Where will you stay?
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
17h ago
  I saw this fabulous idea on Instagram today from The Book Wrangler.  It would be easy to adapt this for children in your Australian library - perhaps before the next holiday period such as our end of term one break in April when families are focused on holiday destinations including holiday houses and hotels. Books in Mike's image, which you can see here, include Anne of Green Gables; Madeline; Winnie the Pooh; The Twits; Greenglass House; The Vanderbeekers; Mercy Watson; and A series of Unfortunate events. I am in awe of the way Mike took the trouble to include an image of the ..read more
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Before Colors: Where pigments and dyes come from by Annette Bay Pimentel illustrated by Madison Safer
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
18h ago
Our eyes see colours (Australian spelling) but many of the colours used in art took a long time to develop and some discoveries were entirely accidental. Here is a tiny sample of facts from this book: 2,500 years ago in India the roots of the tumeric plant were ground to make yellow dye. Vincent Van Gough loved to use many shades of yellow Cochineal red comes from the cochineal insect. Today this is used in food dye US Code E120. Check out the webpages for the illustrator Madison Safer and the author Annette Bay Pimentel. See inside Before Colors here.  Along with precisely drawn bota ..read more
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Where are all the Christmas Beetles by Suzanne Houghton
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
3d ago
The end papers in this book are scrumptious. Each page is designed with so much care and the final fact pages are sure to satisfy your curious young reading companion who sadly may not have seen these special little creatures. "Every year in summer, some visitors come to stay: to eat, drink and be merry, dancing the night away." "Their glistening little bodies look like baubles on a tree. When they cluster all together it's a wondrous sight to see. But I've some to notice lately they're more difficult to find. I've been wondering what has happened; it's been playing on my mind." Thankfully t ..read more
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The case of the Missing Tarts by Christee Curran-Bauer
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by Momo
4d ago
Dear son,  I baked your favourite dessert, my famous jam tarts. They were made with love and, of course, my secret ingredient! Enjoy them with your friends at headquarters. Love Mama xoxo Oh no, someone has stolen the tarts. Now it is up to our three intrepid detectives - Martin P Sweets, Felix Danish, and Ralph Custard to solve the crime and find those tarts!  Meanwhile, we do see the thief but his identity is hidden. He is determined to discover the secret ingredient - but what could it be? Acorn, birdseed, apple juice, mayo, cinnamon? NO no no.   Book seller blurb:&n ..read more
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Bird Builds a Nest by Martin Jenkins illustrated by Richard Jones
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
4d ago
The preamble to this book says: "This is a book about forces. A force is something that makes an object move, stop moving or change direction. We can apply a force by pushing or pulling." Bird needs to pull a worm up from under the soil. "When you pull something you are applying a force towards you." Now that she has had her worm Bird needs to build her nest. "The more something weighs, the more force you need to lift it." Using push and pull Bird completes her nest - pushing a twig into the side and pulling it through. Oh no she has dropped a twig. "Things fall to the ground because of a fo ..read more
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The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
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by Momo
6d ago
Blurb: The three wise men, or the three kings, are familiar figures in the Christmas tradition. Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park has taken the brief biblical references to the three as the starting point for a new story. In it we meet a boy who is learning his father's trade; a man who gathers resin from certain trees; a merchant in the marketplace; and three strangers in brightly colored robes who are shopping for a gift for a baby. Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline with exquisite paintings, this simple, moving tale of ordinary people involved in an extraordinary event brings new resona ..read more
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Christmas Book Shopping Catalogues
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
1w ago
I have had this idea before - to collect the catalogues of book shops in my city and compare their children's book recommendations. Here is a quote from my previous post (2019): I enjoy comparing the books for children which the shops are promoting.  Shops in this city mostly list titles that are already popular with children and well known to their parents.  It would be so good to see them extending these choices to showcase other books that really deserve to be discovered by young readers. We speak English in Australia so we can offer our children the very best books from so many ..read more
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Meet the illustrator Sara Acton
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
1w ago
  Take a look at Sara Acton's portfolio Sara Acton is an award-winning author and illustrator. Sara grew up in the Cotswolds in England and always loved drawing, especially people and other strange creatures. She studied BA Hons Fine Art and trained as an Art Teacher in London. After teaching and practicing art in England and New Zealand Sara moved with her family to Australia. Her first picture book Ben and Duck won the 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award for new illustrators.  Sara Acton has generously donated an original art piece for our IBBY Australia M ..read more
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Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
1w ago
Ben is an orphan. Each Sunday, when he was young, the orphans were taken for a walk along the canal. On this day Ben aged just four, is not wearing shoes and so he his hurt when he steps onto some glass. Another orphan, a boy named Sam aged eleven, stops to help the little boy. Moored on the canal there is a narrowboat.  "The boat was red and green, with her name Sparrowhawk, painted in gold on a scarlet panel. Above the letters a bird of prey few, tough and graceful, orange eyes glinting and blue-grey wings outstretched." The owner of the boat, Nathan, helps Ben with his foot and h ..read more
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What can you do with a rock? by Pat Zietlow Miller illustrated by Katie Kath
Momo celebrating time to read
by Momo
1w ago
"Some people don't notice rocks. They walk by, head in the air, hands in their pockets, missing the magic underfoot." So what can you do with a rock? Skip it on the pond. Drop it and hear the different sounds the rock will make depending where it lands and of course how hard you throw it. You can collect rocks and then sort them - that's my favorite page. You can study them - you might even find a fossil. You can change your rocks by decorating them or using them for a craft piece (collage). Best of all you can share your rocks with a friend.  The final pages of this book have all the r ..read more
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