Kirsten McCulloch

Kirsten McCulloch is an Australian mother of three, a writer, a blogger, and a norwex consultant! She has been blogging since January 2000 at narrating kayoz. Kirsten is the author of Less Toxic Living - How to Reduce Your Everyday Exposure to Toxic Chemicals, and has been published in various Australian magazines such as Artlook and In Good Hands. She is also writes at Sustainable Suburbia. She has a Masters Degree in Writing and Literature. And she reads a lot of books.

Book Review: Dougal’s Diary by David Greagg

Dougal's Diary, David Greagg

Dougal’s Diary by David Greagg, 2010. Publisher: Clan Destine Press; 189 pages rrp $19.95. Can you imagine what it would be like to be a kitten? To have a scant few weeks with a mother to teach you the ways of the world, before being adopted by a different family of humans (if you’re lucky),…

How to Write a Book Review For Kids

Spilling Ink, A Young Writer's Handbook, By Ellen Potter, Anne Mazer, Matt Phelan

Lots of people have been finding my book review template article when they are actually searching on information for kids on how to write a book review – or report – for school. So this article is designed to answer those questions, as well as linking to more resources. Firstly a book review is not…

What I Have Been Reading Lately (or Coming Book Reviews)

I am Jack by Susanne Gervey illustrated by Cathy Wilcox

I’ve committed myself to participating in the Australian Women Writers 2012 Reading and Reviewing Challenge, at the Miles level, as a Dabbler. Meaning, I need to read at least six books by written Australian women this year, and review at least three, from any genre. That seems almost too easy now, given I’ve decided to…

Write Better Reviews with a Book Review Template

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing by Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards

Note: Lots of people are coming to this page wanting to know how to write a book review for kids, so I wrote another article especially for kids (and their parents). (NB There is a downloadable template at the bottom of this page – but if you are new to reviewing, please do read the…

Guestpost: Good Books for Children’s Activities

Orange Down Under

Finding good children’s activities can sometimes be a chore.  Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to put up with a mess, or to clean it up later.  And sometimes you don’t feel like you can deal with a real physical activity because your own energy level may be at a low.  So maybe reading…

Feeding Children Better: Ellyn Satter’s ‘Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family’

Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family, How to eat, how to raise good eaters, how to cook, Ellyn Satter, author of child of mind, feeding with love and good sense

According to one of the best ever parenting books, Ellyn Satter’s Secrets of Feeding a Healthy Family, the number one secret to feeding children better is to eat together. Children who have family meals, Satter tells us, do better in all respects: nutritionally, socially, emotionally, academically, and importantly in resistance to overweight, dieting behavior, eating…

Pamela Allen Activities for Children

Daisy All-Sorts by Pamela Allen

“Read me a story” is a request uttered by children all over the world every day. The award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Pamela Allen creates stories that serve as regular bedtime readings for many youngsters. Whether children are fans of gods, lions, or even roosters, they hear or read a tale that is both…