Who Is Fitzy Fox? by Amelia Trompf and Jennifer Bruce – Giveaway!

We love Melbourne and we love children’s books, so we especially about children’s books about Melbourne! Amelia Trompf is a Melbourne author and primary school teacher and we were given her debut picture book ‘Who Is Fitzy Fox?’ to review.   Who Is Fitzy Fox? is mostly set in Melbourne’s first suburb (and my previous home) Fitzroy […]

HOT: Readings Kids Bookshop, 315 Lygon St, Carlton

Readings, International Bookstore of the Year 2016, has opened Readings Kids, a sparkling new children’s and young adult literature bookshop adjacent to the existing Carlton flagship store on Lygon Street. Readings Kids is a gorgeous, light-filled shop and is dominated by a vibrant forest green mural by Melbourne artist Marc Martin, inspired by his best-selling children’s […]

The HOT List: 16 Best Libraries in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of only twenty UNESCO Cities of Literature in the world so it’s fitting that Melburnians love and appreciate their libraries. Apparently more people borrow books from libraries in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia. So here’s my list of the 16 best libraries in Melbourne for kids. Places that aren’t just repositories for books […]

The HOT List: National Bookshop Day 2016 events in Melbourne

This Saturday 13 August is National Bookshop Day, which celebrates local bookshops all around Australia. Bookshops around the country are hosting events, book readings and fun activities. Here’s what happening in some of Melbourne’s bookshops: Benns Books 437 Centre Road Bentleigh Alan Brough presenting a performance based on his book ‘Charlie and the War against […]

The HOT List: Williamstown Literary Festival 2016 – Top 10 events for families and kids

Williamstown Literary Festival is the premier event for writers and readers in Melbourne’s west. The two day festival brings books alive at Williamstown Town Hall or the Williamstown Library (both located at 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown). Here are my Top 10 picks of the 13th annual Williamstown Literary Festival for families and children. Early bird tickets […]

HOT: Melbourne Art Book Fair, NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Art Book Fair is back at NGV International for the second year after a very successful event in 2015 when 16,000 people attended. Melbourne Art Book Fair is a free event featuring book launches, talks and performances and while it’s an event that’s more geared towards adults than children, there are some child-friendly aspects to the event […]

The HOT List: The Top 10 Best Australian Children’s Books

Happy Australia Day! Today is the perfect excuse to celebrate all things Australian – culturally, socially, environmentally, historically and geographically. Sharing beautiful books about Australia with young readers provides us with an opportunity to engage them in all aspects of that celebration – the language, the landscape, the beauty and the diversity. Thanks to my […]

Justine Clarke’s Pyjama Jam and A, You’re Adorable – Giveaway!

Actor, singer, author and Play School presenter Justine Clarke is performing around the country this October and November with her brand new Pyjama Jam! tour. To coincide with her fifth studio album release, Pyjama Jam, the Pyjama Jam! tour will see Justine returning to more intimate venues around Australia, creating the perfect comfy and cozy atmosphere for a pyjama party. Children will […]

The HOT List: First Tuesday Book Club – September 2015

We’re preparing for our first family trip to Japan soon so this month’s book club is filled with children’s books about Japan and Japanese culture. I’m a big believer in immersing yourself in a country’s books and stories before going overseas to enhance the experience on arrival – plus the anticipation is half the fun! […]

The HOT List: Little Free Libraries in Melbourne

Little Free Library is a global, grassroots movement of community-based book exchanges. People build miniature libraries (using recycled materials) and an honesty system allows people to borrow from the library and in turn donate their pre-loved books. Little Free Libraries promote literacy and the love of reading and help to build a sense of community. […]

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