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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

Understanding our feelings and expressing our emotions is a learning process that (I think) takes a life time. The good thing for children, is that there are a lot of books out there to help them understand how to express what they are feeling. A few weeks ago I reviewed the book ‘How Do You… Read more »

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How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne

I was going to start this by saying that since both my children are of toddler age, I think picture books are really great for helping them understand the emotions they are feeling and how to express them appropriately… and then I remembered I work at a Primary School and even the children who are… Read more »

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Ned Kelly and the Green Sash by Mark Greenwood

It would be quite a challenge to grow up in Australia and not have heard of Ned Kelly. He is the hero/thief that has become an infamous part of Australian history. Indeed he has even become immortalised in the art work of Sir Sydney Nolan. Ned Kelly and the Green Sash is told in first person and… Read more »

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Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

When I was five years old, my parents took me out of school and for three months we ‘road tripped’ around the United States. Although I’ve been back to the United States a few times since then, I haven’t yet made it back to Niagra Falls. However, the initial sighting at only five years of… Read more »

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The Museum Book by Jan Mark

I think the first line of the book, explains it perfectly, “Suppose you went into a museum and you didn’t know what it was.” Well this is the book that will help you discover the answer to that question!   At first it all seems rather simple, doesn’t it? A museum is a building that… Read more »

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Tell Me a Picture by Quentin Blake

I love art. I don’t always understand it, but I love it. I love how art draws out emotions and reactions from you. I love how a piece of art can encourage conversation and questions. My two are already regulars at various art galleries. When they were under one they seemed to prefer Cubism – I… Read more »

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Laika The Astronaut by Owen Davey

Laika is a stray on the streets of Moscow, until she is chosen to be the first animal into orbit. Most children I know have gone through a fascination of all things space at some point. Given, ‘Laika’ is our dog’s name (let’s just say my husband hasn’t quite outgrown his space fascination), I couldn’t… Read more »

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The Girl Who Made Rainbows by Peter Warrington

There was a girl in the city and she loved rainbows. What would you do if the thing you loved most, one day disappeared altogether? That was what this little girl was faced with, when one day it stopped raining. Without rain, she couldn’t see her beloved rainbows. This charming little book takes us on… Read more »

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Eric by Shaun Tan

I have two favourite places in Canberra – the National Gallery and the National Library (and how convenient that they are so close to each other). On the weekend, as a part of my 101human privileges, I was lucky enough to attend a workshop on social media and blogging at The National Gallery. I would’ve… Read more »

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Press Here

“Press Here” by Herve Tullet is a book made for boys. It always amazes me how boys need to touch and press everything. I realise not ALL boys and SOME girls also come under this category – but for me, boys stand out as compulsive button pressers.  That’s why this book is made for boys…. Read more »