19 Love Songs

by David Levithan reviewed by Sarah Custance David Levithan is the author of Every Day, Someday, Two Boys Kissing, and the co-author of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist among other works. 19 Love Songs is a collection of short stories that arose from a tradition he started in high school of writing a story for … Continue reading 19 Love Songs

New Reading List: Bushfires, Droughts & Floods

This has been a tough time for many people in Australia and children will be asking questions and looking for explanations. Here are some fiction titles that will help parents and teachers talk to children about what has happened. The list covers three major disasters that occur with distressing frequency in our country - bushfires, … Continue reading New Reading List: Bushfires, Droughts & Floods

Edie’s Experiments: How to Make Friends

by Charlotte Barkla reviewed by Sarah Custance Charlotte Barkla is the exact person you want to have written a book about a young girl having fun with science while getting into a bit of mischief and trouble. Having worked as both a civil engineer and physics teacher she knows her science and having two kids … Continue reading Edie’s Experiments: How to Make Friends

Orphans of the Tide

by Struan Murray reviewed by Sarah Custance Struan Murray is a Scottish author making a strong debut with his middle-grade novel Orphans of the Tide. The novel draws the reader in so quickly with a fast-paced plot, believable characters and a fantastical setting that it is hard to believe it is Murray’s first published book. … Continue reading Orphans of the Tide

The Surprising Lives of Animals: How They Can Laugh, Play and Misbehave

by Anna Claybourne illustrated by Stef Murphy reviewed by Mia Macrossan This book is bursting with fascinating facts about  animal behaviour that is sure to appeal to a young inquiring mind. In five chapters Claybourne uses  familiar and some not so familiar examples to  describe how animals live their lives. She shows how animals have … Continue reading The Surprising Lives of Animals: How They Can Laugh, Play and Misbehave

Are These Hen’s Eggs?

written and illustrated by Christina Booth reviewed by Mia Macrossan Christina Booth is an award-winning author of eight books, and illustrator of over twenty. Trained as a teacher and painter, she was awarded a CBCA Honour Book Award for her book Kip, and has won numerous notable book awards as well as the Environment Award for Children's Literature … Continue reading Are These Hen’s Eggs?

Where’s Baby Chick

by Ingela P Arrhenius reviewed by Mia Macrossan This colourful introduction to the world of books for a baby is a  small and sturdy board book with brightly coloured felt flaps covering up all the hidden baby animals. Little fingers can lift the flap to discover a baby bunny, a baby lamb, a baby kitten … Continue reading Where’s Baby Chick