Non-Fiction

Review of ‘Australian Birds’

By Megan Daley | Jul 24, 2019
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ChickPea has been enamoured with birds for some time now, and for her 8th birthday last week she received binoculars and a Queensland birdwatching book. The second part of this gift was…

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Review of ‘Young Dark Emu’

By Megan Daley | Jun 10, 2019
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Bruce Pascoe has penned a book, and now a younger readers edition of that book, that is, and will continue to be, the subject of many wonderful conversations and changes in the…

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Review of ‘Playing With Collage’

By Megan Daley | Jun 3, 2019
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I was 10 or 11 the first time I ever read Jeannie Baker’s iconic book, ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’ and to this day I can spend hours pouring over the…

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Review of ‘The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon’

By Megan Daley | May 7, 2019
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When I get Science based books, as much as I adore them, I pass them over the back fence for my scientist neighbour to review for me! A million thanks Sam –…

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

By Megan Daley | Mar 28, 2019
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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 with joy…

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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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Ten *NEW* Must Have Information Books

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2018
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I’m a big fan of encouraging the reading of non-fiction texts, it’s an entirely different reading experience and skill set and one that I don’t think we encourage enough in our young…

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Review of ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2018
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Title: ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’ Reviewer: Dr Sam Lloyd Author/Illustrator/Creators: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti Publisher/Production: CSIRO Publishing (2018) in partnership with Small…

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Review of ‘Gecko’

By Megan Daley | May 15, 2018
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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…

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Encouraging Reading of Non-Fiction Books   

By Megan Daley | Feb 21, 2017
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I’ve met many children over my years as a teacher librarian who love nothing more than reading every non-fiction book in the library. They crack me up with their topic obsessions and…

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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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‘Young Children and the Environment’

By Megan Daley | Feb 24, 2015
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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…

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ABC Book of Children’s Cakes

By Megan Daley | Nov 9, 2014
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Review of the ‘ABC Book of Children’s Cakes’ Written by Kathy Knudsen Publisher: Harper Collins I am the baker of family birthday cakes…please do indulge me and take a moment to scroll through…

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Children’s Books about Teeth Cleaning

By Megan Daley | Aug 6, 2013
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Cleaning your teeth before bed is as important as reading your books before bed. The ‘bathroom art’ in the canvas painting picture below is PudStar’s ‘Princess with Cavities’ painting from back in…

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Chook Books

By Megan Daley | Apr 30, 2013
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We love our chickens  and I can’t really imagine not having them*. Above is PudStar caught again, stealing the chook food, becuase clearly we don’t feed her.  I’ve had chickens since I was tiny –…

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Review of ‘Found: The Art of Recycling’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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Please welcome Fiona Eastwood to Children’s Books Daily. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian at Coopers Plains State School and like me she is completing her Masters – so we both…

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Review of ‘Australian Story: An Illustrated Timeline’

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2013
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Please welcome Fiona Eastwood to Children’s Books Daily. Fiona is a primary school teacher librarian and like me she is completing her Masters – so we both really should not have been…

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