Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

Written by J.K. Rowling

Escape reality with a magical adventure where strange things are good and where good has great power. The story character Harry Potter turns 11 years old in the beginning of this book so children around this age would most favour this read.

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Alexander and the Fantastic, Brilliant, Fabulous, Really Awesome Day

Written, illustrated & narrated by Toorak College Year 4 students

This is a model of a thoughtful collaborative response to the original book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, written by Judith Viorst. The students retell Alexander’s original story with an optimistic turn that transforms his day. There is an inspirational idea at the end of the story.

The following link features Why Children Should Be Given The Opportunity To Tell Stories .

The Usborne Book of Art: A Complete Introduction for Beginners


Written by Rosie Dickins

Don’t let the bleak cover turn you away as this is just an introduction to the natural response art brings us…. the cover painting titled Hunters in the Snow (1565), by Pieter Bruegel brings us a life-like feeling of the cold (p.55). Even though this book refers to some of the most famous works of art, what impresses me the most relates to the recommended Internet links found throughout the book that encourage further research. I recommend this quality resource for those who are beginning to explore visual art.

The following link features Research shows involvement in the arts has wide ranging benefits for young people .

An Anthology of Aesop’s Animal Fables: Unwitting Wisdom

Unwitting Wisdom

Retold & Illustrated by Helen Ward

For a moral to the story choice, the collection of twelve stories in this book are entertaining and inspiring. Helen Ward’s beautiful watercolour illustrations linger on the imagination and add to the appeal of the stories. The audio CD that is included with this book is perfect for keeping the little one entertained during a car trip. You can never be too young or too old to absorb and admire the discerning artistic expression of this book.

Click on the link to view particulars to Tales with morals .

The Most Explosive Science Book In The Universe…by the Brainwaves


Written by Clair Watts

Illustrated by Lisa Swerling & Ralph Lazar

This book draws me into a factual introduction of science through the colourful diagrams and witty cartoon characters. It imparts me with useful knowledge and rounds of giggles! It is aimed at upper primary aged children but those as young as four would benefit and find this book engaging, as well as those older ones who would get most out of the humorous commentary displayed throughout the book.

The following link features Why science is important in young kids lives .

Invitation to share the recommendation of children’s books

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This is where you will find my recommendations for children’s books on an array of subjects.

I invite you to leave a comment, include the recommendations of your latest enjoyable children’s read, participate in a poll, or rate and like my posts.

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I hope you find this blog a valuable resource and I look forward to seeing your contributions.

Kind regards,

Tina Kalokathis

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