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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!

Children’s iPad App, Diamante Poem

09/08/2016 14:00:01 PM

Diamante Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comPreviously I’ve reviewed several ReadWriteThink apps. You may remember Word Mover and Trading Cards, Theme Poems, Alphabet Organizer and Haiku? Diamante Poem is another free educational ...

Book Review, This School is Driving Me Nuts

09/06/2016 14:00:07 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThis School is Driving Me Nuts is a book of plays for kids, written by Duncan Ball, illustrated by Craig Smith and published by Second Look Publishing, an imprint of Christmas Press (2016). This is a ...

Children’s iPad App, Sago Mini Monsters

09/01/2016 14:00:03 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI had the chance to play with Sago Mini Monsters recently, and it truly is lots of fun. It’s an opportunity for children to create because they can decorate the early part of their monster ...

Children’s Book Review, Hello

08/30/2016 14:00:00 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHello is illustrated by Tony Flowers and published by National Library of Australia Publishing (2016). It’s a children’s picture book which gives little snippets of the different ...

Children’s iPad App, Pigsty - animals on the loose

08/25/2016 14:00:00 PM

Children’s App Review, Pigsty - animals on the looseby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Pigsty is a puzzle game app for kids. It was designed by Ravensburger and can be played on the iPad and iPhone. From the developer: The animals have ...

Children’s Book Review, Mummy and Mumma Get Married

08/23/2016 19:53:05 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThis children’s picture book was created by Roz Hopkins and Natalie Winter, illustrated by Cara King and published by Captain Honey (2015).From the publisher: Phoebe wonders why her mummies ...

Children’s iPad App, LumiKids Snow

08/16/2016 14:00:00 PM

by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comYou may remember I’ve previously reviewed the apps: LumiKids Park, LumiKids Beach and LumiKids Backyard. Today’s review is of LumiKids Snow, an app for pre-school/Kinder children in iOS and Android.From ...

Children’s Book Review, Cyclone

06/21/2016 14:00:04 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comCyclone is a children’s picture book written by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley and published by Scholastic Australia, 2016. RRP: $Au24.99From the publisher: Pile the presents by ...

Children’s iPad App, Acrostic Poem

06/14/2016 14:00:13 PM

Acrostic Poem Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comPreviously I’ve reviewed several ReadWriteThink apps. You may remember Word Mover and Trading Cards, Theme Poems, Alphabet Organizer, Diamante and Haiku? Acrostic Poem is another ...

Reviews, Recommended Books for Older Readers 2016

06/07/2016 14:00:06 PM

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 books ...

Children’s Book Review, Be a Friend

05/31/2016 14:00:00 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comBe a Friend is a children’s picture book, created by Salina Yoon and published by Bloomsbury (2016).From the publisher: Dennis is an ordinary boy who expresses himself in ext ...

Children’s iPad App, LumiKids Backyard

05/24/2016 14:00:00 PM

Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comYou may remember I reviewed LumiKids Park in February. Here’s another digital play space by developers, Lumos Labs, and it’s just as fun and just as educational. It’s available in iOS and ...

Children’s Book Review, The Selected Adventures of Bottersnikes and Gumbles

05/17/2016 14:00:02 PM

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI was delighted to discover that The Selected Adventures of Bottersnikes and Gumbles had been published recently by HarperCollins. Written by S.A.Wakefield and illustrated by Desmond Digby, the ...

Books for Kids Who Love Sport

05/10/2016 14:00:11 PM

Sport-themed fiction, reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comChildren who live for sport might think they have no time for reading. But introduce them to a book set in the world of their favourite sport, or starring active and competitive ...

Children’s Book Review, Bear Make Den

05/03/2016 14:00:04 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comBear Make Den is a children’s picture book, written by Jane Godwin and Michael Wagner, illustrated by Andrew Joyner and published by Allen and Unwin (2016). From the publisher: ...

Three Parent Plans to Create a Strong Writer

04/28/2016 14:00:01 PM

Three Parent Plans to Create a Strong Writer by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThere are lots of things we can do as parents to encourage our children to enjoy writing and master it as a skill. As I did with Three Parents Plans to Create ...

Children’s Book Review, Paul Meets Bernadette

04/26/2016 14:00:05 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI first learned about Paul Meets Bernadette at Jen Robinson’s Book Page, a blog I try to read as often as possible because Jen makes me think, and finds great gems in children’s ...

