Feelings

Review of ‘Enough Love?

By Megan Daley | Jul 22, 2021
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Title: ‘Enough Love?’ Author: Maggie HutchingsIllustrator: Evie Barrow Publisher: Affirm Press Age Range: lower primary, middle primary. Themes: family, family changes, family love, blended families, relationships, identity, step parenting, same sex relationships,…

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Jazzy Reviews: ‘Happy (& other ridiculous aspirations)’

By Megan Daley | Apr 29, 2021
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Jazzy has been reviewing for me for several years now and I always love seeing her emails pop into my inbox as her reviews are thoughtful and insightful and it’s so nice…

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Review of This Small Blue Dot

By Megan Daley | Apr 7, 2021
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Author and illustrator: Zeno SworderPublisher: Thames & HudsonAge Range: Babies, boddlers, toddlersThemes: Childhood, life, philosophy, self-identity I have gushed about ‘This Small Blue Dot’ since its release in August 2020 on my socials, to my kids,…

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Review of Early One Morning

By Megan Daley | Apr 1, 2021
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Author: Mem FoxIllustrator: Christine DavenierPublisher: PenguinAge Range: Early childhood, toddlers, early primaryThemes: Farm animals, visual literacy, repetition Mem Fox needs no introduction – who hasn’t been begged to read, ‘Where is the Green Sheep’, ‘The Magic Hat‘,…

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Review of ‘Who Am I’

By Megan Daley | Mar 10, 2021
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Author: Philip BuntingIllustrator: Philip BuntingPublisher: ScholasticAge Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primaryThemes: Identity, philosophy Welcome to the Children’s Books Daily review team Clare Mellor! You can read more about Clare in her bio below this review,…

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Review of ‘When Rain Turns to Snow’

By Megan Daley | Jul 9, 2020
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Title: ‘When Rain Turns to Snow’Author: Jane GodwinPublisher: Lothian, an imprint of Hachette AustraliaAge Range: 12+, middle grade, upper primary, lower secondary.Themes: family, adoption, divorce, step parents, parents, siblings, family secrets, coming…

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Review of ‘The Secrets of Magnolia Moon’

By | Nov 2, 2019
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It was hope that made grass grow and waves rise and babies stand. And when the grass got trampled, the waves crashed down and babies toppled over, it was hope that made…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Pie in the Sky’

By Megan Daley | Sep 10, 2019
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A sophisticated, funny and emotional illustrated middle-grade debut about immigrating to Australia, being upstaged by an annoying little brother, baking cakes and overcoming loss. Title: ‘Pie in the Sky’Author: Remy LaiPublisher: Walker…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Lenny’s Book of Everything’

By Megan Daley | Aug 12, 2019
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‘Sometimes rain made me want to cry, like there was something deep inside of me – the sadness flower that opened up when rainy days came, and blossomed inside of me until…

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Best Book Gifts for Middle Grade Readers

By Megan Daley | Jun 25, 2019
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Life gets busy for our young people with homework and after school activities and around the tween years and reading for pleasure often declines, even in children who have previously loved reading.…

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Review of ‘Baby Business’

By Megan Daley | Jun 17, 2019
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‘Baby Business’ tells the story of the baby smoking ceremony that welcomes baby to country. The smoke is a blessing — it will protect the baby and remind them that they belong. Click…

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Review of the ‘Polly and Buster’ Series

By Megan Daley | Apr 30, 2019
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This is ChickPea’s first official review on the blog and it’s appropriate that it be of ‘Polly and Buster’ as she’s deeply in love with this trilogy from bestselling author Sally Rippin.…

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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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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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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Sonam and the Silence’

By Megan Daley | Oct 4, 2018
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Title: ‘Sonam and the Silence’ Author: Eddie Ayres Illustrator: Ronak Taher Publisher: Allen & Unwin  Age Range: middle – upper primary Themes: music, resilience, courage, curiosity, Afghanistan, Taliban. Click on title links or cover image to…

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Review of ‘The Bogan Mondrian’

By Megan Daley | Sep 30, 2018
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Title: ‘The Bogan Mondrian’ Author: Steven Herrick Publisher: UQP. Teachers’ Notes are here. Themes: grief, fathers, domestic violence, gambling, family, friendship, hope, trust, prejudice. Click on title links or cover images to purchase. I…

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Books for Children on Separation and Divorce

By Justine | Sep 14, 2017
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A lovely member of the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group asked the other day about books for young children which help to explain divorce. I had done a post several year…

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Review of ‘Because of You’

By Megan Daley | Aug 29, 2017
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Title: ‘Because of You’ Author: Pip Harry Publisher: UQP Age Range: 15+ Themes: homelessness, belonging, hope, stereotypes, identity, friendship, addiction, alcoholism, community service, homosexuality, teen pregnancy. Click on title links or cover…

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3 Fabulous Relaxation and Meditation Stories for Children

By Megan Daley | Mar 27, 2013
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I’ve spoken before about the reasons I love audio stories: great for imagery; listening skills; and for calming overtired or over stimuluated children.You can find some audio story ideas here. Recently I’ve…

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