#Bookreview: Two delightful children’s books by Norah Colvin

I bought these two delightful books for very young children for my two year old nice. The illustrations are colourful and bright and the stories are adorable.

My review of Wombat Digs In by Norah Colvin

Wombat Digs In by Norah Colvin for Library for All

This is an adorable book for small children about a wombat who is struggling to keep up with some of the other animals including the kangaroos who can bounce, the possums who can climb, and the fruit bats who can fly. Wombat is feeling a little dejected, but when Baby Koala falls out of the tree, Wombat’s own special skill of digging comes to the forefront. This little book is illustrated with simple and bright pictures that small children will love.

My review of Let’s Move by Norah Colvin

Let's Move by Norah Colvin for Library for All

This is a delightful little book for teaching very young children about animals and movement. The illustrations are adorable and I particularly liked the snails that slide and the snakes that slither.

Purchase Norah Colvin’s books

Amazon UK

Wombat Digs In

Let’s Move

Amazon US

Wombat Digs In

Let’s Move

About Norah Colvin

This is how Norah Colvin describes herself:

I am an experienced and passionate educator. I teach. I write. I create.

I have spent almost all my life thinking and learning about thinking and learning.

I have been involved in many educational roles, both in and out of formal schooling situations, always combining my love of teaching and writing by creating original materials to support children’s learning.

Now as I step away from the classroom again, I embark upon my latest iteration: sharing my thoughts about education by challenging what exists while asking what could be; and inviting early childhood educators to support children’s learning through use of my original teaching materials which are now available on my website www.readilearn.com.au

Norah Colvin blogs here: https://norahcolvin.com/

159 thoughts on “#Bookreview: Two delightful children’s books by Norah Colvin

    1. Thank you so much for you lovely words, Elizabeth. The books are published by an organisation called Library For All who provide a library of free digital books for anyone anywhere in the world with an aim to raise world literacy standards. It’s important to them to have inclusive titles and they often work with local people in developing countries to assist them write their own stories to publish in the library.

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  1. A great review, Robbie. Norah Colvin’s choice of book cover is brilliant with the bright colours and delightful wombat. I am grateful for writers who inspire children, from an early age, to begin their reading journey. I recall those books that inspired me when I was 3 – 4m and am grateful for those who gave me the gift of reading. Norah – thank you!

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      1. And your books are so creative, Robbie. Delightful stories with delicious illustrations. Every time a child wants to devour just one more of your beautiful books, you are creating another lifetime reader.

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      2. I hope so, Norah. We have donated 5 of our stories to my firm’s literacy for all campaign where colleagues can read it on-line for use by schools. I am interested in the organisation you have mentioned and will find out about its local reach.

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    1. Thank you so much for you kind words, Rebecca. Actually I can’t take any of the credit for the cover but I am delighted with it just the same. When I donated my stories to Library For All, they arranged the illustrator, whose illustrations may also have been donated. I am so pleased to work with an organisation such as Library For All towards their goal of raising world literacy standards by providing a library of free digital books to anyone anywhere in the world, especially in developing countries where many do not have access to print books.
      As an educator, I am happy to know that you remember the books that inspired you on your journing into literacy and that you are grateful to those who supported you. Those of us with access to books are so fortunate.

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      1. I just went on the “Library For All” website – a brilliant concept and a wonderful mission. Literacy is the most important gift that we can receive because we can pass it on to others. Thank you for being an educator. Robbie continues to inspire me with her commitment to literacy for all. I just picked up a notepad this morning that had the best definition of a teacher that I have come across: “One who instructs and educates by example or experience. See also: multi-tasking rockstar, cheerleader, therapist and role model”.

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      2. I’m pleased you checked out Library For All, Rebecca. It is a wonderful organisation, isn’t it?
        I love that definition. Thanks for sharing. Are you a teacher too? You’re obviously a life-long learner, and a teacher in many ways if not in the classroom.

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      3. I had always planned to be a teacher, but funds ran out when I was attending university and I didn’t want to go into debt. Life took a different turn. Over time, I found out that life-long learning is a gift that can be shared. I returned to finish my masters many years later. Entering the blogosphere has been invaluable in opening doors for further exploration. (Thank you Robbie for it the many introductions to amazing writers and kindred spirits.). Glad that we connected, Norah.