Children’s iPad App, Tiny Tiger and Friends

04/24/2016 14:00:01 PM

Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere’s a cute app for under 5s. From the developer:Great for kids!• Simple, graphical navigation. No reading required!• Gentle animated help allows child to learn the app independently. • ...

Children’s Book Week 2016 - Focus on Storytelling

04/21/2016 16:02:30 PM

Written by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comStorytelling is an ancient art form that goes right back to the days when humankind told stories while huddled around a campfire. Nowadays we have many fancy digital ways to tell stories, but ...

Children’s Book Week 2016 - Educational Activities

04/21/2016 15:59:35 PM

Written by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAre you getting ready for Children's Book Week in Australia, Saturday 20 August to Friday 26 August? It's such a wonderful way to celebrate books and reading, and to bring in lots of fun and ...

Children’s Book Week 2016 - Resources

04/21/2016 15:58:35 PM

Written by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI think it's important not to get too fixed on what makes a book suit this 2016 Children's Book Week theme. Australia IS a Story Country. Our stories come from all over: from our own indigenous ...

Children’s Book Review, Box

04/17/2016 23:36:10 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comBox is a children’s picture book with flaps and fold out pages. It was written by Min Flyte and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, published by Nosy Crow in the UK (Australia ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Box

04/17/2016 23:32:31 PM

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Boxby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchookcom I love to come up with prompts that spark some sort of creativity in kids. A box can be imaginary or real, and the activities it suggests are only limited by ...

Children’s Book Review, Penguin and Pinecone

03/22/2016 13:00:09 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comPenguin and Pinecone is a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Salina Yoon and published by Bloomsbury

January - March 2016 iPad App Reviews

03/20/2016 13:00:05 PM

January - March 2016 iPad App Reviews 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, ...

Children’s iPad App, Alphabet Organizer

03/17/2016 13:00:03 PM

A Review of Alphabet Organizerby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comRecently I’ve been reviewing the creative ReadWriteThink apps. You may remember Theme Poems and Haiku? Alphabet Organizer is another app by ReadWriteThink, not specifically ...

Children’s Book Review, Nellie Belle

03/15/2016 13:00:00 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comNellie Belle is a brand new children’s picture book from celebrated author, Mem Fox. It’s illustrated by Mike Austin and published by Scholastic Australia (2016). RRP: $Au 19.99. ...

Children’s iPad App, Haiku

03/13/2016 13:00:00 PM

A review of the app, Haiku

Library Quotes I Love

03/10/2016 12:00:04 PM

Library Quotes I Loveby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comLast month I shared with you some of my favourite reading quotes. Today I’m sharing quotes that seem to me to sum up the importance of libraries and their roles as the beating heart ...

Children’s Book Review, The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party

03/08/2016 12:00:11 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comNear the end of 2015, I reviewed The Princess in Black. Here’s the next book in the series. The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party was written by Shannon Hale and ...

Top Ways for Kids to Tell Digital Stories

03/06/2016 12:00:19 PM

Top Ways for Kids to Tell Digital Storiesby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com When students want to tell a story digitally, or present information they know about, there are several excellent tech tools they can use. You may recall I compiled ...

Hilarious Toddler-tested Picture Books

03/03/2016 12:00:21 PM

Hilarious Toddler-tested Picture Booksby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThere are so many milestones to celebrate in a child’s journey to reading. Surely one of the best is that moment of dawning wonder when kids realise they are actually ...

Reviews: Children’s Picture Books about Dinosaurs

03/01/2016 12:00:01 PM

Reviews: Children’s Picture Books about Dinosaursby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comDinosaurs are perennial child favourites. Some young fans love to find new facts about their dinosaur of choice. Others love stories with dinosaur characters ...

Children’s iPad App, Theme Poems

02/28/2016 12:00:00 PM

A Review of Theme Poemsby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comFor some children, the task of writing a poem is daunting. Introducing those kids to more concrete poetry scaffolds them and provides them with a framework that gets them started. ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Cardboard Tube

02/25/2016 12:00:11 PM

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Cardboard Tube by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comBecause I love to find ways to excite children about writing (and reading, and learning!), many of my Prompts tend to relate to writing, at least ...

Reviews: Three Exciting GraphicPicture Books for Kids

02/23/2016 12:00:08 PM

Children's Book Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI spent a long time thinking about my title, above. These ARE reviews of picture books in that they all have pictures. All of them are illustrated by people whose art has contributed ...

