Books

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at QPAC

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2021
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I laughed, teared up (several times) and applauded enthusiastically from the first note to the final bow of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) last night. We…

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Books for Tweens and Teens

By Megan Daley | Sep 5, 2021
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I’ve been collecting books for tweens and teens on *all of the things* for many years now – for the various schools I have worked at and for my own children. I…

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Book Week Costumes for Kids

By Megan Daley | Jul 28, 2021
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I am a Book Week tragic from way back. As a child I have vivid memories of planning my Book Week costumes with my teacher librarian mum, my favourite being the year my…

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Lockdown love! Bringing book joy to worn down friends

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 23, 2021
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Guest post. How are we all in lockdown (if you are in lockdown)? Everyone’s experience is so different, right? While for some it’s good, nice even, for others it can be very…

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5 things your child’s teacher librarian wants you to know

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 16, 2021
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Guest post. I don’t know about you, but I really haven’t the faintest idea of what happens in the six hours my kids are at school – five days a week. I…

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Book Week Costumes for Educators

By Megan Daley | Jul 10, 2021
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Many moons ago, when I was a young classroom teacher and still bopping around at raves and weekend music festivals, I lived for Book Week costume planning. My love for over the…

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Books by First Nations Authors and Illustrators for Children to Teens

By Megan Daley | Jun 29, 2021
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National NAIDOC Week is a celebration of 65,000 years of history, culture and achievements and an opportunity to discuss and action a just future. Story has the power to educate and to…

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Rhyme time! Best rhyming books for little ones

By Lana Hallowes | Jun 2, 2021
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Guest post. Is there any better feeling in this world than snuggling a warm little body into yours and reading to them in a sing-song voice? Books that rhyme are just so…

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15 books all boys should read before age ten

By Lana Hallowes | May 31, 2021
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Guest post. When I envision the future, my sons all grown up and my face more lined than I’d like, I hope they have become men who are kind, gentle, respectful of…

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Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show

By Megan Daley | May 6, 2021
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The smallest bee (5 years old) and I had a #kiddate at QPAC last night, to see ‘Bluey’s Big Play The Stage Show’. Me: So Bluey on the stage is going to…

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Roarsome! Best dinosaur books for kids

By Lana Hallowes | Apr 29, 2021
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When my boys were around the ages of three to five they became obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with dinosaurs. So much so that it felt like we had a pet dino…

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Mother’s Day

By Megan Daley | Apr 26, 2021
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All families are different and I try very hard to feature books here on my blog for all families. Mother’s Day can be a beautiful day of honouring your mum or mother figure,…

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Factual and informative reads to blow little minds

By Lana Hallowes | Apr 8, 2021
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The other day in an attempt to coax my kids out of Kmart’s toy aisle, I offered them a bribe. I told them they could each pick something SMALL but then we…

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Secrets of the Honey Bee

By Megan Daley | Mar 25, 2021
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Many of you will know that I have long loved bees – one of my very first posts on this blog was ‘Books About Bees’ and I have done a plethora of…

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Picture Books for All

By Megan Daley | Mar 24, 2021
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The other day I received an email from a reader, expressing her disappointment that her Year Three daughter had been told that she can no longer borrow picture books from the school…

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Confession time: Helping my child learn to read is doing my head in!

By Lana Hallowes | Mar 17, 2021
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Thanks Lana Hallowes for this guest post: I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’m really struggling to help my little guy learn to read. Reading feels like the biggest, most insurmountable mountain…

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Books to Support Earth Hour

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2021
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For some years now, the girls and I have taken part in WWF’s Earth Hour. Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney and has become a global movement to protect our planet.…

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Everyone belongs: Books to read for Harmony Week

By Lana Hallowes | Mar 4, 2021
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School playgrounds across the nation will soon turn orange, as little ones celebrate what it means to be inclusive with Harmony Week. Harmony Week runs from March 15 and includes ‘Harmony Day’…

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Tristan Bancks Young Writers’ StorySchool

By Megan Daley | Feb 4, 2021
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Tristan Bancks has written some of my favourite books for middle primary students, tweens and teens, including ‘Two Wolves’ , ‘The Fall’ , ‘Detention’, the ‘Tom Weekly’ series and ‘Nit Boy’. His…

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Theatre People: Nelle Lee

By Megan Daley | Dec 15, 2020
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Shake & stir is one of the country’s leading contemporary theatre companies touring Australia and New Zealand since 2006. They tour as in-school and mainstage productions and are well known for their…

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