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

Are These Hen’s Eggs?

written and illustrated by Christina Booth reviewed by Mia Macrossan Christina Booth is an award-winning author of eight books, and illustrator of over twenty. Trained as a teacher and painter, she was awarded a CBCA Honour Book Award for her book Kip, and has won numerous notable book awards as well as the Environment Award for Children's Literature … Continue reading Are These Hen’s Eggs?

No Place for an Octopus

written and illustrated by Claire Zorn reviewed by Mia Macrossan This is a new beginning for Zorn who has previous won awards for her serious young adult fiction. Both The Protected  and One Would Think the Deep won CBCA Book of the Year awards. No Place for an Octopus is about a young boy who … Continue reading No Place for an Octopus

Bitsy

by Nikki Greenberg reviewed by Mia Macrossan Greenberg is well known for her graphic adaptations of The Great Gatsby and Hamlet (joint winner of the 2011 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year award) but here she has come down from those lofty heights to write a jolly tale about a subversive … Continue reading Bitsy

Scruffle-Nut

by Corinne Fenton illustrated by Owen Swan reviewed by Mia Macrossan The story starts quietly  with a memory as winter leaves tumble and twirl in the park. Sitting on a bench in Central Park grown-up Olivia notices a squirrel which immediately takes her back to another time when she was a young girl and noticed … Continue reading Scruffle-Nut

Duck, Apple, Egg

by Glenda Millard Illustrated by Martina Heiduczek reviewed by Mia Macrossan Glenda Millard  is a much-loved Australian writer well known for her middle grade novels, especially the Kingdom of Silk series. Here she has teamed up with the illustrator Martina Heiduczek to create a picture book that is a both a celebration of playing in … Continue reading Duck, Apple, Egg

Mr Archimedes’ Bath

by Pamela Allen reviewed by Mia Macrossan A very old and popular favourite is celebrating 40 years in print! I am sure that many of you will recognize it and remember it fondly. Mr Archimedes’ Bath by Pamela Allen was first published in 1980. It explains in a delightfully quirky way that Eureka! moment when Mr … Continue reading Mr Archimedes’ Bath