Hachette, 2014. ISBN 9781408326343
(Ages 2-8) Highly recommended. Every now and then a book comes along that is beautifully presented and brings with it a message that every child should have the chance to read and discuss. On the first page, 'He looked at his beloved forest one last time and lay down. Fox closed his eyes, took a deep breath and fell asleep... forever.' The memory tree centres on the death of a loved one (the Fox) in a quiet, polite and sensitive story that instantly evokes emotions.
The memory tree has a placid and calm way of presenting both the illustrations and the story. The local inhabitants of the forest, Owl, Mouse, Rabbit, Squirrel and Bear, all reflect on their experiences and memories of Fox who had touched them each individually in a beautiful and memorable way. These reflections evoke emotions and personal memories easily in the reader.
The issue with The memory tree is when does an adult read it to a child? The story is very emotional and can perhaps be too powerful for a bedtime story. It may be a great way to discuss the loss of life or the topic of immortality.
My son loved this book and immediately asked for it to be read again. I would thoroughly recommend it to be a part of any good library. I would also recommend The memory tree to anyone who needs to discuss the passing of a loved one with a child.
If only the story of dying could always be this sweet.
Shakespeare today series. Bloomsbury, 2010. ISBN
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Retelling. Shakespeare. English history.
For the series Shakespeare today, Bloomsbury has commissioned writers to retell the stories of the bard to be accessible to a younger modern...
ll. by Scott Garrett. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408850763
(Ages 5-10 ) Recommended. There is no doubt that The anti-boredom book of brilliant things to do is a great cure for boredom on a long drive. It has great quizzes, jokes, facts and 'think of as many things as you can think...
Ill. by Peter Carnavas. Mr Darcy series. New Frontier, 2014.
(Age: 3-6) Christmas. Mr Darcy, and Mr Darcy and the dancing duck precede this book with the same main character, encouraging younger readers to delight in this series of stories with a...
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781760110536
(Age: 3+) Who does not recognise the name and know the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 15 year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban on October 9, 2012, for speaking out publicly about the right of girls to have an education? Flown...
Ill. by Sarah Jennings. Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781472906090
(Ages: 4-10) Everything we do and every thought we have comes with a feeling. Sometimes those feelings feel good and sometimes they feel nasty. How are you feeling today attempts to assist with discussion and deeper...
The Mapmaker Chronicles. bk 1. Hachette, 2014. ISBN 9780734415776
(Age: 10-15) Highly recommended.
'In the meantime, though, he might as well try to enjoy the fact that he'd be doing exactly what he loved for three months. Reading. Writing. Learning.
How bad could it...
Allen and Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743313435
Come count with me! is the first picture book produced by Indigenous artist Marika Wilson. Published in conjunction with the Little Big Book Club it will be a popular book to share with younger preschoolers.
The joyous picture on the...
Ill. By Jan Bielecki. Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471402630
Whilst I am not a wrestling fan, I am a fan of the idea that students can see their suggestions, as strange and interesting as they can be, combined into a funny story and published by a successful author. What a great way to...
Ill. by James Davis. Five Mile Press, 2014. ISBN 9781743467251
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Crime. Mystery, Animals.
Mrs Hopper is convinced that she has a monster in her house. He comes out at night, and raids the kitchen eating the food, and leaving the room in a dreadful mess. The...
The Impossible Quest : bk 1. Scholastic Australia, 2014.
(Age: 9-12) Recommended. Escape from Wolfhaven Castle is the introductory book in this new series from Scholastic. Set in a fantasy world of castles, lords and ladies, knights and squires not to...
Koala Books, 2014. ISBN 9781742761404
As December begins what better way to herald the coming of Christmas than to share, each night, or day, a classic story of the season as each door of the Advent calendar is opened.
The Nights Before Christmas collection features a variety...
Hot Key Books, 2014. ISBN 9781471403880
Do ghosts exist? Can it be proven? The Ministry of Ghosts is on the case . . . or is it? This is an adventure that 'creeps up on you softly and taps you on the shoulder'.
In an obsure building, in an out of the way place called Bric-a- Brac...
Harper Collins, 2014. ISBN 9780733332913
(Age: 13+) Set in Imperial Rome under the reign of Caesar, this story opens with Claudia, the central character and narrator being abducted during the night before her wedding day.
Consideration and analysis of power is evident on various...
Hardie Grant Egmont, 2014. ISBN: 9781760120382
Recommended. Wren lives in utopia. Her world is perfect. The trees laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is crystal clear. Wren and her friends live in paradise, what more could they want? Wren starts having strange and somewhat...
Ill. by Lucia Masciullo. Penguin/Viking, 2014. ISBN 9780670076970
(Age: F-12) Charlie met the wild one when he was young. His kite got stuck in the branches of the tree and there, sitting on the bough beside it is a barefoot, slightly dishevelled little boy - looking remarkably like...
Penguin, 2014. ISBN: 9780143572046
I tore through Afterworlds faster than any novel I've read in the last six months. It was irresistible and I could hardly bear to put it down. This novel takes every writer's dream and shows them how it could play out . . .
Darcy is an...
Walker Books, 2014. ISBN 9781406356748
(Ages 6 -12) Recommended. His name is Failure, Timmy Failure. He doesn't drive a fancy car or travel by limousine; he gets around on his mother's Roomba. (Robotic vacuum that roams across his mother's carpet in a pattern Timmy is yet to understand)...
