80 Kids Books to Movie Adaptations

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 outdoor activities,...

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...

Jewellery Book Boxes

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 post is...

Celebrating National Tree Day

National Tree Day has just passed, but every single day can be tree day and I highly recommend selecting a native tree or plant and getting out in some sunshine very soon to plant...

Holiday Reads for the Grown-Ups

Over the recent school holidays I actually read some books aimed at my age group! I know. Surprised even myself. I mostly stick to YA and children's books for recreational and work reading, but...

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...

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...

The Book Gender Debate (by Jacqueline Harvey)

This week I was so fortunate to host Jacqueline Harvey at school and, as on previous visits, she captivated students and staff alike with her enthusiasm, wit and wisdom. If you ever have the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Review: Elly Awesome

With the Summer holidays approaching (yes I know it's only week two of Term Four, but we all know that Term Four is a blur), it's time to turn our minds to 'Summer Reads'...

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 *&%@#$...

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...

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...

A Literary Easter Gift Supporting MND

My parents regularly attend talks at The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane on many and varied topics and the latest one was on Motor Neurone Disease (MND), with Wayne Patterson as a guest speaker. MND or...

Easter Gifts Part Three: Peter Rabbit

One of the very first books I ever owned was a beautiful collection of Peter Rabbit books and I have all things Beatrix Potter ever since. Every year our Year Three teacher has a...