Books

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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Book People: Kirli Saunders

By Megan Daley | Dec 3, 2020
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I interviewed Kirli Saunders in 2018 when her first book, ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines‘ was released (see here for that interview) and I have followed her work with interest ever since. Her…

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And then there was six…

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2020
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Since Dan’s death, the girls and I have been a team of three. A team of three surrounded by family and a village of people who have supported us online and offline…

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Personalised kids’ books teaching the value of vulnerability

By Megan Daley | Nov 24, 2020
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There are some moments in life which are calling out for a personalised book experience – even though I could count on one hand the number of such books I’ve ‘approved of’…

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Gifts Which are Literary & Lovely

By Megan Daley | Nov 24, 2020
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The lovely bits and pieces in this post are gift ideas for colleagues, friends, family and teachers – a bit of a mash up of all the things I love and I…

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Book People: Ted Prior

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2020
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It is hard to imagine a time when ‘Grug’ did not exist. I feel like I grew up reading about the funny little character who began his life as the top of…

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The lifespan of a good book

By Megan Daley | Nov 5, 2020
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We often read stories about well-loved teddy bears or dolls and the imagined adventures they have had over their lifespan. It’s somehow comforting to see an old toy loved again – the…

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Book People: Kate Gordon

By Megan Daley | Oct 28, 2020
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Kate Gordon’s writing in ‘Aster’s Good, Right Things’ is at times so authentic that it makes you wince with the pain and anguish of it all but ultimately wraps you up in…

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You can be anything. Be your own man…

By Megan Daley | Sep 23, 2020
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When I first read ‘Love Your Body’ by Jessica Saunders, I felt so very grateful to be living in an age where my girls had access to a book like this. This…

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Best ‘lap armchair’ books for boddlers

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2020
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When you employ someone do you go by their resume or by the feel of the interview and referee comments? I’m definitely on the ‘gut feeling’ side of things and when Lana…

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