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Children’s iPad App, At the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa

11/16/2017 12:00:12 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAt the Zoo with Grandma and Grandpa is a children’s iPad app by Fairlady Media. I have previously reviewed Grandpa’s Workshop by the same developer. From the developer:Do you know what a ...

List: Children’s Picture Books about Books

11/14/2017 12:00:15 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAustralian author, Sandy Fussell, suggested I create a list of children’s picture books about books, and even helped me compile my list! Embedded below you will find a list of children’s picture books ...

Review: iPad App, Assembly

11/09/2017 12:00:02 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAssembly is an iPad/iPhone app that we can use to create an image. I think it’s a great app to use in an educational context because it means kids are making their own images rather than navigating ...

Recommended Books for Older Readers 2017 (2)

11/07/2017 12:00:11 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comYou may have noticed I review a lot of children’s picture books, but I love to find great books for older readers too. Below you’ll find some recently read books that I recommend if your ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Video Clip

11/02/2017 13:00:02 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comFor any writer, young or old, thinking up an idea for a creative project can sometimes be the hardest part. That’s why I like to find a range of prompts that might get kids started. You can link through ...

Children’s Book Review, Feathers

10/31/2017 13:00:04 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comFeathers is a children’s picture book written by Phil Cummings, illustrated by Phil Lesnie and published by Scholastic Australia (2017.) RRP: $Au 24.99 HB. I have previously reviewed Cummings' ...

Children’s iPad App, Dino-Store

10/26/2017 13:00:08 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comDino-Store is an interactive story app for children about Leo and his father who buy some enormous eggs at the grocery store. It was written by Roger Sedarat and illustrated by Trade Loeffler. ...

Recently Published Children’s Picture Books 2017 (2)

10/24/2017 13:00:03 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere are ten tremendous new children’s picture books I hope you’ll consider sharing with children you care about. This list includes two picture books for older readers. You’ll find the ...

Respond to Literature - 3 Book Response Templates

10/19/2017 17:26:59 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIn most curricula there is an emphasis on asking children to respond to literature. One way to do this is to write a book review, and I have suggestions for kids who want to do that in my article How ...

Updated List: Children’s Picture Books about Babies

10/17/2017 13:00:16 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comRecently I have updated my list of Children’s Picture Books about Babies, and embedded it below. Please note: these are books ABOUT babies. They are not specifically books FOR babies which might tend ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Line

10/12/2017 13:00:08 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI really enjoy challenging kids to respond to prompts. Their creativity is amazing and something to be celebrated. Today I have a new prompt. It asks kids to start with the concept of some kind of line, ...

Children’s Book Review, I Just Ate My Friend

10/10/2017 13:00:23 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI Just Ate My Friend is a children’s picture book created by Heidi McKinnon and published by Allen and Unwin (2017.) $Au 24.99 HB From the publisher:This beautiful, innovative picture book ...

Posters: Helping Kids Select Books

10/05/2017 17:11:16 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comOne of the things librarians and teachers strive for is to give children the tools that will help them make their own choices about what they want to read for pleasure. We discuss all sorts of strategies ...

Picture Books that Celebrate Diversity

10/03/2017 13:00:06 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIn the last several years, picture book readers have been lucky enough to be offered a slew of books that touch on themes like diversity, tolerance and acceptance. I have started compiling a list, (embedded ...

Looking Back to July, August, September 2016

09/28/2017 14:00:07 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com A regular feature on The Book Chook is where I revisit articles from previous months and years. Today my focus will be on app reviews from July, August and September of 2016. Because I was away for ...

App Reviews and Articles, July to September 2017

09/26/2017 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI believe it's useful to my readers not only to have access to my app reviews, but to have access to reviews according to theme, or in other groups. Accordingly, I've begun a periodic but regular feature ...

Reviews: HABA Games

09/21/2017 14:00:06 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comRecently I had the opportunity to try out three games from HABA, one of the oldest toy makers in Germany. The Australian company, Let’s Play Games, distributes HABA products in Australia. The ...

Giveaway and Reviews: Children’s Picture Books about Animals 2017 (2)

09/19/2017 14:00:12 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI first wrote on Recent Children’s Picture Books about Animals 2017 in June. In conjunction with today’s post, Walker Books Australia are giving away a prize pack of two books on Australian ...

