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There’s Only One Mum Like You by Jess Racklyeft

Let’s face it, when it comes to mums, most of us think our mum is the best, better than all the rest. If you feel like this about your mum, then Jess Racklyeft’s recently released

March 31st, 2019|Book Reviews - Children's Picture Books|

2018 StoryLinks Short Story Competition Winner

Breaking News How many of you, as writers, take time out from your busy and creative work to enter competitions? It's been a little while since I have. But, I'm so glad I

November 26th, 2018|Competitions, Creative Writing, The Creative Life|

Back to School – Term 4

Are you aware that returning to school after Term 1 or Term 2, or even Term 3 can be more daunting, for some students, than starting a new school year? It’s true for many reasons, but that first

October 7th, 2018|The Creative Life, Tutoring|

Special Announcement

A very important man, Dr Luther King once said, I have a dream! His dream was for mankind.   I have many dreams, but one important dream of mine is to share my passion and love

The Bear in our Backyard by Emma Middleton

Surprising as it may be, my grandson, Euwing, asks to hear, The Bear in our Backyard, more often, and slightly pipping out, The Lion in our Living Room, by a nose. I am not surprised

June 22nd, 2018|Book Reviews - Children's Picture Books|

Poetry Memorisation – The Spoken Word – Part 1

It's only natural that being a teacher and a parent over the past 30 + years exposed me to many different life and teaching experiences. Today I am going to share my thoughts about something I strongly believe

January 14th, 2018|Creative Writing, Poetry Memorisation, The Creative Life, Tutoring|

Creative Art Workshops for Children

To find out if the Shadytree Books creative children’s art workshops would suit you, ask yourself the following questions: Do you have a scintillating imagination? Do you love dabbling in paints and getting your hands messy? Do you

January 12th, 2018|All Things Arty, The Creative Life|

Children’s Creative Writing Workshops

To find out if the Shadytree Books children’s creative writing workshops would suit you, ask yourself the following questions: Do you have a scintillating imagination? Do you love making up stories? Reading stories? Do you love

January 12th, 2018|Creative Writing, The Creative Life|

The Very Noisy Baby by Alison Lester – Book Review

Alison Lester's Book by Three Generations Alison Lester, one of Australia's most popular children's book author-illustrators is working on a special three-generational collaboration with her daughter and granddaughter. The Very Noisy Baby A lot of families, at

November 14th, 2017|Book Reviews - Children's Picture Books|

The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford – Book Cover Reveal

Hi everyone ... Today is EXCITING! Not only is it my birthday, but it is also BOOK COVER REVEAL day for my lovely friend, critique buddy and rising writing star, Taryn Bashford's debut YA novel, The Harper Effect. I

November 13th, 2017|Book Cover Reveals|