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

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

Young Engineers

by Andrew King illustrated by Benjamin Johnston reviewed by Mia Macrossan Andrew King, a Brisbane engineer, writer, and teacher is passionate about introducing young children to the boundless possibilities offered by the world of engineering. A couple of years ago he produced a series featuring Engibears who invited young readers to help build a new robot … Continue reading Young Engineers

The Australian Children’s Illustrated Dictionary

by John McIlwain reviewed by Mia Macrossan A  dictionary can be a valuable companion when children are at the stage of becoming independent readers and writers. This revised and updated Australian Children's Illustrated Dictionary is a superb combination of information about words and what they mean, presented in simple straightforward language augmented by many attractive … Continue reading The Australian Children’s Illustrated Dictionary

Azaria: A True History

by Maree Coote reviewed by Barbara Braxton On a cool August night 40 years ago, in the shadow of Uluru, a mother laid her baby to sleep in a tent while she and her husband and her other two children sat under the stars outside- and unknowingly began a scandal that even today, still divides … Continue reading Azaria: A True History

The Surprising Lives of Animals: How They Can Laugh, Play and Misbehave

by Anna Claybourne illustrated by Stef Murphy reviewed by Mia Macrossan This book is bursting with fascinating facts about  animal behaviour that is sure to appeal to a young inquiring mind. In five chapters Claybourne uses  familiar and some not so familiar examples to  describe how animals live their lives. She shows how animals have … Continue reading The Surprising Lives of Animals: How They Can Laugh, Play and Misbehave

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