CKT Kids Book Club Crew

CKT Kids Book Club Crew

Introducing the CKT Kids Book Club Crew.

These dedicated young reporters will be our eyes and ears among the youth of Australia. Each month we will arm them with a question, and they will leave no stone unturned in their quest to provide us with answers.

Our Crew is made up of eager readers and writers who one day may grace our bookshelves with their creative stories. Until then, they seek out the truth and the answers as to what books, stories or authors keep kids turning pages.

Together with our adult reviewers, our CKT Kids Book Club Crew will also review the latest release children's books.

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To view the monthly questions put to our CKT Kids Book Club Crew reporters, please scroll to the bottom of this page.


Aijay W

Aijay W - Aged 7

Hi, I’m Aijay, I love playing sports, playing with my dogs and reading.

My favourite books are all about animals. I love the Geronimo Stilton and Thea Sisters  series because they are so bright and fun.

Bridget M

Bridget M - Aged 8

Hi! My name is Bridget M and I am eight years old.

I love to read adventure and mystery stories best, especially if they are funny too!

Grace D

Grace D - Aged 9

Hi! My name is Grace D and I'm nine years old. I love to read books, write stories, play with my dog, ride my bike at the beach and watch drama or news on TV.

My favourite types of books are adventurous books, with a touch of reality and history, and occasionally a few magic books.

Kabir G

Kabir G - Aged 9

Hello! I am Kabir.G almost 9 years old. I live in Melbourne.

My favourite books: I like reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid  series, How To Train Your Dragon  series and Geronimo Stilton.

Kailani C

Kailani C - Aged 11

I am Kailani C, 11 yrs old and I live on the QLD coast.

I really like reading books, especially about horses, friendship and historical fiction.

Katie H

Katie H - Aged 8

Hi my name is Katie H and I am turning 8 this year. When I grow up I want to be a vet.

I love the Rainbow Magic Fairy books, and the Magic Kitten books.

Leith B

Leith B - Aged 

Hi!  My name is Leith and I am ten years old.  I like to read, write stories, knit, sew, dance and cook.

My favourite subjects are Art, English, Maths, Science and History.

Maddy W

Maddy W - Aged 8

Hi I’m Maddy, I love playing sport and chasing my dogs around. When I’m not doing that I like to read lots of books.

At the moment my favourites are the Diary of a Wimpy Kid  series because they are funny. I love Andy Griffiths, his books are really funny.

Mitch B

Mitch B - Aged 8

As always I’m Mitch and I’m almost 9.

I like reading books and watching movies.

Sol M

Sol M - Aged 9

I am Sol M. I am nine years old.

I really like hanging out with my pet lizard, skateboarding with my sister and playing soccer with my dad.

Stefanie H

Stefanie H - Aged 10

My name is Stefanie H, I am 10 years old. I live in Victoria.

My favourite authors are: Susannah McFarlane, Andy Griffiths, Daisy Meadows, Ellen Miles, Jeff Kinney and Roald Dahl.

Trisha C

Trisha C - Aged 11

"I am a student in Year 6 in a primary school in Sydney. I love reading many genres of books. I mainly like adventure, mystery, comedy, poems and realistic fiction. I enjoy reading new genres too. I don't prefer horror or romance books.


CKT Kids Book Club Crew monthly questions

Each month our CKT Kids Book Club Crew will be given a question. Our dedicated reporters will ask their friends this question and report back to us on their findings. Please check back here each month for a new question and their responses.

  • December 2016: What book would you like to see made into a board game or App?

    Trisha C

    I would like to see the book "Thirst" by Lizzie Wilcock get made into a board game. It is about a girl named Karanda and a boy named Solomon trying to survive on the desert. It would be similar to choose your own adventure stories but along the way you make decisions which create your own version of "Thirst". You pick up cards too to test your knowledge on how to survive. If you make the wrong decisions and get a tragic ending, you can pick up one card. If you answer it correctly you can start again to try to beat your opponents to the end without falling off track. If you answer the question incorrectly, you are out. You are also out if you come to a tragic end once more. It is best to have already read the book in order to boost your knowledge.


    Bridget M

    I would like Nanny Piggins to be made into an app or a board game.


    Leith B

    I would like to see Percy Jackson become a app or board game because it would be awesome believing you are a Greek gods child.


    Kailani C

    Pony Club Secrets  series by Stacy Gregg would be really cool made into app. People could choose a character to be (Stella, Katie, Issie or Natasha) and could groom horses, compete, hang out with friends ect.


  • November 2016: If you were made into a character in a book what sort of character would you be?

    Leith B

    I would be a gorgeous, rich, kind, intelligent witch, demigod and a spy in Spy Kids 2.


    Bridget M

    I would be a hero. A kind hero. I don’t want to be a villain.


    Trisha C

    If I could be any type of book character, I would be a spy. I would have access to the coolest gadgets whether it's an anti- gravity machine or a mind reading one. I would be there to witness the activity done on the villainous side by pretending to be on their side but I would actually be collecting information and details to pass onto my side. I would be a master of disguise, being here one moment there another, all to stop the world coming to an end. I would be the kind of character that persists, tries new things and plans for the future.


    Kailani C

    I would be a kind, horse-crazy friend that helps people and animals in need.


  • October 2016: If you were able to spend a day with your favourite book character what would you do?

    Bridget M

    I would like to spend the day with Nanny Piggins. Eating and baking cakes.


    Leith B

    If I could hang out with Harry Potter we would get me a scholarship to Hogwarts.


    Trisha C

    Hermione, one of my favourite book characters appears in the Harry Potter series. In a day in the Harry Potter world, she could help me try new spells and invent cool potions. I could learn a lot from Hermione. It would also be fun to navigate Hogwarts' secret passages, ride a broom and visit joke shops. A day with Hermione would never get exhausting.


    Kailani C

    "If I could spend a day with Carole Hanson from the Saddle Club I would go for a long trail ride on horseback and find some logs to jump and then have a picnic by a river."


    Grace D

    My favourite book character is Stella Montgomery from Withering-By-Sea ( by Judith Rossell ). If we could spend a day together, first I would want us to go to the pier nearby where Stella lives, Hotel Majestic. It has circus tents, a tent for plays and shows, food stalls and loads of other things Stella and I could have so much fun with. Later, I would want to go to a peaceful field and have a picnic with the larks and pigeons. That would be a perfect day and would completely suit Stella's character.


  • September 2016: Which book character would you want as your best friend?

    Leith B

    I would love Hermione from Harry Potter or Annabeth from Percy Jackson because they remind me of myself and my other BFFs.


    Bridget M

    It would be Nanny Piggins. Definitely.


    Kailani C

    I have read many good books with many cool charecters but if I to choose I would choose Carole Hanson from The Saddle Club or Tilly Redbrow from Tilly’s Pony Tails and Tilly’s Horse Magic.


    Katie H

    I would like Katie the Kitten Fairy to be my best friend because she is very loving, caring and kind. I would like her to turn me into a fairy, give me a pat of her kitten. Her sisters, the pet fairy’s always want to pat her cat, and Katie always let’s them pat Shimmer, the cat. I think to let people pat their pets is a very nice thing to do, so I would like her to be my best friend.


    Stefanie H

    I would like to have Alice-Miranda as my best friend because she is very nice and kind and always sees a bright side to anything. Her parents, Cecilia and Hugh always support her in any way as well; they are a very close family. Alice-Miranda adores her cousins Lucas, Marcus and Imogen, Marcus and Imogen are still babies, and I love the way she looks up to Lucas. Her best friends; Jacinta, Millie and Sloane all adore her as well, as they are older than her. Alice-Miranda always works out the problems in every book. That is why I would like Alice-Miranda to be my best friend.


    Aijay W

    would love to be best friends with Zoe (from Zoe’s Rescue Zoo series) because she lives at a zoo and can talk to animals. That would be awesome. I would help her look after all the animals at the Rescue Zoo.


    Maddy W

    I would like to be best friends with Andy and Terry. They have the best home in the treehouse, it would be great fun to play on all the new levels. I would also like to be a part of their adventures.


    Trisha C

    I would probably want to have Zara from the Last 13 series as my best friend. It would be most interesting to dream the future and have access to handy and useful gadgets. She is loyal, cautious, smart and up for adventure. In short, it would be great fun to be Zara's best friend.


