Audio Books Save the School Run

Audio Books

Brought to you by Nuffnang and  The discovery of audio books took me back to my childhood. I remember listening to stories on my jukebox-look-a-like tape player; it helped me settle into sleep. is offering a free month trial (which comes with a free book download) and I was curious. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would use it extensively. But I was mistaken. I would go as far as saying incorporating … [Read more...]

My (Top 10) Favourite Children’s Picture Books

A Fly Went By Author: Mike McClintock Illustrator: Fritz Siebel

I've read a lot of picture books over the years. A lot-a-lot-a-lot. Like, at least a thousand.  My favourite picture books are the ones that both the kids and I love reading together again and again. I like books that are clever, simple, emotive, motivational and allow children to embrace who they are. Below is a list of 10 picture books that have stood out to me over the years.  Some are silly and make the kids laugh, some capture a … [Read more...]

A Book: Where the Wild Things Are

where the wild things are activity for kids

I woke this morning to the news of author Maurice Sendak's death at age 83 (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012).  His signature book, Where the Wild Things Are, is well know and loved at our house.  How amazingly fitting that I have a guest post from Fi today, showing how to create a special activity for children (and adults!) inspired by the book. Guest Post from Fi from Destination Bali This week I said to the children, "I love the illustrations … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Unicorn Horn

Aleesah_Darlison Unicorn Riders

I love supporting Aussie Authors. I've featured Alison Lester, Peter Carnavas, Susan Stephenson and Aleesah Darlison on the blog before. Today, I'm welcoming Aleessah Darlison back to the blog for the launch of her new series, Unicorn Riders. Who are the Unicorn Riders? Unicorn Riders is a brand new fantasy adventure series written by Aleesah Darlison and illustrated by Jill Brailsford. The Unicorn Riders are made up of four strong-willed and … [Read more...]

Picture Books, Parenting and the Case of the Missing Masking Tape


Today, I'm thrilled to welcome picture book author and illustrator, Peter Carnavas to Be A Fun Mum.  Peter's books are very special because they touch the heart; they touch my heart! The emotive stories are filled with hope and are told through elegant illustrations and simple, yet profound words.  I love Peter's work so I begged asked if he would draw me an illustration to capture Be A Fun Mum.  Look! Isn't it wonderful?! It makes me want to … [Read more...]

Alphabet Soup Magazine Australia + Giveaway

alphabet Soup Magazine Australia

Have you heard about the Alphabet Soup Magazine?  Alphabet Soup is an Australian magazine for children aged 6 to 12 who love books and creative writing.  I recently discovered the magazine and I want to tell you about it.  First things first: the paper is gorgeous!  It's thick and glossy which is ideal for children.  The magazine has a by children, for children feel to it and this appealed to my daughter, right from the moment she saw the front … [Read more...]

Get and Give: 3 Bags Full Finger Puppet Pouch


I'm learning to be aware of the products I buy and where my money goes.  There's much injustice when it comes to buying and importing products from developing countries.  I'm but one person.  I can't change the world but I can do good where I can. So, I want to share Sue's story. Sue had a desire to improve the lives of indigenous families from a developing country.  On a trip to Bolivia, she made this a reality, buying local artistic goods to … [Read more...]

Reading With Expression

Welcome Bug in a Book readers! Reading with Expression (Children aged 0-6) Reading with expression is a key to enjoyable read-aloud time with young children.  Drawing from my experience as a children’s book consultant and reading to my own children, I’ve learnt how to get the most out of every picture book; to make it fun my children and myself. When you choose a picture book, look out for these things: Rhythm Musical rhythm is … [Read more...]

Theme It: Dr Seuss

Dr Suess Merchandice Horton Cat in The Hat Toys Shirt Rare Books

Obviously, I'm not the only one who loves the writing and art of Dr Seuss.  Look at all this cool stuff I've found!  Oh! The Places You'll Go! From shoes to wall stickers; from rare books to a big striped hat; come into the world of Dr Seuss. Quirky . Fun . Imaginative . Intriguing . Mysterious . Silly . Meaningful 1. Dr Seuss Converse  Shoes (from $35) 2. The Cat In The Hat I Can Do That Game $34 3. Dr Seuss Cat in the Hat Plush Hat $21  … [Read more...]

Interview: Alison Lester: Reading and Rainy Days

home on rainy days

“All the research points to a link between exposure to books at an early age and educational outcomes. So reading to your children is more than great fun – it’s also good for them,” - Alison Lester Alison Lester is a favourite author/illustrator in our house.  Part of reason why is I enjoy reading her books as much as my children enjoy me reading to them. The first Alison Lester book I read was Imagine, and I was utterly … [Read more...]

The Fun Funnel: Book Giveaway

the fun  by robbie cameron

I'm always on the look out for interesting children's picture books.  The Fun Funnel brings together a book and DVD, creating an interactive story in a pop-out-of-the-page way. Read it... Watch it... Show it... Share it... A message from the author, Robbie Cameron: "I have self produced and published "The Fun Funnel". A children's picture book that comes with an animated version of itself on DVD. It is a unique concept and has been very well … [Read more...]

You Are Sooooo Beautiful: Book Giveaway

you are sooooo beautiful book review by Leanne Power

Leanne Power, author of You Are Sooooo Beautiful, made a striking discovery. Although being intelligent, athletic and successful, she never fully understood the meaning of 'real' beauty.  Then came a moment of time, when Leanne was forced to strip away all the social-conditioning about what a woman should be and look like, and You Are Sooooo Beautiful was born. Leanne is also a proud mother, and is passionate about teaching children, and adults, … [Read more...]

Book Review: Monster Maddie

Monster Maddy Quote

A plight experienced by many school aged children extends from this question: Who will play with me? Miss Maddie, the book's character, graples with the same question and tries different tricks on her peers in an effort to be noticed. “She put ants in their pants, dirt in their shirts, and ooze in their shoes.” I wonder if Maddie’s tactics will work? *************************************** Monster Maddie is Susan Stephenson's first … [Read more...]

Books are NOT Just for Reading

books not just for reading

Books are not just for reading, so my children have taught me. They sometimes grab a book each and run around the house playing the character.  So there you go, that's really getting into a book isn't it? Love it.   … [Read more...]