Review by Kim Higginson, Information Management Specialist, MHF
Author Shannon Hale and New York illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it's worth the journey.
Stand Up!: Be an upstander and make a difference
Review by Kim Thomas, Health and Physical Education teacher at Ellesmere College
A resource for teachers, parents, sports coaches, community leaders, workplaces, or just anyone that wants to teach children and adults the importance of being an upstander to make the world a better place.
Stick and Stone
Review by Jo Quigg, mum of two children aged 7 and 9
Stick and Stone are on their own, until a chance encounter with a boorish bully (Pine Cone), inspires Stick to stick up for stone. The new pals head off on an adventure and discover that friendship really rocks.
The big umbrella
Review by Alice Bates, Senior Child and Youth Care Practitioner, Cholmondeley Children’s Centre
This story invites readers of all ages to think about what their own 'umbrella' looks like. It is a story about inclusion, connection and hospitality, a book that is deceptively simple in its depth.
Review by Jono Selu, Community Engagement & Health Promotion Officer, MHF
Young Queen is the autobiography of Parris Goebe a dancer with a dream ... a young Polynesian girl who grew up in New Zealand and went on to conquer the hip hop world.
Fairytale fraud: Sibling wars
Review by Deb Marsden, Guidance Counsellor & Secondary School teacher
The traditional Hansel and Gretel tale taught us to not trust strangers and to not disobey our parents, but Kate Pye has twisted the tale to teach different morals and life lessons.
Release the beast
Review by Michelle Dendale, Information Officer, MHF
Release the Beast is a fun and quirky picture book which allows a child to respond to his frustrations by unleashing his imaginary beast.
Dare! | Weird! | Tough!
Reviewed by Evie Ryan and Anna Mowat.
These three books tell the story of an ongoing case of bullying from three third graders’ perspectives. Kids will easily relate to Luisa, Jayla, and Sam, as each girl has her own unique experience.
Dear Bully: Seventy authors tell their stories
Review by Honor Jackson, Mana College
Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying-as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves-in this moving personal collection.
Review by Jo Quigg, mum of 2 children, 7 and 9 years old
When Chloe's teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, Chloe is stung by the lost opportunity for friendship.
Feel a little: Little poems about big feelings
Review by Amanda Schulze, Community Engagement/Health Promoter, MHF
A bright book encouraging a stronger understanding of emotions from an early age, providing a toolbox for starting conversations about emotions from a young age.
Fighting invisible tigers: Stress management for teens
Review by Portia Devonshire
This book offers proven techniques that teens can use to deal with stressful situations in school, at home, and among friends.