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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

Boss Cat

By Sarah Speedie & Tom Jellett Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Sarah Speedie’s debut picture book, Mozzies vs Flies was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia, 2022 Book of the Year awards. Tom Jellett has illustrated many children’s picture books including Why I […]

What Stars Are For

Written and illustrated by Margeaux Davis Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Margeaux Davis is a soft toy and sewing pattern designer, who has a background in environmental education. This beautifully illustrated story is her debut picture book. Henry is a garden […]

Inkflower

By Suzy Zail Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Suzy Zail used to be a lawyer but quit to become a writer. Her books include The Tattooed Flower,  The Wrong Boy, and Alexander Altman A10567 –  all stories based on or inspired […]

Book Links News: May 2024

Here is the latest newsletter from Book Links containing a wealth of information about events, programs, competitions  reviews and more from the children’s literature world. Grab a favourite beverage and get ready to dive deep into Book Links News: May […]

Bluey Trains

Illustrated by Rafferty Amor Reviewed by Mia Macrossan One for  young readers just starting to read on their own, this illustrated chapter book for 6+ readers features a famous Australian tv icon. Yes, I am talking about Bluey, that Australian […]

Circles of Life

By Gregg Dreise Reviewed by Margarite Igras Indigenous Kamilaroi, Gregg Dreise, is an award-winning author, illustrator, artist, musician, and storyteller. He travels around Australia, giving entertaining and educational talks sharing his culture, traditional art, and music with the younger generation. […]

Ultra Violet 1: Down to Business

Written by Cristy Burne Illustrated by Rebel Challenger Reviewed by Annaleise Byrd This is the first book in a new junior graphic novel series published by humour specialists Larrikin House. Author Cristy Burne has degrees in biotechnology and science communication […]

Deep is the Fen

By Lili Wilkinson Reviewed by Tehani Croft Wilkinson returns with a new cast and adventure to the world of her CBCA finalist A Hunger of Thorns in this richly drawn exploration of magic and masculinity, but where AHOT dug into […]

Seven Wherewithal Way: Over the Mountains and Through the Desert

By Samantha-Ellen Bound Reviewed by Helen Gearing Samantha-Ellen Bound’s highly original debut novel, What the Raven Saw (shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Literature Award), planted her firmly on the Australian kidlit scene in 2013 and her latest middle-grade series, Seven […]

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: Alison D. Stegert talks about Her Majesty’s League of Remarkable Young Ladies

By Lara Cain Gray Alison D. Stegert is a US born, Queensland based author for children. She writes stories for all ages, but particularly enjoys writing historical fiction for middle grade readers. Her Majesty’s League of Remarkable Young Ladies won […]

StoryArt Exhibition 2024 Meet the Artist: Sona Babajanyan

By Mia Macrossan The annual StoryArt Exhibition is all set to start  Monday, April 22 and run until Thursday April 25 at the Richard Randall Art Studio at Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane. It will be four fabulous days of art for everyone to enjoy. This […]

StoryArt Exhibition 2024 Meet the Artist: Ingrid Bartkowiak

The annual StoryArt Exhibition is all set to start  Monday, April 22 and run until Thursday April 25 at the Richard Randall Art Studio at Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane. It will be four fabulous days of art for everyone to enjoy. This annual event […]

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