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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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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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Doing the Tween Years Right

By Megan Daley | May 29, 2018
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I’m entirely horrified at the prospect of having teenagers one day, but I’m already getting a taste of it with the *TEN* year old. Surely I was not like this at ten?…

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Nine Year Old and a Book Update

By Megan Daley | Mar 20, 2017
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Today is Pud’s ninth birthday* and we celebrated with family yesterday as today is a school day – although, excitement of all excitements…cross country was cancelled today due to rain…a welcome birthday…

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Review of ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’

By Megan Daley | Oct 31, 2016
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Title: ‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ Author: Natalie Jane Prior Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: early childhood; cake and/or cat lovers of all ages. Themes: community; friendship; family; cats;…

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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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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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Book Gifts for Toddlers

By Megan Daley | Nov 8, 2014
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Toddlers love books. Sometimes they love them so much that they eat them. They are learning the mechanics of how a book works…and in order to do this they use all their senses –…

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Australian Children’s Classics

By Megan Daley | Oct 7, 2014
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Publisher: Penguin Australia Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. So begins each of the re-released Australian children’s classics:…

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Australian Children’s Classics

By Megan Daley | Sep 9, 2013
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Australian Children’s Classics Publisher: Viking, an imprint of Penguin Australia Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. So begins…

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‘Belle and Boo’ Picture Books

By Megan Daley | May 7, 2013
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ChickPea has a golden halo of curls, chubby cheeks and a gorgeous smile full of too-big- for-her-mouth teeth. My nan says she looks like one of the babies from the ‘Sunshine Milk’…

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Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book

By Megan Daley | Apr 16, 2013
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….and why everyone should own this book I’ve had a few emails lately about recipes for children’s birthday cakes after my posts about Miffy cakes, Wild Thing cakes and Possum Magic cakes – because clearly…

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Book Gifts for Toddlers

By Megan Daley | Oct 15, 2012
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Book Gifts for Toddlers

Okay let’s be honest… this is a hard (ish) age group. They love books, but they love them so much they eat them.  Toddlers are still learning the mechanics of how a…

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Review of the ‘Violet Mackerel’ series

By Megan Daley | Oct 1, 2012
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Title:  The ‘Violet Mackerel’ Series Author: Anna Branford Illustrator: Sarah Davis Publisher: Walker Books Australia Age Range: Lower –  Middle Primary Themes: family, blended families, siblings, ideas, collections. Awards: 2011 Children’s Book Council…

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