Do You Read at the Breakfast Table?

Do you let your kids read at the breakfast table? Do you read at the table? As a librarian, you'd probably expect that I'm not a fan of kids having cereal near *my* library...

Bedrooms and Books at Seven

ChickPea turned seven recently, and, as I do, I changed up her bedroom as part of her birthday present. I admit, the 'birthday bedroom change-up' has become a thing, maybe a beast I should...

The Tween Bedroom and Books

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I have a propensity to change up our bedrooms a little too regularly. I’ve been doing this since I was quite...

Grief, Widowhood and Books

Unsurprisingly, I've collected a large number of books on grief over the years. My brother died six years ago and my favourite Aunt died two weeks before Dan died. Sadly, I'm a grief veteran....

Doing the Tween Years Right

Biome and CBD have had an ongoing relationship for many years now, and they kindly gifted PudStar her first skincare pack. All opinions, as always, are my own and I shop online at Biome...

Mindfulness Resources for Kids

I’m well aware that mindfulness is a buzzword and I’m generally not a fan of such things. However, my dad (AKA Geoff Dean) has been espousing the virtues of being mindful and training your...

Jazzy Reviews: Missing by Sue Whiting

I'm buckling under the weight of a million questions. Did she walk along here? Did the people in the shops and on the street see her? Speak to her on her last day here?...

Australia Illustrated Map

(and a LEGO Room) Under our internal stairs is this teeny little room...very Harry Potter-esque really; when Harry moved in with the Dursley family, instead of being given a real bedroom, he was kept in...

Cookbooks to Cook By (or live by)

I have serious cookbook issues and although I know I could (and often do) just Google what I want to cook, there is something terribly therapeutic about browsing favourite cookbooks over breakfast or a...

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...

Six Months of Grief

Long post alert...and it's not about books so click back one for books if that is more your thing. It sure is more mine than #grieftown. This week marks six months since we lost Dan...

Top Twenty Magazines for Kids

Each year around this time I publish a list of magazines for kids – good ones for aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents to gift to little people for Christmas. Magazines are the gift that keeps...

Book Club: The War that Saved My Life

Tonight is Girl Zone Book Club – a group I run for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older sister, cousin, family friend…even a dad or...

Every Writer Needs an Office

So. I'm writing a book. Allegedly. Dear glory I hope Kristina from UQP is not reading this...but I promise it will one day sit alongside those lovely UQP spines above! It's been a *&%@#$...

Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

A lovely member of the Your Kid's Next Read Facebook group asked the other day about books for young children which help to explain divorce. I had done a post several year ago on...

Forward Facing Bookshelves

I can't tell you how many people ask me about the bookshelf below, from a blog post back in 2012 (I also cannot believe I've been online that long). I am a huge fan...

Review: Because of You

Title: Because of You Author: Pip Harry Publisher: UQP Age Range: 15+ Themes: homelessness, belonging, hope, stereotypes, identity, friendship, addiction, alcoholism, community service, homosexuality, teen pregnancy. ‘Books can save anyone. If they’re the right ones.’ Tiny is 18, homeless and...

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...