The new school year is just underway and there’s never been a better time to encourage your mini bookworms. While you are lying with them at bedtime, completing your school readers, why not add a fun extra title to the reading list? Your child will benefit from the extra-long snuggle and bonding time with you and they’ll also be benefitting from an educational point of view. Never forget that reading is one of the single most important skills that you as a parent can encourage in your children. Start them young and keep them motivated with great titles like these ones.

BucketHave you filled a bucket today?
Carol McCloud

This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by ‘filling buckets’. Updated and revised, this 10th anniversary edition will help readers better understand that ‘bucket dipping’ is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It also explains that it’s possible to fill or dip into our own buckets. In addition to being loved, children must also be taught how to love others. Children who learn how to express kindness and love lead happier lives. When you care about others and show that love by what you say and do, you feel good and you fill your own bucket, too.

As you read this book with children, use it as an opportunity to model this concept by filling their buckets. Tell them why they are special to you. Help them imagine whose bucket they might fill and what they could say or do to fill a bucket. Tell them whose bucket you filled that day. Practice with them to become daily bucket fillers. Very quickly they will experience the pride and joy of filling buckets. Suitable for children aged 4-10 years old. 

www.limetreekids.com.au, $19.95

Academy_EngineerEngineer Academy & Vet Academy
Steve Martin

What’s it really like to be an engineer, or a vet? Do you have what it takes? Learn the essential skills to start your own engineering journey or start learning the basics required to become a vet with these unique activity books. Entertaining, educational and engaging, these books are packed full of great illustrations, fun facts and absorbing activities that encourage imaginative play and problem solving. For ages 5+.

Ivy Press, $19.99

Secrets of our earthSecrets of our Earth
Carron Brown & Wesley Robins

From a snowy Antarctic landscape and dry African grasslands to tectonic plates rumbling beneath the planet’s crust and meteorites whizzing through the atmosphere, children will be fascinated by the beauty of their home – our Earth! The unique design allows children to hold each page up to a bright light to reveal hidden images. For ages 3+.

Ivy Press, $19.99

MargeMarge and the Pirate Baby
Isla Fisher

Another hilarious, anarchic and charming story in the Marge in Charge series! Marge is back and exploring the neighbourhood. With some help from Jemima and Jake, can she keep ‘pirate’ baby Zara under control and out of the duck pond? And can the children make sure Marge behaves at Uncle Desmond and Annie’s wedding? The second fun family story in the series by actor and comedian Isla Fisher, illustrated with wit and warmth by Eglantine Ceulemans. For ages 7 -9.


Piccadilly, $13.99

Ninja_5Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja (Books 5, 6, 7)
Marcus Emerson

The next three books in the havoc-meets-hilarious series about a boy who is inducted into a secret society of ninjas. My name is Chase Cooper, and this is my diary as a 6th grade ninja. The best part about my new ninja lifestyle is that there’s never a dull moment… unfortunately, that’s the worst part about it too. As always, there’s trouble

brewing in the halls of Buchanan School. If I’d known this, I might’ve stayed home in bed… Nah, who am I kidding? Staying out of trouble isn’t exactly something I’m good at doing. Buckle up, ninjas, because this is going to be one heck of a bumpy ride. For ages 7 -12.

Allen & Unwin $12.99

BallerinaWhere’s the Ballerina?
Abigail Goh & Anna Claybourne

This beautiful new book introduces young children to the magical world of ballet by

spotting key characters from ten classic ballets, including Swan Lake, Cinderella and Coppelia. First they read a snappy synopsis of the story. Next they explore the wonderfully detailed illustrations as they search for the elusive ballerina and key characters in each busy scene. For ages 3+.

Ivy Press $19.99



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