My favourite Christmas books

The Empty Stocking This was an awesome library find. I picked it up because I admired the illustrator’s work and when I read it and discovered it was about twins, I was delighted. And actually, I’d stuck gold, because one twin is naughty all year and Santa doesn’t leave her ANY presents! But then she…

Pirates Magnified

Ahoy me hearties! Put down yer cutlasses! This ‘ere book comes with a magnifying glass so ye can seek out pirate booty – and there’s loads to discover. Pirates Magnified is a search-and-find book, filled with detailed illustrations of pirate ships at sea and in port and all the activity that goes with them.  It’s…

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…

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…