Give the Treasure of Reading with Room to Read

In my last blog you may have read Tristan Bancks’s Top Ten Tips for Book Week. One of those ideas was “Give the Treasure of Reading” and support global literacy nonprofit Room to Read...

Brisbane Holiday Event: STEMies

PudStar has been enjoying STEMies holiday programs for several years now. She loves working with Jackie Child AKA #bestteachingpartnerever AKA the voice behind TinkeringChild and she also adores hanging out with, and learning from,...

Readers’ Cup

I have a love-hate relationship with Readers' Cup. I love that it enables the readers in a school the opportunity to flex their muscles in a different way and that it encourages students to...

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...

Community Event: Red Hill Kindergarten ‘Raising Young Readers’

I often speak at educational events and recently the lovely people at Red Hill Kindergarten booked me to speak to their parents and any interested members of the community. It's a free event, you...

2018 Children’s Book Council of Australia Short List

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has been a champion for children’s and YA literature in Australia since 1945 and its importance cannot be underestimated. Be as loud and cranky as you like...

Cover Reveal: ‘Louisiana’s Way Home’

I am chuffed that Walker Books Australia has entrusted me with a cover reveal for the LATEST Kate Di Camillo book, 'Louisiana’s Way Home', due out in October 2018. Former US children’s laureate and two-time...

QPAC: Aladdin

The animated film 'Aladdin' was released by Disney in 1992...when I was in Year Eleven (so old). I was enchanted by the movie and clearly I wasn't the only one as it grossed over...

New Australian Children’s Laureate Announced

DUDE! I was super excited to get an embargoed Media Release late last week regarding this announcement and while I am by now well and truly used to dealing with embargoed information, this announcement...

QPAC’s Summer Set Program: Brisbane

The girls and I were invited to attend a preview day for QPAC's popular school holiday family program, 'SummerSet' which runs until the 13th January 2018, however this post is not sponsored and all...

Pathways to Music

This is not a sponsored post and I have no financial affiliation with 'Pathways to Music', I'm just so darned impressed with them. I've not had the time or energy lately to sustain reading a...

The Dromkeen Librarians Award

My mum and I whipped down to Melbourne this weekend. Poor mum...I'm always referring to her as 'mum' rather than 'Robyn - teacher librarian in her own right and woman who taught me everything...

A Monster Calls: From Story to Screenplay

It was an absolute privilege to a) be invited to a special preview screening of 'A Monster Calls' and b) be able to get out of the house to attend (thanks mum and dad!)....

Book Party: Alice in Wonderland

In one of those really weird online/offline worlds collide moments...I ordered a gorgeous organic cotton nightie for Pud from online company Nightie Night Lane a few years ago and noted that one of...

Thai-riffic comes to the Stage!

It's Megan here, not back to regular programming, but dipping my toe in as I have been looking at literary options for the upcoming school holidays, when I'm taking the girls to Sydney. My...

Somewhat Bookish Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I update my Mother's Day gift guide most years on the blog, so that we all (including me) have an easily email-able/text-able to children/husbands/partners! This way they have a nice list of gifts to...

EVENT: Nearly a Vet Convention!

I love nothing more than events themed around books - you may have noticed this if you follow me on social media:). All our birthday parties are book themed (see here for some) and...

Kate DiCamillo in BRISBANE!

St Rita's College and Riverbend Books, in conjunction with Walker Books and Read Like a Girl are hosting what is SURE to be a wonderful event for Kate DiCamillo's only public Queensland event. All...

Cover Reveal! ‘Raymie Nightingale’ in Paperback

In her seventh novel, international bestselling author and twice winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal Kate DiCamillo blends pathos and humour. 'Raymie Nightingale' is masterful writing and will remain with the reader long after...

Book Launch: Lucy’s Book

The launch of ‘Lucy’s Book’ last week was truly beautiful and a huge thanks must go to St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School for allowing me to host the event in our lovely Junior School...