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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Dear diary… it’s June now

Hi there, it’s the beginning of June! I hope everyone has slumbered out of lockdown alright. Down here in New Zealand we’ve just come out of our lockdown period and easing back into ‘normal’ life. With all the changes that have taken place, both outside of my world as the seasons shift and inside myself, I wanted to change up my selections for this month. This month you will find all the reads told in the style of diary entries.

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I spy a great reader by Jackie French

Hello everyone, April is just about to end and begin a new season!! I hope you all are taking precautions and keeping healthy against the nasty virus circling the globe. My little niece and her schoolmates are doing their best to teach everyone how to wash hands and keep clean!! This next post is actually a book for grown ups to help them with the reading of their children. Let me tell you one thing now, when I saw this title pop up on my screen a few years ago, I squealed with delight!! I hope you do the same once you read it!!

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Heaven looks a lot like the mall by Wendy Mass

Hi everyone, this week’s post has a title that’s better suited for the teenager in your life. I had read this book some time ago when all I wanted to do was read everything by Wendy Mass! And truly, she really is a master storyteller!! Have a sit down, call that teenager of yours, and delve into this post together…

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Welcome to April 2020

Hi everyone, welcome to April!! I’m now definitely feeling the colder nights as the days become shorter down here in New Zealand. This month’s review posts are a random selection of titles I had read some time ago. I hope you like surprises, because this month’s reads have a few in store for you!!

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Trendy Travel Reads for Teens

Hi everyone, welcome to this week’s post!! I’m changing things up a bit this week. The selection of titles are all from teen fiction reads I found interesting and captivating. Unlike the tween books, these reads will take you around the world with some extra content that is better suited for older readers. So why not dive in and take a journey with the teens in this post! 

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Wanderlust this December…

World map in blue pale oceans

Hi everyone, summer has arrived for me here, down in New Zealand!! And with summer comes long lazy days with family, the odd road trip down to a nearby beach for a swim or even a longer vacation with day walks in rainforests, hiking up hills or just playing in a park. In my life, just like most others, summer means travel. So this month, all the books feature an aspect of travelling. 

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