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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 Megan Daley | 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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