Book Review: Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Charlie Changes into a Chicken, Sam Copeland (author), Sarah Horne (illus.), Penguin Books, 2019 Synopsis: Charlie McGuffin has an incredible secret . . . He can change into animals. All sorts of animals: a flea, a pigeon, even a rhino. Trouble is, he can’t decide when – it only happens when he gets worried. And right now, Charlie READ MORE

Book Review: A Monster in My House

A Monster in My House, The Umbilical Brothers (authors), Johan Potma (illus.), Puffin Books, 2018 Synopsis: There’s a Monster in my Bedroom. Keep very, very still. Tell me you can see it. It’s giving me a chill . . . A funny, charming rhyming picture book about a house full of monsters with an unexpected READ MORE

BOOK REVIEW: At The End Of Holyrood Lane

At the End of Holyrood Lane, Dimity Powell (author), Nicky Johnston (illus.), EK Books, 2018 Synopsis: Flick is just like any other youngster. She loves to chase butterflies and jump in autumn leaves. But life at the end of Holyrood Lane is often violent and unpredictable due to the constant storms that plague her home, READ MORE

A Roundup of Summer and Outdoor Books for Kids

With kids still enjoying school holidays at the moment and a lot of parents starting to run out of ways to keep the young ones occupied, now is a great time to stock up on books. While any books will help take children’s minds away to amazing places and situations, and teach them valuable language READ MORE

Children’s Book Ideas for Christmas: A Roundup of Mini Reviews

With Christmas right around the corner, now is a great time to start checking out books you can buy your children, nieces and nephews, grandkids and other youngsters in your life. Here is a rundown on some great options you might like to consider – there’s something for all ages! Picture books and colouring-in There’s READ MORE

A Blog Tour to Remember: Australia Remembers

#AustraliaRemembers #blogtour #booksontour #day7 AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM ‘On the 11th of November, 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after four long years of war. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance of READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Shortlist

Coming to a consensus between different judges with differing opinions isn’t always an easy feat. But there are certain aspects of quality storytelling that are undeniable. Yes, writing a pitch is like writing a story. It needs to be engaging, evoke an emotion, and concise with each word carefully put into place. You have limited READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Longlist

The Pitch It! Competition team have been absolutely blown away by the sheer success of Just Write For Kids’ first writing competition! The judges particularly made note of the wide variety and quality of entries, submitted by many talented writers across a range of genres from picture books, junior fiction to young adult. We had READ MORE

BOOK REVIEW: Disney Ideas Book

Disney Ideas Book, Elizabeth Dowsett (author), Lynne Moulding (illus.), DK Books, 2018 Synopsis: Bring your love of Disney to life with more than 100 amazing and creative projects and activities. Let your imagination run wild with Disney inspired arts and crafts, party games, puzzles, papercraft, and many more fun and practical activities.   Many of READ MORE

BOOK REVIEW: The All New Must Have Orange 430

The All New Must Have Orange 430, Michael Speechley (author/illus.), Penguin Random House, 2018 Synopsis: Harvey owned a heap of stuff, but could always use more. The ORANGE 430 was the latest and the greatest. Harvey wasn’t sure what it did, but he had to have it! A cheeky picture book for anyone who’s bought READ MORE