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Picture Books for All

By Megan Daley | Mar 24, 2021
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The other day I received an email from a reader, expressing her disappointment that her Year Three daughter had been told that she can no longer borrow picture books from the school…

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Confession time: Helping my child learn to read is doing my head in!

By Lana Hallowes | Mar 17, 2021
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Thanks Lana Hallowes for this guest post: I’m ashamed to admit this, but I’m really struggling to help my little guy learn to read. Reading feels like the biggest, most insurmountable mountain…

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Tristan Bancks Young Writers’ StorySchool

By Megan Daley | Feb 4, 2021
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Tristan Bancks has written some of my favourite books for middle primary students, tweens and teens, including ‘Two Wolves’ , ‘The Fall’ , ‘Detention’, the ‘Tom Weekly’ series and ‘Nit Boy’. His…

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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’…

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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…

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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…

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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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Online Tutoring to Support Reading Development

By Megan Daley | May 2, 2020
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I think (hope!) that one of the thing readers of my appreciate about Children’s Books Daily is that I rarely recommend a product or service and I don’t do paid advertising. And…

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Book Club: Reading for the Future

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2020
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17 Goals for People, for Planet As part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Member states developed the Sustainable Development Goals as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect…

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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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Supporting Reading Differences

By Megan Daley | Sep 18, 2019
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It would be easy to assume that with several teacher librarians and a few academics in the family, my journey with reading within my extended family has been *seamless* and full of…

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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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Engaging and Encouraging Reluctant Readers – Guest Post for ‘Planning with Kids’

By Megan Daley | May 19, 2019
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I have been reading Planning With Kids for a very long time now, since I had PudStar in 2008. Nicole Avery’s incredibly successful blog and website has always been one of my…

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Students Need School Libraries

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2018
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I have been a teacher librarian for over fifteen years, a teacher for twenty years and have been involved in the children’s and YA book industry in Australia for even longer, thanks…

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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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Yoga Books for Kids

By Megan Daley | Feb 21, 2018
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When I was first time around mother I did baby yoga for months on end and had long leisurely lunches with the ladies afterwards; those were the days (and they are long…

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Top 20 magazines for kids

By Megan Daley | Oct 13, 2017
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The gift that keeps on giving Each year around this time I publish a list of magazines for kids – a good ones for aunts, uncles, parents and grandparents to gift to…

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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…

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NAPLAN Results and the Role of the School Library and Teacher Librarian

By Megan Daley | Aug 4, 2016
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I don’t agree with standardized testing such as NAPLAN, but at this point there is no avoiding it, so I will at least use the data to shine a light on an…

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