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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

The Apprentice Witnesser

By Bren MacDibble Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Bren MacDibble burst onto the children’s literature world with How to Bee, a post apocalyptic story that won many awards including 2018 CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers. That was followed by […]

Eat My Dust – The exhibition

Review by Sandy Pottinger The intrepid Swiss-born adventurer and writer, Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904) once said: “…The open road is the essence of freedom. Take the decision to break the chains that bind us, the courage to pick up the pilgrim’s […]

The Very Polite Knight

By Ian Smith Reviewed by Mia Macrossan This is a charming picture book for children aged 3+. I hope they are not put off by the title, since they may expect a boring story about the value of being well- […]

Detective Beans & The Case of the Missing Hat

By Li Chen Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Li Chen was born in Beijing, China, and moved to New Zealand when she was five. Detective Beans and the Case of the Missing Hat is her first graphic novel. Detective Beans, in […]

Sunday Skating

By Andrea Rowe & by Hannah Sommerville Reviewed by Claire Monsour “When the weekend settles, and Sunday rolls around…”, five friends set off on a Sunday skate. With a click, a clatter, a whoosh, and a whirl, the friends are […]


By Scott Stuart Reviewed by Claire Monsour It’s hard being alone, especially in the darkness of space. So, Earth decides to look for a friend; but the other planets aren’t exactly friendly. When something strange comes hurtling towards her, Earth’s […]

Shower Land 2: Feel the Freeze

By Nat Amoore Illustrated by James Hart Reviewed by Melissa Salisbury The unstoppable Nat Amoore returns with the second book in her junior fiction Shower Land series, titled Feel the Freeze. After taking a shower sends Felix on a medieval […]

A Teaspoon of Light

By  Peter O’Connor &  Nisaluk Chantanakom Reviewed by Sandhya Parappukkaran A Teaspoon of Light is a stunningly beautiful picture book which stands out like a ray of sunshine on a dark day.  Peter O’Connor is the Director of the Centre […]

Shortlist of the 2024 Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction

It is with great pleasure that we announce the shortlisted titles for this year’s Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction. These three titles are outstanding for their perceptive writing, immediate appeal, and the sensitive way they present complex issues […]

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: Richard Yaxley

Liane McDermott spoke to Richard Yaxley about his writing. Richard is a Brisbane-based author whose short story Fly High won the 2024 StoryLinks Short Story competition. His novels include This Is My Song (winner of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary […]

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 […]

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