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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2019
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Title: ‘Maxi the Lifeguard: The Stormy Protest’  Author:  Trent Maxwell and David Lawrence Illustrator: Peter Baldwin Publisher: Affirm Press  Themes: surf lifesaving; lifeguards; rescue; family; friendship; goal setting; community engagement; teamwork; caring for the environment; protest.…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’

By Megan Daley | Sep 3, 2019
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Title: ‘The All New Must Have Orange 430’ Author/Illustrator: Michael Speechley Publisher: Penguin Books Australia  Awards: Honour Book in the Picture Book of the Year at the 2019 CBCA Awards Age Range:…

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Review of ‘Detention’

By Megan Daley | Jun 20, 2019
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A daring escape. A school lockdown. A thrillingchase. What would you risk to save a life? Title: ‘Detention’Author: Tristan BancksPublisher: Penguin Random HouseAge Range: middle gradeThemes: refugees, immigration, asylum seekers, displaced persons,…

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Review of ‘The Eco Rangers’ series by Candice Lemon-Scott

By Megan Daley | May 27, 2019
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Looking for some books to spark an interest in environmental issues and activism in young readers? The new ‘Eco Rangers’ series does just that, and I have suggestions for some other similar…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘The Flying Optometrist’

By Megan Daley | Oct 12, 2018
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Title: ‘The Flying Optometrist’ Author: Joanne Anderton Illustrator: Karen Erasmus Publisher: National Library of Australia Publishing Age Range: early childhood – middle primary Themes: optometry, eye-health, glasses, remote communities, outback, flying, aviation, medical professionals.…

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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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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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Review of ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’

By Megan Daley | Sep 19, 2018
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Title: ‘Zobi and the Zoox: A Story of Coral Bleaching’ Reviewer: Dr Sam Lloyd Author/Illustrator/Creators: Ailsa Wild, Aviva Reed, Briony Barr and Gregory Crocetti Publisher/Production: CSIRO Publishing (2018) in partnership with Small…

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Review of ‘Finn’s Feather’

By Megan Daley | May 3, 2018
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I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time, having read it in manuscript form some time ago and having followed Rachel Noble’s own journey with grief since…

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Review of ‘Wonder’ by R J Palacio

By Megan Daley | Jan 14, 2018
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Jazzy from Jazzy’s Bookshelf has been a long time reviewer for me and I always smile when I see one of her emails and reviews pop up my inbox. At twelve years…

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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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