Swan Lake

This book is stunning. Every turn of the page reveals another dramatic illustration stretched across both pages, pulling you into the story of the classic ballet, Swan Lake. Just like a ballet, the book has been divided into acts. The words are limited to just one page at the start of each of the three…

Little People Big Dreams, Rosa Parks

My daughters were perplexed when they heard this story. They just couldn’t comprehend why there were such inequalities facing civil rights activist Rosa Parks, both when she was growing up in Alabama and as an adult. I love sharing this type of story with my children. I think it’s important they have some understanding and…

Baa Baa Smart Sheep

This is a fantastic read aloud.  It’s laugh-out-loud funny and giggle all the way through once you’ve heard it once and you’re sharing it with someone new. Little Baa Baa is bored and when Quirky Turkey comes along, Little Baa Baa feels mischievous… I love it best when my twins read a character each, although…

Hidden Forest Etch Art

This book has the most beautiful illustrations of forest creatures. And kids (or adults) can make them even lovelier by etching away at the black to uncover more colour. You can use the included stylus to create simple or intricate patterns, or even erase all the black. The creatures are enchanting, with a touch of…

Emu’s Halloween

The countdown to Halloween is on. If you’re looking to put an Aussie spin on this celebration, check out my review of Emu’s Halloween, over at Reading Time, the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s site for children’s book reviews. Emu’s Halloween is written by Victorian Anne Mangan, illustrated by South Australian David Cornish and published…

Meerkat Choir

My girls are constantly singing. They’re in the school choir together, but they prefer to practice their songs separately – but at the same time. I’m sure you can imagine how that sounds!! Thankfully, when all the kids come together, they sound beautiful. The choirmaster in this book doesn’t have such luck. He’s quite an…