Reviews

I have been reviewing children’s books since the 1980s for journals such as Reading Time, Magpies and Australian Book Review, as well as for Fairfax Media newspapers. I currently review picture books for the Canberra Times and other Fairfax publications. In 2004, I won the Australian Book Review reviewing competition with a review of Jeannie Baker’s stunning picture book Belonging (‘From Little Things Big Things Grow: Belonging by Jeannie Baker’, Australian Book Review, February 2005: 44).

Reviewing Anthologies

My reviews have been included in two reviewing anthologies:

 

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up

Edited by Julia Eccleshare, HarperCollins, Sydney, 2009 (Picture books reviewed: One Woolly Wombat; Felix and AlexanderJohn Brown, Rose and the Midnight CatThe Quinkins; Animalia; Drac and the Gremlin; and Are We There Yet?)

The Good Reading Guide: 100 Critics Review Contemporary Australian Fiction

Compiled by Helen Daniel, McPhee Gribble, Sydney, 1989 (Novels reviewed: Dreamhouse by Kate Grenville, and The Bodysurfers and A Cry in the Jungle Bar by Robert Drewe)

Recent Reviews

Some of my recent picture-book review articles can be accessed online, including my laest review on wordless picture books:

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/stephanie-owen-reeder-who-needs-words-20170410-gvi4vz.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/book-reviews-artful-animals-20161107-gsk38a.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-power-of-the-picture-book-for-children-20160427-goftt3.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/the-complete-alice-review-macmillans-elegant-150year-tribute-to-lewis-carroll-20150707-gi66fe.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/childrens-books-journeys-of-the-imagination-20140806-10002t.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/top-childrens-picture-books-stephanie-owen-reeder-reviews-her-selection-20150615-ghk2mc.html

http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/charm-and-chuckle-factor-20121116-29fdm.html

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/imagine-that-20120824-24pkd.html

http://www.essentialkids.com.au/entertaining-kids/parenting-and-childrens-books/books-to-chase-kids-worries-away-20130211-2e7hg.html.