    Grace D

    I would want Poppy from Our Australian Girl to be my best friend, because she's kind and caring. She's also very determined and is willing to be a wild outback kind of lass to help her loved ones in need. This is proven by the fact she journeyed long, hard miles in the Australian bush all the way to Beechworth just to find her beloved brother Gus.


  • August 2016: What kind of books would you prefer to read? (Ghosts, vampires, scary things, gross stuff, snot, horses and ponies or space and aliens)

    Trisha C

    I would probably read a book about ghosts, vampires and scary problems. I especially enjoy it when there are thrilling stories about mysterious experiences and fearful monsters. It would be really cool to read scary plots because it slowly builds up tension.


    Bridget M

    It is hard. I am not fond of any of those things but I would go with ghosts if I had to choose.


    Leith B

    I enjoy a good horror book (just not at night) because it gives me the chills. They are easily awesome books as it is simple to create terror for the reader.


    Aijay W

    I would like to read a book about a horse or pony because I like all animals. I would prefer books about wild animals or dogs, too as long as they are adventures. Animal stories need lots of action to make them fun to read. These books are always better if the animals have interesting personalities and the author uses great words to describe them and all they do. Animal books are the best ones to read.


    Maddy W

    I would prefer to read a story about ghosts, vampires, snot and gross stuff. These things make stories far more interesting and they can be really funny. Plus the gross stuff creeps people out and then they make all sorts of weird noises while they are reading. That always makes me laugh. I also like stories that are a little scary, then I don’t want to put the book down because I have to know how it ends. Gross and creepy things make books fun.


    Stefanie H

    I don’t really like/enjoy any of these categories. I usually enjoy books that are funny or that are non-fiction or reference. An example of books that are funny, or that I think are funny is Diary of a Wimpy Kid,  the Tree House series  and the Weir Do series.  I also prefer to read books about adventure, for example the Alice-Miranda series  and EJ12 series.  I don’t like reading about ghosts, vampires, scary things, snot, gross stuff, horses & ponies or space & aliens because sometimes the books are too long, aren’t interesting or I don’t enjoy reading about it in the first place.


    Katie H

    I don’t really like ghosts, vampires, scary things, snot, gross stuff, horses & ponies or space & aliens, but I would rather read about animals because I would like to have a job as a vet when I am older and I love animals. I don’t like reading about ghosts, vampires, scary things, snot, gross stuff, horses & ponies or space & aliens because I don’t like those subjects, I do like horses though.


    Kailani C

    That’s super easy! Horses and Ponies!


    Grace D

    I prefer to read history fiction books ( eg. Dingo: The dog who conquered a continent by Jackie French ) and fantasy/magic books ( eg. Harry Potter ). I also like long novels that I could spend weeks entertaining myself with. It means less walking to the bookshelf! :)


  • July 2016: How do you find out about new books from your favourite authors?  Do you visit bookshops, author websites, online sites or school publications?

    Leith B

    I get all the new book gossip from my favourite magazine Just Kidding or I see it from book shops and websites.


    Bridget M

    My friends or my Mum recommend books to me, or I just find them in the library.


    Maddy W

    My favourite way of finding out about new books is when they put a page at the back of the book you are reading. This is great because just as you finish one book you can see how long you have to wait for the next one. Then I can ask people to get me these books for my birthday or Christmas.


    Aijay W

    I love hearing about new books from my favourite authors and have a few ways of finding out about them. I sometimes find them in the book club catalogues that get handed out at school. Sometimes I find them in book stores too. If I really like an author I look to see if they have a website. This is really good if the books are in a series because they often list when new books are coming out.

    Sometimes my friends tell me about new books they have seen or read too.


    Trisha C

    I normally find out about new books from my favourite authors from Goodreads, CKT club and libraries. Since I have signed up to Goodreads, they inform me when new books have been released. I also read their monthly newsletters. Also CKT club sends me books which I most likely enjoy or find a liking for. This also allows me to read books from authors I haven't heard of, which broadens my taste in books. From school and local libraries, there are " new book " displays as well.


    Katie H

    I don’t find out. My mum just brings me some books that might interest me. If it does interests me I would want more of them books.


    Stefanie H

    As I don’t usually visit book shops that often, my mum usually tells me about new books coming out for my favourite authors, as she works in a library. I also find out about new books from the back of books, for example: I found out about the 35th Storey Tree House from the back of the 26th Storey Tree House. I also find out about books from friends.


    Grace D

    I usually visit the library and browse the books in there. Some book series just catch my eye and I get really stuck into them. Sometimes me and my mum go to Dymocks and we buy some award-winning books, such as Two Wolves  and Withering-By-Sea.

    Occasionally my speech & drama teacher gave me some good books to read such as The Fairyland Series, Thai-riffic!, Our Home Is Dirt By Sea  and some poem books.


    Kailani C

    I get pretty much all my books from the library. I will look for book that have been recommended to me or just browse the junior fiction section or the horse non fiction section.


  • June 2016: Tell us about a story you have written.

    Leith B

    A story full of mystery! My BFF has mysteriously disappeared. I must travel through dangers to reach her. Will I make it?


    Kailani C

    Last year I wrote a story called Nellie’s Nest.  It was about a White Breasted Sea Eagle chick called Nellie. The story followed Nellie through all her challenges and joys from when she hatched to when she was able to fly for the first time. I entered the story in a writing competition and won first place!!

    At the moment I am writing a chapter book called Winning Streak  about a girl named Cathy who is training on her horse Peppercorn to compete in the National Showjumping Championships and she is being sabotaged. Her and her friend think the mean stuff is being done by Adernio Mcire because she is jealous that she wasn’t chosen for the NSC but in the end of the story Cathy and Emily find the situation is very different to how they think.


    Aijay W

    I wrote a story called Crazy the Cheetah. It was about a baby Cheetah called Crazy. Crazy was an amazing cheetah, she could do lots of special things like run faster than the rampaging rhinos. She could also outsmart the oversized ostriches. There were some things that she couldn’t do, like gaze over the high fences of the zoo like the giant giraffes, or tear food like the tiny Tasmanian Devils.

    Crazy goes on an adventure to discover what she can and can’t do and to find out who is the best animal in the zoo.

    I wrote this story after watching a baby Cheetah at our zoo. She was so cute and I really liked finding more out about cheetahs. Cheetahs are great animals and I really like them.


    Maddy W

    I have written a story called Pirate Dogs. It was about two dogs, Captain Obi and his first mate Stitch. They were hunting for the best treasure a dog could find. They followed a map to an island, where they found two girls, who helped them find the special pirate dog treasure. There were some surprises inside the treasure, something for all four of them.

    This story was published in an Anthology written by children called the Talisman Chronicles. Each child was given a talisman, mine was the dog. This was to be the theme of their story. It was so much fin to write a story and see it published in a real book.

    I enjoyed writing this story because Obi and stitch were my dogs and they are great characters.


    Bridget M

    The story I wrote was about treasure. I have a parrot and we go on adventures. We also had to go diving to find a shipwreck and bring out the treasure.


    Stefanie H

    Last year I wrote a story about three sisters: Stef, Skylar and Hayley, they had a brother but he was away. Their mum was at shopping. The oldest sister was Hayley she wanted to go to The Haunted House. So they went there. They went in and found a secret lair. The man was scary and captured them, making them his slaves. He then took Hayley hostage. Hayley came back in and tried to kill Stef and Skylar, Skylar being the youngest was terrified and freed the man’s bat and the bat somehow killed the man. The sisters went out, back to their house and found that Mike, their brother was home, they told him about the adventure, he was the second oldest, he didn’t believe a word his sisters were saying. Their mum came home from shopping.


    Katie H

    At school I wrote a narrative story called The Chocolate Coin Stew. There is a person called Elana. She has some sticks and a gold coin. She makes a fire on top of a hill. She asked if everyone had some flour, butter and apples a girl got them and gave them to Elana. She put the ingredients and the gold coin because the coin was chocolate. Elana started to mix but then she remembered that she forgot to unwrap the chocolate coin. Elana saw all the wrappers and got it out then she gave the chocolate coin stew. The End


    Sol M

    I have written a story about Futuristic fiction and time travel called "The arrowheads". It is about a teenage group trying to save the world from five fiery giants by shooting them with arrow heads which they find in ancient civilisations.  The characters are called Ben, Steph, Fletch and Jake.I got inspired when I decided to write a story about my travels in Europe.