Children’s iPad App, LumiKids Park

02/21/2016 12:00:08 PM

App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWhen your under-fives are ready for a little screen time, here’s an app they can both have fun with, and learn from. LumiKids Park is available for iOS and for Android. From the developer:In ...

Activities for National Simultaneous Storytime 2016 - I Got This Hat

02/18/2016 15:50:55 PM

Activities for National Simultaneous Storytime 2016 -I Got This Hatby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com The Australian Library and Information Association has announced that this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime book is: I Got This ...

Children’s Book Review, Where’s Jessie?

02/16/2016 12:00:06 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWhere’s Jessie? is a children’s picture book, written by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas and published by NLA Publishing (2015). In Where’s Jessie? we meet Bertie ...

Reading Quotes I Love

02/14/2016 12:00:07 PM

Reading Quotes I Love by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWhen you love to read and promote reading as I do, you find yourself admiring the wonderful things other people have said about reading. I know lots of librarians and teachers collect ...

Make Stories at Story Monster

02/11/2016 12:00:11 PM

Make Stories at Story Monsterby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has a fascinating website that’s very helpful to educators. One of the resources there is an attractive literacy game called ...

Reviews: Recent Children’s Picture Books about Animals, 2016

02/09/2016 22:18:55 PM

Children's Book Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comKids love animals and books about them. Here are some new picture books about animals that may well delight a child near you! This and That A recently published picture book from ...

Review: Word Game App, Word Jewels 2

02/07/2016 12:00:12 PM

Review: Word Game App, Word Jewels 2 by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI enjoy word games. Some people closely related to me say it’s because I am yet to understand games that are more complicated. That’s unkind. I prefer to think ...

Three Parent Plans to Create a Strong Reader

02/04/2016 12:00:06 PM

Three Parent Plans to Create a Strong Reader by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAs parents, we all wish our kids would become strong readers. Wishing is fine, but did you know there are three strategies you can adopt as a parent that will ...

Children’s Book Review, The Skunk

02/02/2016 12:00:11 PM

Children’s Book Review, The Skunk by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThe Skunk was written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Patrick McDonnell and published by Five Mile Press in Australia (2015). (First published by Roaring Brook Press.) ...

Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: Town

01/31/2016 12:00:12 PM

Children’s iPad App Reviewby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Toca Life: Town is not just a useful app for parents and teachers to use with kids, it’s lots of fun too. From the developer: - 21 characters to play with. Do you recognize ...

Creating with Kids and iPad Apps - January 2016 Update

01/28/2016 12:00:14 PM

Creating with Kids and iPad Apps - January 2016 Updateby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI've recently updated my List, Creating with Children and iPad Apps. The last update was July 2015. Check out the List below (and don't forget to ...

Children’s Book Review, My First Day at School

01/26/2016 12:00:23 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Here’s a brand new children’s picture book for the new year! My First Day at School was created by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley, and published by Scholastic Press (2016). ...

Recommended App Gifts for Kids

01/24/2016 18:12:52 PM

Recommended App Gifts for Kidsby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com With Christmas not far off, parents’ and relatives’ minds often turn to gifts they can buy for kids. You’ll find lots of suggestions in my recent article, Bookish ...

Children’s iPad App, ShapeKit

01/24/2016 12:00:13 PM

Children’s iPad App, ShapeKitby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere’s a great app that combines learning and fun. It reminds me a little of the plastic tangram sets we had in Kindergarten classes - they were very popular. The kids ...

Children’s iPad App, Toontastic

11/01/2015 12:00:00 PM

Children’s iPad App, Toontasticby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comOne of the most exciting things about technology is what it offers us for digital storytelling. Toontastic is an app that encourages children to make stories by using ...

HistoriCool Magazine for Kids and Teens

10/29/2015 13:00:04 PM

HistoriCool Magazine for Kids and Teensby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com "A love of History gives the kids of today the skills to become the brave, bright and compassionate history-makers of tomorrow."

Children’s Book Review, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition

10/27/2015 13:00:00 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Illustrated Edition was written by J.K Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay and published by Bloomsbury, 2015. It’s a weighty hardback book, ...

