Ill. by Freya Blackwood. Little Hare, 2015. ISBN 9781760125554
(Age: 5+) Warmly recommended. Historical picture book, Farm life, Outdoors, Family. Looking back to an idyllic childhood, where children roamed freely, talking to the cows, climbing trees, looking at the splendid view across the hills to the sea, this sentimental picture book shows a childhood that is perfect: one that does not involve TV, or hand held devices, parents or cars. Children reading it will be impressed with the freedom of the children depicted: allowed to make something in the kitchen even though a bowl is broken, making and flying their kites, climbing the biggest trees and sliding down the large branches, walking along the top of an old stone wall, until at the end of the day they retire back to the house, where more sedentary occupations keep them happily amused until bed time.
They read and play, the smaller child wrapping himself in a small blanket and lying on the floor, the older boy snuggling the cat while the girl writes and draws.
Each activity is undertaken by the three children, working often as a group, the older girl taking care of her siblings. And each page depicts an activity of some sort which today's children will relate to, either having done it themselves or wanting to try it out.
The soft illustrations suit the tone of the story, depicting a life not lived by many of our children today, but one alluded to in many books and magazines.
The seemingly simple verse will entreat young listeners, eager to follow the rhyme of the words, and earn some lines for themselves. A happy perfectly fine addition to the school library.
HarperCollins, 2015. ISBN 9780008141233
(Age: 14+) Recommended. Demon Road by Derek Landy is an exciting novel that makes it hard to put the book down as you follow the story of Amber whom is not quite the normal girl with not quite the normal family. Amber is a teenage girl with...
Ill. by Nathaniel Eckstrom. CD Recording by Justine Clarke. Scholastic Australia, 2015. IBSN: 9781743626382
National Museum of Australia, 2015. ISBN 9781921953255
Highly recommended. As "mornings come with ash grey light, daytime nibbling away the night" Old William, the town baker, slides crusty loaves and fancy buns out of his ovens, steaming and fresh with an aroma that can never be...
Simon and Schuster, 2015. ISBN 9781471117787
Highly recommended for children who are fans of the Octonauts TV show. Octonaut Creature Report is a collection of fact sheets and Octonaut styled images about different ocean creatures. Read about the bottle-nosed dolphin or the snot...
Ill. by Gaye Chapman. Little Hare, 2015. ISBN 9781742975283
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. Themes: Friendship; Overcoming obstacles in friendship; Shyness; Making Friends. I loved the text in this book - it is a lovely story of the discovery of friendship between Oscar and Charlie,...
Ill. by Sandra Eterovic. Meet . . series. Random House
Australia, 2015. ISBN 9780857985897
I recently evaluated the 759 section of an established primary school library collection, the section that could be best described as 'painters and their paintings'. While there was a...
Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408856116
(Age: Upper primary - lower secondary) Themes: love, friendship, fitness, Sweden, challenges, resilience, humour. 15 year old Kat, after an unfortunate incident involving her older sister's ex-boyfriend, is sent to spend the summer holidays with her...
Finishing School bk 4. Atom Books, 2015. ISBN 9781907411595
(Age: 12+) Recommended. The Finishing School series comes to a satisfying conclusion in Manners and Mutiny. Sophronia is missing her sootie, Soap and is really worried about what the wicked Picklemen are up...
Ill. by Kate Hindley. Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408865866
(Age: 10-12)Recommended. Themes: Adventure; Thinking; Comedy; Environmental issues - logging; Piracy. The author who brought to life the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency has written two wonderfully witty stories for young readers in...
Corgi Books, 2015. ISBN 9780552574778
(Age: Upper primary - lower secondary) Highly recommended. I looked forward to reading Auggie and Me after the powerful emotional journey of Palacio's previous best seller Wonder.
Wonder, recounts the story of August...
The Guardians Trilogy bk 1. Piatkus, 2015. ISBN
(Age: Adult) Romance. Fantasy. Corfu. Goddesses. Three goddesses made three stars, one of fire, one of ice and one of water. But evil pushed them from the sky, putting the world into danger. Three women and three men...
Ill. by Nic George. Simon and Schuster, 2015. ISBN 9781471145193
Themes: Imagination; Overcoming problems; Loss and grief. Henry has lost a treasured toy rabbit, Raspberry. The search is thorough, but fruitless and his grief remains. Eventually, at his grandfather's suggestion, he uses...
Walker Books, 2015. ISBN 9781921529641
(Age: All) Highly recommended. Sad, the dog is a gorgeous picture book about a small dog who calls himself Sad. His life is not a happy one as he is an unwanted dog, living in a home where he can't act like a dog. Why do these people keep...
Black Dog Books, 2015. ISBN 9781925126372
Highly recommended. Themes: Climate Change; Fossil Fuels; Environment; History - Climate Change. This small, easy-to-read book tells the story of our Climate and its change over time. The impact of human activity is explored in a systematic tour...
Ill. by Jane Ray. Orchard Books, 2015. ISBN 9781408336069
(Age: 8-12) Highly recommended. Themes: Music; Abandonment; Orphans; Resilience. This novella was inspired by a visit to Venice and the Vivaldi Museum. There the Illustrator, Jane Ray, found an entry in a Venetian orphanage ledger...
Random House, 2015. ISBN 9780857985699
(Age: 8-12) Recommended. Themes: Family; Mystery; Adventure; War impacts. From the author who also wrote The Kensington Reptilarium and The Icicle Illuminarium (Nikki Gemmell) comes the whimsical and exciting conclusion to a...
Bloomsbury Children's Books, 2015. ISBN 9781408856031
(Age 3+) Recommended. Humour. Knights. Dragons. Bullying. When Sir Kindly Heart tripped over a dragon's egg and it cracked open he decided to take it home to Lady Kindly and together they taught the little dragon, named Scaly Pants,...
Hot Key Books, 2015. ISBN 9781471404641
(Age: 15+) 17 year old Frank Palp lives in a town surrounded by grey. The people are grey, their clothes are grey, everyone and thing is grey. Frank lives in a post war/dystopian town which is under curfew and everything is controlled by the...
Ill. by Daron Parton. Random House, 2015. ISBN 9780857981363
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Music is pumping at the dinosaur disco and everyone is having fun.
Across the shiny floor.
A tri of...