    Trisha C

    A story I wrote last year is called Life at Stake.  It begins with a young girl hiding nervously from a murderer who is roaming a dark alley. The girl panics as she hides under a truck , which was the best hiding place she could find. She can hear the cries of a few unfortunate people, losing their innocent lives, which breaks the eerie silence. Out of the corner of her eye, she sees blood. In puddles on the ground. She knows she must keep still to survive, but suddenly she hears footsteps coming closer. Before she knows it, she finds herself staring at a pair of unforgiving eyes. Soon enough, she is rolled out harshly from under the truck, a knife held high. There is no escape. Does she survive?


  • May 2016: If you could change one thing about your favourite book what would it be?

    Joe V

    Again, I don't have a favourite book, but if there was one thing I could change about most of the books I really like, it would be where they finish. Sometimes it goes for too long - the book could finish three times just before the ending - and sometimes they're not long enough and I think the endings have just been scrawled down in a hurry.


    Stefanie H

    I think they could change what happens during the holidays because I think they should have that Greg still goes in the female toilets, but that when someone comes in he doesn't realise he is in the female toilets and he starts talking to the ladies.

    The book is Diary of a wimpy kid Rodrick Rules.


    Bridget M

    I would change the ending in Matilda.  She loses her power because she was learning too much, but I think that’s dumb because before she went to school she was reading and learning. So I think that she should just keep her power. Then she can become a super hero and help other people.


    Valentino C

    I would say the ending of The 13 Story Treehouse  needs to be more exciting. I find the ending to be quite boring as they finish the book they were meant to be writing  and send it to Big Nose. Maybe they could have finished their book, but it explodes when it gets delivered and they have to start all over again.


    Aijay W

    My favourite book is about a girl who lives at a rescue zoo. She also has a secret, she can talk to animals. This is a whole series of books and I have read two, which were fantastic. If I could change one thing about these books it would be to make them longer. If they were longer they would take me more time to read and then I wouldn’t have to wait so long to get the next one!

    The last one I read was The Lonely Lion Cub  by Amelia Cobb. This is part of the Zoe’s Rescue Zoo  Series.


    Maddy W

    One of my favourite books is about a ten year old girl who is nearly a vet. In each book she has great adventures with animals and gets to help her mum who really is a vet. If I could change one thing about these books it would be that there are more stories in the series. I have read all nine of them and really want more stories. It would be great if there was a story set in a dog park. I hope there are more stories coming.

    The series is Juliet Nearly a Vet  by Rebecca Johnson.


    Trisha C

    If I could change one thing about one of my favourite books, I would change the amount of tension there was in the complication. The complication could have been more detailed and longer to emphasise how important it was. The characters could have kept falling into traps before tackling "the real challenge". "Scream", by Jack Heath was a great read.


    Grace D

    If I could change one thing about my favourite book, Two Wolves  by Tristan Bancks, it would be to tweak the ending a little. Instead of having Ben successfully escaping from his father in the forest, and not hearing anymore from him, Ben could have been stuck with his father and somehow manage to teach his father that his evil stealing habits are wrong, and then his father could have helped both of them get back home. After that, his father could repent his crimes and say sorry for everything he's done. Then the story would end with a reformed father, a kind mother, a successful son and a playful daughter all living together in one house peacefully, without a thought of worry for their father.


    Kailani C

    I don’t have a favourite book but, often after I have finished a book I find myself wishing that the book would keep going. For example, I have recently rediscovered my love for the Horse Mad series by Kathy Helidoniotis when I read the last (and longest) book in the series, Horse Mad Forever, though after I had finished it I wished it would go on and on or at least there be another book in the series.

    I also sometimes read a book and really like it and then wish I could read the same book again but with change in some certain events in the story.


  • April 2016: Tell us about a book character you didn’t like, and why?

    Joe V

    One book character I would not want to meet would be Draco Malfoy, but I like how he is written. J.K. Rowling did a great job of making him into a character who feels real (and nasty).


    Stefanie H

    I didn't like Rodrick because he wasn't a very nice brother at all.

    I also didn't like him because he isn't very smart and at the end of the book he nearly flunks out of school.

    Also because he wasn't very fair on Greg when he had a party, he said if he didn't help him clean up, he would tell the world what happened on the school holidays.


    Bridget M

    I didn’t like Ira in the Mapmaker Chronicles  because he was mean to Quinn. He was also selfish, annoying and bossy.


    Valentino C

    I didn’t like is Scribblehopper from Gernonimo Stilton – The Kingdom of Fantasy.  I don’t like him because when he meets Geronimo Stilton he thinks he is better than him. Scribblehopper is rude and bossy and never listens to Geronimo.


    Aijay W

    I love the Bindi Wildlife Adventure  series. One of my favourites is Monkey Mayhem,  but it also has a character that I really didn’t like. Mr Indigo – he tries to take the lemurs away from their homes. He’s really nasty to Bindi and Robert. I didn’t like him at all.


    Maddy W

    If I was Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third I would hate Alvin the Treacherous because he would want to KILL ME! Alvin always messes up Hiccup’s plans and he wants to take over Berk. He’s a pretty nasty villain. The trouble is as much as Hiccup hates Alvin, me as the reader actually likes him. The How to Train a Dragon  books would be pretty bad without their main villain. I think for a character no one likes Alvin is actually pretty good. How to Train a Dragon  wouldn’t be the same without him!


    Kailani C

    Me:

    I don’t like Veronica diAngleo from the Saddle Club  because she is mean to the Saddle Club, she only wants to be the best, she hates doing any of her horses chores, she thinks money can solve everything, she doesn’t care about how what she does or says hurts the people and horses around her and she is just an awful person. I do like the way Bonnie Bryant describes her actions though.

    My Sister:

    “I don’t like Saskia from the Clementine Rose  series. I don’t like her because she is always teasing Clemmie and being mean”

    My Cousin:

    “I don’t like Mr Pinch. I don’t like him because he is not grateful when people try to help him and he is not helpful all!”


    Grace D

    I really didn't like the Marquess in the Fairyland Series  by Catherynne M. Valente, because she was cruel and wicked, and killed Fairies and other creatures if she didn't particularly like what they were doing. The Marquess was the main evil character in the first Fairyland  book. I winced and got a little afraid whenever I saw the word "the Marquess" in the book. I think that Catherynne described the character of the Marquess so well that I really hated her.


    Sol M

    I think that the least likeable main character who is suppose to the hero is Harry potter in the Order of the Phoenix.  This is because in this book he thinks more of himself then he does of his friends. He seems to be always snooping on other peoples business and makes everyone feel sorry for him even though his life is not too bad. I think that the writer did this because it reflects what a real teenager can act like.

    The most unlikeable character ever I think is Count Olaf from "A series of unfortunate events"  (Lemony Snicket). He is horrid because he never washes and always attempts murder on the unfortunate Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire orphans. He always is the meanest, so this makes him the most unlikeable person ever!


    Trisha C

    When I read the book Dragon keeper, right from the start, I disliked a character called Master Lan. He tortured a young slave in the story. He lied to her and even forced her to steal from the King. The author portrayed him as a nasty, bossy and impatient master.


  • March 2016: If you wanted to convince someone to read your favourite book, without giving too much away about it, what would you say?

    Bridget M

    It is about two kids who get stuck in a fairy tale world. They find a diary with the ingredients to a Wishing Spell which is their only chance of getting home. They meet all sorts of awesome characters like Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella.

    (The book is The Land of Stories.)


     

    Stefanie H

    My favourite book is by New York Times bestseller Jeff Kinney.

    It is about 12 year old Greg Heffley and dealing with his brother Rodrick.

    It is about coming back to school from the school holidays.

    Greg does not want to give away that he accidently went into the women's toilets on the school holidays.

    My favourite book is Diary of a wimpy kid Rodrick Rules.


     

    Katie H

    This book is about animals waking up.

    The baby animals are very cute.

    Read this book - it makes me smile.

    My favourite book is called One Magical Day


     

    Joe V

    I don't really have a favourite book, but if I was trying to convince someone to read a book I've really enjoyed lately it would be like this: I would tell them a little bit about the story, I would also tell them why I think they would like it, and I would tell them my opinion about the book, without giving away too much.