Spotlight on Story Box Library

10/25/2015 13:00:04 PM

Spotlight on Story Box Libraryby Nicole BrownleeStory Box Library is an online storytelling resource that showcases a fantastic array of Australian children’s books, read by a diverse range of local storytellers. It is a place where children ...

Exploring Onomatopoeia with Kids

10/22/2015 13:00:06 PM

Exploring Onomatopoeia with Kids by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comOnomatopoeia is such a fun concept to share with kids. It refers to a word which mimics the sound something makes. So the word “sizzle” actually sounds a bit like ...

Reviews: Introducing Small Friends Books

10/20/2015 13:00:02 PM

Children's Book Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comZobi and the Zoox, and The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon are two picture books for older readers I received recently. They were published by Scale Free Network, distributed by ...

Children’s iPad App, Little Story Creator

10/18/2015 13:00:01 PM

Children’s iPad App, Little Story Creatorby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Here’s a fast and fun story creation app that will encourage kids to create. It’s called Little Story Creator. From the developers:Awesome features:- Import ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with Sound

10/15/2015 13:00:05 PM

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with Sound by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comSo often when we encourage kids to write, we focus on visual prompts. Today I hope to encourage children to use sound as a prompt for some form of creative ...

Children’s Book Review, Follow that Car

10/13/2015 15:23:38 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comFollow that Car is a children’s picture book by Lucy Feather and Stephen Lomp, published by Nosy Crow ( 2015.) (Allen and Unwin in Australia.) From the publisher: Packed with ...

Book Chook Favourites - Word Game Apps

10/11/2015 13:00:00 PM

App Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com I’ve tried many word games on my iPad. Mostly what happens with me is they’re okay at first, but I quickly lose interest. Or (shudder) there are game design elements that don’t suit ...

Children’s Book Review, Sad, the Dog

10/08/2015 14:45:19 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comSad, the Dog is a children’s picture book written by Sandy Fussell, illustrated by Tull Suwannakit, and published by Walker Books Australia (2015.) The Penguin/Random site describes ...

Educational Resources on Animals

10/08/2015 13:00:00 PM

Educational Resources on Animals by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI’ve been using Listly to curate blog articles at The Book Chook, and group them by theme. Today’s List is a collection of educational resources about animals. Some ...

Update on iPad App, Paper by 53

09/20/2015 14:00:02 PM

Update on iPad App, Paper by 53by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI thought you might be interested in discovering more about the iPad app I mentioned in Review of iPad App, Paper by 53 and Playing with Paper by 53, especially now all ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Blob

09/17/2015 14:00:02 PM

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with a Blobby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere’s the next in my series of Creative Prompts for Kids. Find all the other prompts via my list, below. * Today I propose we start with a blob. A blob begins ...

Children’s Book Review, Daredevil Duck

09/15/2015 14:00:01 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comDaredevil Duck is a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Charlie Alder and published by Running Press Kids in the USA (available in Australia from New South Books. ...

Children’s iPad App, LEGO Movie Maker

09/13/2015 14:00:03 PM

Children's iPad App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThe LEGO Movie Maker app makes it fairly straightforward for kids create a stop motion movie. From the developer:Features:-Add and delete frames to your movie-Choose from 7 ...

Let’s Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month

09/10/2015 14:00:00 PM

Let’s Celebrate Library Card Sign Up Monthby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com September is Library Card Sign Up Month in the USA, and something to be celebrated wherever in the world you live.What would you say if I told you you can ...

Reviews: Two Important Picture Books about Environment

09/08/2015 14:00:03 PM

Children's Book Reviews by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHelping kids learn about their environment is important, whether that environment be built or natural. One excellent way to do this is via books, so I was thrilled to find these ...

A List of Charming Children’s Story Apps

09/06/2015 14:00:03 PM

A List of Charming Children’s Story Appsby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Because I’m trying to make it easier for readers to find themed posts in one place, I’ve been using Listly to gather them together. Today’s list is of ...

Introducing Starfish Bay Children’s Books

09/03/2015 14:00:01 PM

Introducing Starfish Bay Children’s Booksby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Starfish Bay Children’s Books has the laudable mission of publishing imaginative and intriguing children’s books from around the world. The company has ...

Children’s Book Review, Once Upon an Alphabet

09/01/2015 14:00:00 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comOnce Upon an Alphabet is a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, and published by Harper Collins (2014). RRP: $Au29.99 (hardcover). Also available ...

iPad App, Lark by Storybird

08/30/2015 14:00:00 PM

iPad App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comPerhaps you already know Storybird, a website where kids and adults can immerse themselves in building their own stories with others’ art. Now we have Storybird’s new app, Lark. Its ...

