The Hijab Boutique by Michelle Khan

Hi everyone, this last post for this month is a cute little book that I found which spoke straight to my heart. Vibrant and mesmerising, this read will take you straight into the life of a unique young girl that captures your heartstrings!! 

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Welcome to September

Hello everyone and welcome to the month of September!! The spring thaw is slowly melting the cold days down into warmer ones here in Auckland. Along with changes in the weather, the selections for my blog are in a state of transition. To find out more, press the button below…

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Six extra stories on kindness

banner shaoed image. middle large image of five children in silhouette holding hands with orange sun behind them. top three images parts of book covers. top left part of roof and Because of You in white. top middle kids walking with dog in woods. top right blue sky and mockingbird in black. bottom left part of image of girl with arms outstretched. bottom middle white writing Stella by Starlight dark blue starry sky. bottom right bowl with orange goldfish and The Fourteenth Goldfish cramped under it.

Hi everyone, this extra post includes six titles that I really enjoyed reading. A few have even awards for their story and writing. For me, the young protagonists here embody all that falls under the umbrella of kindness and compassion. Without sounding too preachy…I would encourage you and your tween to check out the post below and start talking about what kindness means to you…

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Six animal stories to inspire you

Hi everyone, this extra post was inspired by many things. The new books I read to fill this post, the sound of the trees outside, and the various little birds that fly in the skies above. I hope to give you a little bit of inspiration and insight into the amazing natural world we live in with the titles included here and a little bit of my own experience with animals. So, settle yourself down, and let’s get started…

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Forest World by Margarita Engle

Hi everyone, this week my review will take you to another part of our beautiful world. I hope you enjoy this lyrical read as much as I did because…well…it’s written slightly differently to your average middle-grade fiction story. So, take a break, have a seat, and get ready…

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A diverse diary read

Hi everyone, for those who were wondering about how diary fiction fares in contemporary diverse reads, look no further. This lovely title popped into a search just before I hit lockdown and sparked an interest. So, without giving away any spoilers, please delve in to check it out!!

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Special post on Refugees and Displacement

Hi all, I hope you are all having a good month so far. Down here in New Zealand summer is just slowing down and autumn is around the corner. I hope the selection of titles this month have provided a glimpse into a culture that is different to yours. Everyday in my line of work I see new faces and hear languages I haven’t heard before spoken by both adults and children. It makes my heart sing to embrace them all into the community I serve. This special post is my way of honouring those families I help, sometimes on a daily basis.

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My Sri Lankan culture and heritage

Hi everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the diverse reads I’ve selected for you this month. I must say that compiling the lists and reviews this month has been an exhilarating experience. In this extra post I hope to give you a glimpse into my own Sri Lankan culture and heritage.  

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Four diverse fantasy series to enjoy

Hi everyone, I hope you enjoyed my previous list of titles. This next post is also in the form of a list for your perusal. The titles this week all have some element of fantasy mixed in with adventure. Mythology, folklore and legends all combine in a delectable treat here for you!

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Six school stories celebrating diversity

Hello everyone, the selection of reads this week takes place mostly within the background of the classroom and gives readers a different perspective from the lives of diverse kids. I selected only six titles for this post as I don’t believe in overwhelming you with too many reads. I hope you manage to find these and enjoy them as much as I did. 

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