“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr Seuss

I am always reading. Well, ok almost always reading. If I haven’t read for a while, I find myself getting a bit… ‘twitchy’. My TBR (To Be Read) list gets added to whenever I read reviews in magazines, or unpack new books for our school library (new books! Squee!), or see someone reading something, or see a trailer for a movie based on a book, or chat to a friend about great books, or attend an Author Talk, or…

Sometimes the books I read are for reviewing, which is great. It means I get to read books that are brand new and some of them are books I wouldn’t normally pick up. Other books are for ‘research’ – after all, as Stephen King said, you can’t be a writer if you aren’t a reader. As a children’s writer, I read a lot of picture books, junior fiction and YA – which is FANTASTIC because there are so many FANTASTIC books out there written for children!

Book reviews for Kids Books NZ: 

Circus Quest, by Maureen Crisp

What Dog Knows, by Sylvia Vanden Heede, published by Gecko Press NZ

Harriet and the Eye of the Bird, by Julie Lamb

Bonjour Lucy Bee, by Anne Ingram

Koolio the Problem Pony: Showtyme Adventures, by Kelly Wilson

Chinatown Girl, by Eva Wong Ng

Book reviews for  New Zealand Booksellers:

Bulibasha, by Witi Ihimaera

I’ll See You in Paris, by Michelle Gable

Everyday Adventures, from Lonely Planet

Witchfairy, by Brigitte Minne and illustrated by Carl Cneut

Watch Out for the Weka, by Ned Barraud

Tell it to the Moon, by Siobhan Curham

The Singing Dolphin, by Mere Whaanga

Good Morning, Midnight, by Lily Brooks-Dalton

Among the Lemon Trees, by Nadia Marks

Book reviews for The Library Adventure:

Small Persons with Wings, by Ellen Booream

Deadtime Stories – Grandpa’s Monster Movies, by Annette and Gina Casone

Fake Mustache, by Tom Angleberger

Tuesdays at the Castle, by Jessica Day George

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan

Aliens on Vacation, by Clete Barrett Smith

What the World Eats, by Faith D’Alusi and Peter Menzel

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson

Going, Going, Gone! by Judy Blume

A Crooked Kind of Perfect, by Linda Urban

(Disclosure: The books I review are done for no monetary payment, just the joy of reading! In some cases, I get to keep the book. Which is really cool.)