     

    Maddy W

    If you love animals and want to be a vet then you should read this book. It has a ten year old girl in it and she is nearly a vet. Her best friend is nearly a world famous animal trainer and groomer. Together they have lots of amazing animal adventures. My favourite is when they get to be a zoo keeper for a day. They get to work with lots of great animals. Just never forget to take your vet kit along with you! These books are perfect for animal lovers of all ages.

    The book: Juliet Nearly a Vet – Zoo Keeper for a Day  by Rebecca Johnson


     

    Aijay W

    I would love to live in a zoo and I know other kids would too. If that’s you then you have to check out these books. Zoe has the best home ever. She lives at her Uncle’s Rescue Zoo. It would be the most amazing place to live because there is always something going on. Zoe has a very special secret too. She can talk to animals. Her best friend is a miniature lemur called Meep. These books are the best because they are filled with animals and the best bit is Zoe gets to help rescue them. Anyone who loves animals should read these books. My favourite is the Koala story because he is so small and cute.

    Zoe’s Rescue Zoo – The Cuddly Koala  by Amelia Cobb


     

    Grace D

    This book is about a young boy, Nathan Taylor, whose appearance is just like an Aussie tennis hero, Richard Krafter. He is chosen to be the role of Richard in lots of TV ads, but he seems to be getting a little bit showy-off and stuck-up, and his mum's worrying that the fame is starting to go to his head. Will snooty Nathan find out which is more important, friendship or glamour, before it's too late and gradually he loses all his best mates? This is a fabulous book about sportsmanship and cooperation with your friends. 

    ( This book is called Tennis Star,  by Raewyn Caisley )


    Trisha C

    This book is a young adult fiction story with many surprises and a suspenseful plot.

    A thirteen year old girl called Ariel embarks on a journey to a place she had previously never heard of. However, not everything is as simple as it seems. It is up to Ariel to escape the traps set out for her and restore peace to the world.

    Ariel's charm  is a great book for all ages.


    Valentino C

    This book is funny in a silly way. The main character lives with his best friend Terry and his neighbour is Jill. Where they live is a crazy place with lots of mad animals , such as penguins, sharks and rabbits.

    The characters spend their whole time having wild adventures while they try to finish writing their book. Their house is up a tree. Their home just keeps getting bigger and bigger and more and more crazy and they say they will stop building when there are 169 levels. My favourite level of their house is the ice cream parlour level.

    The 13 Story Treehouse  (Andy Griffith and Terry Denton)


    Sol M

    Do you like adventure, action, danger and books with lots of short stories with connecting plots? Then this book is for you. If you are clever you will be able to work out how all the plots fit together in both main story lines.

    These two story lines at first seem very different, the first is about about a fly virus, while the second is about a runaway train. Fans of Jack Heath books, especially "The Cut Out"  must read this book, as it will drag you in.

    Can you guess which is my favourite book?

    It is 300 minutes of danger  by Jack heath.


  • February 2016: What did you read over the summer holidays?

    Valentino C

    I read the Anh Do series Weir Do.  I was given the book set for Christmas.

    It was brilliant. I’m looking forward to number 6 in the series.


     

    Sol M

    Over the holidays I read Harry Potter and the Half blood Prince  by J.K.Rowling and Rangers Apprentice 1  by John Flannigan.

    I also read the Maleficent Seven  by Derek Landy and Lemony Snicket "All the Wrong Questions".

    I got the Guinness World Records 2016  for Christmas.

    One of the best books I read though was "Do you dare fighting bones"  by S Luagana. Which is a book based at a boys detention centre near Port Arthur in 1836.

    Right now I am reading Rangers Apprentice 2 The burning bridge.

    Read On!


     

    Maddy W

    1. The Famous Five  by Enid Blyton
    2. Geronimo Stilton  by Elisabetta Dami
    3. Star Wars – Jedi Academy  books
    4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid  by Jeff Kinney
    5. The Bad Book  by Andy Griffiths
    6. Juliet Nearly a Vet Outback Adventure and Cat shows by Rebecca Johns
    7. Tom Gates  by L Pichan

     

    Aijay W

    1. The Ella Diaries Christmas Chaos  by Meredith Costain
    2. The Forgotten Puppy  by Holly Webb
    3. The Anti Princess Club Tiara Trouble  by Samantha Turnbull
    4. The Yellow Princess gets a Pet  by Tracey West
    5. Thea and Geronimo Stilton
    6. Riley Knows best  by Susan Hughes
    7. EJ12 Hot and Cold  by Susannah McFarlane

     

    Bridget M

    • The Land of Stories  book 2
    • The Mapmaker Chronicles  book 1
    • Ruby Redfort take your last breath

    Grace D

    1. Shadow of the Gallows:Gory Stories - by Terry Deary
    2. Plague and Peril:Gory Stories - by Terry Deary
    3. Tomb of Treasure:Gory Stories - by Terry Deary
    4. Memoirs of a Geisha - by Arthur Golden
    5. A Rose for the Anzac Boys - by Jackie French
    6. Anaconda Ambush:Extreme Adventures - by Justin D'Ath
    7. Money Bags - by Leanne Davidson
    8. Brewing Up:Witch-in-Training - by Maeve Friel
    9. The Third Wheel:Diary of a Wimpy Kid - by Jeff Kinney
    10. Witch Baby and me On Stage - by Debi Gliori
    11. They Came On Viking Ships - by Jackie French
    12. Oracle, Ancient Greece, an acrobat brother and a sister with the gift of truth - by Jackie French
    13. Pennies for Hitler - by Jackie French
    14. The Simple Things - by Bill Condon
    15. The Magician's Elephant - by Kate DiCamillo
    16. The Tale of Despereaux - by Kate DiCamillo
    17. The Hobbit - by J.R.R Tolkien
    18. Misery Guts - by Morris Gleitzman
    19. The Wish Pony - by Catherine Bateson
    20. The Door to Time: Ulysses Moore - by Baccalario Pierdomenico
    21. Rowan of Rin - by Emily Rodda
    22. Pizza Cake and other funny stories - by Morris Gleitzman
    23. Kakadu Calling - by Jane Christophersen
    24. Monkey and Me - by David Gilman
    25. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - by Kate DiCamillo
    26. Sparrow: The True Story of Joan of Arc - by Michael Morpurgo
    27. Wild Stories - by Colin Thompson
    28. The Story of Mary who wanted to stand on her head - by Jane Godwin

     

    Stefanie H

    I read lots of different books, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Who was Marie Antoinette, Jim Henson, Julia Childs, Sea-biscuit and Queen Victoria.


     

    Kailani C

    I have read lots and lots of books over the school holidays, mostly Saddle Club books and horsey books with a few others in between. I have read so many that I can’t remember every single one, but I think I have got most of them 

    1. Horse Love  by Bonnie Bryant
    2. Track Record  by Bonnie Bryant
    3. Horse Spy  by Bonnie Bryant
    4. Starlight Christmas  by Bonnie Bryant
    5. Horse and Pony Stories
    6. The Glory  by Lauren St John
    7. Horse and Pony Factfile
    8. Hayride  by Bonnie Bryant
    9. Chocolate Horse  by Bonnie Bryant
    10. Full Gallop  by Bonnie Bryant
    11. Stable Witch  by Bonnie Bryant
    12. Saddlebags  by Bonnie Bryant
    13. Horse Play  by Bonnie Bryant
    14. Horse Show  by Bonnie Bryant
    15. Wild Thing  by Dandi Daley Mackall
    16. Forests of Silence  by Emily Rodda (For School)
    17. The Girl from Snowy River  by Jackie French
    18. The Forbidden Trail  by Kate Welshman (For CKT)
    19. Eager Star  by Dandi Daley Mackall
    20. Five little horse stories
    21. Bold Beauty  by Dandi Daley Mackall
    22. The Special Promise  by Jaqueline Hervey
    23. Horse and Pony Care  by Sandy Ransford
    24. Horse and Pony Breeds  by Sandy Ransford
    25. Stable Farewell  by Bonnie Bryant
    26. Yankee Swap  by Bonnie Bryant

     

    Katie H

    • Rainbow Magic Fairies
    • Magic Kitten  series
    • One Magical Day

     

    Joe V

    I read 'I am Number Four'  by Pittacus Lore, and then read as many of the other books in the series as I could find!

    I also read 'Stonebird'  by Mike Revell, which was an interesting story about a gargoyle that could move.

