Raising a Reader: The Kindergarten and Home Connection in Early Literacy

This evening I am talking to parents at Red Hill Kindergarten about the important role they play in creating a sense of wonder around reading. Enquiries regarding education and/or parent talks can be made...

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt comes to life on ABC Kids

As a child, I was allowed half an hour of TV a day and that could only be ABC. Clearly I am traumatised by a childhood spent without much access to television and my pop culture...

14th Feb Books About Love!

I’m not a fan of Valentines Day and all that jazz, I do love books about love. There is nothing better than settling into bed with a small, freshly washed child and reading a...

Your Kid’s Next Read

If you're looking for the 'next book' for a child, tween or teen, the Your Kids Next Read Facebook group is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. The lovely Allison...

Review of ‘The Day You Came Into the World’

My first child has a lovely baby book, full of anecdotes, photos and locks of hair. Second child has an empty baby book...totally empty. Not a thing. Fortunately ChickPea is a resilient second child and...

Book People: Kate Ritchie

Kate Ritchie is probably much better known to all of you as 1/3 of the nations number one drive show. Or perhaps you remember her fondly as Sally Fletcher, who Ritchie played on Home and Away between...

Top Ten Early Childhood Books of 2015

...according to me anyway! Oh me, oh my how I wish I was a clever as the authors and illustrators of the books below! How cleverly they manage to capture the attention of children and...

Preparing for a New Sibling With Books

Preparing for a New Sibling with Books Review of 'Too Busy Sleeping' Over the years, I've been asked on numerous occasions for books which will assist when introducing the idea of a new sibling. I have...

Books about Love, Love, Love

Books about Love, Love, Love Whilst I'm not really a fan of Valentines Day and all that jazz, I do love books about love.   There is nothing better than settling into bed with a...
Gumnut Babies and Gumleaves

Ten of the Best Children’s Classics

Ten of the Best Children's Classics Classics are books that have stood the test of time and still remain relevant and popular. Many parents love reading the classics with or to their children and remembering...

Top Ten Counting Books for Children

Top Ten Counting Books for Children I love gifting counting or alphabet books to newborn babies (for more newborn baby gifts see here) as learning numbers and letters really is the basis for early literacy...

Review of ‘Counting Aussie Animals in my Backyard’

Written and illustrated by Bronwyn Houston Publisher: Magabala Books Age Range: Babies - Early Childhood Themes: Australia; Australian animals; backyard; counting; numeracy. To add this book to your home, school or library collection click on title or cover links. I...

The Gift of Words: Book Gifts for Newborns and Parents

Selecting books and gifts for newborn babies is one of my most favourite things to do. I actually don’t love newborns…my own were terrifying, and I tend to make other people’s newborns cry. I...

Review of ‘Dreamers’

Review of ‘Dreamers’ Written by Ezekiel Kwaymullina. Illustrated by Sally Morgan. Publisher: Fremantle Press Age Range: early childhood and dreamers of all ages. Themes: Aboriginal Australians; dreamtime; dreaming; children; childhood; imagination; play; wonder. To add this book to your...

Must-Have Dinosaur Books for All Ages

Must-Have Dinosaur Books for All Ages Very few children skip the ‘I LOVE Dinosaurs’ phase – in fact it’s probably a development phase which should be included in textbooks on child development. The Wild Thing...

Review of ‘Sleep Tight, Digger Dan’

Review of ‘Sleep Tight, Digger Dan' ‘Sleep Tight, Digger Dan: A Goodnight Story from the Construction Site’ Written by Dorte Horn. Illustrated by Philipp Stampe. Publisher: New Black Press Age Range: Early Childhood Themes: diggers, trucks, cranes, dump trucks,...

Sophie the Giraffe: Books!

Sophie the Giraffe: Books! I'm pretty sure you all know who Sophie the Giraffe Teething Toy is. The Wild Thing AKA ChickPea had a Sophie, and she adored it, lovingly covering the poor thing in saliva...

Book Party: Ladybird

Book Party: Ladybird Poor Chickpea. She came into the world screaming and then, due to a hefty dose of reflux, she continued to scream for approximately two years. She was a cranky, cranky little bug...

Review of ‘One Funky Monkey’

Written by Stacey McCleary and illustrated by Sue deGennaro Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: Early Childhood Themes: animals; counting; rhyme; dance Awards: 2011 Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. ‘One Funky Monkey’ was first released...

Top 30 Christmas Books

...and Christmas Book Advent Tree We are again doing a Christmas Book Advent Tree (full image at end of post) and  you can see last years tree here. The idea is that you open and...