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bad guys the review

According to my 7 year old, The Bad Guys series of books is so good that after never reading a single book, (other than readers and books I read him), he went ahead and read the Bad Guy 3 books we could get a hold of, in the... Read More

Kids’ Books About Brisbane’s History

For those small boys who can read, yet really rather wouldn’t, here’s something quite different. Four little kids’ books about Brisbane’s History, which are anything but boring. These little books, written for primary school children, drip with rats, fleas, tunnels, graves, the plague, buried weapons and food. Unsavoury for a small boy you may say! …

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ANZAC Day Books for Kids

ANZAC Day is fast approaching and as one of the most important historical dates in our country’s calendar it is one that, understandably, our nation honours accordingly.  It is a date that will forever be carved into the hearts and minds of Australians and New Zealanders and, as the years have passed and the original soldiers …

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Making Mindful Magic by Lea McKnoulty

Making Mindful Magic is a picture book for children, especially designed for parents and teachers to share the mindfulness experience with children. A former early childhood teacher, the book’s author and illustrator, Lea McKnoulty, had noticed that it was difficult to find children’s books on the topic of mindfulness in stores. In this one-of-a-kind book, …

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Peter Pan

Like most six-year-olds, my little girls love fairies – Tinkerbell especially –  so I wanted to see what they thought of the original Peter Pan story. Of course, it was written so long ago, over a century in fact, in 1911, that all I could find at my local library was an adaptation. The version …

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The Gruffalo’s Child

The Gruffalo’s Child is just the right amount of scary to make a small child snuggle in close – but not be too scared to go to bed! And it’s fantastic for early readers. The sequel to The Gruffalo introduces the Gruffalo’s child, whose curiosity sees her set off to find for herself, the legendary, …

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Easter Books for Kids

Easter is one of the best holidays ever – chocolate, hot-cross buns, Easter egg hunts, an extra-long weekend and gorgeous Autumn weather to indulge in activities with the family. Another great thing about Easter is the wonderful books available for kids to indulge in all things fluffy, chocolatey and hoppity (that’s totally a word, right?). …

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The Coolest Ideas for an Australian Themed Christmas

Christmas for Brisbane Kids is an exciting and magical time steeped in family traditions and special memories, from the annual hanging of festive decorations to the tasty treats shared with loved ones. Whether you’re looking for great inspiration for your family festivities or ways to celebrate the wonderful Australian yuletide culture, you’ll love these Aussie-themed …

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Book Week Costume Ideas for Kids

Book Week 2015 is fast approaching and whilst children, schools and libraries nation-wide prepare for this literary celebration, many parents groan at the thought of finding another costume. Brisbane Kids has searched for some of the best and most imaginative children’s book characters to help you find the right Book Week costume for your little …

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10 Great Brisbane Children’s Books

I have always been one of those nerdy types who when filling out a questionnaire about what I would love to be doing I would always tick an option that says lying on a beach somewhere reading a good book.  I adore books and although my time now is so very limited I still try …

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Buddhism for Mothers

As a mum do we even have time to read? I think not, so when a friend recommended this book I bought it with the intention of reading it in hospital after I had my next baby, the only time I imagined I would ever have time again with 3 children. When it arrived in …

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Creative Ways To Make Reading Fun For Kids

Children mirror their parents and what better way to spend your time reading than knowing your child is watching what you do and then doing it themselves. Setting a time every day from when they are young is a great start in showing your child how fun reading can be. And for creative ideas to …

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Imagine Travelling to the most mysterious and unusual places

Imagine Travelling to the most mysterious and unusual places 4 Elves on a journey discovering other kingdoms.. sounds like an adventure doesn’t it? This delightful pre-teen book is one that explores different experiences in different worlds to offer different perspectives. This is a novel aimed at the 8-10 year olds, aiming to stimulate their imaginations …

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Mem Fox’s 10 Reading Commandments

Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments 1. Spend at least ten wildly happy minutes every single day reading aloud. 2. Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times.  Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read. 3. Read aloud with animation.  Listen to your …

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