Children’s iPad App, Pettson’s Inventions

09/14/2017 14:00:04 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comEarlier this month I reviewed Inventioneers, which I recommended to children 9+. Today’s app, Pettson’s Inventions, is aimed at younger kids. It’s available in iOS and Android and is by the same ...

Children’s Book Review, Great Goal! Marvellous Mark!

09/12/2017 14:00:00 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comGreat Goal! Marvellous Mark! was written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Janine Dawson, and published by Ford Street Publishing ( 2017.) This is a great new picture book by the author of ...

Let’s Celebrate The Reading Hour, 2017

09/07/2017 14:00:35 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWhat is it that makes The Reading Hour special? To me, even though I’m a reader who manages to carve out time for my reading almost every day, it really is something special. It’s a time when lots ...

Children’s Book Review, I Want to Be in a Book

09/05/2017 14:00:00 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI Want to Be in a Book is a children’s picture book by Narelle Oliver, published by Scholastic (2017.) RRP: $Au 24.99 HB From the publisher:Cecil is only a sketch, but he has a name and he ...

Children’s iPad App, Inventioneers

08/31/2017 14:00:02 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comInventioneers is an iOS and Android app made by Swedish company, Filimundus. From the developer:BE CREATIVE!In this game you can create your own crazy, fun inventions! With the help of the Inventioneers, ...

Recently Published Children’s Picture Books 2017

08/29/2017 14:00:26 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comLooking for some wonderful recently published children's picture books? Let's go! Guff by Aaron Blabey, published by Penguin Random House (2017.) RRP: $Au 16.99 HB From the publisher: This is my Guff.He’s ...

Children’s iPad App, Busy Shapes

08/24/2017 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comBusy Shapes is an iPad puzzle app for kids. From the developer:Busy Shapes helps children improve their ability to handle simple objects through a series of puzzles, in which they must change simple shapes ...

Children’s Book Review, Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

08/22/2017 14:00:20 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comStepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey is a children’s picture book written by Margriet Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr and published by UQP (2017.) RRP: $Au 21.95 From the publisher: ...

Children’s iPad App, TotemUp

08/17/2017 14:00:10 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comTotemUp is an educational and creative app for preschoolers. I have previously reviewed Minilab’s Artie’s Magic Pencil.From the developer:-Combine different faces, outlines, colours, patterns ...

Children’s Book Review, Spot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago

08/15/2017 14:00:03 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comSpot the Mistake: Lands of Long Ago is a children’s picture book by AJ Wood and Mike Jolley, illustrated by Frances Castle, and published by Quarto Group UK (Allen and Unwin in Australia) 2017. ...

Exploring Story Elements with Kids

08/10/2017 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comDelving into the elements of a story can help not just with storytelling, but with children’s reading and writing. Whether they use and understand terms like “complication” and “resolution” ...

Reviews: The Mapmaker Chronicles

08/08/2017 14:00:31 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThe Mapmaker Chronicles are middle grade chapter books by A.L.Tait, published by Lothian, an imprint of Hachette, Australia (2014.) Find out a little about each book, or scroll down to Books ...

Hilarious Interactive Picture Books for Kids

08/03/2017 14:00:02 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comSome of my very favourite children’s picture books are those that invite children to play. They encourage kids to interact in some way, whether by actually touching a page, or by calling out, or responding. ...

Children’s Book Reviews, Mechanica and Aquatica

08/01/2017 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIf you’re looking for books to share with kids during Children’s Book Week later this month, I hope you’ll check out these next two stunning picture books for older readers. You might also be interested ...

Children’s iPad App, Draw and Tell HD

07/27/2017 14:00:21 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Here’s a fun, creative and educational app for kids. And the price? FREE!From the developer:ACTIVITIESDRAW: Be creative!- 27 crayons, paint brushes and colored pencils- Rainbow and glow-i ...