    Another book that really stood out from the pile I read was 'Coraline'  by Neil Gaiman. I liked how well it was written, how interesting it was, and how the words painted a picture in my head.


     

    Mitch B

    Over the summer holidays i read loads of books, including:
    Mouse Overboard, Race against time and the Phoenix of Destiny  (again!) by Geronimo Stilton


    Trisha C

    I started reading "Tomorrow When The War Began"  over the school holidays. This is a very suspenseful and intriguing book. At the start, everything is perfectly normal, but then the strangest things happen and the characters are on the edge of survival.


  • December 2015: What books are you hoping to receive this Christmas?

    Valentino C

    Guinness Book of World Records 2016 Gamer’s Edition
    Minecraft the Ultimate Survival Handbook
    65 story treehouse diary


    Stefanie H

    I am hoping to receive the full collection of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books and I am hoping to get all of the EJ 12 books and a little bit of the next book; and I also want a Picturepedia book and I also would like a book called "5000 facts".


    Joe V

    I am hoping that Santa will surprise me with lots of unexpected new books as I am always looking for new things to read.


    Isabella G

    I would love to receive -

    • Whatever After  Books 6 - 8 (Sarah Mlynowski)
    • Billie's Wild Jungle Adventure  (Sally Rippin)
    • Ever After High: A Semi Charming Year  (Suzanne Selfors)
    • Our Australia Girl: Grace Books 1-3  (Sofie Laguna)

    Sol M

    I could do with some more "Screams"  (by Jack Heath) as well as more Skulduggery pleasant's  (by Derek Landy).

    I also would like Do-it-your self  books, like those that Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton do.

    I chose the Screams  because I only have two of the five books and cant wait to read the rest!

    I want skulduggery pleasant  short stories because I can't seem to get enough of them.

    I would like Do-it-your self  books because I don't know how to do a lot of craft by myself and Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are my favourite authors and illustrators.


    Trisha C

    CKT has inspired me read a variety of books this year.

    Here are some books I am hoping to receive for Christmas:

    • Jack Heath's "Scream" series
    • Alice Pung's " Marly" books
    • The Encyclopedia of Immaturity book 1
    • Emily Rodda's "Star of Deltora" series

    Kailani C

    • Horse and Pony factfile
    • Starlight Christmas + Sea Horse, Before they Rode Horses, Team Play + Horse Game and The Secret of the Stallion by Bonnie Bryant
    • Team Magic  by Pippa Funnel

    Mitch B

    The princes tomb hunt for the golden book and hunt for the curious cheese Geronimo Stilton


  • November 2015: If you could have your favourite author over for dinner what would you say to them?

    Stefanie H

    If I had Susannah Macfarlane over for dinner (she writes EJ books) I would ask her how she came up with the idea and then I would ask her if she wants me to help write the next EJ book. After that I would say: do you want to set up your sleeping bag? And then I would ask her if I can have a go writing an EJ book or if I can appear in an EJ book as one of EJ's friends and join Shine (in the book). And my spy name would be SH12 and then I would ask her if she wants to play Monopoly.


    Valentino C

    Andy Griffiths - Is Terry really silly?

    What is you favourite book you have made with Terry?

    Has you bum ever gone psycho?

    Do you speak another language?


    Joe V

    I would ask John Flanagan for dinner and I would ask him about the inspiration behind The Ranger’s Apprentice  series. I would also tell him that I love his books and I would ask him if he is going to write any more.


    Isabella G

    If I had dinner with Sarah Mlynowski, I would ask her where her ideas for Whatever After  come from.


    Kailani C

    Jackie French:

    I really like your historical fiction books because I learn a lot when I read them and they are always very interesting.
    What inspired you to write the books that you do?
    How long does it normally take you to write one of your historical fiction books?
    Do you enjoy writing books?
    I would tell her what I like and dislike about the books of her that I have read.

    Pippa Funnel:

    I really like your Tilly’s Pony Tails and Tilly’s Horse, Magic series because they are about learning about horse and the bond between a horse and rider
    What inspired you to write books about Tilly and Magic?
    How long does it normally take you to write books about Tilly and Magic?
    How do feel when you are writing the books?
    How many competitions have you entered? How do you feel about competition?
    Do you have a favourite horse that you have ridden? (Don’t feel like you have to choose one though because I bet they were all very special in their own ways)
    I would ask her some questions about horse care.

    Bonnie Bryant:

    I love the Saddle club books, the Pine Hollow books and the Saddle Club Super editions that you write because they include all my favourite genres: Real life kind of stories, horses, friendship and romance. I even act out the books being different characters at different times.
    How long does it normally take to write the books about Carole, Stevie and Lisa?
    Do you enjoy writing the Saddle Club?
    What gave you the idea to write the Saddle Club?
    Do you ride horses a lot?

    The list goes on and on about the questions I could ask those authors. If I spent a whole day with them I might not have time to ask all my questions!!!


    Sol M

    If I had an author over for dinner it has to be Jack Heath. I would make him a satay, with fresh herbs from my garden. I would like to show him my backyard, my lizard and my lego collection. I would also show him my big collection of books but i wouldn't need him to sign any because he already has!

    I would ask him what type of story he likes writing best, and when is the new cut out book coming out?

    Over dinner we might chat about what his favourite place to be and if he would let me spend the day with him writing a book.

    How awesome is that!


    Trisha C

    I would have David Walliams over for dinner because of his intelligent, hilarious and interesting books such as Mr Stink, Demon Dentist, Billionaire Boy and lots more.

    I would ask him where he gets his original ideas from. I would also ask him where he gets his crazy jokes from, so that I can start originating jokes as well.


    Mitch B

    When will you write your next book.


  • October 2015: In the theme of Halloween tell us if you could be invisible or a ghost for a day what would you do?

    Valentino C

    I would run onto the MCG and steal the football during a game and give everyone a fright!

    It would be funny to trick the players and the crowd.


    Stefanie H

    If I was invisible I would go and sneak onto a airplane heading for Brazil. When I get there I would sneak off the plane and sneak into a car heading for the statue Christ the Redeemer and I would take 100 picture of it from every angle and then I would sneak back into another car that is heading for the airport but I will get off halfway through the voyage and go to a restaurant for tea and sneak the food.

    I would then go on a boat on the Amazon River and then another boat to go to Galapagos Islands and hopefully that takes less than a day.


    Joe V

    I would use invisibility to follow clues, and solve crimes, just like the Rangers in The Ranger’s Apprentice.


    Isabella G

    I would be invisible because I could do things and no one could see me!


    Kailani C

    I would ride my hobby-horse Starlight on trails everywhere because no one would see me go or see me riding. Also it would be fun to spy on my sister!!


    Trisha C

    If I were a ghost I would make mysterious noises and scare people like teachers and the principal. Another thing I would probably do is float in restricted areas of libraries (like the returns box) and see what Halloween books or horror stories there are.


    Mitch B

    Sneak in to daddy’s chocolates.


  • September 2015: How did your school celebrate Book Week?  If your school did not celebrate Book Week tell us how you would like your school to celebrate Book Week?

    Jess P

    For Book Week my school does a book exchange and we used to get dressed up in our favourite character from a book. So for our book exchange we bring in old books then bring in a dollar or two and get books!

    If we didn't have Book Week at school, I would like to have a whole market where we sold books, book extras, whole series, and did fun activities like face paint, designing book covers & more.


    Valentino C

    We had a book week parade at my school.

    The whole school had to dress up as their favourite book character.

    Even the teachers!


    Kailani C

    I have been doing home school for the last few years and have not celebrated book week. Recently, I have changed to a distance education school but I don’t know if they celebrate book week.

    If I could choose, the way I would like to celebrate is to have a day of school called Reading Day where all we do is read a book and then the next day can be Book Review Day and we all write a review on the books we read and stick them up on the Book Review Board!!


    Stefanie H

    We had word police. We had a word in our pocket and when the word police found us we had to say our word in a sentence and the word police signed our word. My word was arachnophobia. My sister's word was octagon.

    And we also had a book parade where every kid dressed up as a book character and every kid paraded. I dressed up as EJ12. My sister dressed up as Ruby the Red Fairy. We made a book with our prep buddy. We shared it with them. The teachers dressed up. My teacher was Alice in Wonderland.

    I had heaps of fun.


    Trisha C

    I would have loved to celebrate book week but unfortunately our school didn't get involved. I would have liked our school to have conducted a book fair to buy books.

