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
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
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
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
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
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
So, you’re probably thinking that simply reading a story is going to teach kids about story telling. This isn’t wrong. If you want to know what a story is, you need to read/hear one. But there are some core components to stories that are important to learn, and there are fun ways to teach them... Read More
Critical thinking. It sounds way to complicated for kids, right? But actually this third post in The Story Time Series is really very simple. There is so much picture books can teach kids about critical thinking, and the best part is they won’t even realise they are learning... Read More
Even though story time is about words and language, you’d be surprised how much kids can learn about maths from picture books. So for the second post in The Story Time Series, I’m excited to share my top four ways to teach maths with picture books... Read More
Most kids love hearing stories, and you likely aren’t getting any complaints about story time (though some kids like stories more than others). But no matter how much the kids like books, sometimes it’s just fun to shake things up a bit.
Story time can easily become a fun and interactive game if you know how, so for the first post in The Story Time Series, here are my three favourite ways to turn story time into fun and games... Read More
Story time with kids is a wonderful thing. It’s a chance to snuggle and share and learn and laugh. But have you ever thought about just how much story time can give?
Sure, reading books to kids teaches them about language and how to read, but did you know it can also be used to teach maths, critical thinking and the art of storytelling itself. Stories can also be turned into games, which is great for kids who are not that into story time.
So, in a series of posts (The Story Time Series), I’m going to share with you my favourite ways to enrich story time and use it to have fun and learn with kids. Here’s what I’ll cover... Read More
Libraries are a magical place for everyone, but they are even more special for kids, and here's seven reasons why... Read More
When my first daughter was born, I heard a lot of views about reading to very young babies. Some people said read to them from birth, some said start a structured story time from about six months and some said kids don't gain anything from stories until they are older and can understand a storyline... Read More