Summer Reads ’22 – ’23

Happy New Year, Just Write For Kids peeps! Well, we’re about to embark on a new year, sure to be filled with glorious new reads to warm our hearts and souls. But for now, as we spend time reflecting, re-evaluating, rejuvenating and refreshing for what’s to come, the best place to be this summer is READ MORE

Book Reviews: Fun, Scary and a Little Bit Gross

Thought this was a Halloween post? Maybe, maybe not. Halloween is such a fun time of the year, isn’t it? Our Aussie children’s writers so cleverly tap into this market, whether their books are ‘Halloween-y’ or not. Anyway, here’s a playful post with a couple of fun, scary (or not) and a little bit gross READ MORE

Book Review: The Bad Bassinis, by Clair Hume and Tom Jellett

The Bad Bassinis, Clair Hume and Tom Jellett, Scholastic, 2020   From the publisher: The Bassinis were BIG. The Bassinis were BURLY. And those BIG, BURLY Bassinis . . . were BAD. The Bassinis are the baddest dogs in town–that is, until they come across Pipsqueak!   Parenting changes you. When I was a kid, READ MORE

#BookReview: Beyond Belief by Dee White

#BookReview Beyond Belief, Dee White (author), Scholastic, April 2020. Blurb: Inspired by the true story of Muslims who saved the lives of Jewish children in the Second World War. In 1942, in the Grand Mosque in Paris, 11 year-old Ruben is hiding from the Nazis. Already thousands of Jewish children have disappeared, and Ruben’s parents READ MORE

#BookReview: Ribbit Rabbit Robot by Victoria Mackinlay and Sofya Karmazina

#BookReview: Ribbit Rabbit Robot, Victoria Mackinlay (author), Sofya Karmazina (illus.), Scholastic, April 2020. Blurb: This lamp is enchanted and I am the genie, I’ll grant all your wishes but don’t be a meanie… When a friendly frog, a greedy rabbit and a robot with a short fuse discover a magic lamp, chaos follows… and friendship READ MORE

Mother’s Day Beauties 2020

Mother’s Day may look a little different this year, but no less filled with love, warmth and the joy our families bring to our hearts. Here are a few titles that are perfect for sharing with loved ones, swelling with comfort and spreading tingles in the most glorious of ways. Lola and Grandpa, Ashling Kwok READ MORE

The JWFK Members’ Top Picks of 2019!

Last year I decided that for me to pick only a handful of favourite children’s books would be a little self-indulgent, and to be honest, way too difficult with the insurmountable amount of quality books released in Australia each year. So, I drew upon the brains trust of the Just Write For Kids author and READ MORE

Book review: The Goldfish Boy, by Lisa Thompson

The Goldfish Boy, Lisa Thompson, Scholastic, 2017 From the publisher: Matthew Corbin suffers from severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. He hasn’t been to school in weeks. His hands are cracked and bleeding from cleaning. He refuses to leave his bedroom. To pass the time, he observes his neighbours from his bedroom window, making mundane notes about their READ MORE

The JWFK Members’ Top Children’s Books of 2018!

Every year I sort through my hundreds of books read, reviewed, bought, given, borrowed and absolutely treasured throughout the past twelve months. And as you know, the standard of children’s titles in Australia is phenomenal. So my process of selecting my favourites is always painstakingly difficult. That’s why I passed the buck onto my fellow READ MORE

Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings Part 1

Aura Parker is an author and illustrator who is certainly going places – and I don’t just say this because I ran into her at the airport recently! Her picture book Twig (her first as author and illustrator) has been published internationally as well as recognized nationally as a Notable book in the CBCA Book of the READ MORE