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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

Book Links February Newsletter

Find out what is happening in the world of children’s books this month with the Book Links February newsletter – of particular interest is the information targeting young writers and illustrators, you have to scroll down for the links. It’s […]

Going To Big School  

Written by Laura Sieveking Illustrated by Danielle McDonald Reviewed by Lara Cain Gray Making the transition from home, kindy or daycare to ‘big school’ is a huge milestone for kids and families alike. My youngest starts high school this year […]

Friday Barnes 11: Last Chance

By R A Spratt Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This is the latest instalment of the popular Friday Barnes series by R A Sprat who also wrote The Peski Kids,  and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. It’s a while since I […]

Always, Clementine

By Carlie Sorosiak Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Carlie is the author of two novels for young adults, If Birds Fly Back and Wild Blue Wonder and two other middle grade novels My Life as a Cat and I, Cosmo.  She is very […]

Australia Remembers: Wartime Nurses – Care and Compassion

By Jacqui Halpin Reviewed by Liane McDermott Australia Remembers: Wartime Nurses – Care and Compassion is the sixth book in the Australia Remembers non-fiction series. The book takes the reader through a historical journey of Australia’s military nurses who have […]

Koko and the Coconut

By Turia Pitt & Celestine Vaite Illustrated by Emilie Tavaearii Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Caught in a grassfire while competing in a 100 km ultramarathon in 2011, Turia suffered full thickness burns to 65 per cent of her body but […]

Family All That You Dream It To Be (Teeny Tiny Stevies)

By Byll & Beth Stephen Illustrated by Simon Howe Reviewed by Mia Macrossan The Teeny Tiny Stevies have written many cheerful popular songs for children. This particular picture book is a reimagining of their song, Family (Love is Love).  A […]

Sleep Through the Night (Teeny Tiny Stevies)

By Byll Stephen & Beth Stephen  Teeny Tiny Stevies Illustrated by Simon Howe Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Sisters Byll and Beth Stephen are the  band, Teeny Tiny Stevies which won an ARIA Award for the 2020 Best Children’s Album ‘Thoughtful Songs For […]

I Can Be A Matilda

By Kyla May Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This is a companion to I Can Be A Socceroo also by the Australian illustrator, writer and designer Kyla May, and also part of the merchandise to cheer on the Matildas in the […]

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

A Writer’s Resolutions – some New Year’s suggestions from Wendy Orr

Some timely words from Wendy Orr, the 2022 winner of the Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction. New Year’s resolutions are often scoffed at, but what if we had some gentle ones, reflecting a state of mind rather than […]

Ask the Author: Inda Ahmad Zahri

 StoryLinks interviews author and illustrator  Inda Ahmad Zahri Inda was born in Malaysia, went to university in England and graduated as a doctor in medicine and surgery. She then moved to Australia, got married and had a daughter. She is […]

Ask a Writer: Sean Williams on writing

Sean Williams is the author of over fifty novels. He has been on the New York Times Best Seller lists, won awards and is very successful all round. His latest books have been reviewed here: Her Perilous Mansions and Honour […]

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