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Mitcham Memorial Library & Brownhill Creek | Hawthorn | Review

 
Mitcham Memorial Library & Brownhill Creek in Hawthorn
If you thought libraries were just for bookworms or cranky types who like to ‘shh’ your kids, think again. Libraries aren’t what they used to be – particularly Hawthorn’s Mitcham Memorial Library.
by Carla Caruso
Following a $6.5 million rebuild, the new-look Mitcham Library flung open its doors in January […]

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Australian Reading Hour | 19 Sep 2019

[ September 19, 2019; ]
Australian Reading Hour
On Thursday September 19 2019, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. The aim is for Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. Take the time to learn, escape and relax.

In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them […]

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Dymocks Top 51 Kids’ Books | 2019

Dymocks Top 51 Kids’ Books for 2019
Each year Dymocks release their top 51 kids book to help get kids reading and it is always an inspirational list.  Voted by the Dymocks Booklovers members, you will find lots of beloved children’s classics as well as some new favourites, books from captivating series and plenty of Australian […]

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Love Your Bookshop Day | 10 Aug 2019

[ August 10, 2019; ]
Love Your Bookshop Day
This year bookshops across Australia are throwing a party and you are invited!
Love Your Bookshop Day is a chance to celebrate what makes your local bookshop great. Whether it’s for their amazing staff, their carefully curated range or specialisation or a must-see events program, they encourage you to visit your favourite bookshop […]

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MS readathon

MS Readathon | 1-31 Aug 2019

[ August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019. ]
MS Readathon 2019
The MS Readathon inspires kids to read as much as they can, all for an incredible cause. The rules are simple. Read whatever you like, as much as you can, in August.
This year’s MS Readathon will be a magical quest, and the adventure kicks off on 1 August and wraps up on 31 […]

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Dillons Norwood Bookshop | Adelaide’s Biggest Book Store for Children

Dillons Norwood Bookshop
Dillons Bookshop in Norwood is South Australia’s largest independent family owned bookshop.  They recently completed a renovation to double the size of their children’s section and it is well worth a visit.
South Australia’s largest independent family owned book shop for more than 20 years, Dillons is well known for its massive range of […]

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The Mad Cappers’ Tea Party by Marnie Stocks | Illustrated by Sally Heinrich

The Mad Cappers’ Tea Party is a beautifully illustrated and produced, hardcover book aimed at children from pre-school to middle-primary.
What are we doing?
The Mad Cappers’ Tea Party is a fun-filled story of two children who help their adult friend come to terms with the unusual and awkward problem of losing her hair. After searching unsuccessfully […]

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National Simultaneous Storytime | Alpacas with Maracas | 22 May 2019

[ May 22, 2019; 10:30 am; ]
National Simultaneous Storytime 2019
National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.
Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and […]

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Coles Quiet Hour Now in 256 Stores Across Australia | Low Sensory Shopping | Every Tuesday

Coles Quiet Hour
Coles’ low-sensory shopping experience, “Quiet Hour” will now be offered at 256 Coles supermarkets across Australia, tripling the number of stores its offered to customers since the national rollout in 2017.
Coles’ Quiet Hour offers a low-sensory shopping experience that’s easy on the eyes and ears by reducing noise, lighting and distractions instore to […]

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Were going on a bear hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt | Celebrating 30 Years in 2019

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – 30th Anniversary Edition
Celebrate 30 wonderful years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt with a new special anniversary edition of the much-loved family favourite.
“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. Will you come too?”
For thirty years, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through […]

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Autism-friendly Family Morning | National Science Week | South Australian Museum | 18 Aug 2018

[ August 18, 2018; 8:00 am to 10:00 am. ]
Autism-friendly Family Morning – National Science Week
During National Science Week, children with autism and their families can enjoy a quieter, less crowded visit to the Museum, as well as participating in science and craft activities.
Designed specifically for children with autism and their families, this is a unique morning experience. Before the South Australian Museum opens […]

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Better Reading Top 50 Kids’ Books & Dymocks Kids’ Top 51 Books | 2018

Better Reading Top 50 Kids’ Books – 2018 Results
Better Reading aims to be a source of independent book recommendations for Australian readers and their families. Brought to you by Cheryl Akle and the team behind Get Reading! and The Book Circle, Better Reading is all about sharing great stories and helping people discover new books […]

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ArtVenture Kids Art Classes Online

