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Ten Podcasts for Car Trips with Kids

By Megan Daley | Jul 2, 2020
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You’ll know, if you’ve been reading my musings for a while now, that I often talk about the wonders of audio books and podcasts – especially for car rides. For more on…

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Celebrity Gardeners and Books for Young Eco Warriors

By Megan Daley | May 20, 2020
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Isn’t it lovely when you meet a ‘celebrity’ in real life and they are exactly as you imagined them? ChickPea and I were fortunate enough to meet Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s…

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Picture Books Featuring Gardens

By Megan Daley | May 14, 2020
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With the weather cooling, and with more time spent at home right now, it is the perfect time to get out in the garden and plant winter crops…or read a book in…

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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…

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Mindfulness Resources for Kids

By Megan Daley | Apr 28, 2020
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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…

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School Libraries Adapt During Covid-19

By Megan Daley | Apr 22, 2020
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With the move to blended learning/home-based learning in Term Two, I have been adapting some of what I do in library lessons to deliver it in such a way that students are…

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The Tween Bedroom and Books

By Megan Daley | Apr 21, 2020
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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…

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Mother’s Day

By Megan Daley | Apr 16, 2020
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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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How to Run an Online Party (because #covid19)

By Megan Daley | Mar 25, 2020
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Last week was PudStar’s 12th birthday and she was meant to have a few close friends for a wood fired DIY pizza party, backyard firepit and sleepover. Clearly with coronavirus hitting Australia…

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New Book Gifts for Young Adult Readers this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 27, 2019
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There has been some amazing YA books published this year and some of them are on this list – almost all are new titles so you can rest assured that they probably…

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New Book Gifts for 6-10 Year Olds this Christmas

By Megan Daley | Oct 7, 2019
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Lists! What is not to love? Lists make me feel calm and organised, especially at this time of year when chaos is more my daily reality! I’ve spent several weeks creating book…

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Books for Tweens and Teens

By Megan Daley | Sep 24, 2019
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I’ve been collecting books for tweens and teens on *all of the things* for many years now – for the various schools I have worked at and for my own children. I…

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Book Week 2019: Reading is My Secret Power

By Megan Daley | Jul 28, 2019
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Term Three is always a wonderful celebration of Australian children’s literature in schools, early education centres, libraries and bookstores around the country. The theme for CBCA Book Week 2019 is ‘Reading is…

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Picture Book Perfection: How to get the Most From a Shared Reading

By Megan Daley | Jun 6, 2019
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High quality contemporary picture books are works of art and the best way I know to teach visual literacy and dive deeply into critical thinking and discussion with both the very young,…

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Stories in All Forms: Stories in Silver

By Megan Daley | Feb 21, 2019
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I love a local online jewellery store by the name of Oh My Giddy Aunt – this is…

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Literary Tour to Shanghai International Literary Festival

By Megan Daley | Jan 29, 2019
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‘Travelling Book Club’ week in Shanghai. Literature, inspiration, conversation, authentic cuisine and truly absorbing explorations of old and new China. This post is not sponsored in any way, I just had to…

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80 Kids Books to Movie Adaptations

By Megan Daley | Sep 25, 2018
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With the holidays upon us, it’s time to sort out activities to keep the small people entertained, and the coffee to keep you functioning. I aim for a mix of indoor and…

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Bedrooms and Books at Seven

By Megan Daley | Sep 5, 2018
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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…

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Jewellery Book Boxes

By Megan Daley | Aug 28, 2018
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It would be fair to say that I love a good book themed gift or twenty. My latest fav is these book jewellery boxes from Oh My Giddy Aunt (seen above). This…

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Book Week Costumes for Teachers

By Megan Daley | Jul 29, 2018
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As a young classroom teacher (those were the days!) I would spend months planning my Book Week costumes and they became more and more elaborate each year. As the full weight of…

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