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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 Fowl Twins: Get What They Deserve

By Eoin Colfer Reviewed by Sarah Custance Eoin Colfer is the mastermind behind the bestselling Artemis Fowl series and has now written a spinoff series about Artemis’ younger twin brothers. Get What They Deserve is the third book in The […]

A Reluctant Witch’s Guide to Magic

By Shivaun Plozza Reviewed by Sarah Custance Australian author Shivaun Plozza won multiple awards for her debut novel Frankie and has since gone on to write both YA and middle-grade books such as Tin Heart and The Boy, The Wolf […]

The Travelling Bookshop: Mim and the Anxious Artist

By Katrina Nannestad Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini Reviewed by Sarah Custance Award winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad has been making waves with two of her most recent works We Are Wolves and Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief. Her other works also […]

Dancing with Memories

Written by Sally Yule, with contributions by Ralph Martin and Maggie Beer Illustrated by Cheryl Orsini Reviewed by Margarite Igras This book is a useful and gentle introduction for young children about dementia and memory loss. The central character is […]

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur Hide and Seek

A Lift-the-flap book Created by Janeen Brian and Ann James Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Janeen Brian and Ann James are the  creators of the award winning I’m a Dirty Dinosaur(2019), famously illustrated using real mud. Now here is a sequel, […]

This Little Joey

Created by Renee Treml Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Since moving to Australia from the US in 2007 Renee has been inspired by the diversity of our wildlife and has produced a award winning list of titles that range from board […]

Sunny the Shark: Surviving the Wild 3

Created by Remy Lai Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Remy is a Brisbane author who has successfully built up a large audience for her cheerful but heartfelt graphic novels. This is the third in her environmental series for younger readers Surviving […]

But I’m NOT Hungry For My Dinner!

Written by Valerie Gent Illustrated by Kirrili Lonergan Reviewed by Claire Monsour Valerie Gent is a Paediatric Feeding Speech Pathologist and this is her first children’s book, dedicated to her two sons, who in her words, “have taught me all […]

Boss of Your Own Body

Written by Byll and Beth Stephen (Teeny Tiny Stevies) Illustrated by Simon Howe Reviewed by Claire Monsour Sisters Beth and Byll Stephen are best known for the music group ‘The Little Stevies’, and their children’s band ‘Teeny Tiny Stevies’. Their […]

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

Meet the Book Links 2022 Children’s Historical Fiction Award Short List #4 Wendy Orr

There are four brilliant writers on the Book Links Children’s Historical Fiction Award Shortlist, Mirranda Burton, Lorraine Marwood, Katrina Nannestad and Wendy Orr. Each one has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about writing historical fiction for StoryLinks.   Wendy Orr is the author […]

Meet the Book Links 2022 Children’s Historical Fiction Award Short List #3 Katrina Nannestad

There are four brilliant writers on the Book Links Children’s Historical Fiction Award Shortlist, Mirranda Burton, Lorraine Marwood, Katrina Nannestad and Wendy Orr. Each one has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about writing historical fiction for StoryLinks.   Katrina Nannestad is the author of […]

Meet the Book Links 2022 Children’s Historical Fiction Award Short List: #2 Lorraine Marwood

There are four brilliant writers on the Book Links Children’s Historical Fiction Award Shortlist, Mirranda Burton, Lorraine Marwood, Katrina Nannestad and Wendy Orr. Each one has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about writing historical fiction for StoryLinks.   Lorraine Marwood is the author of […]

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