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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 End of the World is Bigger than Love

by Davina Bell  Reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lowndes Have you ever wondered what would happen if the world stopped turning? Would the sun hang motionless in the sky? Would the tides stop ebbing and flowing? Would survival be impossible? In The […]

Wild Symphony

By Dan Brown and Susan Batori Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Dan Brown, best known as the author of The Da Vinci Code,  has crammed a lot into his debut picture book, Wild Symphony, including  a free app containing music composed […]

The Fire Wombat

By Jackie French and  Danny Snell Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Here is another story about her beloved wombats from the ever prolific Jackie French. The Fire Wombat is a topical story of how animals in the bush struggle to find safety […]

The Odds (The Odds, #1)

By Matt Stanton Reviewed by Sarah Custance Matt Stanton is the incredibly popular author of the Funny Kid series, the Fart Monster and Me series, and This is a Ball, a picture book that was co-authored with his wife Beck. […]

Pie in the Sky

by Remy Lai Reviewed by Leonard Cavallaro Remy Lai’s debut junior fiction Pie in the Sky is an engaging tale of overcoming language barriers and accepting difference. Remy Lai has a major in painting and drawing which is evident in […]

Puffin Little Series

Reviewed by Sarah Custance Celebrating 80 years of Puffin the publishing house has chosen to go back to their non-fiction origins with this new series of informational books for young readers. Puffin was first introduced in World War ll to […]

A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth

By Francesca Gibbons Illustrated by Chris Riddell Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Welcome  to a brilliant new voice in middle grade fantasy fiction. Francesca Gibbons’  debut A Clock of Stars is the first in a trilogy titled The Shadow Moth. It […]

Old Man Emu

By John Williamson and Simon McLean Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This is a picture book adaptation of John Williamson’s first and now legendary hit song, ‘Old Man Emu’, to celebrate John’s 50th year of performing and the song’s 50th anniversary […]

The Wolf’s Secret

By Myriam Dahman and Nicolas Digard Illustrated by Julia Sarda Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Myriam grew up in Morocco but now lives and works in Paris. Her co-writer, Nicolas Digard is a French writer for  televisions and books for children […]

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 an Illustrator: Caroline Magerl

interviewed by Mia Macrossan             Caroline Magerl was born in Germany but now lives in Buderim, Queensland. She is an illustrator who has worked for years  drawing for educational publishers, newspapers and magazines. She came […]

Meet Genevieve Young author of The Microscope

Genevieve Young, the winner of our 2019 Short Story competition talks about her writing. How long have you been writing for young people? I started trying out some ideas for preschool and early primary school picture book texts about two […]

StoryLinks interviews Debbie Smith, winner of the 2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition

Debbie spoke to Mia Macrossan about her writing life. Why do write children’s stories? Do you write any other kinds of stories?  What kind of stories do you write – do you write for a particular age group or do […]

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