From Animalia to the Moopaloop – Graeme Base’s new creation

Graeme Base

It’s been 30 years since Australian Author Graeme Base wrote and illustrated the award-winning Animalia, one of the most successful children’s alphabet picture books of all time. Still loved by children the world over, and with more than three million copies sold, I asked Graeme for his thoughts on why Animalia has been so successful […]

Happy Toast

Happy Toast

My daughter just had a shower and was in her pyjamas. “Do you want me to read you a book?” I called out to her from my bedroom. We snugged together on my polka dot bedspread as she handed me Tom Gates Everything’s Amazing (sort of) by L. Pechon.  By page three, I was starting to […]

Father’s Day Mini Book

Father's Day Idea - Make a Mini Book

We are a book loving family and the kids make their own books often. I already had the words for a Father’s Day Printable and so we made it into a mini book too. It’s really very easy to make, and would make a wonderful gift/card idea for Father’s Day. Words by Kelly Burstow. Design […]

Top 10 Dr Seuss Books

Hop on Pop, Stop, you must not hop on pop

Dr Seuss books formed part of my childhood. My favourite as a kid was Hop on Pop.  I thought it hilarious…especially the “STOP! You must not hop on pop” bit. After doing a bit of research I discovered that not everyone found this part as humorous as I did. An article on CNN looks at a complaint and […]

Audio Books Save the School Run

Audio Books

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Audible.com.au  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. Audible.com.au is offering a free month trial (which comes with a free book download) and I was curious. To be honest, […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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, […]

Get and Give: 3 Bags Full Finger Puppet Pouch

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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 […]

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 […]

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 . […]

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 […]