Children’s Short Story Competition Shortlist Young Writers Grades 4 – 6 announced

The Shortlist for the StoryLinks Children's Short Story Competition for Young Writers in Grades 4 - 6  is (in alphabetical order of author) : Be Careful What You Wish For by Toby Adeney The Little Nightingale by Violet Beck Winning! (Multiplied by 2)  by Sienna Emelia De Carlo Toilet Travelling by Oliver Harcourt-Cooze The Lost … Continue reading Children’s Short Story Competition Shortlist Young Writers Grades 4 – 6 announced

IBBY Australia Honour List books 2019

IBBY Australia proudly announces its selection of two books to be included in the biennial IBBY Honour List for 2020. One highlights Indigenous history and the environment, and the other, the experiences of a teenage asylum seeker. Every two years an advisory panel of three children’s literature experts makes the selection, and these outstanding books … Continue reading IBBY Australia Honour List books 2019

Lottie and Walter

by Anna Walker reviewed by Kerry Neary Where would children’s picture books be without friendship stories? Some include imaginary friends, like Lottie and Walter, latest release from magical author-illustrator Anna Walker. Lottie has a secret. Of course, I can’t tell you what it is, except that it has something to do with shapes and shadows … Continue reading Lottie and Walter

Argh! There’s a skeleton inside you!

by Idan Ben-Barak illustrated by Julian Frost reviewed by Kerry Neary The idiosyncratic creators of the 2017 sensation Do not lick this book!, Idan Ben-Barak and illustrator Julian Frost, are back with Argh! There’s a skeleton inside you!, done in the same loopy style. This time our hosts are Quog and Oort, space creatures visiting … Continue reading Argh! There’s a skeleton inside you!

BumbleBunnies: The Sock (BumbleBunnies, Book 2)

by Graeme Base reviewed by Kerry Neary The second title in Graeme Base’s new series for early readers BumbleBunnies, has been released. It’s called The Sock and is another domestic super-hero story in the vein of The Pond, first title in the series. A strong breeze ruffles the washing on the line and a sock … Continue reading BumbleBunnies: The Sock (BumbleBunnies, Book 2)

Dippy’s Big Day Out (Dippy the Diprotodon, #1)

by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley with Ben Smith Whatley reviewed by Kerry Neary If a book is a major success it makes sense to do at least one follow-up. Arguably the best example of that theory in recent times has been the Wombat series of books by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. But what … Continue reading Dippy’s Big Day Out (Dippy the Diprotodon, #1)

Under The Same Sky

written by Robert Vescio illustrated by Nicky Johnson reviewed by Kerry Neary Two solitary children seem to sense each other’s presence but wonder if they ever will meet. The words and the illustrations tell us they are on opposite sides of the world but occasionally there is a hint they could be closer than we … Continue reading Under The Same Sky