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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

Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables: Join Forces

By Tim Harris and illustrated by James Hart Reviewed by Sarah Custance Tim Harris is the much beloved author of the Exploding Endings series as well as the Toffle Towers and Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables series’ of books. Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables: […]

Cranky Chicken: Party Animals

By Katherine Battersby Reviewed by Sarah Custance Katherine Battersby is an Australian author/illustrator now living in Canada with her family. Before heading into the world of children’s literature she worked as a paediatric occupational therapist, to date she has written […]

Song of the White Ibis

By Phillip Gwynne and illustrated by Liz Anelli Reviewed by Sarah Custance Phillip Gwynne is an Australian author with over 20 books to his name, spanning from picture books to YA. Song of the White Ibis is an interesting picture […]

Cop and Robber

by Tristan Bancks Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Tristan Bancks has written books for children and teens which include the thrillers Two Wolves, The Fall and Detention. He has won many awards and is the writer-ambassador for Room to Read. He […]

How to make a clay tablet with ancient Greek writing

 Shared by author of Cuckoo’s Flight, Wendy Orr A fabulous resource here for anyone studying Dragonfly Song, Swallow’s Dance or Cuckoo’s Flight (Minoan Wings series). Or anyone just interested in ancient history or who wants to have some fun! A […]

The World’s Worst Pets

by David Walliams Illustrated by Adam Stower Reviewed by Mia Macrossan David Walliams needs no introduction as he has been a popular fixture in the children’s book world for many years. His ‘World’s Worst’ series has featured children, parents and […]

The Callers

By Kiah Thomas Reviewed by Mia Macrossan There are so many middle grade stories where the protagonist has a special power that sets him/her apart from the rest of his family and community. The Callers has an interesting beginning because […]

The Imagineer

By Christopher Cheng Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Christopher Cheng has written more than 40 books for children.  The recently released – Wombat, Bear and Rat, and The Imagineer have been listed in the Children’s Book Council of […]

A is for Activism Bibliography

We are delighted to announce that the Bibliography discussed by Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright in the Book Links Narelle Oliver Lecture in Children’s Literature is now available and free for you to download. It is an extensive list 14 pages long […]

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

Spotlight on 2022 Short Story Shortlist: Marian McGuinness

Here is the second of our Spotlights on shortlisted writers. Marian McGuinness has been shortlisted for her story Queenie’s jiggly-Jolly Holiday  – Queen Clarabelle enjoys being alone at the Get Lost Caravan Park but then makes some new friends. Marian […]

Spotlight on 2022 Short Story Shortlist: Meredith Downes

Here is the first of our spotlights on our shortlisted writers. Meredith Downes has been shortlisted for her short story ‘The Pop Girls’, a subtle story about a girl immersed in swimming but who still observes what happens around her […]

‘Born in history, immortalised in story.’ Six award winning writers reveal how they write historical fiction

The excitement and anticipation is mounting as we get to the countdown to the announcement of the winner of the inaugural Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction. The six writers on the shortlist have revealed the how and why […]

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