lessons of a Lac

lessons of a Lac

Author Lynn Jenkins

Illustrator Kirrili Lonergan

publisher EK books

Loppy the Lac has learned its whole life to look out for danger. Looking out for what can go wrong is all it knows – until Loppy meets Curly Calmster. Curly teaches Loppy that it doesn’t have to look out for the everyday worst-case scenarios all the time.

It’s tough to help an anxious child. Psychologist Lynn Jenkins knows this, from professional experience, and from being a mother! In Lessons of a Little Anxious Creature, she has created an essential emotional resource that encourages children to develop strategies for anxiety management, by discovering new, useful ways to think about their worries.

With this engaging book, you can support children in learning to manage anxiety, and help them take crucial steps to understanding and dealing with their emotions. It’s a fun and innovative way of building resilience, a foundation that will not only benefit kids now, but for the rest of their lives.


wauchope preschool kingergarten.

Gave the book 5 stars

They were delighted with the book, the educators loved it and it was shared with the school and their family and friends.

the illustrations allowed for some wonderful craft activities by the children

It is a beautiful book that will help to give the  children a better understanding of their worries, and help them gain skills that they can use in order to help manage anxiety.

jnr book worms book review,

this is a beautiful book and wonderfully illustrated it is a must have tool for parents and educators in helping kids deal with anxiety and worries that little ones can have, I have found it quite useful as a grown up as well, to remember that we don’t need to look at worst case scenario.

I found it to be written in a way that really opens up the door to discussions about worries and how to manage them and helps little ones understand their emotions.

The illustrations are non gender specific and children fall in love with the character, I delighted in watching the kids attempt to make their own Loppy



Visiting You

Visiting you

by Rebecka Sharpe Shelberg & Andrea Edmond

published by EK books

A young child and their mother set out to visit a loved one. Along the way, the child interacts with other commuters — a father who lives apart from his small daughter, a husband who has lost his wife, a granddaughter who is forgotten by her grandfather, and a mother who fears for her son’s recovery — and discovers that we all are bound by the common experience of love, that appearances can be deceiving, and that it’s our similarities, not our differences, that matter most.


preschool ages 3-6

the children enjoyed the story they each expressed certain people in their lives looked like ones the girl met.

they agreed it can be scary to meet new people, but everyone has a story to tell.

They loved the gentle illustrations

Jnr book worms book review.

a beautiful story about not judging  people on their appearance and the importance of listening.

A beautifully Narrative story pars with the delicate water colour illustrations to revel The story’s that lie beneath are often ones worth sharing and listening to when in a safe evironment. It’s important not to judge a gruff exteria but to understand a person as they are not all that different from yourself.

a beautiful message that is lost in today’s society.



The fastest Tortoise on the block

the fastest tortoise on the block

by Michael Gray

Illustrated  by Anaya & Kostya  Lazarev.

Published by Little steps publishing.

And they’re off! A boy and a tortoise become fast friends as they prepare for the biggest event in town – the monthly tortoise race. It’s not winning that counts, but that won’t stop this tortoise from being the fastest tortoise on the block.

Preschool kids aged 3-6

the children really enjoyed the s rhyming story of a tortoise and his new best friend.

all the children agreed it is not nice to be teased.

they thought the pictures were wonderful and glad that they are best friends.


Jnr book worms book review.

a charming rhyming text that shows the importance of friendship and subtly showing the despair caused by bullying.

it takes us on the journey of finding friendship to working hard to achieve our goals

the bright fun animated illustrations really bring the story to life.

it is fun to read and created wonderful opportunities to discuss, loyalty, friendship, working together and bullying.




The Art Garden

The Art Garden

By Penny Harrision and Penelope Pratley

published By EK Books

Sadie wants to be a painter, just like her best friend, Tom. She loves playing with colour and finding shapes in unlikely places. But whenever Sadie picks up a paintbrush she makes a big mess. So instead, she spends her time working in the garden or playing with Tom. But, one day, Sadie gets a look at things from a different perspective — and makes a big discovery about herself and her own creativity. The Art Garden is a whimsical story about friendship and finding our creative flair. It encourages children to explore different ways of expressing themselves and celebrates the importance of individuality and self-acceptance.

Phillip Aged 5 Olivia Aged 3

Olivia loved the  bright illustrations, as she loves to draw and paint its fun to get messy.

Phillip liked that you don’t have to be good at painting to be creative, I like building Lego and that’s using my imagination.

He liked that they were outside, and that she used dirt to grow her picture.

Jnr Book worms book review

A beautiful story about friendship, creativity and individuality. in a very easy to read book it shows that finding the path that is true to oneself is a matter of perspective.

wonderful vibrant illustrations engage readers to discover different ways of expressing themselves.

A truly magical book to share and  engage with children 3-8 some wonderful discussions were created on what being creative means.



The Magic Mail Fairy

The Magic Mail Fairy

By Sonia Audoly

Illustrated By Francesca Quatraro

Published By Little steps Publishing

Nina loves to visit her aunts, because they have a very magical friend. The Magic Mail Fairy! When Nina goes to stay with her aunts for an especially long visit, she discovers the joys of receiving and writing letters with the help of her aunts and her new magical pen pal.

