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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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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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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

Michelle Obama : Little People Big Dreams:

By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara Illustrated by Mia Saine Reviewed by Sarah Custance The Little People Big Dreams series has had much commercial and critical success in the last two years with over sixty books in the ever-growing series. Michelle […]

Mr Bat Wants A Hat

By Kitty Black Illustrated by Laura Wood Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Lucy Black is an Australian author who has written several picture books and her latest features a cute little black bat who exhibits all the self-centredness of a very […]

Sugar Town Queens

By Malla Nunn Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Malla Nunn, a South African now living and working in Australia, writes adult crime novels as well as YA fiction. This is her second YA title after the much praised When The Ground […]

Where Are You, Magoo?

Written and illustrated by Briony Stewart Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Magoo is back.! You may remember We Love You Magoo by Briony Stewart reviewed here and shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood. Briony both creates […]

Skulduggery Pleasant #14 Dead or Alive

By Derek Landy Reviewed by Leonard Cavallaro, aged 12. Leonard is an aspiring author with a love of fantasy. Who is your favourite character? Describe them and tell us why you like them. Arch-Cannon Damocles Creed is the perfect blend […]

Frankie Goes to Kindergarten

by Peta Baxter and Connie Hemmens illustrated by Marjory Gardner Frankie is actually a real and much-loved kindy dog in a real kindergarten here in Queensland. In the book we see a typical day in the life of Frankie, which […]

Boo Loves Books

By Kaye Baillie Illustrated by Tracie Grimwood Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This uplifting story illustrates how an anxious child’s friendship with a rescue dog can help both of them. Phoebe is shy and nervous about her reading because she is […]

At the Dog Park

By Moira Court Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This  picture book will appeal to very young children, those aged about two plus  It is very simple and very clever using dogs at the dog park in all their splendid variety to […]


By David Walliams  Illustrated by Tony Ross Reviewed by Isabela Newman, age 9 Who is your favourite character? Larker. I like her because she is so brave and always looks at things in a positive way. ( I also like […]

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

StoryLinks interviews Inda Ahmad Zahri

Inda Ahmad Zahri talked with Mia Macrossan about her writing life and her debut picture book Salih About Inda Books have got her into a number of sticky situations… ‘As a little girl, I read in the dark when I […]

StoryLinks interviews Claire Zorn

Claire Zorn talked with Margaret McKay-Lowndes about her latest book When We Are Invisible and a writing life.   Claire Zorn is the author of three highly acclaimed novels for Young Adults, as well as a picture book for children […]

Interview with Katrina Nannestad

Here is a fascinating YOUTUBE Interview with Katrina where she answers questions about her writing and her book We Are Wolves. Katrina is an Australian author who grew up in New South Wales. Her writing celebrates family, friendship and belonging. Her […]

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