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15 Best Australian Christmas Books for Kids

15 Best Australian Christmas Books for Kids

Until fairly recently, Christmas books for kids almost always depicted a northern hemisphere Christmas. While I always enjoyed these books as a child, I could never really relate to them because they didn’t at all reflect the Christmases I had living in Sydney. Thankfully, in the years since then, some really lovely picture books have emerged which depict an Australian …

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Children’s Books About Managing Emotions

Children’s Books About Managing Emotions

Today I’m sharing my 10 favourite children’s books about managing emotions. In recent times there’s been a great deal of interest in helping children learn to manage their emotions and picture books can be very helpful when it come to supporting them as they learn to understand and to regulate their big – and sometimes tricky – feelings. These are the books I use regularly …

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Mem Fox’s Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes was first published in 2008 and has been a favourite with parents and babies the world over ever since. A copy of the book, signed by Mem, was even given to Prince George when he was born in July 2013 as one of Australia’s official gifts to the newest member of the English royal family. Written in gentle …

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5 Picture Books About Sydney

5 Picture Books About Sydney

Do you live in Sydney? These picture books about Sydney are great fun to share with your children, grandchildren or with the children you teach if you live in this big, busy, noisy, crowded, beautiful city of ours. The books are also fun to read if you’ve visited Sydney or if you’d like to visit with your children one day, once COVID’s under control, of course!

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Where is the Green Sheep?

Where is the Green Sheep?

Mem Fox’s ‘Where is the Green Sheep?’ has been super-popular with children and adults since it was first released in 2004 and it’s now available in various formats. It’s been translated into many different languages and it’s beloved by millions of children around the world. So why is that? What is it about this one book that appeals so much to young children?

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Science Books for Babies!

Science Books for Babies!

On this page you’ll find some really gorgeous science books for babies. These are larger-format board books and they’re just perfect for gifting to little ones who’ve been born into science-loving families. The science books for babies I feature here were all written by Chris Ferrie, a father of four and a physicist who works at the University of Technology …

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Picture Books About Children With a Limb Difference

Picture Books About Children With a Limb Difference

On this page you’ll find some wonderful picture books about children who have a limb difference. So what is a limb difference? A limb difference is when one or more of a person’s arms, legs, hands and/or feet are not the same as the standard-issue limbs most people have when they are born. In the past, people …

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Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness

What is phonological awareness and why does it matter? Phonological awareness is an awareness of and a sensitivity to the sound structure of language. It’s a listening skill and it matters because many, many research studies over the years have shown that it’s a critical skill for children to have before they start learning to read. In fact, phonological …

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Hello!

I’m Felicity.

I blog about children’s books and reading and about their potential for enriching the lives of young humans.

On this blog, I review picture books, board books and sometimes books for older children.

As well as being a lover of all things to do with books and reading, I’m a mum of three young adults and a primary school teacher.

I also create gift baskets filled with the very best books for children from newborns to four-year-olds.

Welcome. It’s nice to meet you.

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