Phillip Aged 5

Phillip thought the book was wonderful and asked about receiving letters as he has only received parcels.

He thought she was lucky to receive letters each night from the Fairy.

He looks forward to writing his own letters



Jnr book worms book review

This is such a beautiful book. the illustrations capture the story perfectly and inspire the reader to put Pen to paper and chase the dream of the Magic Mail Fairy.

A wonderful tool to encourage children to discover the pleasure of writing and receiving mail not on a device.

With the included Kraft materials to make tour own special letters a sure way to start some beautiful correspondence with friends and loved ones







written by Suzanne Barton
illustrated by Anil Tortop

Meeka is a cheeky little market bird who loves getting his beak into everything ooey gooey and sticky licky. One day, during a post-feast snooze in a Moroccan tagine, Meeka is bird-napped by a granny with a need for speed. Will Meeka’s friends rescue him before he becomes bird stew?

Ages: 4+

Class k-2 gave the book 4 stars

The children enjoyed listening to the story about a cheeky bird called Meeka

the wonderful illustrations drew them into the story, they loved all the wonderful foods and imagined what the markets smelt like.

all were happy when the whole community rushed to help find Meeka and that he made some birdy friends.


Jnr book worms book review.

it was a pleasure to read this to the children they were engaged from start to finish, and it brought on a lovely discussion of foods and their favourites in each household.

Meeka is a wonderful story about a strong father daughter relationship as well as the importance of community and coming together to help a friend. told in a gentle and humorous way, engaging the reader in this fun plot.

The illustrations really bring this story to life and show the unity in the market place in beautiful pastel colours

Meeka is  a heart warming read and one to share. with its subtle beautiful message, I’m sure will be read over again



My dog socks

My dog socks

By Robyn Osborne

Illustrated by Saddam Konchi.

published by ford street publishing


preschool kids aged 2-5

the children were captivated throughout the reading, enjoying the different animals appearing in the shadows. As well as some wonderful discussions about what wonderful pets they each have and what’s special about each one.


jnr book worms book review,

This is a beautiful tale about friendship,  the imagination of the boy projects sock’s shadow into wonderful creatures.

the beautiful watercolour illustrations bring the story to life and set the mood in the story.

a wonderful story about belonging.




Curly Tales

Curly tales

short stories with a twist

by bill condon

illustrated by Dave Atze

publishd by big sky publishing


Let your imagination soar with these funny fables about the extraordinary adventures of ordinary animals. Laugh out loud and enjoy twisted tales of a super smart cow, a daredevil flea, an earthworm who daydreams of being an anaconda, and many more.

Warning: Readers may not be able to stop smiling.

Aiden age 7

‘this is a really funny book I enjoyed reading it with my mum we both found it really funny.

one of my favourite ones was harry hairybutt, but all are good I recommend it to anyone.


jnr book worms bookreview

A great read together book with humorous short story’s that are easy to read.

creative twists on familiar proverbs Make this a book that may be hard for young ones to put down.

The large text and comical illustrations make this book great for early readers to sink their teeth into.







The Mysteries of Corkuparipple Creek: Sludge, Snot and Seawater

The Mysteries of Corkuparipple Creek: Sludge, Snot and Seawater

author: Susan Pease
illustrator: Olivia Pease

publisher Little Steps Publishing

ages 8+
ISBN 9781925545425
RRP $16.95

When a sludge sickness pollutes the Corkuparipple Creek and Jo’s brother, Geoffrey, becomes sick, action is needed to find a solution. Jo’s dog Bandaid is also missing and Aunt Pepper organises a search party under the Pacific Ocean to visit with the Clam King.

Will he have the answer to the missing dog and the medicine to heal Geoffrey and the environment?

A new Mystery begins and Jo is faced with serious environmental issues full of sludge, snot and seawater.

Oliver Aged 10 gave the book 4.5 stars

‘this is a really fun and exciting book it has lots of strange animals that live on corkuparipple creek.

its really funny.

when the creek gets polluted they need to workout how to fix it, they have to find bandaid and go to find the clam king in the ocean.

I recommend the book to anyone ‘

Jnr book worms book review.

This is a unique children’s story offering a fun humour and an important environmental message together in a wonderful tale.

with an adventure under the pacific ocean to visit the clam King, this will have children enthralled from start to finish.





Flavio the Flamingo

Flavio the Flamingo

author: Cassidy Jackson-Carroll
illustrator: Graeme Compton

publisher little steps publishing

ages 6-8
ISBN 9781925545388
RRP $14.95

Flavio the Flamingo had lost his colour pink. ‘Whatever will I do?’ he started to think.

Flavio the Flamingo is having an identity crisis. He embarks on a quest, searching high, low – and everywhere in between – longing to find his colour.


class 2-3 gave the book 5 stars

The children enjoyed the rhyming tale of Flavia the flamingo looking for his colour pink, they thought the illustrations were wonderful, and loved that he found his family.


Jnr book worms book review

A beautifully illustrated and heartwarming tale about belonging and finding your tribe.

wonderful rhyming text had the children wanting to read it again and again