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Matt Zurbo: 365 kids books in 365 days

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Matt Zurbo: 365 kids books in 365 days

Today I'm super excited to share my Q&A with Matt Zurbo, the author of various published young adult novels (two of which have been shortlisted in Australia for the prestigious  Aurealis Awards and  Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award) a nonfiction publication on an oral history of Australian-rules football and eight children’s books. Matt's been working on a really cool project aptly titled Cielo365Stories where he's been writing a story-a-day dedicated to his little baby daughter Cielo. And best of all? All the stories are FREE to read online.  The New York Times called it 'an unconventional labour of...

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2019’s Best Summer Nonfiction Reads So Far

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2019’s Best Summer Nonfiction Reads So Far

Photo by Dan Dumitriu on Unsplash 2019 has been the year of nonfiction. From the extremely informative parenting bible The Books You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry to the literary treat, Mitchell S Jackson’s Survival Math: Notes on an All-American Family here’s our roundup of some of the best books for 2019 to date. (There’s a few more on our reading list which are worth a mention here including The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death and Everything That Comes After by Julie Yip-Williams and Three Womenby Lisa Taddeo. The reviews of these and other books will be included in our final best of 2019 nonfiction list.) 1. Long Live The...

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French for Kids & Some Fabulous Bilingual Children's Books

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French for Kids & Some Fabulous Bilingual Children's Books

Today I want to introduce Mandie Davis and her wonderful new language-learning method for children including some gorgeously illustrated bilingual books — perfect for your little one. We are totally in awe of her work and the power of her innovative ‘Les Puces’ method — teaching young children the French language. Mandie Davis has lived in both Germany and France — raising her children in different European countries has lent her a very unique insight into how children pick up and learn languages. Applying her valuable experience across the years she developed the ‘Les Puces’ method which integrates sign language, music, rhymes, activity, storytelling and books...

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Interview with Pirjo Suvilehto, Finnish Bibliotherapist and Doctor of Philosophy & Literature

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Interview with Pirjo Suvilehto, Finnish Bibliotherapist and Doctor of Philosophy & Literature

Last week we interviewed Pirjo Suvilehto who is a fascinating Finnish bibliotherapist, having completed a Docent in Literature and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Oulu. She has significant experience in the fields of creative writing and literary education. She's also a lecturer at the University of Oulu and has completed extensive research in bibliotherapy, children's literature, creative writing and art pedagogy within human-animal sciences. Her doctoral thesis is the first academic study in Finland to consider children's and adolescents' bibliotherapy. She's also authored 30 published books of poems, picture books and nonfiction and trains student bibliotherapists in...

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Love Fiction? 6 Delightfully Anticipated Summer Reads From Around the World

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Love Fiction? 6 Delightfully Anticipated Summer Reads From Around the World

With Summer just around the corner, here are this Summer’s most anticipated fiction books. Diverse, eclectic and worldly, if there’s only 6 books you read this summer, make it these. City of Girls (Fiction) by Elizabeth Gilbert City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert From the Eat, Pray, Love lady, comes this enticing book aptly titled City of Girls. A nostalgic tale of an older woman reminiscing her past, specifically her youthful time at the Lily Playhouse, a revue theatre owned by a her eccentric Aunt Peg. Dial back to the summer of 1940. A barely-adult Vivian Morris springs up in the Big Apple with nothing but a sewing...

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