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...

QPAC: Aladdin

The animated film 'Aladdin' was released by Disney in 1992...when I was in Year Eleven (so old). I was enchanted by the movie and clearly I wasn't the only one as it grossed over...

Yoga Books for Kids

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 gone). When...

Cookbooks to Cook By (or live by)

I have serious cookbook issues and although I know I could (and often do) just Google what I want to cook, there is something terribly therapeutic about browsing favourite cookbooks over breakfast or a...

First Facts and First Reads

If you've been reading here for a while now you'll know that I love the work of Australian author Rebecca Johnson, who happens to also be an award winning teacher, her latest accolade being...

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...

Top Ten Posts of the Past Year

Because I accidentally fell into blogging (when Tom set this blog up for me, to put all my reviews in once place) I've never really understood, or cared for, Google Analytics. In fact, in...

Back to School Supplies

Hyperlinks take you to stores for online or offline sales.  The year both my children started in kindy/school, I invested in those Tupperware lunchboxes that everyone raves about (I'm not a Tupperware girl...just not okay)....

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON!

I adore school holidays and the freedom and lack of order and routine that comes with them (and I really love not having to make school lunches). But come mid January, I'm more than...

Dyslexia Empowerment Week

Next week is Dyslexia Empowerment Week Australia-wide, and it’s something we always join in with at school.  Now in it's fourth year, this national event has been created  to increase awareness of dyslexia in support...

Books for Insight, Strategies, Advice on ASD

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 in finding...

Summer Music Program: Teaching, Musical and Story Brilliance

This is not a sponsored post and I have absolutely no affiliation with this organisation apart from thinking they are most excellent indeed.   As a family, we value and celebrate music in all its forms,...

Top Five Ways to Bring Books to Life

Saturday we visited our fav bookshop and then went to the local bit of 'wild bush' up the road from our house, so that the munchkins could work on and decorate the treehouse they discovered...

Your Kid’s Next Read

If you're looking for the 'next book' for a child, tween or teen, the Your Kids Next Read Facebook group is the place where all the cool kids are hanging out. The lovely Allison...

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

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 issue I...

ABC Bookworms: New Children’s and YA Literature

This evening I will be chatting with Sarah Howells on the 612ABC show, Bookworms. Once a month on a Tuesday I am let loose on a radio microphone (me...live...seriously) and allowed to talk books....

QPAC’S Out of the Box Festival: Dad’s Films

#notsponsored #justlove Though I love all aspects of education, my one true love will always be early childhood education, and though all the years it has been going, Out of the Box Festival has remained committed...

Essential Reads: Big Hug Books

It's not often that I blog about a series time and time and time again, but then it's not often that I come across a series that I feel so passionately about. The 'Big...

Books and Bikes

#notsponsored I know you’ll find this hard to believe, but my children are not natural athletes. They are more the book reading type rather than the bike riding, ball throwing type. I just don’t know who...