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!

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, ...