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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 Your 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 now also for my own…

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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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Mother’s Day

By Megan Daley | May 1, 2019
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All families are different and I try very hard to feature books here on my blog for all families. You will find children’s books about mothers and mother figures in this post here.…

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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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The Tween Bedroom and Books

By Megan Daley | Jul 19, 2018
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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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The Book Gender Debate (by Jacqueline Harvey)

By Megan Daley | May 24, 2018
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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…

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Mindfulness Resources for Kids

By Megan Daley | Mar 12, 2018
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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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Top Twenty Magazines for Kids

By Megan Daley | Oct 13, 2017
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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…

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Every Writer Needs an Office

By Megan Daley | Oct 2, 2017
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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…

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Somewhat Bookish Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

By Megan Daley | Apr 26, 2017
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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…

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Literature Supporting Coding and the Makerspace Movement

By Megan Daley | Jan 27, 2016
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My teacher partner, Jackie Child AKA #bestteachingpartnerever is the most insanely energetic, enthusiastic and talented maker, creator and educator that you could ever hope to meet. I am in complete and total…

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How to Make Paper

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2016
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I have done quite a few ‘Slow Communication’ workshops at Brisbane City Council Libraries, based on the book ‘Snail Mail’.  You can read about my slow communication station in my school library…

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