Naidoc Week & Indigenous Picture Books

2021 National NAIDOC logo The 4th - 11th July, 2021 is NAIDOC week. Lisa @ANZLitLovers hosts an Indigenous Literature Week to coincide with NAIDOC week. Lisa is careful to acknowledge that as 'a non-Indigenous Australian, I am mindful that I do not and cannot know or understand all aspects of Indigenous Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and … Continue reading Naidoc Week & Indigenous Picture Books

The Tailor of Gloucester | Beatrix Potter #ALiteraryChristmas

Feeling very grateful, right now, that Tarissa @In the Bookcase is hosting A Literary Christmas this year. It made me search my shelves for something Christmassy that I hadn't read yet. It led me straight into the delightful and utterly charming arms of Beatrix Potter. I confess that I did not read any of the Peter Rabbit … Continue reading The Tailor of Gloucester | Beatrix Potter #ALiteraryChristmas

The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt by Andrea Wulf & Lillian Melcher

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invention of Nature, comes a breathtakingly illustrated and brilliantly evocative recounting of Alexander von Humboldt’s five–year expedition in South America. Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, but his most … Continue reading The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt by Andrea Wulf & Lillian Melcher

Dog Stories

I delightful batch of dog stories have turned up at work this month. I loved all three for different reasons, but my favourite of the batch was The Tales of Mr Walker by Jess Black.Based on a true story, Mr Walker is a delightful illustrated chapter book about the Labrador Ambassador at the Park Hyatt … Continue reading Dog Stories

For Audrey With Love: Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy by Philip Hopman

Over the years I have developed a rather strong love and admiration for both famous Hepburn's. Katharine for her fierce independence and uncompromising approach to life and love...as well as her wonderful, eclectic movie choices. And Audrey for her style, her big heart and her amazing cast of leading men!Therefore For Audrey With Love was always going … Continue reading For Audrey With Love: Audrey Hepburn and Givenchy by Philip Hopman

CBCA Eve Pownall Information Book Shortlist 2018

Eve Pownall Award for Information BooksBooks entered into this category should intend to document factual material with consideration given to imaginative presentation, interpretation and variation of style, for kids aged anywhere between 0-18 years. The 2018 shortlist for the Eve Pownall Award looks a little like this: Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian … Continue reading CBCA Eve Pownall Information Book Shortlist 2018

Sharing and Caring with Picture Books

A number of years ago I fell in love with Wendy (the adventure seeking chicken) then Herman and Rosie (the lonely, jazz loving New Yorkers). I loved the quirky humour and the sophisticated style that Australian author/illustrator Gus Gordon injected into every page, although I wasn't sure how well the stories would work with actual children. Which is … Continue reading Sharing and Caring with Picture Books