• 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


Bully on the Bus


I asked my 9yo to read this book, Bully On The Bus by Kathryn Apel. She couldn’t put it down and when she had nearly finished, I asked her what she thought about it she said ‘I felt the feelings Leroy did.’ and THAT is exactly what high quality literature should do. This book is so powerful in its descriptive language, conveying emotions and situational reality. It has a constructive, positive resolution without descending into clichés.


Owl Babies


Separation anxiety is common at this time of year with lots of children starting school or child care and experiencing new feelings of anxiety.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell is a sensitive depiction of separation seen from both sides. The child, unsure of why their parent or carer is away from them, and the adult going about their tasks of caring for their young, knowing they will be back soon. Patrick Benson’s beautiful illustrations add so much depth to this 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.