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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

Billy and the Epic Escape

By Jamie Oliver Reviewed by Sophia Evans Billy and The Epic Escape is the exciting sequel to Jamie Oliver’s children’s debut, Billy and the Giant Adventure, both illustrated by Mónica Armiño.  I haven’t read the first book, but it was […]

Jeff Giraffe The Great Escape

By Amelia McInerney & Alexandra Colombo Reviewed by Margarite Igras Amelia McInerney has written several funny stories for young children, each with endearing characters, engaging storylines and appealing titles, such as The Book Chook (CBCA Notable Book), Who Fed Zed, […]

The Unexpected Mess of It All

Written by Gabrielle Tozer Reviewed by Jamie Willis Gabrielle Tozer is the award-winning author of seven books, including Remind Me How This Ends, Can’t Say It Went to Plan and The Intern, and her latest novel, The Unexpected Mess of It All, is a heart-warming […]

Astrochimp

Written by David Walliams Illustrated by Adam Stower Reviewed by Jamie Willis David Walliams is the bestselling author of more than 40 books for children, and Astrochimp is his debut graphic novel, illustrated in full colour by the award-winning Adam […]

Jack’s Island

By Norman Jorgensen Reviewed by Melissa Salisbury Jack’s Island is an award-winning book by Norman Jorgensen, which was first released in 2008, and has been re-released with a very appealing new cover. The story begins with Jack and his family […]

Rebecca Lim wins the 2024 Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction

Congratulations to Rebecca Lim, winner of the 2024 Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction for her middle grade novel Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely Sky, Allen & Unwin Children, 2023. Judges’ Comments: Set in the fifties, this compelling historical […]

Something Special (40th Anniversary Edition)

By Emily Rodda Reviewed by Mia Macrossan If you are looking for a writer whose stories appeal to children of all ages, try a book by Emily Rodda, you won’t be disappointed. Something Special is a reissue of her debut […]

Breaking Pointe

By Chenée Marrapodi Reviewed by Helen Gearing In 2023, Chenée Marrapodi, host of the Writers off the Page podcast, released her debut middle-grade novel One Wrong Turn which explored the complexities of family expectations, migration, and ambition within an elite […]

Xander and the Pen

By David Lawrence Illustrated by Cherie Dignam Reviewed by Meg Rowe David Lawrence’s background in comedy writing for TV productions such as Comedy Inc. and Hamish & Andy has held him in good stead in the Middle Grade writing space, […]

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: Lorena Carrington

By Lara Cain Gray Lorena Carrington is best known as an illustrator whose books have been published in Australia and internationally. Her works are created using photography and digital montage techniques to form richly layered images. She has worked with […]

Meet Rebecca Lim, author of Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely Sky – Book Links 2024 Children’s Historical Fiction award shortlist

By Mia Macrossan There are three brilliant writers on this year’s Book Links Children’s Historical Fiction Award Shortlist: Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely Sky by Rebecca Lim, A & U Children, 2023. The Fortune Maker by Catherine Norton, Harper Collins, 2023. Inkflower by […]

Meet Catherine Norton, author of The Fortune Maker – Book Links 2024 Award for Children’s Historical Fiction Shortlist

By Mia Macrossan There are three brilliant writers on this year’s Book Links Children’s Historical Fiction Award Shortlist: Two Sparrowhawks in a Lonely Sky by Rebecca Lim, A & U Children, 2023. The Fortune Maker by Catherine Norton, Harper Collins, 2023. Inkflower by […]

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