Pet Show! by Ezra Jack Keats – Book Review

Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) is one of the giants of children’s picture book publishing. If you’ve never come across his work before, you are in for a real treat. And if you have read one or two of his books before, go find some more because he was both varied…

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Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall – Book Review

Page from Jabari Jumps. SPLASH! Jabari hits the water with a smile.

Gaia Cornwall’s charming picture book, Jabari Jumps, tells the story of a young boy on a trip to the pool. But, like all the best picture books, it’s the story behind the words that really moves you. Beautifully illustrated, and full of gentle warmth and wit, Jabari Jumps is so…

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Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love – Book Review

Julian and his Nanna joining in the joyful and colourful Mermaid Parade

Jessica Love’s groundbreaking and utterly beautiful picture book, Julien is a Mermaid, is the simple story of a boy who decides to dress up as a mermaid. Celebrating being who you are, this is a book that encourages children to find joy in self-expression. At the same time, it also…

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Book Love: ‘Topsy and Tim’s Bonfire Night’

Illustration of Topsy and Tim dancing among exploding fireworks, from Topsy and Tim's Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night is a very special night for our family;  it’s a birthday for one of the kids as well as probably my all-time favourite event. Who doesn’t love fireworks, bonfires, roasted chestnuts in a paper bag. And (don’t underestimate this thrill for kids) going out after dark for all…

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Alice in Wonderland Scarecrow Festival

Alice in Wonderland scarecrow of Playing Card Gardener painting white roses red.

One of the many wonderful community events run in our local neighbourhood is the annual scarecrow parade that takes place every September.  This year, I really wanted to get involved and so corralled some of my friends and neighbours on our street into doing our scarecrows on the same theme….

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