    Another idea could have been to hold a read-a-thon for the duration of a week.

    We could have also had a talk about books and the importance of reading from our school librarians.


    Isabella G

    At my school we celebrated Book Week from the beginning of term 3. Each week in library we looked at one of the books shortlisted in the Picture Book of the Year category and then we would work together as a class and fill out the "Can it be for me?" chart. We had an author visit our school during week 2. Her name was Lisa Shanahan and she read us her story Gordon's Got a Snookie.  It was a very funny story!

    We had a Book Week competition and we had to write about a book that lights up our world. We had to write our answer inside a light globe and these were hung up in the hall during the Book Week assembly. During our art lesson, each class also created an artwork based on the shortlisted picture books. Some of these were hung in the hall too. My class created an artwork for My Two Blankets.

    Book Week was celebrated on Wednesday 26th August. We went to school dressed as our favourite book character. We also had to take in the book which we held during the parade. I dressed up as Lina from Meet Lina  by Sally Rippin. My sister dressed up as Thelma from Thelma the Unicorn  by Aaron Blabey and my mummy (our teacher librarian) dressed up as Miss Annabel Spoon from the Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon  by Aaron Blabey.

    We had an assembly in the afternoon and we watched book trailers that were created by the library monitors. Each library monitor made their own book trailer for one of the shortlisted picture books. They were amazing! We then got to see each classes "Can It be for me?" charts and what book each class had chosen as their favourite.

    Next the picture book of the year was announced. I was so happy that My Two Blankets  won as it was my favourite!

    After the announcement, each class went on stage and paraded in their costumes! There were lots of great outfits!

    Lastly the winners of the book week contest were announced and each winner was awarded a picture book.

    I had lots of fun during Book Week and can't wait for next year!


  • August 2015: What children’s book would you like to see made into a movie? Why?

    Joe V

    "The Mapmaker Chronicles  series by A.L. Tait. It's full of adventure and lots of good locations, and I can just picture a lot of it in my head as a movie."

    "The Impossible Quest  by Kate Forsyth. This series is full of mystery and cliff-hangers and it has a very good pace and flow to it. Also, every good movie/book needs a quest and this series is all about the quest."


    Valentino C

    The Treehouse  books by Andy Griffiths.

    The movies would be really funny and colourful.

    It would be full of jokes and the treehouse rooms would look great on the movie screen.


    Jess P

    I feel that the book 'A Waltz for Matilda'  by Jackie French, should be made into a movie because it has an awesome story line about Melbourne in the 1800s and it follows a girl called Matilda throughout the story and it is by far the most interesting book I have ever read. I read it with my class and it was a bang, bang, bang, book, there is horrible moments and amazing moments. If you think this book is boring, think again. I recommend anyone to read it as well… But I am here to say that 'A Waltz for Matilda'  by Jackie French would be the best movie ever.


    Stefanie H

    My sister wants the Rainbow Fairies  books to be made into a movie (she is 6). I want to see how they make Jack Frost speak. She also says, "Where is the Green Sheep?"  would be good.

    I want EJ12  made into a movie because I think it would be good to see all her gadgets. You can't see that in a book. You can feel like EJ 12 when the baddies are talking. I want to be EJ in the movie.

    The Australian Girls  books would also be interesting because the characters are really strict, and I can see what the olden days looked like.

    My friends like the Defenders of Berk  books and movies.


    Kailani C

    My family and I came up with the following suggestions -

    BlueBack  by Tim Winton

    Clementine Rose  series by Jacueline Harvey

    Horse Mad  series by Kathy Helidoniotis

    Where the Forest Meets the Sea  by Jeannie Baker

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull  by Richard Bach


    Trisha C

    • Diary of Anne frank  by Anne frank because I would like to see the story from a different perspective.
    • Dragon keeper - There are dragons in it.
    • House of secrets  because it includes action packed adventures. I think it would be really cool to see how the film producers handle all the little and amazing effects.
    • Rest of Percy Jackson  series  because it is adventurous and imaginative, and it would be interesting to see imaginary creatures come to life.
    • David Walliam books like billionaire boy  because it would be very funny.

    Isabella G

    "Meet Lina"  by Sally Rippin as she would like to see what life was like in the 50s.

    Her friends would like to see "The Bad Guys"  (Aaron Blabey) and "Weirdo"  (Anh Do) made into movies because they would both be really funny movies!

  • July 2015: What is your favourite line from a book you have read?

    Joe V

    "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."  I like this line because it's a quiet opening to a big adventure. The Hobbit  is one of my favourite books.


     

    Stefanie H

    'With a little help from EJ12, of course.'


     

    Valentino C

    “ No, I said, that’s not a banana. This is a banana!”

    From The 13 - Storey Treehouse  by Andy Griffiths


     

    Kailani C

    I have found this question very, very hard. I don’t have a favourite anything and it has been hard to choose my favourite book and favourite character this year, but it is even harder to choose a favourite line from one of the hundreds of books I have read.


     

    Ayla S

    My favourite line is from The little black fish  by Samad Behrangi:

    ”I want to know what it really means to live: it can’t just be to come and go in the same old way ….there must be more to life than this in the world.” (The little Black fish,  page 9)


     

    Trisha C

    "It's the worry you hadn't even thought to worry about that should worry you the most."

    This is from the book, Clarice Bean, don't look now  by Lauren Child. I like this line because it tells you, the things you aren't aware of should be the things to worry about. This line is very creative and meaningful so I think about it often.


     

    Jess P

    My favourite line in a book was from 'The Fault In Our Stars'  By John Green.

    "I may not be a mathematician, but I know this: There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There's .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than others."


     

    Leith B

    Messing around in Snape's class on purpose was about as safe as poking a sleeping dragon in the eye. (from Harry Potter)

    She likes this line because it is intelligent and funny.

  • June 2015: How much time do you spend reading books each week and where is your favourite place to read?

    Jess P

    I read roughly 8-10 hours a week, and my favourite place to read is my warm, comfy bed at night. I love to snuggle up and read under my covers.


     

    Stef H

    I read about 45mins a day. My favourite place is on the couch without interruptions.


     

    Valentino C

    I read about 14 hours each week. My favourite place to read is in bed at night with my torch.


     

    Joe V

    “I read every day in every spare minute I have – at least one hour a day. My favourite place to read is curled up under the covers in my bed.”


     

    Kailani C

    I read for approximately 14-16 hours a week. My favourite place to read is in my bed room, on my bed if I can, because I have a lovely view from my bedroom and it is my own space.


     

    Trisha C

    I read approximately for 12 hours a week. I read for 1 hour and 30 minutes every weekday (30 h at school and 1 h at home). On weekends, I read for about 2 hours.

    My favourite place to read is outside on a bench or chair. This way, it is quiet, easy to concentrate and calm. It is comfortable, the atmosphere is refreshing and there are no distractions.


     

    Leith B

    Leith reads about 11 hours each week and her favourite place to read is in bed at night.


     

    Isabella G

    I spend a lot of time reading each week! I read between 30 minutes to an hour each day, and read for longer on the weekends. During May I read for 1000 minutes! My favourite place to read is in bed or in front of the warm fireplace.

 

  • May 2015: Tell us about your favourite book character

    Grace M

    My Favourite book character is Auggie from 'Wonder' by R J Palacio. I think that he is brave. He is bullied by some other kids but he is strong enough to not let it affect him too much. He is thoughtful to his family and always thinks of them before himself. He's funny and would make a great friend. Auggie is one of those kids who doesn't make excuses. He just gets on with life and he loves life.


     

    Kailani C

    I read and love lots of books and book characters, so I found it a little hard to choose only one for my answer to this question. But I choose Carole Hanson from The Saddle Club Series.

    The reason why I really like Carole is because I can identify with her in so many different ways such as: We are both Horse-Crazy, I feel the same way as she does in some situations and neither of us are great at school work.

    I also like Carole because of the way she acts: She is very kind and caring towards humans and animals and is always there to help (especially when her best friends Stevie Lake and Lisa Atwood are in trouble). Carole isn’t worried about how she looks and what other people think of her.

    Carole is the type of friend I would like to meet.


     

    Stef H

    About EJ12: EJ12 [aka Emma Jacks] is a 10 year old who is a spy working for Shine spy agency.

