Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I'll be on Facebook live over at Children's Books Daily on Friday 1st Feb at 4pm (Brisbane time) talking about all these books! To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘All the Ways to be Smart’

Title: All the Ways to be Smart Author: Davina Bell Illustrator: Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribble Themes: diversity; talents; creativity; strengths; confidence; kindness Age Range: early childhood – upper primary Click on title links or cover image to purchase. When the school principal asked me for...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

To purchase any of these titles from Booktopia or read more about them – click on title links! 'Sleep Tight, Platypup' by Renee Treml 'Wrestle' by Charlotte Mars etc 'The House on the Mountain' by Ella Holcombe...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Starting School’

Title: Starting School Author: Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Themes: starting school, friendships, school, diversity, families, teachers, classrooms, schools, playgrounds, new experiences.  Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Tim, Hannah, Sunita, Joe and Polly are all off...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show’

Title: Tiggy and the Magic Paintbrush: A Musical Show Author: Zanni Louise Illustrator: Gillian Flint Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Age Range: early childhood; lower primary; independent readers Themes: music, painting, art, The Arts, imagination, creativity, friendship, feelings, nerves, resilience. Author Zanni Louise adds a touch of...

Books and ALL of the Things for Back to School

Congratulations! You've made it through Christmas and New Year celebrations and now we're heading right on into 'Back to School Season'. The girls' book packs for this year arrived just a few days before...

Five on Friday: Five Fav Reads of the Week

I’ll be talking about these books on Facebook live at 4pm Brisbane time this Friday 11 January. Come and say hello - you'll find my on my Children's Books Daily Facebook page. If you...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puffin the Architect’

Title: Puffin the Architect Author/Illustrator: Kimberly Andrews Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Themes: animals, homes, animal homes, architecture, professions, STEAM, STEM, design, family Click on title links or cover image to purchase. There is so much to love about this picture book by Kimberly...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Dinosaur Day Out’

Title: Dinosaur Day Out Author/Illustrator: Sara Acton Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: early childhood Themes: dinosaurs, museums, books, family, Sydney Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Siblings Sally and Max are off to see the dinosaurs at the museum with...

Best Book Gifts for Newly-Independent Readers

This list of must-have books is for little readers who are just starting their independent reading journey and can read a text with minimal assistance. Age range varies here as reading progression happens at...

Your Kid’s Next Read Book Lists: Best Books for 3-8 Year Olds

One of my fav places to hang out on Facebook is the Your Kid's Next Read (YKNR) group, started in 2016 by author Allison Tait and moderated by Al, along with author Allison Rushby...

Best Book Gifts for Toddlers

This age bracket adore books and language and as they are still learning the mechanics of how a book works they to use all their senses to ‘read’ a book; chewing and ripping may...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘There’s a Bug on My Arm That Won’t Let Go’

Title: There's a Bug on My Arm That Won't Let Go Author/illustrator: David Mackintosh (see interview here) Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Australia  Age Range: early childhood and adults who need a laugh Themes: bugs, childhood worries, insects, visual literacy Click on title...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Puddle Hunters’

Title: 'Puddle Hunters' Author: Kirsty Murray Illustrator: Karen Blair Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: early childhood Themes: puddles, weather, rain, sunshine, families, siblings, play. Ruby and her brother Banjo wait for the rain to stop and the fun to...

Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Want to Play Trucks?’

Title: 'Want to Play Trucks?' Author: Ann Stott Illustrator: Bob Graham Publisher: Walker Books Themes: gender stereotypes, ethnicity, play, free play, social skills, toddlers, trucks, sandpits, family, society. Click on title links or cover image to purchase. Jack likes trucks. Alex...

Review of ‘Claris The Chicest Mouse in Paris’

Author/Illustrator: Megan Hess Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont Ages: 3+ Age Range: early childhood - lower primary Themes: Parisian, Paris, adventure, journey, fashion, courage, compassion, friendship Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  Acclaimed Australian fashion illustrator, Megan Hess, has...

Review of ‘Bird Builds a Nest’

Another review by my ever obliging ecologist neighbour, Dr Sam Lloyd. I pass on to her titles that I know will be RIGHT up her alley. Sam is an ecologist and manager for South...

On ‘Monsters’ by Anna Fienberg

I have long loved the writing of Anna Fienberg. It's hard to not fall head first into the Tashi series, and 'Horrendo's Curse' (and its companion book 'Wicked's Way') will also always sit on...

On ‘Monsters’ by Stephen Axelsen

This is Part Two of the story behind the story of 'Monsters'. Part One is here. In Part Two, my very dear friend and talented illustrator, Stephen Axelsen, shares with us how on earth...

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...