Walk With Us: Welcome to Our Country

Title: Walk With Us: Welcome to Our Country Authors: Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing Illustrator: David Hardy Publisher: Allen and Unwin Publication date: October 31, 2023 RRP: $24.99 (AUD) Teaching resource: A comprehensive teaching resource is available to download from Allen and Unwin. Walk With Us is the fourth book in the Welcome to Our Country series by Adam […]

The Fix-it Princess

Title: The Fix-it Princess Author: Janeen Brian Illustrator: Cherie Dignam                                                                      Publisher: Walker Books Publication date: March 7, 2023 Additional notable information: Teachers’ notes can be downloaded from Walker Books here. This review is part of a Books on Tour campaign From the Castle-by-the-Woods the indomitable, inventive, resourceful Princess Shona, together with a singing, empathetic dragon embark on a […]

Star of Anise

Star of Anise written by Jane Jolly, illustrated by Di Wu and published by National Library of Australia Publishing is a 2022 CBCA Notable book in the Picture Book of the Year category and brings to life a slice of Australian history from the 1850s that is lesser known. This gentle story is set in […]

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 […]

Joy’s Journey

Title: Joy’s Journey Author: Jacinta Farragher Illustrator: Manka Kasha Publisher: Little Steps Publishing  Themes: Self-love, self- belief, self-discovery, happiness, finding joy in the journey, gratitude, adventure, seasons, animals, habitats and mindfulness. Publication date: March 3, 2022 Additional notable information: Engaging educational activities for Joy’s Journey can be found on the Just Write for Kids blog. […]

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 […]

Piano Fingers

Piano Fingers by Caroline Magerl is an exquisite and imaginative story that is an inspirational delight to read. Caroline’s stunning poetic text coupled with enormously expressive and lively illustrations, full of whimsical details tell a relatable story with all of the drama and theatre of being on the precipice of acquiring a deeply desired new […]

Picture Books for SeaWeek

2022 SeaWeek from March 5 to March 13 is an opportunity to educate, inform and foster an appreciation for the sea and the theme this year is Our SEArch – what will you discover? Sea Country by Aunty Patsy Cameron, illustrated by Lisa Kennedy and published by Magabala Books  transports the reader back to Aunty […]

Tiny Wonders

Title: Tiny Wonders Author and Illustrator: Sally Soweol Han Publisher: University of Queensland Press – UQP Publication date: 1 February 2022 Themes: Hope, patience, flowers, beauty, joy, Grandmothers, slowing down, community and action. Additional notable information: Teachers’ Notes can be downloaded from the UQP website here. Tiny Wonders by Sally Soweol Han is an uplifting […]