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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Grandma’s Treasured Shoes’

By Megan Daley | Apr 22, 2019
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At talks to parents and educators, I always say that books allow young people to walk in the shoes of others. Never was this saying more relevant than with the latest book…

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Holiday Reads for Grown Ups!

By Megan Daley | Apr 11, 2019
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Twice a year I try to post a list of the adult books I am reading and enjoying. To be perfectly honest I do not read a huge number of adult books,…

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Easter Books + Gifts

By Megan Daley | Apr 7, 2019
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I asked on Facebook earlier this week if it was just me that gifted books, new PJ’s and eggs for Easter. I’ve always done it, my family gifted me the same and…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘ Girl on Wire’

By Megan Daley | Apr 3, 2019
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Title: ‘Girl on Wire’ Author:  Lucy Estela Illustrator: Elise Hurst Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Age Range: 5+ (ageless) Themes: courage, resilience, emotional wellbeing, support, self-esteem Awards: CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019:…

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The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist

By Megan Daley | Mar 28, 2019
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Tis here! The Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 Book of the Year Shortlist was announced this week and of course it has ruffled some feathers and made some book creators weep…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’

By Megan Daley | Mar 25, 2019
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A super sparkly story of one independently minded little girl, and the unexpected, precious ways life sometimes works. Title: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’ Author:  Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin…

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Review of ‘Catch a Falling Star’

By Megan Daley | Feb 25, 2019
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Multiple-award-winning author Meg McKinlay’s latest middle grade novel places the reader at that tricky intersection where logic and science meet magic and hope, a place where many of us find ourselves when…

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Best Book Gifts for Newly-Independent Readers

By Megan Daley | Nov 29, 2018
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This list of must-have books is for little readers who are just starting their independent reading journey and can read a text with minimal assistance. Age range varies here as reading progression…

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Best Book Gifts for 9-12 Year Olds

By Megan Daley | Nov 26, 2018
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Those tricky middle primary readers huh? There is such huge variance in their reading ages and stages and that’s not even taking into consideration their reading interests. The list below is a…

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Best Book Gifts for Babies

By Megan Daley | Nov 15, 2018
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Babies will start to show interest in books earlier than you may think. They will reach for and explore board books and bath books as soon as they can reach for a…

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Best Book Gifts for Toddlers

By Megan Daley | Nov 14, 2018
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This age bracket adore books and language and as they are still learning the mechanics of how a book works they to use all their senses to ‘read’ a book; chewing and…

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Holiday Reads for the Grown-Ups

By Megan Daley | Jul 20, 2018
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Over the recent school holidays I actually read some books aimed at my age group! I know. Surprised even myself. I mostly stick to YA and children’s books for recreational and work…

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Book Club Books Part 2

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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Part One of this series is here. So why a ‘Girl Zone Book Club’ I hear you ask? Well the easy answer to that question is that I work at a girls…

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Book Club Books Part 1

By Megan Daley | Oct 23, 2017
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For many years now at school I’ve been running ‘Girl Zone Book Club’– a reading group for Year Six students and a significant woman in their life – mother, aunt, grandma, older…

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Back to School Books!

By Megan Daley | Jan 6, 2016
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How cute was I on my first day of school (above)? I just found this photograph at my nan’s house yesterday! Have you got a little one starting school for the first…

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100 of the Best Books for Children on Sustainability

By Megan Daley | May 1, 2015
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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…

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Back to School Series: Books about School

By Megan Daley | Jan 12, 2015
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Back to School Series: Books about School Whether they are super confident, or feeling apprehensive, children’s books are a great way to introduce new experiences such as starting school or going back to…

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Back to School Series: Books which Deal with ‘The Big Issues’

By Megan Daley | Jan 11, 2015
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief,…

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Ballet Books and Ballet Dresses

By Megan Daley | Nov 18, 2014
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Ballet Books and Ballet Dresses There is something truly magical about ballet. To be able to float in layers of tulle and silk, across a stage, with seemingly effortless grace requires precision,…

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Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School

By Megan Daley | Jan 7, 2013
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Back to School Series: Children’s Books about Starting School In Australia, Prep/Foundation/Kindergarten is the first formal year of schooling and it can’t come soon enough for PudStar who has been playing school…

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