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About StoryLinks

StoryLinks is a children’s book review site supported by Book Links.

We believe that children’s literature plays an important part in shaping culture, expanding knowledge, increasing empathy and empowering children and we will review children’s books accordingly.

We aim to be champions for children’s literature, children’s authors and illustrators and hope to inspire children, families, librarians, teachers and anyone else to value story and this art form.

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Book Reviews

We publish reviews on the latest books for children and young adults, including board books, picture books, junior fiction, middle grade and YA.

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Reading Lists

Popular lists of recommended reading arranged under headings, useful for both parents and teachers when looking for books on particular topics. Prepared by Dajo Finlayson.

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Interviews

Read our interviews with a growing list of people who are significant in the world of children’s literature, including authors, illustrators, teacher librarians and more.

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Competitions

Every year StoryLinks runs two short story competitions, one in the beginning of the year for adult writers of children’s stories and one, in the second half of the year for young writers in grades 4,5 & 6.

Latest Reviews

Elsewhere Girls

By Emily Gale and Nova Weetman Reviewed by Sarah Custance Emily Gale and Nova Weetman are both Melbourne based authors who are much celebrated in their chosen genres. Emily Gale has written many acclaimed YA novels such as the Eliza […]

Michaela Mason’s Big List of 23 Worries

By Alexa Moses Reviewed by Annaleise Byrd Australian author and screenwriter Alexa Moses introduces a likeable and nuanced main character in this middle grade novel about moving towns, making friends and facing fears.⁣⠀⁣⁣ Ten-year-old Michaela Mason has a lot of […]

The Gilded Ones

By Namina Forna Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Namina, born in Sierra Leone, is an American author of young adult fiction and a successful screenwriter. The Gilded Ones, a fantasy about a teenager with special powers, is her YA debut novel […]

Ancient World Magnified

By David Long Illustrated by Andy Rowland Reviewed by Mia Macrossan David Long is the author of Pirates Magnified, Egypt Magnified and Castles Magnified. In Ancient World Magnified he covers significant ancient civilisations. It will appeal to  everyone fascinated by ancient history, it […]

Terry Denton’s Really Truly Amazing Guide to Everything

By Terry Denton, Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Terry is famous as one of the duo who produces the wildly popular Treehouse series of books with Andy Griffiths. Here he is on his own, writing about, well, everything. He covers history […]

Before You Were Born

By Katrina Germein Illustrated  Helene Magisson Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Katrina writes picture books about family life in Australia and Helene is a French artist now living in Brisbane. She recently wrote and illustrated a book about a puppet Claudette. In […]

IBBY Book Collection for Young People with Disabilities

Many young people with disabilities cannot read or enjoy a regular book, or they cannot find a suitable book among the many publications available. Therefore, they need specially produced books or selected regular books of literary and artistic quality that […]

StoryLinks interviews Inda Ahmad Zahri

Inda Ahmad Zahri talked with Mia Macrossan about her writing life and her debut picture book Salih About Inda Books have got her into a number of sticky situations… ‘As a little girl, I read in the dark when I […]

Eliza Vanda’s Button Box

By Emily Rodda Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Here is another original fantasy from one of Australia’s best-loved writers for children. Almost every family has a button box filled with odd buttons collected over the years, but Eliza Vanda’s button box […]

OPEN YOUR IMAGINATION! Short Story Competitions Every year StoryLinks runs two short story competitions, one for stories written by adults and one for stories written by students in grades 4, 5 & 6.

Winners receive cash prizes and will have their stories published on this website.

Latest Interviews

StoryLinks interviews Inda Ahmad Zahri

Inda Ahmad Zahri talked with Mia Macrossan about her writing life and her debut picture book Salih About Inda Books have got her into a number of sticky situations… ‘As a little girl, I read in the dark when I […]

StoryLinks interviews Claire Zorn

Claire Zorn talked with Margaret McKay-Lowndes about her latest book When We Are Invisible and a writing life.   Claire Zorn is the author of three highly acclaimed novels for Young Adults, as well as a picture book for children […]

Interview with Katrina Nannestad

Here is a fascinating YOUTUBE Interview with Katrina where she answers questions about her writing and her book We Are Wolves. Katrina is an Australian author who grew up in New South Wales. Her writing celebrates family, friendship and belonging. Her […]

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