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|

The Lion in Our Living Room by Emma Middleton – Book Review

Snuggle time with Oma. Euwing settles in for his newest story The Lion in Our Living Room by Emma Middleton - Illustrated by Briony Stewart Published by Affirm Press There are some children’s picture books

October 18th, 2017|Book Reviews - Children's Picture Books|

Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks – Book Review

Category:  Junior Fiction Title:  Two Wolves Author:  Tristan Bancks Pages:  271 pp Age:  10 – 14 years (Recommended year 6 to year 9) Australian RRP:  $14.99 Binding:  Paperback Suitable for ages: Upper Primary & Lower Secondary ISBN:  9780857982032 ebook:9780857982049

October 1st, 2017|Book Reviews - Children Novels|

~ 01. Making a Change for the Better – Journal Entry

~ Looking to the Future ~ The post below is something I wrote about two years ago and it was posted to a different blogroll I used to journal on. Reading through it today, I decided I wanted

September 12th, 2017|Creative Writing, Journal, The Creative Life|

The Snow Pony by Alison Lester – Book Review

This book is more suited for readers 12+ years old. There are a couple of more mature themes running through the story that younger readers may have trouble understanding. Discretion is advised. Alison Lester has lived and

September 12th, 2017|Book Reviews - Children Novels|