2018 Environment Award for Children’s Literature Shortlist

I'm a fan of literary awards as it helps to separate the wheat from the chaff in a literary sense and they help when parents or educators are looking to purchase some quality titles....

Review of ‘Gecko’

This review is another by Dr Sam Lloyd AKA one of my neighbours, and also an ecologist and manager for South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium. Sam is also a former dance teacher...

Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’

Title: A Boat of Stars: New Poems to Inspire and Enchant Editors: Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: babies – middle primary Themes: poetry, rhyme, language, anthology, family, feelings, Indigenous, animals, food, identity,...

Native Stingless Bees and Bee Books

It has been a very big week at school! Monday we had Elly Awesome (who was awesome and her book is here) and Tuesday we had Dr Tobias Smith from Bee Aware Kids to...

The Books and the Bees

It's been a big month for my lovely little Earth Angels at school! Earth Angels is our sustainability group in the Junior School and each year we focus on issues of environmental interest and...

Book People: Megan Forward

'A Patch From Scratch' is everything I've been looking for in a gardening/sustainability book for years now. Aimed at young children 4+ (and I've happily read it to every year level from Kindy -...

Gardening, Sustainability and Literature for Children

Today we combined with our sister school and all of Year Two enjoyed 'Gardening and Sustainability Day'. We ran three rotations focusing on worm farming and composting, growing from seeds and cuttings, and fairy gardens....

How to Make Paper

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 here. We've...

Children’s Choice Award: Puggle Award for the The Wilderness Society

I love a children's book award, and the Environment Award for Children's Literature is one that I particularly admire. The Wilderness Society’s annual Environment Award for Children’s Literature (EACL) promotes books that grow kids’...

Book People: Rebecca Johnson

Book People: Rebecca Johnson I feel like I've known Rebecca for the longest time and I cannot believe I've not featured her sooner in one of my Book People posts! She was actually one of...

100 of the Best Books for Children on Sustainability

There are few things better than seeing my own children and the students in my care get grubby in the garden, enjoy the natural world around them and learn about how to care for...

Celebrity Gardeners and Books for Young Eco Warriors

Celebrity Gardeners and Books for Young Eco Warriors 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...

‘Young Children and the Environment’

Review of 'Young Children and the Environment' It’s the age old question to ask young children; ‘What would you like to be when you grow up?’. ChickPea always says, ‘a dinosaur or a truck driver’...

Environment Award for Children’s Literature

Environment Award for Children's Literature I love a children's book award, and the Environment Award for Children's Literature is one that I particularly admire. The Wilderness Society’s annual Environment Award for Children’s Literature (EACL) promotes...

Children’s Books about Gardening

Children’s Books about Gardening I adore gardening but am a very chaotic and sporadic gardener. Photos of my garden on this blog are of teeny tiny sections of my garden as mostly my garden is a disaster...

Inspired by a Book: Worm Towers!

Inspired by a Book: Worm Towers! Over the summer holidays I went through all the children’s gardening books we have at home and PudStar became very keen on one in particular, ‘Yucky Worms’. I’m always on...