How to Look After Your Dinosaur

Playful endpapers set the scene for this story, showing a mailman hauling a giant dino egg wrapped in brown paper and marked fragile. Behind him is a sign shouting that eggs are on sale. A little boy looks surprised when he receives his huge parcel, but luckily this book is a guide to looking after…

Game Day

​It’s no secret my family is into basketball, so I am a bit excited to show you the first two books in a new series being launched this week by Aussie basketball star Patty Mills.  Mills plays in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, is a triple Olympian and the first (and only) Indigenous…

Rockabye Pirate

We often read this as our last book on the bedtime pile and I love it when I look over and see my little man has fallen asleep by the last line: “And rockabye pirate has fallen asleep”.  The gentle rhymes are just right for calming down, as the pirates in the story are taken…

101 Paper Planes

This was the best impulse buy! I made the kids wait for the weekend so we could make paper planes with Dad and we’ve had a great time racing them on the lawn.  There’s instructions for six types of planes and 101 sheets of patterned paper to fold. Of course you can just use plain…

Animal Activity

This book is jam-packed with paper crafts with a nature focus and a healthy smattering of science too. There’s activities to cut out and make on every page, including jumping froghoppers, a duck whistle, beehive-like honeycomb, piecing together a dinosaur skeleton and making paper flowers bloom by sitting them on a saucer of water. Each…

The School of Music

I didn’t think we were a particularly musical family until I started writing this review and realised there’s actually quite a lot of music in our lives. While there’s no concert pianists among us, the twins adore singing in their school choir, dance twice a week and there was a recorder on their book list…

I’m going to eat this ant

My four-year-old boy laughs at the ending every time and his older sisters put down their books to peek at the pictures when I bring this book out. It’s a cheeky story about an anteater who is bored with his diet of ants and daydreams about more appetising ways to eat them. It’s apt that…