Visual Literacy

Review and Guest Post: ‘Big Love’

By Megan Daley | Oct 30, 2021
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Title: ‘Big Love’Author: Megan JacobsonIllustrator: Beck FeinerPublisher: Walker Studio an Imprint of Walker Books AustraliaAge Range: babies, early childhood, lower primary.Themes: family, love, diversity. ‘Big Love’ is a soothing lullaby packaged and…

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Review of the ‘Coco: Big City Kitty’ series

By Megan Daley | May 25, 2021
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Title: ‘Coco: Big City Kitty’ (and series)Author: Laura BuntingIllustrator: Nicky Johnston Publisher: Scholastic Australia Age Range: early childhood Themes: city vs country, nature, insects, crafting, change, friendship, family. Sometimes you find a…

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Review of ‘Iceberg’

By Megan Daley | Feb 10, 2021
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Title: ‘Iceberg’ Author: Claire Saxby Illustrator: Jess Racklyeft Publisher: Allen and Unwin Age Range: lower primary, middle primary, upper primary Themes: Antarctica, icebergs, sea life, climate change, global warming, natural history, life…

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Review of ‘Claudette’

By Megan Daley | Jan 26, 2021
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Title: ClaudetteAuthor + Illustrator: Hélène MagissonPublisher: Red Paper Kite Age Range: 5+, early childhood, lower primary, middle – upper primary as art study. Themes: puppets, puppeteers, makers, creativity, difference, freedom of thought,…

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Review of ‘Australian Sea Life’

By Megan Daley | Dec 2, 2019
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The gorgeous large format of this latest offering from Matt Chun just adds to the list of reasons why this book is utterly giftable and utterly coffee table worthy. Dr Sam Lloyd…

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Review of ‘White Bird’

By Megan Daley | Oct 9, 2019
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Title: ‘White Bird’ Author: R. J. Palacio Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Age Range: middle grade*, YA Themes: bravery, kindness, courage, World War II, survival, family, found family, friends. Inspired by her blockbuster phenomenon…

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Review of ‘Nema and the Xenos: A Story of Soil Cycles’

By Megan Daley | Sep 25, 2019
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Dr Sam Lloyd has been reviewing Science themed books for Children’s Books Daily for some years now – you can see all her reviews by clicking on the ‘guest blogger’ category or…

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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: ‘Pie in the Sky’

By Megan Daley | Sep 10, 2019
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A sophisticated, funny and emotional illustrated middle-grade debut about immigrating to Australia, being upstaged by an annoying little brother, baking cakes and overcoming loss. Title: ‘Pie in the Sky’Author: Remy LaiPublisher: Walker…

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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 ‘A Quiet Girl’

By Megan Daley | Apr 25, 2019
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For the quiet ones and for the noisy ones (to teach us how to listen)…‘A Quiet Girl’ by Peter Carnavas will gently (and quietly) settle in your soul. Title: ‘A Quiet Girl’…

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Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’

By Megan Daley | Mar 25, 2019
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A super sparkly story of one independently minded little girl, and the unexpected, precious ways life sometimes works. Title: ‘Go Go and the Silver Shoes’ Author:  Jane Godwin Illustrator: Anna Walker Publisher: Penguin…

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Review: ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’

By Megan Daley | Jul 4, 2018
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Title: ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’ Author: Kirli Saunders Illustrator: Matt Ottley Publisher: Scholastic Press Themes: freedom; boundaries; persistence; imagination; wonder; freedom; hope; machinery; tinkering; motors; cogs; motorbikes; third person narrative; visual literacy.…

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Review of ‘A Boat of Stars’

By Megan Daley | Feb 24, 2018
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Title: ‘A Boat of Stars: New Poems to Inspire and Enchant’ Editors: Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior Publisher: Harper Collins Age Range: babies – middle primary Themes: poetry, rhyme, language, anthology,…

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Review of ‘For All Creatures’

By Megan Daley | Aug 24, 2017
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I recently discovered that my library copy of ‘For All Creatures’ was missing in action and I rather scrambled to find a replacement as it is one of my all time favourite…

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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 ‘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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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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‘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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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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