Author: Jessica

Storytime with Jessica – Mem Fox

It’s my time again to share with you some books, rhymes, and craft for you to share with the children in your life and this time around I’m going to be talking about an Australian author whose books are a part of so many of our childhoods; Mem Fox. There are books that we all know sooo well – Possum Magic, Where Is The Green Sheep?, and The Magic Hat so I won’t be talking about them today (and interestingly enough all of those posts are by Karen so I think she might be a Mem Fox fan too)....

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Children’s Book Week 2017 – Wrap Up

Children’s Book Week is over, but we had a wonderful time! With 963 people involved in Children’s Book Week events at our three libraries. Staff dressed up: There were Pram Jams filled with rhymes, songs, and book winners. And children’s eager to show off their costumes, and listen to stories at our Storytime sessions: We had competitions, with winners to be announce, and Bookstars and Creative Kids fun.   You can check out all of the wonderful photos...

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A Most Magical Girl – Children's Book Week Review

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee was Shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year – Younger Readers. I read this book while travelling. And I quite enjoyed it. The main character, Annabel is…a most magical girl. And she has no idea because in one of the everlasting traditions of children’s fantasy/adventure stories she has no idea until something happens that means she must do her best and learn quickly. Annabel’s mother sends Annabel to live with her two aunts, who are standoffish and have little time for the fact that Annabel does not...

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Storytime with Jessica – Children’s Book Week 2017

It’s Children’s Book Week! Which is a wonderful, and very busy, time here in the library. We have lots of events, and a few competitions, on as well as our regular Storytime (with the added bonus of dressing up) and Pram Jam sessions. So, to celebrate this week we also have a Storytime post all about Children’s Book Week to share even more books than we can fit into our five sessions of Storytime. None of these are the books I’m going to be reading on Friday: Pandamonia, Take Ted Instead, Where is Bear?, and Bear Make Den. But, the...

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Children’s Book of the Year Winners 2017

The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced their annual award winners this morning as the start of Children’s Book Week 2017. The awards are given to outstanding fiction written by Australians for children and cover the following categories: Book of the Year: Older Readers, Book of the Year: Younger Readers, Book of the Year: Early Childhood, Picture Book of the Year, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, and Crichton Award for New Illustrators. Book of the Year: Older Readers Winner One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn Honour Books Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley The Bone...

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Ruby Wishfingers – Children's Book Week Review

Ruby Wishfingers: Skydancer’s Escape by Deborah Kelly and illustrated by Leigh Hedstrom Ruby Wishfingers: Skydancer’s Escape was Notable in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Awards – Younger Reader category. Ruby Wishfingers: Skydancer’s Escape by Deborah Kelly and illustrated by Leigh Hedstrom This book fits the model of things like Billie B Brown and Hey Jack in that it is short and suited for children who are moving into chapter books but aren’t ready for reading longer kids books on their own. I read this with my seven year old niece on a recent holiday...

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