by Jedda Robaard reviewed by Kerry Neary The I’m Ready books celebrate the exciting milestones and events in a child's life. The series serves as a stepping stone between first concept books (numbers, alphabet, colours, animals, etc) and longer narrative picture books. They are ideal for children ages 3 to 4. In I'm ready for preschool … Continue reading I’m ready for preschool
Making pictures with the A-B-C by Maree Coote reviewed by Kerry Neary One of the most innovative illustrators on the Australian scene in recent times is Maree Coote. All of her pictures are made from the letters in the name of the objects she is illustrating. Technically, this is called typographic illustration; many people will … Continue reading Letters from Australia
by Katya Balen illustrated by Laura Carlin reviewed by Sarah Custance ‘The Space We’re In’ is UK author Katya Balen’s debut novel and if this book is anything to go by then she is an author to look out for in the future. Katya is off to a strong start with an emotional, empathetic, thought … Continue reading The Space We’re In
All writers of children’s stories aged 18+ are invited to enter the 2020 StoryLinks Short Story competition Entries should be a short story, maximum of 1000 words, suitable for children of any age up to 15 years old. Due date for entries is Monday, 16 March 2020. The shortlist of three will be announced Monday, … Continue reading 2020 Short Story competition now open!
by Emma Carroll reviewed by Sarah Custance If you want a well written middle-grade historical fiction then Emma Carroll has proven herself to be the perfect choice. ‘When We Were Warriors’ is Carroll’s ninth novel and is living up to its predecessor’s excellence. This book is actually three separate stories with small tie-ins to one … Continue reading When We Were Warriors
by Stef Gemmill illustrated by Mel Armstrong reviewed by Mia Macrossan This beautifully illustrated picture book centres on Luna, a domesticated cat who is washed up on a strange shore after escaping from danger at home. Exhausted she naps on the rocks while a group of penguins fish around her. Cautiously she makes friends with … Continue reading A Home for Luna
by Nat Amoore reviewed by Sarah Custance Nat Amoore is a writer and host of kidlit podcast ‘One More Page’ who is based in Sydney. ‘Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire’ is Amoore’s first published middle-grade novel. Tess Heckleston is our 10 year old female protagonist who is constantly in pursuit of the next big business … Continue reading Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire