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The first two books reviewed are mostly based on stories from WWII. The stories are believably woven around snippets of true stories to illustrate particular historical events. Running with Ivan by Susanne Leal, pub. by HarperCollins. P/B RRP$17.99 Ages 10+ Leo’s mother is dead, and his father...

These books are for Christmas and as picture books they are destined to get the littlies really interested in reading and books! A Very Playschool Christmas by Jan Stradling, illus. by Jedda Robaard, pub. ABC Books H/b RRP$19.99 ages 3+ Christmas for the Play School toys is at...

These recently released books are perfect for reading to young children and highlight new concepts such as belonging, and love as well as just laughing out loud. The Love That Grew by Sarah Ayoub illus. Mimi Purnell  pub. HarperCollins h/b RRP $19.99 Ages 2+ This beautiful book is...

The two books below are my featured books, writes Margaret Hamilton, because they deserve special attention but the others I received from publishers coming out in March— all special in themselves. The Tree Of Ecstasy And Unbearable Sadness by Matt Ottley. RRP $39.99 (Dirt Lane Press). Words...

These books all have unusual and compelling illustrations to accompany their text. Although they are aimed at young kids, one book is definitely for adults as well! Look What We Can Do! (Archie & Reddie, #3) written and illustrated by Candy James, pub. HarperCollins Childrens Books (ABC...

Board books are designed to take some tough treatment from babies and toddlers. Even chewing them is fun, but cuddling up and reading a board book to this age group is the best fun of all! Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan illus by Mike Lowery, pub. Bloomsbury...

During lockdown and school closures reading has been the one thing that parents can do with littlies to encourage their creativity, spark their curiosity, and let their imagination run wild!  Just like Me by Tess Osborne and illus. by Zoe Osborne, pub. Little Steps Publishing. RRP$14.98...

In these trying times what better thing to do in lockdown than read good books, writes Margaret  Hamilton AM. Here are her recommendations, including beautiful picture books to share when homeschooling children. New Books HOW TO BE AN AUTHOR by Georgia Richter & Deborah Hunn (Fremantle Press). This...

Books for tweens and teens become harder to select as they grow older. Some will give books and reading away for other interests but all of these books below will take them to the other-worlds of dark arts, fantasy and magic. Much like the digital...

Some unusual picture books this month especially the one on Synaesthesia. Sometimes described as a handicap and often as a gift. Who am I? by Percy Shozi & illustrated by Maren Mia du Plessis p/b, RRP$24.(available directly from the author at Percys Poems) Ages 5+ The author grew...