Hope on the Horizon: A children’s handbook on empathy, kindness and making a better world

Title:  Hope on the Horizon: A children’s handbook on empathy, kindness and making a better world. Author: Onjali Q. Raúf Illustrators: Isobel Lundie and cover illustration by Pippa Curnick Pages: 288 Publisher:  Wren and Rook an imprint of Hachette Children’s Group Publication date: 31st May 2022 Themes: the power of kindness, empathy, hope, activism, community, role […]

Old Fellow

Old Fellow by Christopher Cheng and illustrated by Liz Anelli is a glorious, heart-warming tale that reflects on and celebrates companionship, the power of community, connection and the positive and affirming role parks play in a local area.  This tender story deftly explores the unconditional bond a man and dog share. Together they traverse their […]

Papa and the Olden Days

Papa and the Olden Days written by Ian Edwards and illustrated by Rachel Tonkin was a Children’s Book Council of Australia 1990 Honour Book in the Younger Readers category. This book has been inspired by the illustrator’s family history as she has recorded and preserved her father’s stories about growing up in Thoona, a north-eastern […]

We Are Australians

We Are Australians written by Duncan Smith and Nicole Godwin with paintings by Jandamarra Cadd and published by Wild Dog Books is an absolutely stunning picture book. The utterly moving, poetic and emotive text coupled with sublime illustrations provoked a visceral reaction for me. I had goosebumps while reading this breathtaking book. This is a […]

The Sweetest Egg of All

The Sweetest Egg of All by Helen Milroy, a descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia and published by Magabala Books is the third book in the Tales from the Bush Mob series. The Bush Mob is a group of birds and animals who live in outback Australia. They enjoy […]

Now and Then

Now and Then written and illustrated by Fiona Levings is a non-fiction picture book which explores the stories and similarities that connect the lives of seven year old Doug in 1940 with eight year old Jem in 2019. Doug lived in the same house located in the seaside town of Margate, Tasmania in 1940 that […]

Devils in Danger

Title: Devils in Danger Author: Samantha Wheeler Publisher: University of Queensland Press – UQP Publication date: August 3, 2021 Themes: action, adventure, community, courage, environment, family, friendship, hope, resilience, Tasmanian devils, wildlife conservation. Additional notable information: Teachers’ Notes can be downloaded from the UQP website. Devils in Danger by Samantha Wheeler and published by University […]