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

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

No! Never!

by Libby Hathorn and Lisa Hathorn- Jarman illustrated by Mel Pearce reviewed by Mia Macrossan This amusing tale created by award winning author Libby Hathorn and her daughter Lisa Hathorn -Jarman shows a situation many families are familiar with: a contrary fractious toddler  whose response to every polite request put by long-suffering parents  is 'No! … Continue reading No! Never!

Arthur and the What-Ifs

by Heath McKenzie reviewed by Mia Macrossan Arthur is a dog with a secret desire to play his violin. He has composed a tune but  he is too scared to  play it in public in case people hear it and laugh at him. What if no one likes his music? What if he made a … Continue reading Arthur and the What-Ifs

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

Coming Home to Country

by Bronwyn Bancroft reviewed by Melissa Salisbury Described in the blurb as ‘a visual and lyrical depiction of coming home to Country’,  this phrase perfectly encapsulates what this book achieves through minimal yet evocative text and eye-catching illustrations. Written in first person, Coming Home to Country tells the story of a young woman returning to … Continue reading Coming Home to Country

New Reading List: Bushfires, Droughts & Floods

This has been a tough time for many people in Australia and children will be asking questions and looking for explanations. Here are some fiction titles that will help parents and teachers talk to children about what has happened. The list covers three major disasters that occur with distressing frequency in our country - bushfires, … Continue reading New Reading List: Bushfires, Droughts & Floods