Children’s Book Review, The Thank You Dish

07/25/2017 18:08:20 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThe Thank You Dish is a children’s picture book by Trace Balla, published by Allen and Unwin (2017.) RRP: $Au 19.99 HB. I have previously reviewed Balla’s Rockhopping. From the publisher:A ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Book

07/20/2017 18:06:41 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comApart from providing us with a means to Escape to Everywhere (the theme for Children’s Book Week Australia, 2017), books also make wonderful prompts for other forms of creativity. Here are some ideas ...

Picture Books that Promote Imagination

07/18/2017 14:00:22 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI am compiling a list of children’s picture books that encourage kids to use their imaginations. You’ll find that list embedded below, but before that a review, and then some questions to nudge kids’ ...

Helpful Resources for Young Writers, 2017

07/13/2017 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThere are some excellent free resources online that help young writers. Some are in the form of tools and interactive gadgets that generate a prompt in the form of an image or a structure, something that ...

Children’s Book Review, I’m Australian Too

07/11/2017 14:00:14 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI’m Australian Too is a children’s picture book written by Mem Fox, illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh and published by Scholastic (2017.) RRP: $Au19.99 HB.From the publisher:I’m Australian! ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with Emoji

07/06/2017 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comDid you know World Emoji Day is on 17/7? What a great day to have kids explore and create with emoji! Emoji are ideal as prompts to creativity. They are visual, so it doesn’t matter what grade or reading ...

Reminder and Giveaway - Escape to Everywhere

07/04/2017 14:00:11 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThere’s not long now until Children’s Book Week takes place in Australia - August 20 - 26, 2017. You can find loads of ideas to help parents, teachers and librarians tease out the theme, Escape to ...

Looking Back to April, May, June 2016

06/29/2017 14:00:08 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comA regular feature on The Book Chook is where I look at popular posts from previous months and years. Today my focus will be on posts from April, May and June of 2016. Don't forget you can use the right ...

Children’s Book Reviews: Pickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds

06/27/2017 14:00:01 PM

Children's Book Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comPickle and Bree’s Guide to Good Deeds is a new picture book series from Alison Reynolds and Mikki Butterley, published by Five Mile Press, that teaches kids 5-8 about values, ...

Activities for Kids - Children’s Book Week 2017

06/26/2017 01:11:09 AM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIn Ideas for Children's Book Week 2017 I shared suggestions of whole class projects, discussion topics and learning resources that teachers and others might find useful when exploring the Children’s ...

Global Project for Kids – Endangered Animals

06/22/2017 19:00:16 PM

By Christine Trimnell and Susan StephensonRecently I heard about a fascinating global project for students in Years 3 – 8 titled “CAN WE WORK TOGETHER TO SAVE THE ENDANGERED ANIMALS OF THE WORLD?” I love the idea of a project that enables ...

Children’s App Reviews, April - June 2017

06/22/2017 17:50:01 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIt’s time for that periodic but regular feature where I curate and share my own iPad app reviews and articles. Today I’m rounding up my app reviews and articles to do with iPad written in April, May ...

Children’s Book Review, This is Banjo Paterson

06/20/2017 14:00:00 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThis is Banjo Paterson is a children’s picture book written by Tania McCartney, illustrated by Christina Booth and published by National Library of Australia. RRP:$Au24.99 From the publisher: ...

Children’s iPad App, My Felt World

06/15/2017 18:36:30 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comMy Felt World is an app by developer, Digital Playbox. It is described as “an interactive animated playset.” I love that kids can create scenes with it, and that oral stories and discussion ...

Reviews: Recent Children’s Picture Books about Animals, 2017

06/13/2017 19:14:52 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com So many great picture books with an animal theme! Let’s dive straight in. The Catawampus Cat is a children’s picture book written by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by Gus Gordon and published ...

Role Play with Kids

06/08/2017 14:00:08 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comRole play is something children do naturally, in play. They “pretend” to be firemen, school teachers super heroes and parents, interacting with each other and taking on different roles as they want. ...

Reviews: (Seriously) Fun Picture Books for Kids

06/06/2017 14:00:12 PM

Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comSometimes what we want to share with kids is a picture book that will truly help them celebrate the FUN of reading! Here are some stand-outs I’ve discovered recently. Dave’s Rock by Frann ...

Picture Books that Focus on Friendship

06/01/2017 14:00:00 PM

Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere are some new reviews of picture books I love that focus on friendship. Below you will find a list of more children’s picture books with this theme. I'll be adding to this list over time.The ...