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      4. I agree with you, Rebecca. The blogosphere is a great way to make connections with like-minded people. I’m so pleased that we connected too. It’s been lovely talking with you here at Robbie’s party. 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Robbie. I really appreciate your support. I’m pleased to say that Library For All have accepted another 11 of my little stories (not published yet). I don’t think I’ll be able to fit them all in the side bar. 😂
        BTW Did you receive the anthology I sent – posted 27 April?

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      1. It couldn’t do any harm to ask, Robbie. I’m not sure how they source authors. They do use a lot of local (to the areas they are supplying books) people to supply stories. I was lucky because Library For All was started by a Brisbane woman and it is based here. A writers workshop was held one afternoon to develop stories for the program. I w as lucky enough to be invitedThat’s where these two stories came from. They recently put a call out for other stories, which is how I have more in the pipeline at the moment.

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    1. Thank you, Liz. Wombat comes from one of the now almost-extinct aboriginal languages here in Australia. It’s a cute animal though. And just for another titbit of information – did you know it is the only animal to have cube-shaped droppings? True. 🙂

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      1. I’m in Brisbane, Toni. But my daughter and her partner live in Canberra – have been there for the last 3 1/2 years. I do miss them. Pre-covid, I’d visit a couple of times a year and they’d come here. I haven’t visited for almost 18 months now, though they’ve come a couple times up here – just escaping our lockdowns. It’s a bit chilly for me down there at the moment, but hopefully when it warms up a bit, I’ll visit again. It’s a great place. They love it there and have no intention of moving back here, sadly for me.

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      2. So we’re opposites, Toni. Who did the moving – you or your son?
        I agree with you about the lockdowns and border closures. I hope we are all vaccinated and ‘back to normal’ soon.

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      3. Children! They do that, don’t they? I have had a lovely weekend, thank you. I hope you have too. I believe you have another day. We miss out this time.

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  2. Good luck to Norah with her new books. I love Wombats, and it seems that one is teaching a good lesson about everyone having their own skill, and place in life. Shared on Twitter, Robbie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. Thank you so much for your lovely post sharing these two books, Robbie. I appreciate your kind words. I am also delighted that your purchases go to supporting Library For All, an organisation with an aim to improve world literacy levels by providing free digital books to anyone anywhere in the world, but especially to those in developing countries without access to print books. You can find out more about Library For All (LFA) here: https://libraryforall.org/
    Once you download the LFA app, which is free, you have access to thousands of books, most of which contain stories and illustrations which have been donated by the creatives, as were mine. Perhaps your niece’s parents may like to download the app for her.

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    1. haha, Teri, these are really cute snakes. I found a lizard in our wood box yesterday, and took it outside again. Last night, I found another [bigger] lizard in the woodbox and picked it up to take outside. My mom and my son nearly had a cadenza. So funny, who is scared of lizards?

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  4. What adorable book covers, especially Let’s Move! I enjoyed your reviews, Robbie. I like children’s books. I love to read them out loud to my younger nieces and nephews and their friends or to my fur baby, Scribbles. Ha, ha. ❤

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment,Vashti Q. Reading aloud to young ones, even furry young ones, is a wonderful thing to do with many benefits. I’m so pleased you love it too.

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  5. Reblogged this on Norah Colvin and commented:
    Reblog of Robbie’s post about Library For All Books
    I was absolutely surprised and delighted to find a review of my two picture books that have been published by Library For All on Robbie’s Cheadle’s blog Robbie’s Inspiration. Thank you, Robbie. Please pop over to Robbie’s blog to read her reviews.
    But before you go, I’d like to tell you a little about Library For All.
    Library For All is an Australian not for profit organisation with a mission to “make knowledge accessible to all, equally” through a digital library of books that is available free to anyone anywhere in the world.
    The focus is on providing high quality, engaging, age appropriate and culturally relevant books to children in developing countries and remote areas. The stories are often donated by authors, as were my two, or written in collaboration with local people in the communities they support.
    You can find out more on their website Library For All or in a post I wrote about them a few years ago when these books were first published Library For All — A Force for Equality through Literacy.
    Now, over to Robbie’s.

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      1. Good to hear the book arrived, Robbie. Sorry to hear about the lockdown. The world still has a long way to go with the pandemics. I know your mom was vaccinated. How’s the rest of family doing?

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      2. Hi Miriam, only 481,000 people are fully vaccinated in SA with 1,5 million half vaccinated. My mom and aunt have only had the first jab. I think vaccinations are still a while away for the rest of us.

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