    EJ has 1 brother called Bob. Bob is a 14 year old [who EJ finds very annoying ] who likes to annoy her. EJ’s friends are also agents: Hannah [HJ12], Isi [IJ12], Elle, [EK12] and Eve [EL12] and also EJ’s friend [who used to be her enemy] Nema Rigl [NR12].
    These books are in a series called EJ12 girl hero by Susannah McFarlane.
    I like this series because EJ is an adventurous girl who always over comes her fears.
    Her personality is sporty, kind , smart and helpful.
    I also like it because she goes on cool missions with her STAR group; her STAR group is all her friends: HJ12, EK12, EL12 and IJ12.

    About Mattie Butterfield:
    Mattie is a 9 year old who worries a lot .She has got 5 siblings: Will [ a couple of months old], Anika { 2 years old], Stanley [4 or 5 years old], V [ 7years old] and Dontie[ 11 going on 12 ] . Mattie’s best friend is called Lucinda Packham- Wells.
    These books are in a series called My Funny Family by Chris Higgins and illustrated by Lee Wildish.
    I like this character because she is a lot like me and her family gets up to all funny things.
    She is a lot like me because she worries a lot and I worry lot.


     

    Leith B

    My favourite book character is Harry Potter because he's a wizard and he's handsome.  He's also brave and saved Hogwarts from Voldemort, the dark wizard.


     

    Leo B

    Gandalf is a wizard from Middle Earth (The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings). In The Hobbit he brings his hobbit friend Bilbo Baggins to slay a dragon and reclaim a kingdom for dwarves. Gandalf wants to keep Bilbo safe and unharmed. Gandalf has some jokes though he is usually in battle. In The Lord of the Rings Gandalf gets Bilbo’s nephew Frodo to destroy the ring of power. Gandalf starts off protecting Frodo as much as he can. Though they split up and Frodo had gone with Sam. Gandalf still has fun with Frodo (the time he gets to see him). Gandalf is a funny and courageous wizard who goes to everything to stop Sauron from destroying Middle Earth.


     

    Isabella G

    My favourite book character is Billie B. Brown. She is my favourite character because she is always happy, has a great personality and is up for any adventure.


     

    Valentino C

    My favorite character is Little Willy from The Bad Book by Andy Griffith.

    He is my favorite character because he makes me laugh, he’s so funny and he dies at the breakfast table.


     

    Jess P

    My favourite character is Ingvar from The Brotherband Series.

    What I like about him is...He's a massive (strong and tall) sixteen year old boy, he seems like a small giant. Small sighted, most people mistake him for a big, dumb boy. But he's everything but dumb.

    He always helps with plans when Hal Mikkelson can't figure out a plan, and he saves the crew by sacrificing himself temporarily in the fourth Brotherband, Slaves of Socorro.

    He has a special bond with all the crew members, and whenever Ulf and Wulf (identical twins) are arguing he can throw them overboard. Lydia, the only female onboard, begins to like Ingvar as he protects her all the time. He's a smart, sensitive guy, who anyone would love to have as a friend.

    This is why Ingvar is my favourite character.


     

    Trisha C

    Favourite Character: Tan
    Book Series: Truly Tan

    Reasons:

    • She has an interesting name, and her sisters - Rose and Emerald - are named after colours too.
    • Also, Tan is funny and mysterious and makes the story come to life, and is a great detective.
    • Tan lives on a large farm with many secrets, which is a life I wish I could have
    • Tan is a lucky person placed in a daily life story, and not in an imaginary land. That makes me imagine I am Tan.
    • Tan seems like a super spy to me. She comes up with great observations that soon lead to solved cases.
    • Tan also has a journal where she writes her secrets, messages, poems, funny short stories and activities. It seems just like in real life. I especially like the funny poems in the diary.

    Joe V

    My favourite book character is Samwise Gamgee from The Lord of the Rings. He is funny and he seems to me like more of a hero than Frodo is. It is Sam who saves Frodo’s life on many occasions, such as in She-Lob’s lair and helping fight off Gollum at the very end, and it is Sam who keeps Frodo going on the Quest.

    They are very close friends and remain so through the whole book, despite disagreeing with each other on occasion. I really like how loyal and willing to give himself up for his friend Sam is – plus he’s funny. Frodo is so serious but Sam’s spirits are never dampened.

  • April 2015: What type of story do you like to read?

    Valentino C

    Sport stories, especially footy and cricket
    Stories about kids going to school
    Magic
    Adventure
    Funny stories about crazy things


     

    Joe V

    "I like crazy, funny stories, like the ones that Andy Griffiths writes."
    "I like thriller stories, particularly if they're a series. I like suspense."
    "My favourite stories are historical ones, based on real events. Jackie French is my favourite author."
    "Stories that are full of action and that have lots of good descriptions."
    "I like time-slip novels because they're about people going back in time and it's very interesting. My favourite author is Belinda Murrell."


     

    Trisha C

    Fantasy x 3
    Adventure
    Adventure - romance
    Realistic fiction


     

    Leith B

    Fantasy
    International
    Traditional Literature
    Realistic Fiction
    Science Fiction


     

    Grace M

    historical stories(esp medieval) -3
    comedy -1
    fantasy - 6
    dystopian/apocalyptic - 2
    romance-1
    mystery-2
    action-1
    sci fi-2
    motivational-1


     

    Kailani

    Real life stories, especially with horses and historical fiction.
    Adventure fiction
    Real life stories with a young girl character and children’s picture books. I.C. likes heaps of books though.
    Adventure stories with a central girl character.
    Adventure fantasy. Any stories where you go into a secret place


     

    Isabella G

    chapter books
    fairy tales
    picture books
    mystery books
    adventure books


     

    Stefanie H

    I like reading spy books, fact books and stories with characters a bit like me (I am reading the 'My Funny Family' series right now)
    I like books that are exciting and filled with adventure (I am reading How to steal a Dragon's jewel)
    I like adventure. I like the treehouse in How to break a dragon's heart. They've got bridges in them. And a gorilla.
    I love the start of How to steal a dragons sword. It includes a lot of dragons at the start with great descriptions.
    I like magic stories and mischievous stories
    I love the song in How to twist a dragon's tail. And the pesky little dragon.


     

    Jess P

    Mystery
    Action/Adventure
    Fantasy
    Adventure
    Action


     

    Ayla S

    Adventurous
    Happy books
    Spy books
    Mysterious
    Funny books

  • March 2015: Who is your favourite author and why?

    Isabella G

    • Dr. Suess - I like Dr. Seuss because his books are always funny.
    • Paul Jennings - I like his books because they are full of humour.
    • Rachel Renee Russell - I like her because she is the author of the Dork Diaries.
    • J.K. Rolwings - I love reading the Harry Potter books.
    • Brandon Mull - I like him because he writes lots of dragon books.

     

    Leith B

    • Roald Dahl - because his books are funny.
    • Andy Griffiths - because he is fun and creative and he creates pictures in my mind.
    • Rowan McAuley - because she likes sleepovers.
    • Daisy Meadows - because one of the fairies has her name and is on the front cover - Ally, the Dolphin Fairy.
    • Jeff Kinney - because he writes really awesome books - Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

     

    Valentino C

    • Andy Griffiths – Funny, makes me laugh, bum jokes
    • J.K Rowling – Harry Potter is fun, love magic stories
    • Daisy Meadows – Love the fairy characters because they are all different
    • David Warner – Kaboom Kid – Love books about sport. They are interesting

     

    Trisha C

    • Roald Dahl (twice)
    • JK Rowling
    • Paul Jennings
    • Andy Griffiths
    • Deborah Abela
    • Stephanie Mayer

     

    Kailani C

    • Jacqueline Harvey & Tom Bates – The characters relate to me and the books are funny and easy to read
    • Andy Griffiths – His books are really funny!
    • Tim Winton – He writes my favourite book, Blueback. When I read Blueback I feel like I am in the story.
    • Jackie French – Because she writes my favourite book, Walking the Boundaries.
    • Barbara Park – Because she writes my favourite books, The Junie B. Jones series.

     

    Leo B

    • Tom B (age 10): Emily Rodda – she has good punctuation and not many typos in her books.
    • Cooper S (age 10): James Dashner – good apocalyptic books that are interesting to read; and Rick Riordan – good at writing mythological books that are interesting to read.
    • Lachlan M (age 10): J K Rowling – the plots are very interesting in her books.
    • Jacob C (age 10): Eric Carle – good art and fun to read and good childhood memories.
    • Callum C (age 10): Shaun Tan – great pictures and great make-believe fiction.