Children’s Book Review, A Child of Books

05/30/2017 21:06:32 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comA Child of Books is a children’s picture book written by Oliver Jeffers, illustrated by Jeffers and Sam Winston and published by Walker Books (2016.) RRP: $Au27.99 HB. I have previously reviewed ...

Children’s Picture Books about Change

05/25/2017 14:00:08 PM

By Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comChange is a theme that comes up time and again at school, and in real life. Change can be global or it can be personal. It can be environmental or focus on a family. Teachers and librarians value books ...

Children’s Book Review, Circle

05/23/2017 14:00:01 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWith the CBCA theme for Children’s Book Week 2017 being “Escape to Everywhere", I’ve been looking for books that suit this theme. Circle is a children's picture book by Jeannie Baker, ...

Children’s iPad App, HangArt

05/18/2017 14:00:16 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHangArt is an app for children that combines word play with art - two of my favourite things!From the developer: In HangArt, children practice 200 K-3 spelling sight words in a three-part literacy ...

Recommended Books for Older Readers 2017 (1)

05/16/2017 14:00:06 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAlthough I have a fascination (some may prefer to call it an obsession!) with children’s picture books, I love to find great books for older readers too. Below you’ll find some recently read ...

Web Comics and Graphic Novels for Kids

05/14/2017 23:19:58 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHave your kids discovered graphic novels and web comics yet? If not, there’s so much opportunity for fun ahead! Graphic NovelsGraphic novels use sequential art to tell a story. That story can be fiction ...

Activities for NSS 2017, The Cow Tripped Over the Moon

05/11/2017 14:00:08 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comNational Simultaneous Storytime will take place this year at 11.00am on Wednesday 24 May. Kids and adults will get together at that time to share The Cow Tripped Over the Moon by Tony Wilson and Laura ...

Children’s Book Review, The Sisters Saint-Claire

05/09/2017 14:00:10 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThe Sisters Saint-Claire was written by Carlie Gibson, illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie, and published by Allen and Unwin (2016.) RRP: $Au19.99From the publisher:This is the tale of the sisters ...

Introducing Raising Literacy Australia Books

05/02/2017 14:00:02 PM

Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere are reviews of two charming children’s picture books published by Raising Literacy Australia (RLA.) RLA/The Little Big Book Club has a great website, that offers lots of support activities ...

Children’s iPad App, Grandpa’s Workshop

04/27/2017 17:05:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comGrandpa’s Workshop is both an iPad app, and an Android app. From the developer:This dancing Grandpa and his wacky tools are ready for fun and projects in the workshop! Grandpa needs help identifying ...

Ideas for Children’s Book Week 2017

04/20/2017 14:00:02 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThis year, Children’s Book Week in Australia is Sunday August 20 to Saturday August 26, 2017. Here are some ideas and **free PDF resources to help parents, teachers and librarians explore that theme ...

Book Chook Favourites - Wordless Picture Books

04/18/2017 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWordless picture books are wonderful to share with kids. In my experience, they benefit from slow reading, so are best shared when there is leisure to pause, think about and discuss each illustration. ...

Children’s iPad App, Artie’s Magic Pencil

04/13/2017 14:00:03 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comArtie’s Magic Pencil is both an Android and iOS app that encourages kids 3+ to create. From the developer: There’s a monster on the loose and it’s destroying everything in its way! Save ...

Children’s Book Reviews, Starfish Bay 2017

04/11/2017 14:00:00 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIn 2015, I introduced some Starfish Bay Children’s Books. Today I’d like to tell you about some more Starfish Bay books. The company’s books are distributed in Australia, NZ, the US and ...

Children’s Book Review, Tales from Outer Suburbia

04/06/2017 14:00:24 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comTales from Outer Suburbia is a picture book for older kids, written by Shaun Tan, published by Allen and Unwin (2015.) RRP: $Au35.00. From the publisher: From the much-acclaimed creator of The ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with an Easter Bunny

04/04/2017 14:00:01 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comApart from providing us with a tasty chocolate treat, did you know Easter Bunnies make wonderful prompts for other forms of creativity? Here are some ideas to get kids started, including a link to a free ...

