612ABC: Bookworms

They invited me back! He of the lovely voice, Mr David Curnow, emailed me recently to invite me back for another year of monthly chats about all things children's and YA books. I really...

Dog Books…and Gifts for Dog Lovers

Dog Books...and Gifts for Dog Lovers We are a dog family. It seems to me that you are usually either a dog or a cat or a fish family. Well we're a dog family. We...

EVENT: Nearly a Vet Convention!

I love nothing more than events themed around books - you may have noticed this if you follow me on social media:). All our birthday parties are book themed (see here for some) and...

Review of ‘Stonebird’

I am always so pleased when I see a review from 12 year old Joe pop into my inbox. I review from my perspective as an adult, and whilst I always try and review...

Review of ‘The Tales of Jahani’

Series Title: The Tale of Jahani. Book One 'Daughter of the Nomads'; Book Two 'The Leopard Princess'. Author: Rosanne Hawke. Illustrator: D.M. Cornish Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary - lower secondary. Themes: identity; trust; courage; belonging; family; journeys;...

Jazzy Reviews: Star of Deltora: Shadows of the Master

It’s no secret that I love to feature child reviews on my blog, I have a whole tab of them here. Today we are joined again by 10 year old book blogger, Jazzy of 'Jazzy’s...

Book Club: The War that Saved My Life

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...

Book Club: Pre Teen Reads

Book Club: Pre Teen Reads I really enjoy my Year Six/Seven Bookclub – you can see all my posts about this book club by selecting the ‘Year Six/Seven Book Club’ category in the right hand...

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 ‘Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend’

Written by Steven Herrick  Publisher: UQP  Age Range: Middle Primary – Upper Primary Themes:  community, friendship, kindness, school, grief, loneliness Awards: Winner: 2013 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - Children's Literature, Shortlisted: 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards - Patricia Wrightson Prize, Shortlisted: 2013...

Review of the ‘Deadly D and Justice Jones’ series

Review of the ‘Deadly D and Justice Jones’ series Co-Written by Scott Prince and Dave Hartley Publisher: Magabala Books Age Range: Middle/Upper Primary – Lower Secondary reluctant readers. Themes: family; friendship; bullying; moving schools; superpowers; superheroes; NRL; Indigenous...

Girl Zone Book Club: Pre Teen Reads

Girl Zone Book Club Tonight was our first meeting of the year for Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother,...

Australian Children’s Classics

Publisher: Penguin Australia Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. So begins each of the re-released Australian children’s classics: ‘Seven Little Australians’ by...

Jazzy Reviews: Missing by Sue Whiting

I'm buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last day here?...

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'...

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 ‘Wonder’

Review of 'Wonder' Written by R. J. Palacio Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper primary – Adult (parents/guardians/teachers please be aware of subject matter and decide on age appropriateness for your child) Themes:  difference, friendship, family, schools, resilience, acceptance,...

Top Ten Middle Grade Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! I love this reading age so much - I love watching young readers move from books with a simple linear story line, to plots which are complex and which open up eyes...

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...

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...