I’m ready for preschool

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

Letters from Australia

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

The Space We’re In

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

When We Were Warriors

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

A Home for Luna

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

Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire

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

The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters Under the Bed

by Mitch Frost illustrated by Daron Parton reviewed by Melissa Salisbury Mitch Frost’s debut picture book uses humour to make monsters less scary, while incorporating themes of bravery, resilience and independence. On the surface, the book sets out some simple and silly steps that help kids tackle their fears. At first these steps seem random, … Continue reading The Ultimate Survival Guide to Monsters Under the Bed