Children’s App Reviews, January - March 2017

03/30/2017 13:00:04 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIt’s time for that periodic but regular feature where I curate and share my own iPad app reviews and articles. Today I’m rounding up my app reviews and articles to do with iPad written in January, ...

Looking Back to January, February, March 2016

03/28/2017 13:00:12 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comA regular feature on The Book Chook is where I look at popular posts from previous months and years. Today my focus will be on posts from January, February and March of 2016. Don't forget you can use ...

Children’s iPad App, Create Storytime - Write Magical Stories for Kids

03/23/2017 13:00:06 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comCreate Storytime - Write Magical Stories for Kids is an app that encourages and supports children in writing digital stories. From the developer:With this app you can:+ Write magical stories.+ Use pr ...

Resources for Kids for Anzac Day 2017

03/21/2017 13:00:07 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWith Anzac Day in Australia only weeks away on April 25, here is a newly published children's picture book and an app suggestion to share with your kids, plus links to earlier books I and others have ...

Children’s iPad App, Thinkrolls: Kings and Queens

03/16/2017 13:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThinkrolls: Kings and Queens is a physics puzzle app, available for iPad and Android. I’ve previously reviewed Bec and Bo, Avokiddo Emotions, ABC Ride and the original Thinkrolls. From the developer: ...

Children’s Book Review, Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma

03/14/2017 13:00:07 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWith the CBCA theme for Children’s Book Week 2017 being “Escape to Everywhere”, I’ve been looking for books that suit this theme. Here’s a charming children’s picture book by Leigh ...

Children’s iPad App, Faces iMake

03/09/2017 12:00:03 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAlthough communicating visually is becoming increasingly important for all kids, for some children communicating with words is incredibly difficult. An app like Faces iMake helps such kids express ...

Children’s Book Review, An Artist’s Alphabet

03/07/2017 12:00:21 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAn Artist’s Alphabet is a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Norman Messenger, and published by Walker Studio (2016.) RRP: $Au29.99. From the publisher:A surreal and gorgeous ...

Resources on Bugs and Insects (2016 Update)

03/02/2017 12:00:16 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI realised recently that many of the resources I mentioned in my 2013 post, Resources on Bugs and Insects, were no longer available at the links I included. I’ve gone right through that post and updated ...

Children’s Picture Books about Babies

02/28/2017 12:00:01 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere are three recently published children’s picture books ABOUT babies. Below the reviews, there’s a list that will take you through to lots of other books I’ve reviewed with a baby theme. ...

Children’s iPad App, Cardinal Land

02/23/2017 12:00:01 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere’s a tangram puzzle featuring lots of brightly coloured wildlife tangrams for us to solve. It even includes educational facts about various animals. From the developer:Original geometric ...

Children’s Book Review, Du Iz Tak?

02/21/2017 12:00:01 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comDu Iz Tak? was written and illustrated by Carson Ellis, and published in Australia by Walker Books (2016.) RRP: $Au24.99.  I have previously reviewed Ellis’ picture book, Home.From the pu ...

Word and Image Puzzles for Kids

02/16/2017 12:00:03 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comRebus and other word and image puzzles can be lots of fun for kids. Puzzles help kids think creatively and analytically. Because they are often a little cryptic, it can be very satisfying when they are ...

Children’s Book Review, We Found a Hat

02/14/2017 16:05:39 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWe Found a Hat was written and illustrated by Jon Klassen, published by Walker Books (2016.) From the publisher:Hold on to your hats! From the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat ...

Children's iPad App, Toontastic 3D

02/09/2017 12:00:03 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comRecently I discovered that the Toontastic app I reviewed in 2015  has become Toontastic 3D. Google have made it available for free - for tablets, phones and Chromebooks. As far as I’m concerned, ...

Children’s Book Review, They All Saw a Cat

02/07/2017 12:00:04 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThey All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, published by Hardie Grant Publishing Australia (2016.)(Chronicle Books in USA.) From the publisher:The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears ...

Activities for Maker Ed

02/02/2017 12:00:01 PM

Compiled by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comStudents will have ideas for projects they want to undertake in a Makerspace, and as they get more involved in making, more and more ideas will flow. But it’s a good idea to have some resources ...

