Storytime with Jessica – Children’s Book Week

It’s Children’s Book Week!

This year’s theme is Find Your Treasure and we there are so many wonderful book treasures in this year’s list. We have a lot happening this week – dress-up Storytimes, special Pram Jams, competitions, a book launch…oh my, come down to the library this week to join in on the Children’s Book Week celebrations.

Today’s Storytime post is celebrating some of the wonderful books that we haven’t had time to review – including two of this year’s winners.

The Books

Cover Image for Rodney Loses It

Rodney Loses It by Michael Gerard Bauer, and illustrated by Chrissie Krebs

Winner Book of the Year: Early Childhood Children’s Book Council Awards 2018.

Rodney was a rabbit who loved nothing more than drawing. He never found it tiresome, tedious or boring. But then one day, disaster struck, the one thing Rodney feared, while working at his drawing desk his pen just… DISAPPEARED

I loved this book. I heard Michael Gerard Bauer speak a few years ago at a conference and he had the entire audience in tears from laughing and you get the same feeling from this book. Rodney loves drawing and he does not cope well when his favourite pen goes missing. As anyone who has dealt with a total meltdown knows, it doesn’t matter that Rodney has other pens – they are not his pen! The book deals with Rodney’s reaction, his search, and ultimately finding his pen…but does it end there. This is great fun to read aloud…especially when you can be loud and expressive with the text.

A Walk In The Bush by Gwyn Perkins

Winner Picture Book of the Year Children’s Book Council Awards 2018.

Little Iggy doesn’t want to leave the house, but Grandad insists – they always have fun together. What follows is a wonderful journey in the great Australian outdoors with singing birds, wallaby surprises, secret caterpillar messages and oodles of grandad humour. Here is a story about the wonders of nature, the funny side of life and spending time with the ones we love.

This book is lovely to look at. I was surprised to find that Iggy was a cat but it works. Overall, this book is wonderful for sharing when you are close. I think the power of the pictures is in the details so this is one of those books I would save for a small group.

Cover Image for A Walk In The Bush
Cover Image for The Very Noisy Baby

The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester

Honour Book of the Year: Early Childhood Children’s Book Council Awards 2018.

Here is the story of a very noisy baby. She could bellow like a buffalo. And roar like a lion. And howl like a wolf for a very long time. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She’s really very loud. But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help?

With repetitive text, animal noises, and lots of lovely illustrations, this book about a baby who makes all sorts of non-baby noises is a delightful read. We meet the whole family and a cast of characters from around town who are looking for their missing animals but they are not in this house…there is a very noisy baby in the house though.

Eric The Postie by Matt Shanks

Notable for this year’s Book of the Year: Early Childhood Children’s Book Council Awards 2018.

Eric had a dream…he knew he could be the best postman ever. There was one big obstacle-he didn’t have any mail to deliver. Eric is not going to let that stop him.

What is a tachyglossidae to do when they want to delivery mail but there is none? This book is gorgeous, the pictures add a lovely amount of detail to the story which is simple but conveys an excellent message about following your dreams and being imaginative and inventive with the traditional method of doing something is not going to work for you. I really look forward to sharing this book with my Storytime group on Friday.

Cover Image for Eric The Postie

I also wrote reviews about my two favourite books from this year’s Notable list – Mopoke and Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros.


A treasured rhyme that you can make go on forever if you like…all you need to do is add in another line with the ‘igan’ sound…

Michael Finnegan

There was an old man named Michael Finn-egan,
He had whiskers on his chin-igan,
They fell out and grew back in-again,
Poor old Michael Finnegan. Begin-again.

There was an old man called Michael Finn-egan,
Climbed a tree and barked his shin-igan,
Took off several yards of skin-igan,
Poor old Michael Finnegan. Begin-again (repeat)

There was an old man called Michael Finn-egan,
Ran a race and tried to win again.
He fell down and bumped his shin again.
Poor old Michael Finnegan. Begin-again.

And a treasure from childhood.

The Muffin Man

Oh, do you know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Do you know the muffin man,
Who lives on Drury Lane?

Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Yes, I know the muffin man,
Who lives on Drury Lane.


When we have found our treasure, we need a place to put it so what better than to decorate ourselves a treasure box?

Treasure Box

What you need:

  • box – this could be an old shoebox or anything else.
  • Things to decorate it with,
  • glue/scissors/etc.

What to do:

  • Use your imagination – paint the box, glue things on the box, be as creative as you can because we want the box that holds our treasures to be just as treasured as the things we hide inside.

Have you seen our Children’s Book Week display?