Supporting Readers

Best ‘lap armchair’ books for boddlers

By Megan Daley | Sep 16, 2020
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When you employ someone do you go by their resume or by the feel of the interview and referee comments? I’m definitely on the ‘gut feeling’ side of things and when Lana…

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Mashed Potato Reads for Troubled Times

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2020
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This year has been the pits hasn’t it? I’ve felt like I’ve been sinking all year and my head is only just above water (and sometimes not even above to be honest!).…

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New Aussie Series to Read After the Treehouse Books

By Megan Daley | Aug 17, 2020
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Coles has this Treehouse book offer on just at the moment and usually I would not buy into large chain supermarket offerings but #books. If they really *must* offer something then I…

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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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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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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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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 Lowdown on Children and eReading Devices

By Megan Daley | Feb 26, 2020
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For Christmas this year, both my children (8 and 11) received Kobo Clara eReaders. Perhaps a controversial gift from a librarian mother, but I like to think I embrace all forms of…

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Book People: Belinda Murrell

By Megan Daley | Feb 15, 2020
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Belinda Murrell is one of my favourites in the kidlit world. Am I even allowed to have favourites?! She is a completely wonderful person and a damn great writer to boot. One…

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The Wonderful World of Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novels

By Megan Daley | Nov 11, 2019
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Raina Telgemeier has taken the kidlit world by storm and in my library her books actually never make it back to the shelves – EVER. They go from returns chute to next…

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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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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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Book People: Trent Maxwell AKA ‘Maxi’

By Megan Daley | Jul 22, 2019
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I first came across the ‘Maxi the Lifeguard’ books when my dear friend Mel waved them under my nose, astonished at how they had totally engaged her  9 year old ‘reluctant’ reader.…

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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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Summer School Music Program

By Megan Daley | Oct 2, 2018
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This is not a sponsored post and I have absolutely no affiliation with this organisation apart from thinking they are most excellent indeed.  This coming January will be Pud’s fourth year of…

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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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5 Reasons to Attend Book Launches

By Megan Daley | Apr 23, 2013
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5 Reasons to Attend Book Launches We were incredibly fortunate to be invited to attend the launch of Narelle Oliver’s latest book, ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’. My review of the…

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Creating a Print Rich Environment

By Megan Daley | Nov 2, 2012
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Creating a Print Rich Environment As you may have guessed – we have a home filled with books. But I also try to create a print rich environment in other ways. A…

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