Resources for Maker Ed

01/31/2017 23:45:14 PM

Compiled by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comMaker Ed is a wonderful new way of thinking about something that’s been around for a while: practical projects or “making”. I love this idea because of my passionate belief in the importance ...

Children’s Book Review, Magnificent Creatures: Animals on the Move!

01/26/2017 16:41:42 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comMagnificent Creatures: Animals on the Move! is a children’s picture book by Anna Wright, published by Faber (Allen and Unwin in Australia) (2017.) RRP: $Au24.99From the publisher: Anna Wright's ...

Happy Anniversary, Little Golden Books!

01/24/2017 12:00:04 PM

Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThis year is the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Books. Do you have as fond memories of these gold-spined books as I do? My old favourites are The Poky Little Puppy and The Saggy Baggy Elephant, ...

Children’s App Reviews, October to December, 2016

01/19/2017 12:00:03 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI've discovered it's useful to my readers not only to have access to my app reviews, but to have access to reviews according to theme, or in other groups. Accordingly, I've begun a periodic but regular ...

Change: Picture Book Suggestions and Questions

11/22/2016 12:00:36 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comMany thanks to members of the Australian Teacher Librarian group who helped combine this list of picture books that are about some kind of change. Change can be scary for kids, but luckily books can help ...

Children’s iPad App Review, Farm Story Maker Activity Game

11/17/2016 12:00:33 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere’s a fun and creative iPad app that’s just right for kids five and under. Farm Story Maker Activity Game encourages children to create scenes with stickers. From the developer:Lily's ...

Children’s Book Review, On the River

11/15/2016 15:29:04 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comOn the River was written and illustrated by Roland Harvey, published by Allen and Unwin, 2016. It joins many other books by Harvey - like In the Bush, In the City, All the Way to W.A - in depicting ...

Creative Prompts for Kids - Start with a Map

11/10/2016 12:00:12 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI love to find ways to excite children about writing (and reading, and learning!), therefore many of my Prompts tend to relate to writing, at least in part. Yet I certainly don’t think that creating ...

Reviews, Children’s Picture Books about Family, 2016

11/08/2016 13:07:18 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWith younger kids, we often look for books that will help them make connections to the world they know. Picture books about the people they are related to, might meet or wonder about are very ...

Children’s Book Review, Molly and Mae

11/03/2016 13:00:06 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comMolly and Mae is my new favourite children’s picture book! Molly and Mae was written by Danny Parker, illustrated by Freya Blackwood, published by Little Hare (Hardie Grant Egmont) 2016. RRP: ...

Children’s iPad Story App, The Big Word Factory

11/01/2016 13:30:33 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThe Big Word Factory is a delightful and multi-featured story app,available in iOS and Android, and based on a book by Agnès de Lestrade and Valeria Docampo.From the developers: Games/Interactions:(Tap ...

Children’s Book Reviews: Introduction to Lois Ehlert

09/27/2016 23:24:27 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comMy introduction to Lois Ehlert’s books was shared with a young bookworm. We touched the beautiful pages, traced over lines and peeked through holes. We grinned at each other and pointed out special ...

Encourage Kids to Write Poetry with Tools and Apps

09/22/2016 14:00:29 PM

Written by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com For many children, writing poetry is a daunting task. Adults are daunted too! I believe we shouldn’t ask kids to write poetry, until we have shared LOTS of poetry with them - poetry in all ...

Reviews: Graphic Novels about Greek Legends

09/20/2016 14:00:05 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIf you would love books that introduce your tweens (perhaps) and teens to all the drama, the tragedy, the over-the-top excesses that are the Greek Legends, let me introduce you to George O’Connor. ...

Useful GIF Tool at Picasion

09/15/2016 14:00:07 PM

Useful GIF Tool at Picasionby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Picasion turns images into GIF animations. There’s no need to register, but there are advertisements you may need to be aware of if you use it with kids. Maximum outcome ...

Reviews: Interesting New Children’s Picture Books of 2016

09/13/2016 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThere are so many wonderful new children's picture books being published! Here are just six among the many that have caught my eye. More coming soon!