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Written by Wenda Shurety Illustrated by Karen Erasmus Reviewed by Kerry Neary When children start at school, along with all the physical things they need, they must pack their imagination. In this story, Eva’s Mum makes sure it is there. It starts with pet

Written by Patrick Guest Illustrated by Jonathan Bentley Reviewed by Kerry Neary This gem of a book slipped through my net when it was published in 2017 and shortlisted for the Picture book of the Year. I don’t know how I missed it

Written by Jocelyn Crabb Illustrated by Danny Snell Reviewed by Kerry Neary Experts say that children should be made school-ready to lessen the anxiety of starting at school. This probably takes all their preschool lives, not just a few weeks beforehand or one

Written and Illustrated by Alex Milway Reviewed by Zewlan Moor Anna Dupont’s Great-Aunt Mathilde has left the Hotel Flamingo to Anna in her will. Anna arrives to a decrepit old hotel with skeleton staff and empty books. Worse than this, The Glitz

written by Kerry Brown illustrated by Isobel Knowles and Benjamin Portas reviewed by Kerry Neary This is not a book about ANZAC Day or any other memorial day, for that matter. Rather, it is designed to give early readers some insight into the

How to nurture a child's love of books by Megan Daley reviewed by Mia Macrossan Nurture is the key word in this warm, almost intimate, guidebook which describes in enthusiastic detail how to inculcate a love of reading in your child from birth.

Written by Zanni Louise Illustrated by David Mackintosh Reviewed by Sue Wright One of my favourite children’s books is Where’s My Teddy by Jez Alborough (1992). Archie and the Bear (2017) by Zanni Louise and David Mackintosh has a delightful small boy-meets-bear moment

Written by Elaine Kiely Kearns Illustrated by Colin Jack Reviewed by Yvonne Mes Ah, we can’t wait to hear our child’s first word, then we delight in every new word until they get to … ‘No’. Unfortunately, children love the power of ‘no’ and

Written and illustrated by Sara Acton Reviewed by Kerry Neary When the children in this story go walking through the park, they collect dinosaurs!  Dinosaur day out, whimsically written and illustrated by Sara Acton, is  a book on the Notables early childhood

Written by Rachel Flynn Illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie Reviewed by Kerry Neary By and large, picture storybooks for children are joyful and uplifting. What could sound more joyful than Collecting sunshine. That’s the title of a book written by Rachel Flynn and illustrated

Written by Anna Snoekstra Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri Mercy Point, Anna Snoekstra’s second novel, is a YA thriller with an intriguing premise. A group of teens meet on an online messaging board, sharing a suspicion that they are adopted. Grappling with

Written by Penny Harrison Illustrated by Megan Forward Reviewed by Inda Ahmad Zabri Emily Green’s Garden is a picture book celebrating the love of plants. Author Penny Harrison and illustrator Megan Forward are aficionados of the gardening world, having cut their teeth on

Written by Avi Reviewed by Mia Macrossan The Button War by the American writer and Newbery medalist Avi is is a biting indictment of the damage suffered by civilians during wartime. The story is set in a remote Polish village during World

Written by Cristy Burne Illustrated by Amanda Burnett Reviewed by Margaret McKay-Lownes Younger readers will find it difficult to contemplate a life without mobile devices, but this is exactly what is imposed on the young characters in this wholesome novel by science writer

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