The Little Engine That Could

by Watty Piper illustrated by Dan Santat reviewed by Mia Macrossan This famous story has been  re-issued in a 90th anniversary edition with an introduction by Dolly Parton, the founder of the Imagination Library The popular tale of the little engine that could has had many incarnations ranging from the 1930s edition with illustrations by … Continue reading The Little Engine That Could

The Mummy Animal Book

by Jennifer Cossins reviewed by Mia Macrossan Jennifer Cossins has written the popular 101 Collective Nouns, A Flamboyance of Flamingos and The Baby Animal Book and now in The Mummy Animal Book she focuses on mothers and their offspring. She has chosen 14 familiar animals, both domestic and wild, from a range of continents and … Continue reading The Mummy Animal Book

Women Artists A to Z

by Melanie LaBarge illustrated by Caroline Corrigan reviewed by Mia Macrossan This thoughtful clever picture book works on several levels so as to appeal to a wide age range. It is both a simple alphabet book teaching a young child the letters we use to form words, (A is for Angel, B is for Box … Continue reading Women Artists A to Z

Bedtime Daddy

written by Sharon Giltrow illustrated by Katrin Dreiling reviewed by Barbara Braxton It's 7.00 pm and it's time for bed. No more screentime or playtime and regardless of the protests, it's time. But it takes perseverance and patience to work through all the diversions and distractions - getting into PJ's, teeth brushing, toilet time, stories … Continue reading Bedtime Daddy

As Fast As I Can

by Penny Tangey reviewed by Mia Macrossan Penny Tangey is a successful author with three well regarded novels to her credit: Two for older readers - Loving Richard Feynman , Clara in Washington  and, for middle grade readers. - Stay Well Soon. As Fast As I Can is about a young girl, Vivian,  in year five, … Continue reading As Fast As I Can

Not My Fault

by Cath Howe reviewed by Sarah Custance Cath Howe is a London based teacher and writer. Her first novel ‘Ella on the Outside’ was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. ‘Not My Fault’ is Howe’s second novel, it is a standalone book about two sisters finding their way back together after a life-changing incident. Maya and … Continue reading Not My Fault

NEW! Australian Animals Reading Lists

We have prepared two Reading Lists for use by teachers and parents. Australian Animal Books for Younger Readers features popular classics and many popular titles, written by awarded Australian children's writers,  all about iconic Australian animals with a recommended reading age  from babies to eight years old. The companion list, Australian Animal Books for Ages … Continue reading NEW! Australian Animals Reading Lists