I started with my favourite 2018 YA and MF reads and then moved onto my fav 2018 books in JF and NF.
Last, but definitely not least, is picture books! My most favourite book category of all!
This list should really be much, much longer. I read SO many amazing picture books in 2018. But here are my top 6.
Links to full reviews are also below. Read More
Following on from my favourite young adult and middle fiction reads of 2018, here are my favourites in junior fiction and non-fiction.
Coming up soon will be… picture books, of course! They’ll get their own post because there’s just so many!
Enjoy! And don’t forget to click on the links for full reviews of the books. Read More
I know I’m a little late, but I really want to share some of my favourite books of 2018. Heaps of cool books came out last year, and I don’t want you to miss them!
Today, I’ll start with young adult and middle fiction, and I’ll follow up in a few days with more.
I loved SO many more books than the selection below, but these are some of my absolute favourite reads — ones that call to me, begging to be explored again and again.
Click on the links for full reviews of the books! Read More
Harry Hartog Woden was PACKED today for the launch of Cate Whittle’s new novel, Wyrd.
A story of sisters, challenging friendships and witches, Wyrd is jam-packed full of magic, spells and awesome witchiness! Read More
Book yearns to be adventurous and leave Library, but he’s worried about being torn or getting lost… until he meets Emma.
Emma is everything Book wants to be, and she shows Book there’s nothing to fear in the world outside Library (and a little tear here and there is really not so bad).
Scaredy Book by Devon Sillet and Cara King, published by EK Books, was launched in Canberra on the weekend at the stunningly beautiful Harry Hartog bookshop. Read More
Children's author Julie Hedlund challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year.
She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity — what DIDN'T get done or achieved in the previous year.
Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one.
I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution, so here is my list for 2017.
I’m super proud of this list. I really put myself out there in 2017, and I honestly cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. Read More
One of my most favourite things I did in 2017 was becoming a book reviewer for Kids' Book Review. I cannot quite explain just how much joy I get from reading. I feel as if books are a part of me, that in my hierarchy of needs, reading comes before breathing.
So I'm not really surprised that I went a little crazy with the book reviewing. In total, this year, I reviewed 91 books. That's like seven and a half books per month! Read More
I recently won a writing competition: the Magic, Mystery or Skateboards competition at Creative Kids Tales.
The prize? An amazing, wonderful, inspiring Faber Writing Academy course at Allen and Unwin. I attended Getting Published as a Writer for Children in Sydney on October 14, and it was one of the best writing courses I have ever attended... Read More
My favourite author of all time is Isobelle Carmody. If you know me, you've probably heard me mention her once or twice.
Recently I had the absolute delight of attending a full-day course presented by Isobelle. It was fabulous. So fabulous, in fact, that I completely forgot to take any photos, which often happens when I go into fan mode... Read More
I am about to set off on a teach-my-four-year-old-the-alphabet journey. We are all over numbers, but the alphabet thing just hasn't clicked for Little Miss Four.
Now, I'm definitely not one of those mums who wants their kids to be reading novels by the time they start preschool, but I am one of those mums who likes to spend some of the day playing games with the kids. So why not make some of those games about learning as well as fun?
Well, that's what I think anyway!
So... Read More
Picture books are magic.
They can make us laugh, make us cry and leave us speechless. Today I want to share some of my favourite ‘made me speechless’ picture books.
The beautiful ones, the inspiring ones, the ones that transport you to someplace ‘other’ and give you chills... Read More
Creatives need ideas. Authors, illustrators, inventors, artists, song-writers, choreographers and more. If we don't have ideas we can't create... Read More
Kids love listening to stories, but they also love telling stories. I love to encourage my kids to tell me stories based on the pictures in a book, but sometimes it's cool to get them to make up stories all on their own... Read More
Anything that has kids doing something creative (and not watching screens) is a win in my eyes, so it likely won’t surprise you when I say I love activity books.
Colouring books, puzzle books, craft books, I love them all. But here are four of my current favourites... Read More
It’s been two weeks since the CYA conference, but I am still buzzing, and the inspiration and creativity it sparked in me has not died down at all.
If you missed CYA this year or attended different sessions, here are some of my conference gems and learnings. I hope they help in your writing journey and inspire you to check out CYA next year... Read More
CYA 2017 was a whirlwind of excitement, learning and nervous anticipation. The CYA team delivered a marvellous conference with over 200 delegates (their biggest yet). We learnt, we mingled, we met up with old friends and we made brand new friends. It was a wonderful, inspiring day.
But how did all that conference prep turn out? And was it worth it? Read More
I am just about to get on a plane and head off to the CYA (Children's and Young Adult) writers and illustrators conference in Brisbane. I've attended many writing workshops, courses, presentations and events over the last few years, but this will be my first major writing conference.
Anyone who knows me, knows I am an organised person, so it will come as no surprise to friends and family that I have literally been preparing for this conference for months... Read More
I love rhyming picture books. I love their rhythmical repetition and sing-song style. And I love how kids remember them and quickly learn to recite them during story time.
There are so many good rhyming picture books available, but here are four of my favourites... Read More
I'm always looking for easy activities to bring along in the car or to restaurants/cafes to keep the kids quiet (and still). Even if it's only for five minutes.
Shoelace threading is a great activity because it requires fine motor skills for both the threading and the unthreading... Read More
Are you and/or the kids looking for a laugh? Do you like to share a giggle before bed? There are so many funny books for kids out there (yeh!), but here are 5 of my current favourite funny books for kids... Read More