging the reading of non-fiction texts, it's an entirely different reading experience and skill set and one that I don't think we encourage enough in our young people. Of...

Review of ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’

Reviewer: Dr Sam Lloyd Title: Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching Author/Illustrator/Creators: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti Publisher/Production: CSIRO Publishing (2018) in partnership with Small Friends Books, an art-science collaborative...

Review of ‘Bonkers About Beetles’

Reviewer: Dr Sam Title: Bonkers about Beetles Author/Illustrator: Owen Davey Publisher: Flying Eye Books (published 2018) Themes: Beetle ecology, diet, behaviour, habitat, camouflage, specialist adaptations. Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  'Bonkers about Beetles' is engaging, informative, beautifully...

Girl Zone Book Club: The Endsister

This week we had our latest Girl Zone Book Club meeting – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin,...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Want to Play Trucks?’

Title: 'Want to Play Trucks?' Author: Ann Stott Illustrator: Bob Graham Publisher: Walker Books Themes: gender stereotypes, ethnicity, play, free play, social skills, toddlers, trucks, sandpits, family, society. Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Jack likes trucks. Alex...