6 Books About the Origins of Valentine’s Day for Kids

St Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated throughout England, Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand but how many of us really know anything about the origins of Valentine’s Day? The books on this page tell some of these stories and provide an interesting window into the origins of Valentine’s Day. A couple of the books adopt a strongly religious perspective while …

3 Best Australia Day Picture Books

Our understanding of Australia Day and how we celebrate it has changed a great deal since I was a child. In the 1970s, 26 January was a day to celebrate the ‘founding’ of Australia – the day when the First Fleet arrived on the shores of the land they’d deemed terra nullis, literally ‘nobody’s land’. Of course it was not nobody’s land – not in 1770 when Captain Cook ‘discovered’ it and not in 1788 when the First Fleet arrived.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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!