Science fair projects stump students

Jennifer Minicus | 21 March 2014
Anna and her friends find a practical use for their research.

Rush Limbaugh’s book for kids sells 200,000 in first week

Jennifer Minicus | 28 January 2014
But is his version of early American history worth the hype?

Do children still use their imagination?

Jane Fagan | 16 December 2013
An Australian Children's Book Council winner.

The Only Author to Win Both a Newbery and Newbery Honor in the Same Year

Jennifer Minicus | 24 June 2013
An off-beat story about friendship, loyalty and respect.

One for the boys

Clare Cannon | 24 May 2013
Friendship, growing up, danger, peer pressure, Shakespeare, humour, remorse… and the meaning of life.

Improving a child’s ability (& desire) to learn

Clare Cannon | 17 May 2013
Build skills and excite interests that will stay with a child for life.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand…Songs?

Emily Castilla | 14 May 2013
A delightful new character has entered the world of picture books.

Beginning Readers

Jennifer Minicus | 26 August 2012
Parents of avid young readers often ask me for new titles of basic chapter books.

Inventing Elliot

Tim Golden | 31 July 2011
Elliot Sutton is a bullied schoolboy who tries to reinvent himself when he moves to a new school in a new area.

The Harry Potter Series

Tim Golden | 27 April 2011
Tim Golden weighs in on this exceptionally popular series.

Word After Word After Word

Jennifer Minicus | 14 August 2010
Lucy and her classmates discover the writer inside of them when a guest visits their class.

The Demon Headmaster

Tim Golden | 28 July 2010
All children like to think that they have a demon headmaster, and this story gives you one.

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