Susan Stephenson

Susan Stephenson is an Australian reader, writer and teacher who is passionate about children's literature and literacy. Her Book Chook blog has book reviews, and tips to encourage kids to read and write. Click Here to find out more about Susan.

 

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Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Pamela Lofts
Publisher: Harcourt 2005
ISBN-13: 978-0152163181

Hunwick's Egg (Harcourt 2005) would make a great Easter gift for a child. It could spark a discussion about unusual friendships, or provide a rich resource for children studying Australia.





Author/Illustrator: Kae Nishimura
Publisher: Clarion Books, New York, 2005
ISBN-13: 978-0618336142

With its environmental theme, I Am Dodo would make a great resource for a discussion about biodiversity. Other themes are about finding a place where you belong, individual differences, freedom and friendship. Lots to discuss, lots to enjoy – my kind of picture book!









Author, Margaret Mahy
Illustrator, Margaret Chamberlain
Publisher, Puffin
ISBN: 9780140554304

If you’ve ever wanted to be a pirate, to dance “hippy-hoppy-happy hornpipes up and down the beach”, if you love the sea, the glory of salt spray and the drum of the breakers, then this book is for you. It’s a masterpiece of a picture book. 








Author, Sharon Tregenza
Publisher, Floris Books
ISBN: 9780863156731

There's a nice balance of drama, humour and excitement in Tarantula Tide. Sharon Tregenza won the Kelpies 2008 prize for this first novel, and has been nominated for the Branford Boase Award for first novelists.




Author, Mem Fox
Publisher: Omnibus, 1989
ISBN: 9781862910799

Fox is spare with her text, but never afraid to be lyrical. Her descriptions are carefully chosen to reflect her theme.



Author: Janeen Brian: Stephen Michael King, Illustrator

ISBN: 1 876289 52 X

Where does Thursday go? is a lovely story to read aloud. Emergent readers will have fun reading the refrain while you read the rest of the story.





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