Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! 'Sleep Tight, Platypup' by Renee Treml 'Wrestle' by Charlotte Mars etc 'The House on the Mountain' by Ella Holcombe...

Review of ‘Pippa’s Island: Puppy Pandemonium’

Author: Belinda Murrell (see our interview with Belinda here) Publisher: Random House Australia Age Range: middle primary -  upper primary Themes: family, friends, clubs, school, beach, island living, cafes, food, pets, dogs, small business. PudStar has been reading the...

Books and ALL of the Things for Back to School

Congratulations! You've made it through Christmas and New Year celebrations and now we're heading right on into 'Back to School Season'. The girls' book packs for this year arrived just a few days before...

Best Book Gifts for 9-12 Year Olds

Those tricky middle primary readers huh? There is such huge variance in their reading ages and stages and that’s not even taking into consideration their reading interests. The list below is a combination of...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

This will be my last 'Five on Friday' for two weeks as the girls and I are off to Bali - this is the REPLAY of last years botched attempt to avoid our first...

Five on Friday: Favourite Reads This Week

Quite literally, this post is as the title suggests, my five favourite reads of the week! I'll be presenting these on Facebook Live each week through the Your Kid's Next Read group or my...

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 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,...

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...

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,...

Girl Zone Book Club 2018

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Jazzy Reviews: Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

I was so hoping that Jazzy might review, 'Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow'! I absolutely LOVED it but wanted the opinion of an actual teen reader - enter Jazzy of Jazzy's Bookshelf. I love...

2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature Shortlist

I'm a fan of literary awards as it helps to separate the wheat from the chaff in a literary sense and they help when parents or educators are looking to purchase some quality titles....

Review: The Incredible Freedom Machines

Title: The Incredible Freedom Machines Author: Kirli Saunders Illustrator: Matt Ottley Publisher: Scholastic Press Themes: freedom; boundaries; persistence; imagination; wonder; freedom; hope; machinery; tinkering; motors; cogs; motorbikes; third person narrative; visual literacy. I’m long overdue on my review...

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...

Girl Zone Book Club

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...