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8 new(ish) funny books for kids age 8+

8 new(ish) funny books for kids age 8+

Kids love funny books. We know this because the top 10 bestsellers in the 8+ market every year invariably contain a high percentage of fun, humorous reads. We asked young book reviewer Book Boy Jr (12) to recommend some new(ish) funny books  for kids by...

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

6 card games kids love just as much as screens

Getting my tween and teens off screens and into other things is a well-known preoccupation of mine. I don't hate screens, I just don't love the amount of time my kids want to spend on them. Finding a bunch of card games kids love is my latest approach. I'm happy to...

21 study tips to help you knuckle down and be brilliant

21 study tips to help you knuckle down and be brilliant

It's end of year exam time and chances are you need all the study tips you can get. Especially if year 12 exams are looming and you've never read a list of study tips before. Oh, I really hope that's not you right now, but just in case it is: take a deep breath,...

11 wise tips for surviving the HSC from a parent and ex-teacher

11 wise tips for surviving the HSC from a parent and ex-teacher

The final weeks of school for Year 12 kids, and especially their HSC (or other final exams, depending on where you are), feel like a particularly cruel form of torture. It's a daunting time for kids and their families, to say the least. Life becomes all about...

1969 called and it wants its school back

1969 called and it wants its school back

It’s way past time for society to work just as hard as mums and make the necessary changes to rise to meet the modern woman. Hello, Society, pleased to meet you, I’m Exhausted.  Have you noticed that even though a woman’s life has changed astronomically...

Why cramming the night before an exam rarely works

Why cramming the night before an exam rarely works

The date for an important exam is looming. You know you have to study for it. Suddenly, it’s the evening before the dreaded date, and you feel like you haven’t studied enough, if at all. It’s time to try cramming all the information you can into your brain. By Amy...

5 common screen time issues and realistic ways to handle them

5 common screen time issues and realistic ways to handle them

TVs, gaming consoles, tablets, phones and the screen time issues they throw up in our families would have to be the Achilles heel of modern parenting. I'd hazard a guess that various screen time issues are the biggest reasons for fights between parents and teens and...

How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

Fitness experts talk about the importance of regular exercise and fresh air for tweens and teens, so surely a teacher librarian can talk about the importance of reading in their lives? It should be our goal to keep older kids reading for so many reasons. We live in a...

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

This review of Malamander is part of our ongoing quest to encourage reluctant readers to find their 'key' book. Maybe this is the book that will unlock their love of reading? Malamander is a quirky adventure tale about friendship, being brave, optimistic and, most of...

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

30 cool creative writing ideas for kids and teens

Most kids and teens love listening to stories and as they get older the urge to tell their own stories grows too. For some kids (often those we call ‘born writers’) this is an easy thing to do - no list of creative writing ideas for kids needed. They grab a piece of...

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