ArtVenture | Kids Art Classes Online

[ April 14, 2017 to April 30, 2017. April 14, 2017 to April 30, 2017. ]
ArtVenture Kids Art Classes Online
Simply set them up and watch them create artworks all by themselves
Artventure – Kids Art Classes Online. 33% off!
As a parent, you want to encourage your kids to develop their skills, but you don’t always have the time to help!
Artventure has you covered when it comes to teaching them to draw […]

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Kinderling Kids Radio | Radio that’s made especially for families

Kinderling Kids Radio
From the Wiggles to The White Stripes, Vegetable Plot to Village People, Danny Kaye to Daft Punk and Justine Clarke to Johnny Cash, Kinderling Kids Radio is redefining music for kids and creating shared family moments for the music lover in the child, and the child in the music lover.
Kinderling Kids Radio offers […]

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Messy Play Salt Dough Recipe

How to make Salt Dough | Salt Dough Recipe

How to make Salt Dough
Looking for some rainy day fun? Salt dough is easy to make. It’s also great for making Christmas ornaments. You could paint your salt dough decorations with white acrylic paint and decorate with red or green ribbons and some glitter. This salt dough recipe is super easy and with only three ingredients […]

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Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta

How to make Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta | Messy Play Recipe

Messy Play ideas: How to make Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta
Looking for an indoor activity that is super easy? Why not make some Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta? It’s inexpensive and good sensory fun.
What you’ll need to make Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta

dry spaghetti
a snap lock bag or a container to mix it in
food colouring
cooking oil (optional)

How to make Rainbow Spaghetti Pasta
Cook a packet (or […]

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How to Make Playdough | Uncooked Playdough Recipe | Messy Play

How to Make Playdough – Uncooked Playdough Recipe
This is an uncooked playdough recipe which is super easy to make.  My playdough recipe testers really enjoyed kneading the warm playdough mixture and said it was good playdough because it was soft and smooth and squishy. They also loved seeing the drops of food colouring gradually mix into […]

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The 13 Storey Treehouse | Andy Griffiths| Book Review

The 13 Storey Treehouse Book Review
If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is over the 13-Storey Treehouse series, written by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, here’s the reason why – they are lots of FUN to read!
The first in the series introduces us to Andy and Terry – sound familiar? The author and illustrator […]

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Where is the Green Sheep?

Where is the Green Sheep? | Mem Fox | Review

Where is the Green Sheep? Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Mem Fox has written many well-loved children’s books including my personal favourite Where Is The Green Sheep?
Where is the Green Sheep? has wonderful bright illustrations of happy sheep doing all sorts of interesting things like playing on seesaws, flying kites and riding on a train. Who […]

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National Simultaneous Storytime | 25 May 2016

[ May 25, 2016; 11:00 am; ]
Come and be part of the fun at National Simultaneous Storytime
Join thousands of children Australia-wide for this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime.
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places Australia wide.

The 2016 National Simultaneous […]

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sleepless nights pickles & pords

Sleepless Nights | A poem by Kyles Covark of Pickles & Pords

We came across this beautiful poem in our Facebook feed and had to share it. Obviously it resonated with everyone else too as it quickly received thousands of likes, shares and comments. We were delighted to discover that it is an Adelaide mum who penned these heart warming words. Kylie Covark, who has her own […]

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The Reading Hour | 18 August 2015

[ August 18, 2015; ]

Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is the message behind The Reading Hour.
It’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the best chance of becoming a […]

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Library and Information Week | 25-31 May 2015

[ May 25, 2015 6:00 pm to May 31, 2015 6:00 pm. ]
Library and Information Week 2015
If you haven’t taken advantage of the fabulous services at your local library yet, or want to find out more about what they offer the community, make a note to visit during Library and Information Week taking place from the 25th to 31st of May 2015.  The 2015 LIW theme is […]

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National Simultaneous Storytime | 27 May 2015

[ May 27, 2015; 11:00 am; ]
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places Australia wide. The 2015 National Simultaneous Storytime book is The Brothers Quibble written by Aaron Blabey.

Spalding Quibble ruled the roost.

He shared it with no other.

