From the Editor’s Desk in August 2022

Article | Issue: Aug 2022

Now that our 21st birthday bash is behind us it’s time to fill up the hot water bottles again and ride out the last month of winter with a great big pile of good reading. We have been very busy working on our exciting new website. We have been a bit delayed, still doing the odd tweak here and there. It’s like renovating a house. You always seem to forget you need that extra power point! Our new Book Post subscription service is rolling out to readers now and our Early Bird book review program is under way, which gives you an opportunity to read books before they hit the book shelves. Time has just whizzed past faster than I could have believed.

Charting back to earlier this year I asked if you would help us build a recommended list of books for every child’s library. We have been overwhelmed with your votes. Many of the books are on my own list and many titles are shared among you. But there are some I’d never heard of and I was sent scurrying off online to look them up.

Diane suggested Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. It’s about a little boy who can create anything he wants with his purple crayon. When he’s ready for bed, he draws his house and bed and goes to sleep. This was a new one to me but I like that idea. I’d certainly like my own purple crayon. For older readers she recommends the ‘Earthsea Trilogy’ by Ursula le Guin.

Peter suggests the classic picture book, The Gruffalo. He and I are on the same page as to the immense talent of the author, Julia Donaldson, and the illustrator, Alex Scheffler.

I am always amazed that The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton remains so popular. It is simply timeless and appears constantly on so many reader’s book recommendations for younger readers.

Terri voted for The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy. This is a most wonderful book for an older child or any adult. I dare you not to be moved by it. Also, it’s a really terrific book to give as a gift if you’re looking for one. The illustrations will tug at your heart. It is truly special.

Like so many families, when Helen was young, her parents could not afford to buy books and she was so excited to discover the library with its shelves and shelves of books for her to read for free! One of the books on her list is Ahn Do’s The Little Refugee. It tells the story of Ahn’s family’s difficult life in Vietnam and their escape to Australia by boat. More apt to read now than ever before. Don’t miss the adult version too.

Judith didn’t forget the four-legged Baxter, who she thought would enjoy Harry the Dirty Dog (my childhood favourite) and Corduroy. She would often find herself, all those years ago, hoping to find a lost mattress ‘button’ – just in case it was Corduroys! I could go on, but there are just too many for me to list on these pages.

We’re now putting the final touches to the ‘every child’s library list’. We’re breaking it down into age guides so you’ll be able to easily find a recommended book in the library list to suit your young readers. It’s certainly comprehensive!

Thank you for your help in building this list. We hope it will help thousands discover the world of reading. Books can change a child’s life.

This is simply true. 


And Baxter, who has had an unexpected visit to hospital with tummy trouble. Yes, he’s now a vegan. Also true!

Author: Gene Zion

Category: Children's, Teenage & educational

Book Format: Board book

Publisher: HarperCollins US

ISBN: 9780007464371

RRP: $12.95

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