Raising Readers

How to nurture a child's love of books by Megan Daley reviewed by Mia Macrossan Nurture is the key word in this warm, almost intimate, guidebook which describes in enthusiastic detail how to inculcate a love of reading in your child from birth. Written in an engaging conversational style the book is an absolute treasure … Continue reading Raising Readers

Archie and the Bear

Written by Zanni Louise Illustrated by David Mackintosh Reviewed by Sue Wright One of my favourite children’s books is Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough (1992). Archie and the Bear (2017) by Zanni Louise and David Mackintosh has a delightful small boy-meets-bear moment reminiscent of Alborough’s classic, though they’re very different books. While Alborough’s boy … Continue reading Archie and the Bear

It’s Not Scribble To Me*

Written by Kate Ritchie Illustrated by Jedda Robaard Reviewed by Kerry Neary Written in vibrant, bouncing verse, the story follows a little bear who has just entered the crayon phase of its life. Most likely, it has been inspired as a mother watches her child explore its surroundings during the day and written it down, … Continue reading It’s Not Scribble To Me*

Noah Noasaurus

Written by Elaine Kiely Kearns Illustrated by Colin Jack Reviewed by Yvonne Mes Ah, we can’t wait to hear our child’s first word, then we delight in every new word until they get to … ‘No’. Unfortunately, children love the power of ‘no’ and the attention it gets until parents’ patience is stretched taut. This … Continue reading Noah Noasaurus

The Institute of Fantastical Inventions

Written by Dave Leys Illustrated by Shane Ogilvie Reviewed by Rebecca Sheraton Dave Lees has written a fantastical story aptly title, The Institute of Fantastical Inventions similar in tone and look to Andy Griffiths Treehouse books and Adam Cece’s The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls. Black and white illustrations from the story … Continue reading The Institute of Fantastical Inventions

Dinosaur Day Out*

Written and illustrated by Sara Acton Reviewed by Kerry Neary When the children in this story go walking through the park, they collect dinosaurs!  Dinosaur day out, whimsically written and illustrated by Sara Acton, is  a book on the Notables early childhood list. Sally and Max are visiting the museum and enjoy the interactive displays. … Continue reading Dinosaur Day Out*

Collecting Sunshine*

Written by Rachel Flynn Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie Reviewed by Kerry Neary By and large, picture storybooks for children are joyful and uplifting. What could sound more joyful than Collecting sunshine. That’s the title of a book written by Rachel Flynn and illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie, which has recently been listed as a Notable early … Continue reading Collecting Sunshine*