Category Archives: Reading & Writing With Kids

A Best Books List (For Kids and Grown-Ups) That’s Not the Same as Everyone Else’s!

I’ve been reading through all the lists of best books of 2013 and they are all very same-y. The Christmas book catalogues are also astonishingly alike. I’m sure the books featured are all terrific but you could be forgiven for

A Best Books List (For Kids and Grown-Ups) That’s Not the Same as Everyone Else’s!

I’ve been reading through all the lists of best books of 2013 and they are all very same-y. The Christmas book catalogues are also astonishingly alike. I’m sure the books featured are all terrific but you could be forgiven for

How do you juggle writing a book and paid work and life?

Sometimes I feel like a fraud when I tell people I’m a writer. Because on most days, my writing time is limited to about 2 hours when my 3 year old is asleep. Which means that, really, writing is one

How do you juggle writing a book and paid work and life?

Sometimes I feel like a fraud when I tell people I’m a writer. Because on most days, my writing time is limited to about 2 hours when my 3 year old is asleep. Which means that, really, writing is one

Bookish Words of Wisdom #2 – On Watching Your Children Grow

For all parents who look at their children and wonder where the time has gone and how it is possible that the child standing on a stage and singing so proudly in the school choir can possibly be the tiny

Bookish Words of Wisdom #2 – On Watching Your Children Grow

For all parents who look at their children and wonder where the time has gone and how it is possible that the child standing on a stage and singing so proudly in the school choir can possibly be the tiny

A lesson learned this week about being a mum

There’s nothing quite like watching your chid struggling to breathe to put a little perspective in your life. I thought I had this perspective – a big part of wrting If I Should Lose You was me as a mother

A lesson learned this week about being a mum

There’s nothing quite like watching your chid struggling to breathe to put a little perspective in your life. I thought I had this perspective – a big part of wrting If I Should Lose You was me as a mother

The 10 Best Literary Heroines for Girls

There is a certain amount of fascination wth princesses in my house, Cinderella and Belle being the most oft-mentioned names. We have several princess costumes, cups, hairclips, backpacks and other paraphernalia. Now I know that many would think I’m doing

The 10 Best Literary Heroines for Girls

There is a certain amount of fascination wth princesses in my house, Cinderella and Belle being the most oft-mentioned names. We have several princess costumes, cups, hairclips, backpacks and other paraphernalia. Now I know that many would think I’m doing

10 things I never thought I would hear myself say …

Until I became a mother, that is. This post needs no introduction really. If you are a parent, you will have heard many weird and wonderful things come out of your mouth when you are talking to your kids. Here

10 things I never thought I would hear myself say …

Until I became a mother, that is. This post needs no introduction really. If you are a parent, you will have heard many weird and wonderful things come out of your mouth when you are talking to your kids. Here

How not to cry when reading to your children

Don’t read Seven Little Australians, by Ethel Turner to them. I knew I was in trouble as the baby waddled off into the bush and Judy raced after him. All I could remember from reading the book as a child

How not to cry when reading to your children

Don’t read Seven Little Australians, by Ethel Turner to them. I knew I was in trouble as the baby waddled off into the bush and Judy raced after him. All I could remember from reading the book as a child

Do we still value English?

It seems hard to believe that I am now old enough to utter such phrases as, ‘When I was young …’ But I am. A couple of weeks ago, in Western Australia, Year 12 students received their final results, which

Do we still value English?

It seems hard to believe that I am now old enough to utter such phrases as, ‘When I was young …’ But I am. A couple of weeks ago, in Western Australia, Year 12 students received their final results, which

Princess Polly and her Potty

Ten things I won’t miss …

There have been some changes in our house this week – insignificant in the whole grand scheme of things but significant because of what they represent: the end of babyhood. Child number three has moved from a cot to a

Princess Polly and her Potty

Ten things I won’t miss …

There have been some changes in our house this week – insignificant in the whole grand scheme of things but significant because of what they represent: the end of babyhood. Child number three has moved from a cot to a

There have always been mothers … but motherhood was invented

If you were at my book launch on September 13, then you would have heard the story of my former weekly habit of buying 10 packets of maternity-sized sanitary pads for my daughter, to contain the nappy area, when she

There have always been mothers … but motherhood was invented

If you were at my book launch on September 13, then you would have heard the story of my former weekly habit of buying 10 packets of maternity-sized sanitary pads for my daughter, to contain the nappy area, when she