But then […]

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The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak | Book Review

A book with no pictures for little children? Sounds boring? Well take a look at this video – author B.J. Novak proves that words can be mischievously powerful and just as delightful.
This book has one important rule:
“Everything the words say, the person reading the book has to say, no matter what”.
It’s absolutely brilliant. So simple, […]

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Father’s Day Books | The Little Big Book Club

Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for Dads’ to spend quality time with their little ones.  When it comes to some quiet time children love looking at books, be it hearing the words read out loud and or simply enjoying the illustrations.  There are dozens of books about Dads – funny Dads, silly Dads, loving […]

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How to Make a Loom Band iPod Cover

If your Loom Band fanatics at home have graduated from making a thousand bracelets and are keen to make something a bit more complicated and useful, they may like to try one of these iPod covers. Miss 9 was very pleased with the way hers turned out and now my iPod is looking decidedly bright […]

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DIY Portable LEGO Kit with Free Printable Activity Cards | Travel Idea

DIY Portable LEGO Kit with Free Printable Activity Cards
Whenever we go out for a meal, or anywhere which may involve some waiting, I’ve always tried to have a few tricks in my bag for the kids – snacks and something to play with.
This clever idea by Asia Citro of Fun at Home with Kids blog, […]

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Library and Information Week | 19-25 May 2014

If you haven’t taken advantage of the fabulous services at your local library yet, or want to find out more about what they offer the community, make a note to visit during Library and Information Week taking place from the 19th to 25th of May 2014.  The 2014 LIW theme is Join the Dots and […]

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National Simultaneous Storytime | 21 May 2014

[ May 21, 2014; 11:00 am; ]
Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places Australia wide.  The 2014 National Simultaneous Storytime book is Too Many Elephants in This House, written by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Andrew Joyner.

In Eric’s […]

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Migrating Stories | Story Telling for Pre-schoolers | Wednesday Mornings

The Migration Museum is full of stories from all around the world and their staff would love to share some of their favourites with you.

Come along and join in for a free story-telling session especially for preschoolers and their carers each Wednesday morning in the Museum.  It’s a half-hour session where the staff will tell a […]

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Dads Read Program | Aldinga & Woodcroft | April – June 2014

[ April 6, 2014; 1:00 pm; May 3, 2014; 10:00 am; May 18, 2014; 1:00 pm; May 31, 2014; 10:00 am; June 22, 2014; 1:00 pm; ]
Calling all dads, grandads and kids! The City of Onkaparinga are supporting the Dads Read program with monthly sessions scheduled at the Aldinga and Woodcroft libraries.  Dads Read encourages fathers to invest in their child’s future by choosing to read to them each day.
Each session has a different theme such as sports, nature play, recycling […]

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Dads Read Launch | Aldinga | 15 March 2014

[ March 15, 2014; 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. ]
Calling all dads, grandads and kids! Aldinga Library invite you to the launch of their Dads Read program. Dads Read encourages fathers to invest in their child’s future by choosing to read to them each day.
Visit Aldinga Library for the book launch ‘Little Chef Big Curse’ by local author Tilney Cotton, plus meet author Phil […]

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Books for Starting School

With my youngest starting school next week we have been reading some books about school. Here are a couple which are favourites of ours.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn (illustrated by Ruth E. Harper & Nancy M. Leak)
It’s not hard to see why this book is a New York Times #1 Bestseller. It’s beautifully written […]

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Dads Can Make a Difference | Dads Read | Libraries of SA

Dads Read is an early childhood literacy initiative, developed by the State Library of Queensland in 2010 and launched statewide in 2012 as part of the National Year of Reading, to promote family literacy.  The program continues to expand and Public Library Services is pleased to partner with Channel 7 Adelaide and State Library of Queensland […]

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The Reading Hour | 24 August 2013

[ August 24, 2013; 5:00 pm; ]
Sharing a book with your child for 10 minutes a day, an hour a week is the aim for The Reading Hour on the 24 August 2013.  It’s not always possible for parents to share a book at bedtime with their children, but if you can manage 10 minutes most nights, your child will have the […]

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Knitting Memories

My 7 year old daughter has seen some of the beautiful things her Nanna has knitted in the past, including gorgeous cardigans for both children when they were born, so has been keen to learn how to knit. She was quite amazed at the idea that using two sticks and wool together can create jumpers, […]

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Story Time @ Your Local Library

Story time at your local library is a fabulous, free activity held during the school term. This preschool experience aims to introduce children to the wonderful world of books within a safe, fun environment. Aimed at 2-5 year olds, the session normally involves a librarian reading stories out loud to the children, which can include […]

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