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- author Jackie French

labels

 

KBR currently holds a database of around 2,000 reviews (and rapidly growing!), so to make your book browsing easier, we've provided a series of labels that help narrow reviews down by content and theme. Of course, themes and topics may fall under many label headings, so this list will help clarify where certain books may be clustered.

Don't hesitate to send us an email if you have any label suggestions or would like us to review more books of a certain theme.

Also, check out our themed Book Lists here. It's new but growing.

12 Curly Questions
12 very interesting questions and answers from your favourite literary talent.

Action

Activity Books
These include craft books, some art books, puzzle book, look-and-find and books that require child interaction.

Advanced Younger Readers
For young readers who are enjoying books at an older reading level. These are specifically books more advanced vocabulary and plot with themes that are age-appropriate.

Adventure

Africa

Alphabet

America
North and South America

Animals
These include books about animals but also featuring animal characters.

Apps
These reviews may not necessarily be storybook apps. They may contain educational content. See also Ebooks.

Art
This may include interactive/activity books as well as books about art and artists.

Asia

Audiobooks

Australia
Books with an Australian theme.

Australian Author

Author Interviews 

Authors
News, information or other content on your favourite authors.

Awards
Includes various literary awards news, shortlists and results, and may sometimes contain information on how to enter awards. See also Unpublished Picture Book Award.

Baby
Books both for and about babies.

Behind the Books
This was a series of posts featuring favourite authors and illustrators.

Blog Tours
See your favourite authors in action - on tour with new book releases. Follow them on tour!

Board Books

Book Lists
Here you will find frequently updated, suggested book lists on varying themes.

Book Week
News and information on our favourite week of the year (Australia).

Books for Adults
Books specifically for parents, on themes relating to children. 

Bullying
See also Social Issues, Mental Health.

CBCA
The Children's Book Council of Australia, news and information. 

Celebrations
Birthdays, anniversaries and cultural celebrations. See also Chrismas, Easter, Halloween, Culture and Traditions.

Christmas

Colours

Comics

Cookbooks

Creativity
Books that inspire children to think creatively. These books may feature craft, art and activity books, as well as others books that encourage children to explore ideas.

Crime
Detective stories.

Culture and Traditions

Death

Dinosaurs

Diversity

Dr Seuss

Dragons 

Drugs

Dystopian

Easter

ebooks
These are electronic books in several formats. They are not apps. The are storybooks. See also Apps.

Education and Literacy
Check this label for fascinating articles on reading, schooling and literacy-related topics. See also Teachers' Notes.

Emotions
Including grief, happiness, fear, love, anger, joy, gratitude, excitement. See also Love.

Environment
Including themes on ecology, flora and fauna, caring for the environment and conservation.

Europe

Events
Events and events news occurring in and around Australia (sometimes overseas). If you wish to submit an event, email us.

Fairytales

Family
See also Siblings, Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents.

Famous People
Includes biographies and stories on well-known people.

Fantasy
Includes magic.

Fashion

Fathers

Favourite Book of the Year
Some of our past book favourites.

Fears
See also Emotions, Mental Health.

Festivals
Literary and writers' festival information. See also Events, Education and Literacy.

Food

Foreign Language
Bilingual and foreign language books.

Friendship

Geography
Includes physical geography, famous places, famous landmarks. See also Travel, Land.

Gift Books

Giveaways
We have a book giveaway almost every week on KBR!

Grandparents

Graphic Novels

Guest Posts

Halloween

Health
Includes books on healthy living, exercise, nutrition, sickness, illnesses, doctors and hospitals, sexuality, medical procedures, wellbeing, etc.

Historical Fiction
Includes fiction from younger junior to YA.

History

Includes both fiction and non-fiction.

Humour

Identity
Issues related to personal identity including self-esteem and personal resilience.

Illustrator Interviews

Illustrators
News, information or other content on your favourite authors.

Imagination

Indigenous Books
Includes books with Indigenous content, and those written by Indigenous authors.

Indigenous Literacy Foundation
KBR is a supporter of the ILF.

Interviews
Authors, illustrators, publishers, editors, book sellers and other industry professionals.

Jokes

Junior Fiction
Includes chapter books. This label is for books which loosely fall between ages 6 to 9.

Junior Fiction Younger
Includes chapter books. This label is for books which loosely fall between ages 4 to 8. 

Junior Non-Fiction
Includes chapter books. This label is for books which loosely fall between ages 2 to 12.

Junior Reviewer

KBR News
Updates on the KBR Team, new ideas and initiatives at KBR and projects involving KBR Team members.

KBR Recommends
Recommendations, KBR loves and hot new books across all genres. 

Land
Books relating to land, farming, environment and other themes. 

LBGTQI

Love
The themes of love, not limited to romance. See also Emotions.

Love2Read
KBR was a partner to he National Year of Reading 2012. We are delighted to see the Love2 Read campaign continue on, driven by Libraries Australia.

Magazines
News or info on literary- or child-appropriate magazines.

Mental Health
Includes books relating to meditation, relaxation techniques, anxiety, depression, mental illness, stress, ADHD, autism/ASD, grief and more.

