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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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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 »

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Hairy Maclary

There is a range of books in the Hairy Maclary range. After Little Miss experienced a trip to the vet with our dog, I thought it was apt that we start with Hairy Maclary’s Rumpus at the Vet.  To be honest, at five months, I think she’s a little young to appreciate this properly. The… Read more »

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Looking at Art 1 2 3

Learning to count is inspired through artwork in this great little book. The National Gallery of Australia has released two books in this series – Looking at Art: 1 2 3 and Looking at Art: Colours. Using famous artwork, all found at the National Gallery, your child explores counting and colours in a much more… Read more »

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A Child’s First Alphabet

  Such a cute book by Alison Jay. This is the kind of book that lasts through a few age ranges as you have fun spotting all the things on each page that start with that letter. My cousin gave me the board book version and Little Miss, 4 months old now, is already enjoying… Read more »

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Luke’s Way of Looking

Ever felt like you don’t quite fit the mould? Or see things a little differently to everyone else? Then you’d be able to empathise with Luke. Luke’s Way of Looking is written by Nadia Wheatley and illustrated by Matt Ottley. What a magical partnership! The story is inspiring and the pictures are captivating. I read… Read more »

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

I love, I love, I love this book. Get caught up in how you say/express the words as you swish through the tall grass. Create your make believe world together as you act out each page. Helen Oxenbury’s drawings are just amazing. As my daughter gets older we will be writing our own inspired versions as… Read more »