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Books to boost body image and self love in kids

By Lana Hallowes | Nov 13, 2021
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Guest post. Standing in front of the mirror, head tilted. She squints, focuses, dwells. She hones in on all the ‘flaws’ – and the tween girl looking back at her agrees with…

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Lockdown love! Bringing book joy to worn down friends

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 23, 2021
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Guest post. How are we all in lockdown (if you are in lockdown)? Everyone’s experience is so different, right? While for some it’s good, nice even, for others it can be very…

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5 things your child’s teacher librarian wants you to know

By Lana Hallowes | Jul 16, 2021
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Guest post. I don’t know about you, but I really haven’t the faintest idea of what happens in the six hours my kids are at school – five days a week. I…

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Rhyme time! Best rhyming books for little ones

By Lana Hallowes | Jun 2, 2021
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Guest post. Is there any better feeling in this world than snuggling a warm little body into yours and reading to them in a sing-song voice? Books that rhyme are just so…

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15 books all boys should read before age ten

By Lana Hallowes | May 31, 2021
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Guest post. When I envision the future, my sons all grown up and my face more lined than I’d like, I hope they have become men who are kind, gentle, respectful of…

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Roarsome! Best dinosaur books for kids

By Lana Hallowes | Apr 29, 2021
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When my boys were around the ages of three to five they became obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with dinosaurs. So much so that it felt like we had a pet dino…

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Books to Support Earth Hour

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2021
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For some years now, the girls and I have taken part in WWF’s Earth Hour. Earth Hour began in 2007 in Sydney and has become a global movement to protect our planet.…

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Everyone belongs: Books to read for Harmony Week

By Lana Hallowes | Mar 4, 2021
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School playgrounds across the nation will soon turn orange, as little ones celebrate what it means to be inclusive with Harmony Week. Harmony Week runs from March 15 and includes ‘Harmony Day’…

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New Aussie Series to Read After the Treehouse Books

By Megan Daley | Aug 17, 2020
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Too often adults dismiss ‘the funny books’ like the Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton as not quite as worthy as more ‘highbrow’ literary choices.  A balanced literary diet is…

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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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Top 15 Library Loans in 2019

By Megan Daley | Dec 2, 2019
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Each year I look forward to the borrowing stats and borrower stats at the conclusion of the school year. Possibly this is a librarian thing, but I find it fascinating and of…

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Top Ten Blog Reads this Month

By Megan Daley | Oct 18, 2018
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It’s getting to the time of year when I start to reflect a little on this blog and what content has connected with you as readers. I very rarely look at my…

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Favourite Reads of 2015: Kristen

By Megan Daley | Dec 29, 2015
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I’ve known Kristen for the longest time and have had the pleasure of working with her at two schools now. I have a sneaking suspicioun that she thinks I am utterly mad…

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Raising a Reader

By Megan Daley | Nov 29, 2014
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Raising a Reader A LOVE of reading, that most important factor in becoming a lifelong reader, begins at home with powerful children’s books and a house full of words. Award winning author…

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Top Ten Favourite Books at Six Years Old

By Megan Daley | Mar 20, 2014
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Top Ten Favourite Books at Six Years Old Now We Are Six When I was one, I had just begun. When I was two, I was nearly new. When I was three,…

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Story Starters – Story Stones

By Megan Daley | Nov 14, 2012
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I am SO not a storyteller. I read books – I need a script. I admire storytellers immensely, but it’s just not me. Plus I talk too much. If I were to…

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Numeracy in the Kitchen

By Megan Daley | Oct 31, 2012
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Numeracy in the Kitchen Please welcome guest blogger Claire Howden. Teacher. Reader. Book Collector. Mathematician. I have talked to Claire many times about how I don’t want PudStar to be counting on her…

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