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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

Answers in the Pages

By David Levithan Reviewed by Mia Macrossan David Levithan is an award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of young adult books, including 19 Love Songs, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). David Levithan […]

Frank’s Red Hat

By Sean E. Avery Reviewed by Barbara Braxton Frank is a penguin with ideas. Some are better than others but often they are  not so good.. So when he  he shows the other penguins his strange new creation, they are […]

The Cult of Romance

By Sarah Ayoub Reviewed by Jane Swinton The highly acclaimed Sarah Ayoub shines a light on cultural disconnection in this tumultuous love story. The heroine, Natalie Saab is a smart, young, university student straddling the expectations of being Lebanese or […]

The Vexatious Haunting of Lily Griffin

By Paula Hayes Reviewed by Sarah Custance Paula Hayes is an Australian writer of magical realism for middle-grade audiences. Her first book Lily in the Mirror was a Notable book for the 2017 CBCA awards. The Vexatious Haunting of Lily […]

Dead Good Detectives

By Jenny McLachlan Reviewed by Sarah Custance Jenny McLachlan is a UK author of over 12 books for children and young adults. Her most well-known series is The Land of Roar trilogy packed with dragons and epic adventures. Dead Good […]

Chippy Chasers: Chippy Jackpot

By Sam Cotton Reviewed by Sarah Custance Sam Cotton is an Aussie born actor and internet sensation with his combination of real-life footage intertwined with hand-drawn illustrations. He has over 2.5 million followers and his TikTok videos have over 45 […]

Storm Goliath

Written by James Sellick Illustrated by Craig Shuttlewood Reviewed by Margarite Igras This attractive and instructive picture book about anger management has very expressive illustrations and includes an introduction to some creative language to explain the behaviour. Goliath the gorilla […]

Runt

By Craig Silvey Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia. His award winning and best selling titles include Jasper Jones and Honeybee, both aimed at an older audience than readers of Runt. […]

Snuggled Away

Written by Cate Storey  Illustrated by Sarah Matsuda Reviewed by Sandy Driessens Good night little one, snuggle down tight. The animals are just beginning their night. The night sky is illuminated by the moon and the stars. In the darkness […]

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

Being Honest with Nova Weetman

Nova Weetman, most recently the author of Elsewhere Girls (with Emily Gale), The Edge of Thirteen, Sick Bay and The Secrets We Keep was asked to give the keynote speech at the 2022 Ipswich StoryArts festival. She chose to talk […]

Meet the Book Links 2022 Children’s Historical Fiction Award Short List #4 Wendy Orr

There are four brilliant writers on the Book Links Children’s Historical Fiction Award Shortlist, Mirranda Burton, Lorraine Marwood, Katrina Nannestad and Wendy Orr. Each one has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about writing historical fiction for StoryLinks.   Wendy Orr is the author […]

Meet the Book Links 2022 Children’s Historical Fiction Award Short List #3 Katrina Nannestad

There are four brilliant writers on the Book Links Children’s Historical Fiction Award Shortlist, Mirranda Burton, Lorraine Marwood, Katrina Nannestad and Wendy Orr. Each one has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about writing historical fiction for StoryLinks.   Katrina Nannestad is the author of […]

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