Tag Archives: books for kids

bubble trouble

August 13, 2011


When I came across the poem Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy a few years ago, I thought it would make a lovely picture book. And now it is. I wasn’t sure whether the children at playgroup would be able to sit through a reading of the whole book. Twenty-two pages of dense, tongue-twisting text. I […]

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howl’s moving castle

August 12, 2011


Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones was one of the books I had to read for a Children’s Literature subject I did at university. It’s a strange, complicated, and interesting tale, and is classified as a young adult fantasy novel. I would allow my 8 and 9 year-old boys to read it. The story plucks a plain, […]

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along came a dog

July 30, 2011


I bought this book over the internet. I thought it was a children’s picture book because Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) illustrated the book. Silly me, I should have looked at the description a bit better – 192 pages in total. I was probably blinded by the description of the story… “The friendship […]

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skulduggery pleasant

July 23, 2011


I was tidying up around the place last week, and I picked up one of the books my middle son has been reading. He borrowed it from the school library. The cover looked a bit gruesome, so I thought I’d sit down and read a few pages. Three days later, I finished the whole book. It […]

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diary of a wimpy kid – journal

July 4, 2011


My older boys (8 and 9 years old) have had their noses stuck in a book for the past week – heads down, pencils in hand. The focus of their obsession is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Do-It Yourself Book. I love books that provide prompts for journal writing, creative writing, or art activities. […]

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mbobo tree

February 18, 2011


Millard, G. (author) & White, A. (illustrator). (2009). Mbobo Tree. London: Scholastic. I never intended for this blog to include book reviews. However, the children’s books I am featuring are so darned good everyone should know about them. Glenda Millard is an Australian author, and I had never heard of her before I purchased this […]

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the tree

February 8, 2011


Lyons, D. (author) & Danioth, D. (illustrator). (2002). The Tree. Bellevue, WA: Illumination Arts Publishing Company. I love a book that makes the playgroup parents gasp, roll around in laughter, or clap at the end of the story. My aim at storytime is to engage the parents as much as the kids. I read the […]

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where is the green sheep?

February 1, 2011


Fox, M. & Horacek, J. (2004). Where is the green sheep? Melbourne: Penguin Group. I have a confession. I am not terribly keen on all of the books that Mem Fox has written. Australians are aghast when I say that. Mem Fox has superhero status here, but I approach all of her books with caution. […]

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clancy the courageous cow

January 27, 2011


Hume, L. (2006). Clancy the courageous cow. Sydney: Scholastic. This book was written and illustrated by a 12 year-old Australian lad. His teacher gave him 9 out of 10 for the project. Clancy possibly should have been called a bull, but it would have messed with the alliteration. This book deals with difference, discrimination, poverty, the cycle of disadvantage, […]

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mr archimedes’ bath

January 25, 2011


I love doing interactive text reading with kids. This a fancy term from early literacy theory which among other things tunes children into text. I don’t have time to write about it at the moment but if you are interested, you can read the Text Talk article here. I will do a post soon. I […]

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