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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

The Raven’s Song

By Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble Reviewed by Liane McDermott Two highly acclaimed and awarded writers, Zana Fraillon and Bren MacDibble, deliver an absorbing and thought-provoking novel encompassing elements of fantasy and science fiction. True to Bren MacDibble’s writing of […]

Noongar Boodja Waangkan (Noongar First Words)

By Jayden Boundry, illustrated by Tyrown Waigana Reviewed by Liane McDermott Jayden is a Noongar language teacher and cultural consultant, didgeridoo player, traditional dancer and storyteller. Tyrown, is a multidisciplinary artist and designer, including painting, illustration, sculpture, animation and graphic […]

The Burpee Bears

Written by Joe Wicks c-written by Vivian French Illustrated by Paul Howard Reviewed by Margarite Igras Joe Wicks is well known as an author of several cookbooks as well as the founder of a fitness focus group called Lean to […]

The Offline Diaries

By Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene Reviewed by Sarah Custance Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene, the award-winning duo behind the critically acclaimed Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, are now back with The Offline Diaries: As Told by […]

The Great Fox Illusion

By Justyn Edwards Reviewed by Sarah Custance Justyn Edwards is an author from the UK, The Great Fox Illusion is his debut novel all about magic and the storytelling behind a successful trick. The Great Fox Illusion is the first […]

Cursed Tales: The Pharaoh of Asco Express

By Jake R. Wilson Reviewed by Sarah Custance Cursed Tales: The Pharaoh of Asco Express is UK archaeologist and author, Jake R. Wilson’s debut novel and the beginning of the Cursed Tales series. When 11-year-old Wesley steps foot into the […]

Mr Chicken All Over Australia

Written and illustrated by Leigh Hobbs Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Leigh Hobbs was a popular Children’s Laureate for 2016/17 and Mr Chicken All Over Australia, is the latest in the series that includes Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma, Mr Chicken […]

The science of the Earth : the secrets of our planet revealed

Contributors: Philip Eales, Gregory Funston, Derek Harvey, Anthea Lacchia, Dorrik Stow; foreword by Chris Packham Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Here is another encyclopedia about the earth – this one impressive for its beautiful images, clear attractive design, legible well written […]

Africana : An encyclopedia of an amazing continent

Written by Kim Chakanetsa Illustrated by Alabi Mayowa Reviewed by Mia Macrossan A long time ago I spent a year working for the UNECA in Addis Ababa. One of the things that experience taught me is that Africa is huge, […]

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

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 […]

Painting for Picture Books: A Guided Walk through Piano Fingers

Lara Cain Gray in conversation with Caroline Magerl “There’s no cure for what ails creative people,” said artist, author and vivid storyteller Caroline Magerl as she guided visitors around Piano Fingers, an illuminating exhibition of picture book art, running throughout […]

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