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‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’: Printables and Craft

By Megan Daley | Dec 14, 2016
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‘The Tales of Mrs Mancini’ celebrates the wonder of cake and the magic of friends to solve most of the worries of the world; it is pure creamy, sugary delight and you…

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Review of ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’

By Megan Daley | Apr 29, 2013
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Title: ‘Amelia Ellicott’s Garden’ Author: Liliana Stafford Illustrator: Stephen Michael King Publisher:  Scholastic Australia Themes: community, gardening, chickens, urban life, friendship, sharing. Click on title links or cover image to purchase.  Pud…

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Mem Fox: ‘Possum Magic’

By Megan Daley | Mar 31, 2013
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Once upon a time, but not very long ago, deep in the Australian bush, there lived two possums. Their names were Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made bush magic… Did you…

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Review of ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’

By Megan Daley | Mar 21, 2013
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Title: ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’ Author/Illustrator: Narelle Oliver Publisher: Scholastic/Omnibus Books Age Range: early childhood – lower primary Themes:  Australian birds, fantasy, imagination, habitat, visual literacy   I always look forward to…

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Review of ‘Louis Beside Himself’

By Megan Daley | Mar 18, 2013
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Jackie is my partner in crime (aka my teaching partner). She was hired as I thought she and I were SO similar. In fact we are not: she runs, hops, skips, jumps…

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Review of ‘Drongoes’ of the ‘Mates: Great Australian Yarns’ series

By Megan Daley | Mar 13, 2013
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Title: ‘Drongoes’ Author: Christine Bongers Illustrator: Dan McGuiness Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: newly independent readers, lower – middle primary Themes:  mateship, competition, selflessness, running, school, sport, asthma/breathing difficulties, school spirit The ‘Mates: Great…

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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 ‘Bea’

By Megan Daley | Feb 28, 2013
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Title: ‘Bea’ Author/Illustrator: Christine Sharp Publisher: UQP (University of Queensland Press) Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: daring to be different, uniqueness, celebrating difference, friendship, birds, bird behaviour, rhyme, alliteration, onomatopoeia,…

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Review of ‘The Treasure Box’

By Megan Daley | Feb 15, 2013
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Title: ‘The Treasure Box’ Author: Margaret Wild Illustrator: Freya Blackwood Publisher: Penguin Age Range: Middle Primary – adult Themes:  war, peace, lifetimes, resilience, hope, survival, literature, libraries, story. With a writer of the calibre…

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Review of ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk’

By Megan Daley | Feb 14, 2013
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Title: ‘The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk’ Author: Glenda Millard Illustrator: Stephen Michael King Themes: family, feelings, illness, acceptance, love, strength, courage, imagination, responsibility, siblings, reading. Publisher: ABC Books Age Range: Middle Primary…

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Review of ‘The Big Waves’

By Megan Daley | Feb 7, 2013
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Title: ‘The Big Waves’ Author: Raewyn Caisley Illustrator: Elise Hurst Publisher: Puffin Age Range: lower primary Themes:  holidays, beach, waves, surfing, sand, family, bravery, overcoming fears, facing fears. Click on title link or cover…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with Children’s Books

By Megan Daley | Feb 5, 2013
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We have a good friend called Maya, whose family does a great job celebrating Chinese New Year and I’ve asked her to contribute some ideas to my ‘celebrating Chinese New Year’ list below.…

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Review of ‘One Love’

By Megan Daley | Jan 25, 2013
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Title: ‘One Love’ Author: Adapted by Cedella Marley Illustrator: Vanessa Brantley-Newton Publisher: Chronicle Books San Francisco Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes:  love, songs, family, community, neighbourhood, nature. Click on title links…

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Mermaid Anyone? All Hail the Power of Books

By Megan Daley | Jan 18, 2013
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For Christmas I had purchased PudStar a very cute mermaid tail from a local co-op handmade shop. She wasn’t even particularly into mermaids but I rather adored the tail and was pretty…

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Review of ‘The Terrible Suitcase’

By Megan Daley | Jan 6, 2013
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Title: ‘The Terrible Suitcase’ Author: Emma Allen Illustrator: Freya Blackwood Publisher: Omnibus Books Age Range: Early Childhood  – Lower Primary Themes: starting school, school, classrooms, making friends, acceptance, tantrums, imagination, adventure, space…

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Holiday Reading and Writing Journals

By Megan Daley | Dec 21, 2012
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Recently I found one of my old holiday journals. It is full of glued in Christmas cards, bus tickets, movie tickets, whinges and reflections on a family holiday, letters from friends on…

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Review of ‘Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle’

By Megan Daley | Nov 17, 2012
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Title: ‘Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle’ Author/Illustrator: Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Themes: Counting, Australiana, visual literacy Age Range: Early Childhood Awards: Notable book, 2012 Children’s Book…

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Review of ‘Squish Rabbit’

By Megan Daley | Oct 9, 2012
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Title: ‘Squish Rabbit’ Author/Illustrator: Katherine Battersby Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: Adventure, feelings, friends, problem solving, imagination, confidence Awards:  2012 Children’s Book Council Notable book (Early Childhood category) Short listed…

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Snugglepot and Cuddlepie Reading Activity

By Megan Daley | Oct 2, 2012
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We have so enjoyed reading ‘The Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie’ of late. These classic Australian books contain images and adventures that stay with you always…to this day I still imagine little…

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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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