Ill. by Amy Borrel. Silver Wood Books, 2014. ISBN
(Ages 8-10) Recommended. What happens when you tell a small lie? It grows and grows. Autumn Day is the same as any nine year old who wants to be liked however she realizes that owning up to her mistakes and telling the...
Magabala, 2012. ISBN: 9781921248726
Highly recommended for Lower/Middle Primary children. With themes about loneliness/friendship/hope and Christmas, this is a timely book for this time of the year. Bush magic is always special and when it comes at Christmas time, it's even more...
Ill. by Freya Blackwood. Little Hare, 2014. ISBN 9781742977805
(Age: 3+) Recommended. Sleep, Siblings, Family. The young girl cannot sleep, because her new sister, Jessie screams when put to bed.
She goes down to see her parents and asks their help, and Mum comes upstairs to check...
Sue Lawson, a children's writer of some twenty books, is in Adelaide
for a month, writing and editing her latest novel.
The May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust has awarded Sue the time away from home, a time to just write. To this end she is working on her current novel, one set in...
Xlibris,2014. ISBN 97814909006094
(Age: Senior secondary - adult) This is a story is about the thread that binds us to past and place. For Will, the narrator, it is a thread back to his city's earliest white settlement. This, he relates through the reading of his manuscript to his old...
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781760111069
(Age: 14+) Highly recommended. This well written page turner chronicles a distinguished family, the Sinclairs, from the point of view of Cadence Sinclair Eastman. The 'lies', skilfully rendered from the very first page continue through to the...
Simon and Schuster, 2014. ISBN: 9781471123764
If life was fair for Jam Gallahue she would still be living at home with her parents and spending time with her British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. But life isn't fair. Reeve is dead and Jam is sent off to the Wooden Barn, a therapeutic...
Ill. by Sandra Temple. Rhiza Press, 2014. ISBN 9781925139136
(Age: Early childhood) Every night, on a rusty tin roof the possum family hold The Possum Games. They jump, run, hop and skip, have a tug-of-war, strap soap to their feet to slide down the roof and play all sorts of ball games...
Black Dog Books, 2014. ISBN 9781742032429
I would highly recommend this novel for competent readers from 9 -12 years. Themes: Identity, Family life, Friendship, Dementia, Fairies, Botany. Ten year old Maddie's life is ordered, she is the Keeper of the Street, Queen of the back Lane and...
Twinmaker series, bk 2. Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743316474
(Age: 16+) This sequel to Jump sees Clair Hill infamous - as the girl who killed d-mat. D-mat is the technology that can create, replicate and teleport any object (clothes, food, humans) and that not only...
Bloomsbury, 2014. ISBN 9781408836644
(Age: Preschool - Yr 2) Best friends Amelie and Nanette are really looking forward to Christmas. Together they make paper chains, write Christmas cards, wrap presents, make yummy scrummy snowflake fairy cakes and decorate the tree. But even better...
Ill. by Aaron Hill. Windy Hollow Books, 2014. ISBN 9781922081377
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Picture book for older readers. Fear. Bravado, Mystery. Mystery is too tame a word for the events Crew gives us in this eerie and unsettling story. Malevolence permeates every page as the narrator...
Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781760110956
(Age: 3+) Warmly recommended. Painting. Colour. Interactive does not only apply to computers, as here is an interactive book to keep children amused for ages. Mixing colours by pressing on each page will enthrall, delight and inform as kids...
Ill. by Harry Slaghekke. Random House, 2014. ISBN 9780857983879.
ISBN 9780857984883 ebk.
It seems amazing that less than 40 years ago a woman wanting to be a commercial pilot became the first sex discrimination in employment case contested before the Australian Equal Opportunity Board,...
Ill. by Axel Scheffler. Scholastic, 2014. ISBN 9781407144412
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Humour. Farms. Scarecrows. Betty O'Barely and Harry O'Hay invite you to their wedding. In rhyming stanzas with a repeating last couplet, the tale rolls along with a rollicking pace, a marvelous story to...
Little Tiger Press, 2006. ISBN 9781845062835
(Age: 3+) Highly recommended. Tigers. Happiness. Perseverance. Award winning Rayner has done it again in this wonderful tale of a tiger searching for his smile. On waking the tiger finds he has lost his smile and so goes off to look for it. He...
Ill. by Emma Quay. Hachette, 2015. ISBN 9780734415851
(Age: Toddler) Recommended. Board book. Night time. Sleep. Encouraging a small child to go to sleep is made easier with this reprint of Daddo's winning story of bed time. Used as the focus book in the 2006 National Simultaneous...
Ill. by Jon Klassen. Walker Books, 2014. ISBN 9781406357769
(Age: 5+) Warmly recommended. Endeavour. Friendship. Quest. One day Sam and Dave decide to dig a hole. They set out with shovels and the dog, and begin their work to find something spectacular. They dig and dig, eventually...
Ill. by Craig Smith. Allen & Unwin, 2014. ISBN 9781743317235
(Age: 10+) Recommended. Picture book for older readers. War. Vietnam. Song. Conscription
The song penned by John Schumann is now so well known that I am surprised it has taken this long for a book such as this to...
Jane Tanner. Penguin, 2014. Hbk ISBN 9780670077571. Ebk ISBN
(Age: Yr 5+) There is always work to be done on Hillside Farm - except on Sundays. Sundays are a day of rest and, on this prophetic Sunday, Tom takes his younger sister Emily to a special place high on a ridge...