Guest Bloggers

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’…


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…


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…


Top Tips for Improving Reading Skills

By Megan Daley | Jul 29, 2020
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Guest Article by Tracey Hand of Optimise Learning. Co-founder of Optimise Learning, Tracey Hand, is a former teaching colleague and she is one of the most outstanding teachers I have ever seen…


Reading Diverse Time Periods

By Megan Daley | May 7, 2020
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One of PudStar’s (12 years old) favourite books of the last few years has been ‘The Mulberry Tree’ by Allison Rushby. She’s read it a few times now and went on to…


Book Party: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

By Megan Daley | Aug 16, 2018
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I have been buying Nightie Night Lane pyjamas for a few years now and, as happens when you buy from a small business, you chat via email with the owners and get…


Book people: Oliver Phommavanh

By Megan Daley | Jun 28, 2017
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Belinda Murrell interviews Oliver Phommavanh

We hope you are enjoying our series of Book People posts for CBD! This week, bestselling author Belinda Murrell is back with another terrific interview with hilarious children’s author Oliver Phommavanh. You…


Book People: Deborah Abela

By Megan Daley | Jun 21, 2017
10 things you need to know about Deborah Abela

Deborah Abela is one of the most popular authors in Australian children’s literature – and you only need to read one of her books or see one of her school presentations to know…


Begin, End, Begin: (The Making of) A #LoveOzYA Anthology

By Megan Daley | Jun 14, 2017
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An oral history of Begin End Begin: A #LoveOZYA anthology

This week, TMB is excited to be highlighting a shiny new YA release. Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA anthology showcases some of the brightest stars on the Australian YA scene, and makes the…


The story behind the book: Karen Foxlee’s ‘A Most Magical Girl’

By Megan Daley | May 19, 2017
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The story behind A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

*Please see the end of this article for a special message Karen Foxlee’s ‘A Most Magical Girl’ is having a well-deserved most magical run in 2017. Not only has A Most Magical…


Books for Insight, Strategies, Advice on ASD

By Megan Daley | Sep 26, 2016
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I have done a few blog posts now, and spoken on 612ABC, about books which focus on the Autism Spectrum. However I am no expert in this area and a firm believer…


Story Charms

By Megan Daley | Jul 15, 2015
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I’ve spoken a fair bit on here about a local online store I adore, Oh My Giddy Aunt – none of the talk sponsored, I’m just a long time customer. Over the years…


An Enid Blyton Faraway Tree Birthday Party

By Megan Daley | Jul 22, 2013
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An Enid Blyton Faraway Tree Birthday Party Hey Bubbles is one of my favourite blogs for beautiful photography, kids craft ideas, excellent kids parties and food…oh the food! Anna also happens to…


Preparing Children for a Dental Visit

By Megan Daley | Feb 25, 2013
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Preparing Children for a Dental Visit I’ve asked the lovely Dr Amy Daley to give us some tips on preparing children for a visit to the dentist with books and some reassuring words. Thank…


Numeracy in the Kitchen

By Megan Daley | Oct 31, 2012
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Numeracy in the Kitchen Please welcome guest blogger Claire Howden. Teacher. Reader. Book Collector. Mathematician. I have talked to Claire many times about how I don’t want PudStar to be counting on her…


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