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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 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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Once There Was A Boy: on books and empathy by Emily Gale

By Megan Daley | Sep 24, 2018
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One of us is a bully.  One of us wants to be understood.  One of us loves a girl who loves another.  One of us remembers the past as if it just…

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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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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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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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Tooth Fairy Books

By Megan Daley | Aug 8, 2013
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Today I’ve got some books about my favourite part of teeth…the tooth fairy! And whilst I love a bit of tooth fairy action, I’m not a fan of wobbly teeth. The students…

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Top 5 Books About Learning to Swim

By Megan Daley | Apr 24, 2013
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PudStar has done swimming lessons for a LONG TIME.  Learning to swim is a crucial skill – but for some it is easier than others! I’ve spoken before about how young children…

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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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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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Children’s Books about Gardening

By Megan Daley | Mar 13, 2013
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I adore gardening but am a very chaotic and sporadic gardener. Photos of my garden on this blog are of teeny tiny sections of my garden as mostly my garden is a disaster zone.…

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Review of ‘Gracie and Josh’

By Megan Daley | Mar 4, 2013
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Title: ‘Gracie and Josh’ Author: Susanne Gervay Illustrator: Serena Geddes Publisher: Ford Street Publishing Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes:  siblings, family, illness, childhood, hospitals, cancer, resiliance Click on title links or…

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Hear My Voice: Why We Must Sing to Our Children

By Megan Daley | Jan 30, 2013
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I have asked the musically gifted Jen Teh to write a series on music, song and language in our children’s lives. Singing and reading are all important in language development and so…

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Starting Out on Chapter Books: Part One

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2013
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Picture books should be read from birth to adulthood, and nowadays publishers cater for this with a plethora of picture book choices for all ages and stages. However, the enjoyment of a longer…

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Top 10 Children’s Books About Toilet Training: Read at Own Risk

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2013
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Well this wasn’t something I thought I’d ever do…a post about children’s books on the topic of toilet training. The lovely Karen, who has a cute as a button daughter, asked me…

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

By Megan Daley | Jan 7, 2013
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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 for months now. Of course she is always the…

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