• About Me

My professional services include:

I have over 30 years experience as an Early Childhood Educator working in a range of settings, including long day care, preschool and family day care.

I  worked as a consultant in a Language and Literacy project for KU Children’s Services
I have also worked in hospitals with young and terminally ill children using Children’s Literature as a therapeutic tool.

I am the NSW judge for the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT) Book Awards, and  have held this position since 2006, and I am passionate about the way in which picture books and young adult novels can connect with children to help them navigate their way through difficult issues.

I rely upon a combination of classic texts as well new releases focusing upon individual abilities and interests.
All books are chosen according to their excellent use of language and illustrations

I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher, and have a Masters Degree in Children’s Literature and Literacy. I have also undertaking training in Narrative Therapy, which is a psychological technique.

I can tailor my services depending upon your needs so please feel free to contact me via the ‘Contacts’ tab on the home page.

Books we recommend


Totto-chan


The Little Girl at the Window by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi shaped my ideas on children’s behaviour…Sometimes our expectations as educators are not parallel to the ideas of children. This is not ‘naughtiness’.

Totto Chan shows how creativity and free-spiritdness are beautiful qualities.

As educators, we should be embracing the way children see the world and gently guiding them, as her extraordinary headmaster and founder of the school, Sosaku Kobayashi, does. Based on a true story


Somewhere Else


Sometimes when you don’t feel like going somewhere or doing something, you have reasons you don’t want to share. Somewhere Else by Gus Gordon is the tale of George the goose,who always finds a reason to stay home when his friends invite him out. All it takes is someone who understands and helps to find a way through.


Louis Sachar holes


What an incredible tale of hope and resilience. This young adult novel, Holes by Louis Sachar, is beautifully written and crafted with 2 stories cleverly linked. So many engaging details. Highly recommended!