Thursday, September 29, 2011

30th September Nette Hilton (1946)

Nette Hilton is an Australian author of both picture books and novels. Many of her novels are suitable for young fluent readers who are looking for what I call a 'bridging' novel. They want to read chapter books but don't want them to be too long. My favourite of these is The Web, a good story for any unit about grandparents, great-grandparents, the past, memories or just learning from and interacting with the elderly. Jenny, the main character is a particularly good role-model and someone whose empathy readers could do well to emulate.

Nette is probably best known though for her two picture books about Billy Bilby; The Smallest Bilby and the Midnight Star and The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Games. They are good, especially around Easter, but many of her other picture books are still worth taking off the shelves in the library. I particularly like A Proper Little Lady, The Friends of Emily Culpepper, The Blue Bike and Little Platypus.

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