Three Dresses

Title: Three Dresses Author and illustrator: Wanda Gibson Publisher: University of Queensland Press (UQP) Publication date: April 2024 Themes: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customs and beliefs, impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, surviving colonisation and Protection Acts, life on Aboriginal missions, identity and belonging, connection to Country Comprehensive teachers’ notes which include numerous […]

Top 15 Picture Books of 2023

The following books are some of my favourite picture book reads of 2023. Please click on the titles below that are hyperlinked to see my review which I shared on the Reading Opens Doors blog (some titles I still have to write a review for and will update this post to ensure all books included […]

Grandma’s First Tattoo

Grandma’s First Tattoo by award winning duo Phillip Gwynne and illustrated by Tony Flowers is a rollicking tale that will delight both young and old readers. This story is full of heart, humour and is a beautiful celebration of diversity and the power of story told in the form of a tattoo. This book begins […]

The Lucky Shack

The Lucky Shack by debut creators Apsara Baldovino and illustrated by Jennifer Falkner shares the thoughts, feelings, changing seasons and lifecycle of a quaint cosy shack on the foreshore through the voice, eyes and heart of the shack. Nestled in a prime position, this shack has appreciated postcard perfect views, been cared for by a […]

Books and Digital Stories about Refugees

Hearing stories about refugees allows children to learn about the reasons why people make the agonising choice to flee their countries and put themselves in life threatening situations in a desperate attempt to seek safety. These stories are gateways to important conversations, they have the power to dismantle bias and encourage empathy and inclusiveness. Escape: […]