Metafiction

The Middle East

Middle Fiction
Includes chapters books with a loose age range of books for kids aged 10 - 14.

Mothers

Multiculturalism

Music
Books about music, musical instruments, singing, etc as well as stories about songs and books with musical accompaniment.

Mystery

Myths and Fables
Includes fairytales.

Nature
Including natural world, hibernation, life cycle. See also Seasons.

News
General book industry news. See also CBCA, Events, Love2Read, Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Opportunities.

Non-Fiction
In all age ranges.

Numbers
Includes books on counting and mathematics.

Older Kids Struggling to Read
These are books with older themes yet low text. These books are often interspersed with imagery to help keep reader attention and break up blocks of text. See Education and Literacy for articles on literacy. See Reluctant Readers for posts and reviews for those who read well but don't particularly enjoy reading.

Opportunities
Posts on opportunities for kids, parents, authors, illustrators and others with an interest in the children's book industry.

Pets

Picture Books

Picture Books for Older Readers
This is for PBs with themes for older children, or with high text.

Poetry

Pop-Up Books
Includes lift-the-flap, see-through pages, holes and other interactive books.

Publishers

Reluctant Readers
This label is for articles and reviews on books we feel would help engage reluctant readers (this is usually those who read well but don't particularly enjoy reading). See also Older Kids Struggling to Read.

Reviews
Each and every review onsite. Also see our A-Z listing of book titles.

Reviews by . . .
We have myriad contributors who have helped make KBR great, including past partners Kelly Morton and Megan Blandford. Click on each reviewer's name to show all their reviews.

Reviews by Anastasia - Contributor
Reviews by Anouska - Contributor
Reviews by Bree
Reviews by Cat
Reviews by Cate
Reviews by Catherine 
Reviews by Connie - Contributor
Reviews by Coral - Contributor
Reviews by Devon - Contributor
Reviews by Dimity - Managing Editor
Reviews by Ella
Reviews by Izabella
Reviews by Jackie
Reviews by Jo - Senior Editor
Reviews by Kelly
Reviews by Kids
Reviews by Layla - Junior Reviewer 
Reviews by Leanne
Reviews by Megan
Reviews by Nicky - Meet the Illustrator Coordinator
Reviews by Penny - 12 Curly Questions Editor
Reviews by Peta
Reviews by Rebecka - Contributor
Reviews by Riley
Reviews by Sally - Contributor
Reviews by Sarah- Consultant Librarian
Reviews by Sarah W - Contributor
Reviews by Shaye - Contributor
Reviews by Tania - Founder and Editor-at-Large

Rhyme
Books that rhyme. See also Poetry.

Romance
Specifically books appealing to teens but also books with romantic themes for younger children.

Sex

School
Books with school themes.

Science
Including general science, biology, physics, engineering, geology. See also Space.

Science Fiction

Seasons
Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn/Fall, months.

Self-Help
See also Social Issues, Mental Health.

Self-Publishing
Information, news and guest posts on self-publishing children's books.

Senses
Touch, Sight, Hearing, Taste, Smell

Series
These are books in a series of two or more.

Short Stories

Siblings
Brothers, sisters, twins, step-siblings

Social Issues
Includes books on such topics as bullying, grief, racism, peer pressure, discrimination and poverty.

Social Skills
Manners, gratitude, sharing, personal hygiene, etc.

Space
Includes astronomy, space travel, planets, rockets and space ships.

Spooky Books
Includes books on Halloween and also books with horror themes for YA readers.

Sport
Books on all manner of sporting themes.

Supernatural
Supernatural themes including ghosts, psychics, communicating with the dead, angels and demons, etc.

Tania's Picks
Rare books, foreign language, self-published, artsy, international and other treasured finds by KBR's founder.

Teachers' Notes
For teachers and parents interested in adding educational elements and activities to their child's reading pleasure. All notes are sourced from external sources.

Teen Relationships
Includes romance, friendships, peer pressure, dating and sexual identity.

Terrific 10
Book lists referring to groups of books with similar themes or subject matter.

Thriller
Thriller and suspense stories. See also Mystery.

Toddlers
Books for and about toddlers. For kids aged between 1 and 4.

Transport
Buses, trains, planes, cars, boats and all manner of transport themes.

Travel  
Books relating to travel destinations. See also Geography.

Unpublished Picture Book Award
Our annual award is launched in April every year and invites submissions from Australian residents. Find out more here. See also Awards.

Verse 
Specifically novels. Not poetry.

Vintage Books 
News and reviews on books that are currently out of print or in re-issue.

War 
Includes books on conflict, peace, ANZAC stories and military themes.

Water 
The sea, ocean, sailing, beaches, sea creatures, lakes, rivers, water sports and water-related activities.

Weather

Wordless Picture Books
No text books.

Writing
Guest posts and books with information about the process of writing and improving your writing skills.

Young Adult Fiction
Books for readers aged 15 and older. Parental discretion is advised (may contain violence, suicide, drug use, sex and other 15+ themes).

Young Adult Non-Fiction
Books for readers aged 15 and older. Parental discretion is advised (may contain violence, suicide, drug use, sex and other 15+ themes).

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