Review: iPad and Android App, Alphabear

08/27/2015 14:00:01 PM

App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comAlphabear was suggested to me by my son. He thought I would find the combination of word game and teddy bears irresistible. I did!From the developer: Alphabear is an original word puzzle game ...

Children’s Book Review, Stories for Simon

08/25/2015 14:00:03 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comStories for Simon is a children’s picture book written by Lisa Miranda Sarzin, illustrated by Lauren Briggs, and published by Random House Australia (2015.) RRP: $24.99.From the ...

Children’s iPad App, Plum’s Photo Hunt

08/23/2015 14:00:02 PM

Children’s iPad App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comHere’s a great free app that encourages kids to explore with the iPad’s Camera. Plum’s Photo Hunt is part of PLUM LANDING, an environmental science media property designed ...

Book Chook Favourites - iPad Apps for Drawing

08/20/2015 14:00:03 PM

Book Chook Favourites - iPad Apps for Drawing by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comMost kids like to draw, or maybe they call it fooling around with a pencil or paintbrush. By encouraging our kids to experiment with digital drawing, we’re ...

Children’s Book Review, The Big Book of Australian History (2nd ed)

08/18/2015 14:00:02 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comYou may remember that last year I reviewed The Big Book of Australian History by Peter Macinnis. It was awarded Notable Book by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2014. ...

A List of Visual Literacy Resources

08/16/2015 14:00:03 PM

A List of Visual Literacy Resourcesby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIt’s so important in this highly visual age we live in for kids to develop visual literacy skills. We want them to learn not just to read and write in words, but learn ...

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with LEGO

08/13/2015 14:00:01 PM

Creative Prompt for Kids - Start with LEGO by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Children love LEGO. Why not encourage them to let LEGO be the starting point for some other kind of creative activity? Below you’ll find some some ideas kids ...

Children’s Book Review, The Last Viking Returns

08/11/2015 16:58:43 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comThe Last Viking Returns is a children’s picture book written by Norman Jorgensen, illustrated by James Foley, and published by Fremantle Press, 2014. From the publisher: Josh ...

Children’s iPad App, Infiniscroll

08/09/2015 14:00:02 PM

Children’s iPad App, Infiniscrollby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comIn the last couple of years I’ve looked at, interacted with, and reviewed many children’s apps. I’ve realised I prefer apps where kids get to create something, ...

Creating Comics and Cartoons with Kids

08/06/2015 14:00:01 PM

Creating Comics and Cartoons with Kidsby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comI’ve been gathering my articles about cartoon and comic makers into a Listly list, and also added comic editor websites and apps. These are excellent tools for ...

Children’s Book Review, A - Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land

08/04/2015 14:00:02 PM

Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comA - Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land is a children’s picture book by Simon Barnard, published by Text Publishing, 2014. It has the distinction of being on the CBCA short list ...

Children’s Book Review, Thunderstorm Dancing

08/03/2015 00:10:25 AM

Children’s Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Thunderstorm Dancing is a children’s picture book written by Katrina Germein, illustrated by Judy Watson, and published by Allen and Unwin, 2015. From the publisher: When a ...

A List of Pinners and Boards for Teacher Librarians

08/02/2015 14:00:02 PM

A List of Pinners and Boards for Teacher Librariansby Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Although I'm not a teacher librarian, I have immense admiration for all librarians. We also share mutual interests: children’s literature, matching ...

Children’s iPad App, Play Opera

07/30/2015 14:00:01 PM

Children's App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comPlay Opera: Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, and Verdi masterpieces for kids is a recent app created by Dada Company. I have previously reviewed Dada’s Peek-a-Word. From the developer: ...

Children’s Book Review, Don’t Think About Purple Elephants

07/28/2015 14:00:02 PM

Children’s Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Don’t Think About Purple Elephants is a children’s picture book written by Susan Whelan, illustrated by Gwyneth Jones and published by EK Books, an imprint of Exile Publishing, ...

Children’s iPad App, Wee You-Things

05/24/2015 14:00:02 PM

App Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.comWee You-Things is an interactive story app that celebrates individual differences and helps kids learn to read the text on the screen by hearing it read aloud at the same time. From the developers: ...