book review

Mrs Dog and Baa Raa help grow imagination.

Janeen Brian and Marjorie Crosby Fairhall recently held one of the best story times we’ve been to.(Thanks to Paul Macdonald from The Children’s Bookshop. (Recent winner of the 2016 Lady Cutler award)

Mrs Dog is a story built over many  years and experiences.Both its award winning author- Janeen Brian ( I’m a Dirty Dinosaur fame) […]

Reading with book chewing toddlers on the run

We’ve just taken part in the “Read Aloud Hour” in Australia with our little toddler grandson ( just 1 year old).

How did we choose books for a newly walking, book chewing,toddler ?

At times we only get 2 pages in, but it all adds up.

We looked for some books with:

interactions with babies/toddlers – preferably in photographs
new […]

Why Imagination matters- Little Red Riding Hood.

Books are a gateway for children to develop their own imagination. Imagination leads to creativity.

Creativity leads to many different ways of  learning -essential in coming years, where many children will have to reinvent their careers as adults.

I always think of the “Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” as a visual symbol of opening a door […]

By |November 19th, 2015|book review, Books, Good for grouptime, Imagination, Traditional tales, well loved|0 Comments

Australian Stories about starting big school

Starting Big School is a very special, and sometimes overwhelming, time in young children and their families lives.

I can still remember our first child starting school, wearing the same jumper his father had worn, knitted again by his Nana.

Sharing stories together enables children to ask questions about big school and explore their emotions about […]

Sensitive subjects- picture books about mental illness

Next week in Australia is Mental Health Week.

In our literacy calendar it’s also “Odd Socks Day” on Friday 2 October also raising awareness of mental health.

“On Friday pull your odd socks on and help stomp out stigma” ( From Odd Socks website)

Download a poster and other resources at the Odd Socks website.
What resources are […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Book list, book review, Literacy calendar, sensitive subjects|0 Comments

Book Review: “Splosh for the Billabong” and “Summer Rain” ( Aboriginal theme)

We’re always looking for quality picture books with Aboriginal themes.

Both these books have been nominated for Speech Pathology Book of the Year 2015 ( Birth- 3 years).

We think they would be excellent revisited as early readers.
“ Summer Rain” by Ros Moriarty, Illustrated by Balarinji. Allen and Unwin.

Summer Rain is set in the wet season […]

Spring into Spring- Stories for our under 5’s

We’re ready for some warmer weather, spring flowers and walks outside.

But where could we find picture books about Spring- there didn’t seem that many in this part of the world.

Success! after some searching, here are our picks.

We’ll add  rhymes and more ideas for spring in our next post. Our wonderful Australian author Elizabeth Honey […]

Book Week- use your torch-see nursery rhyme pictures on your wall.

Book Week has been celebrated from Cairns library to Hobart schools in Australia this week.


seen some costume ideas from Pinterest

(Idea taken from

Read a great selection of books to do with  the sun, stars moon and light.(Theme- “Books light up our world”) thanks for all the suggestions from My Little Bookcase.
And now we’re heading off […]

By |August 29th, 2015|Babies and toddlers, book review, Imagination, Rhymes, well loved|0 Comments

Stories for wriggly little boys!

How do you  find books for younger boys, that hold their interest?

You don’t always need to read a whole book, when children’s attention is shorter.

You can just look at the pictures and chat a little about them.

Even if you read half of a book, it’s a start and you can come back to it […]

Ramadan picture books-100 Stories Before School Literacy Calendar

In 2015 Ramadan falls from 18 June- 16 July as the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.

We have a large Muslim community celebrating Ramadan in Sydney, and  other parts of Australia.

Preschool Books to share during Ramadan
We have researched and read picture books explaining and celebrating Ramadan for younger children, here are our best picks.

Golden […]

By |June 29th, 2015|book review, celebrating cultures, Literacy calendar|0 Comments