     

    Stefanie H

    • Dr Suess because he uses rhyming and is wacky and easy to read. Age 6
    • Daisy Meadows because I like fairies. Age 6
    • Roald Dahl because he writes funny books. Age 8
    • Susannah McFarlane because she writes cool stuff and there's cool fancy gadgets. Age 8
    • Andy Griffith. He writes good books. I like how it's all like crazy. Age 8

     

    Grace M

    • John Green – He writes complicated and interesting books.
    • Rainbow Rowell – The books are realistic and the characters are believable.
    • JK Rowling – I love the character variety
    • Emily Rodda – Adventurous plots
    • Andy Griffiths – I like his humour
    • Suzanne Collins - Exciting plots

     

    Ayla S

    • William Fox. he uses good expressions
    • Roald Dahl, has exciting stories
    • Paul Jennings, they are funny
    • Rachel Russell, explains an unpopular girl in a different way
    • Jeff Kinney, love his Wimpy kids series

     

    Maddy W

    My friend’s favourite books are:

    • Daisy Meadows – fairies are cool and their names are awesome. They have great adventures.
    • Jeff Kinney – The Diary of a Wimpy Kids series is funny and he knows boys stuff, but girls love these books too!
    • Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton – the Treehouse series is really funny.
    • Neil Gaiman – he’s creative, interesting and different.
    • J K Rowling – she’s awesome and I love magic.

     

    Aijay W

    My friend’s favourite books are:

      • Rachel Renee Russel because she wrote the Dork Diaries and I can relate to the stories.
      • Elisabetta Dami – she wrote the Geronimo series which make you feel like you are in the story.
      • Andy Griffiths – he and Terry are funny and interesting
      • J K Rowling – just because she is awesome
      • Adam Blade – lots of action

     

    Katie H

    • Friend 1 and 2, and big sister: Jeff Kinney because his books are really good
    • All my friends: Andy Griffiths. The Treehouse books are awesome.
    • Pokemon, Rascal, Spycat and Harry Potter are also books my friends (and their older siblings) are reading at the moment.

     

    Bridget M

    • Nicola - I like Liz Pichon because she writes funny books like Tom Gates.
    • Sofia - My favourite author is JK Rowling because I love magic and Harry Potter
    • Allegra - Sally Rippin and Annie Barrows because Billie B Brown is funny and Ivy and Bean is one of my favourite series.
    • Ava - My favourite author is Sue Bentley because I love cats!
    • Lillie - Enid Blyton. I love her stories.

    Grace D

    • "I like Roald Dahl because he is creative and hilarious."
    • "I like Frances Hodgson Burnett because she wrote The Secret Garden."
    • "I like Andy Griffiths because he writes really interesting books that are so much fun to read!"
    • "I love Joanne Rowling because she wrote the Harry Potter  series which are filled to the brim with fantastic magic!"
    • "I like Jacqueline Wilson because she writes fantastic books about Family."
    • "I like Mary Smith because her books are really descriptive and full of detail. She doesn't just tell you what's going on like BAM BAM BAM. Instead, she slows everything down so that you can form a picture in your head."

    Kabir G

    • Andy Griffiths because his books are really funny
    • R.L Stein because his books are frightening, scary and spooky
    • Enid Blyon because her books are adventurous and funny
    • Elisabetta Dami (author of Geronimo Stilton)  because her books are adventurous, funny and full of fantasy
    • Jeff Kenny - Diary of a Wimpy Kid  because the books have a lot of real life situations and are funny
    • Cressida Cowell - Because her books are full of adventure, dragons, fantasy and Vikings

  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and www.creativekidstales.com.au is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' - www.adam-wallace-books.com

    Adam Wallace
  • 'Creative Kids Tales provides such a valuable service. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and seeking publication can be daunting. So it is especially wonderful for writers to be able to access such a comprehensive site where information, experiences and the ups and downs of writing for kids can be shared.' Well done, Georgie! - www.suewhiting.com

    Sue Whiting
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' - jacquelineharvey.com.au

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' - www.taniamccartney.com

    Tania McCartney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' - www.julesfaber.com

    Jules Faber
  • 'Georgie Donaghey’s Creative Kids Tales is deservedly going gangbusters! What a wonderful forum and multi-storeyed resource for shiny new authors, legends of the industry and every writer in between!'
    dcgreenyarns.blogspot.com.au

    DC Green
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a great forum for people who spend most of their working time alone. It is interesting and inspiring to see and hear what other authors and illustrators have to say.' - www.maisyfun.com

    Lucy Cousins
  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' - wendyblaxland.com

    Wendy Blaxland
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' - www.aaronblabeybooks.com

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'A brilliant site jam-packed with info. Whether you’re an emerging or a submerging creator, CKT is a life raft!
    Thanks, Georgie!' - jenstorer.com

    Jen Storer
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.
    ursuladubosarsky.squarespace.com

    Ursula Dubosarsky
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" - www.wendyorr.com

    Wendy Orr
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' - sarah-davis.org

    Sarah Davis
  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' - www.emmaquay.com

    Emma Quay
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' - gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

    Kelly McDonald
  • 'What a great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'
    www.paulcollins.com.au

    Paul Collins
  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015
    www.jackiefrench.com

    Jackie French
  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. - www.patsimmonswriter.com.au

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • 'I wish Creative Kids Tales had been around when I was first starting out! What a brilliant way to connect with other authors and find out about the lovely world of kids books.' 'Go Georgie! I think you're amazing.' - www.deborahabela.com

    Deborah Abela
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for aspiring writers that showcases emerging and published authors and illustrators and provides links to publishers' websites, helpful hints and competitions.'

    Rachel Keyes
  • 'CKT is a great resource for both established and emerging authors. I like the way you're always coming up with new and exciting initiatives at your site. And I love reading the fascinating journeys and achievements of the writers you profile here.' - www.deescribe.com.au

    Dee White
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! - www.leighhobbs.com.au

    Leigh Hobbs
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'
    georgeivanoff.com.au

    George Ivanoff
  • 'The long-distance marathon of writing, illustrating and publishing usually begins along a very foggy road, in the dark, shoeless. But wait! What's that light on the horizon? A glowing little cafe, full of a bunch other runners plotting out mud-maps on napkins and exchanging anecdotes, warning about ditches and praising short-cuts. Stop for a while, have a cup of tea, maybe even a shoe-fitting, then get yourself back on the road for the long slog to sunrise.' - www.shauntan.net

    Shaun Tan
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! - www.sherylgwyther.net

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • Writing can be a lonely profession. By necessity, you need to work alone much of the time. But it is wonderful to have a website which eases that by connecting creators with each other and with a wealth of information and resources.
    Bravo! - sallymurphy.com.au

    Sally Murphy
  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • 'Once you find an easily-accessible, up-to-date and vibrant source of writing help and encouragement, you should value it and use it! Thanks to Creative Kids Tales, that’s all available, just with the tap of your finger: www.creativekidstales.com.au
    Well done, CKT team!' - janeenbrian.com

    Janeen Brian
  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! - dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

    Dimity Powell
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' - www.kateforsyth.com.au

    Kate Forsyth
  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' - www.chrischeng.com

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is an awesome resource you should totally check it out.' - raspratt.com

    R.A. Spratt
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • Creative Kids Tales offers a brilliant platform for established and emerging creators to keep in touch and learn from each other. That is a great thing for this most isolated of all professions (apart from On-site Antarctic Penguin Imitators). - www.terrydenton.com

    Terry Denton
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'
    www.meredithcostain.com

    Meredith Costain
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'
    www.sgervay.com

    Susanne Gervay
  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'
    www.tristanbancks.com

    Tristan Bancks
  • "Whether just starting out or with many books under your belt, Creative Kids Tales is the perfect place to go for all things writerly. Sharing the inner world is a wonderful thing for solitary writers, and it's all there on Georgie's website.
    Happy reading!" - tashibooks.com

    Anna Fienberg
  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' - www.duncanball.com.au

    Duncan Ball
  • 'Thanks for having me on Creative Kids Tales. It's a great resource for emerging writers and illustrators and I hope it will have a long future.'
    www.sallyrippin.com

    Sally Rippin