Best Children’s Books I read in 2018: from Mia Macrossan

Choosing the best books from a year is always difficult as it is impossible to keep the list short. I have cheated a little and chosen favourite authors who have produced work that has given so much pleasure to so many people this year. Long may they write! 1. JACLYN MORIARTY   The two tales … Continue reading Best Children’s Books I read in 2018: from Mia Macrossan

Best children’s books I read in 2018: from Dimity Powell

Dimity Powell is a children's author who recently published At the End of Holyrood Lane. This is super hard btw but here are my attempts at narrowing things down – not something that I’m naturally good at! (You’ll note, I’ve blatantly ignored the rule of  three concept, apologies) Non-Fiction: Real Food Kids Will Love by Annabel Karmel – there’s … Continue reading Best children’s books I read in 2018: from Dimity Powell

Best children’s books I read in 2018: from Jenny Stubbs

StoryLinks asked authors, reviewers and people involved in the children's literature world for their three favourites from 2018. This selection is from Jenny Stubbs, the President of Book Links. Lenny's Book of Everything  by Karen Foxlee. This beautifully written story of Lenny and her gentle giant of a brother will leave you in tears, but … Continue reading Best children’s books I read in 2018: from Jenny Stubbs

Secrets of a Sun King

by Emma Carroll reviewed by Tyrion Perkins The cover immediately attracted me: children on camels in front of the Nile and desert, with a pharaoh on the back, set up the expectation of mystery, travel, and adventure. Secrets of a Sun King didn’t disappoint. In London, 1922, Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her granddad's … Continue reading Secrets of a Sun King

Leaving the Lyrebird Forest

written by Gary Crew illustrated by Julian Laffan reviewed by Yvonne Mes Pondering a future beyond the forest, Alice a young girl, befriends a lyrebird and the elderly widower nearby. Alice is an independent and confident girl, who we follow from the age of 3 until she is 14 while she is living with her … Continue reading Leaving the Lyrebird Forest

Learn with Ruby Red Shoes

Learn with Ruby Red Shoes: Counting Book Learn with Ruby Red Shoes: Alphabet Book written and illustrated by Kate Knapp Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Ruby Red Shoes is the creation of Australian author and illustrator, Kate Knapp  who here has expanded her successful series with two more titles featuring the 'aware hare'.  Ruby  can do … Continue reading Learn with Ruby Red Shoes

StoryLinks interviews Debbie Smith, winner of the 2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition

Debbie spoke to Mia Macrossan about her writing life. Why do write children's stories? Do you write any other kinds of stories?  What kind of stories do you write - do you write for a particular age group or do you write for everyone?  When did you start writing? Since I was very young, around … Continue reading StoryLinks interviews Debbie Smith, winner of the 2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition