Celebrate Star Wars you must!

40 years? Seriously? I remember watching Star Wars since I was 7. Over the years my love of all things Star Wars has grown continually. I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite and less well known Star Wars facts 😀 Learn much you will (also you can impress your kids!). The phrase […]

13 Reasons to Debrief

Thursday night we were lucky enough to host a discussion about “13 Reasons Why” and all the issues it raises.  YA Author Lili Wilkinson; Journalist and Author Kasey Edwards; local English/German counsellor Anjelika and some of our fabulous local mums joined us. While munchies were eaten, wine was drunk and laughs were had, there was […]

Let’s discuss OUR 13 reasons why

Last week I made a very personal post about why I thought the book “13 Reasons Why” should be read. Afterwards I felt very exposed and unsure if I’d revealed too much, but I knew that the message of the book was that important that it was worth any discomfort I might feel. The response […]

13 Reasons Why I Read This Book

I had planned on doing a lighthearted blog this week. However given the controversy surrounding the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” I felt I should address this subject as a children’s book specialist, and a parent of a teen who has threatened suicide. If you haven’t heard the fracas surrounding this new series then you must be living […]

Lest We Forget

  I have the great privilege of designing/making/creating our window displays. Some are fun. Some require mad crafting skillz. Some are mental ideas that Danielle comes up with and then expects me to magically create them! The occasional one is thrown together when time conspires against me. And then there are the ones that really […]

Picture books about difficult topics

As parents it’s our job, nay our duty to protect our children. Within that umbrella of protection we often shelter our children from the harsh realities of life. Unless specifically required, very few parents pick up social-emotional books that deal with complex situations. Even then we are often find that adults think these amazing books […]

2 weeks to recover from child birth

We do not allow new mothers enough time to recover after the birth of their child. They are virtually shunted straight out of hospital as soon as the baby is popped out and both are “medically” sound, and expected to just get on with it. Unlike days of yore, (or days of now in countries […]