• 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


Today we have NO PLANS


Take some time to wind down over the holidays. This story, about hectic lives and the need to slow the pace, by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker, is a great reminder of the need to dream, imagine and relax.


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


The Singing Hat


Some books are written with quirkiness to help convey complex ideas. The Singing Hat by Tohby Riddle is a delightful story which addresses the way we treat those who fall outside our idea of ‘normal’. He uses descriptive language and sophisticated illustrations incorporating collage. The story is a sensitive but gently humorous exploration of social isolation, inclusion, problem solving and compassion.