Review of the ‘Word Hunters’ series

Review of the ‘Word Hunters’ series Written by Nick Earls and illustrated by Terry Whidborne Publisher: UQP Age Range: Middle Primary – Lower Secondary Themes: words, language, dictionaries, etymology, adventure, hunting, sibling, twins, history, time travel The complete set...

Review of ‘Smooch and Rose’

Written by Samantha Wheeler Publisher: UQP Age Range: middle primary – upper primary Themes:   empowering, family, loss, change, friendships, bullying, power, sustainability, wildlife,  farming, development, habitat, koalas. To add this book to your home or school library from Booktopia click here. From...

Review of ‘The Forgotten Pearl’

Review of ‘The Forgotten Pearl’ Welcome guest reviewer - Jackie Child! Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we are...

Book People: Pat Flynn

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 and coaching on...

Review of ‘Different Like Coco’

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 just love a book that encourages difference!...

Reading Lists for Twelve Year Olds +

I spoke yesterday of how much I love a good list, and gave some suggested reading lists for nine year olds +. I’ve been compiling reading lists for different age groups for many years now,...

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,...

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 ‘Pennies for Hitler’

Review of 'Pennies for Hitler' Welcome guest reviewer - Jackie Child! Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we are...

Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’

Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’ Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we are not: she runs, hops,...

Review of ‘Star’

Review of ‘Star’ Let me introduce the overly energetic Jackie. Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we...

Review of ‘When You Reach Me’

Review of 'When You Reach Me' Author: Rebecca Stead Publisher: Random House Age Range: Upper Primary - Adult Awards: 2010 Newberry Medal Winner Boston Globe-Hornbook Award for Fiction 2009 Indies Choice Award ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book CCBC Choices Book Horn Book Magazine Book...

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...

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...

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...

Book Gifts for Boys aged 11+

Book Gifts for Boys aged 11+ I was writing a post on books for boys aged 9-12 years and realised half way through that I really needed to split this age group in two. If...

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...