Articles by Katrina Whelen

  1. HeyWow! That’s you in a book!

    Ten years ago, ‘personalised’ books for children were mass-produced affairs – yes, that sounds like a contradiction in terms but the ‘personalising’ of the story amounted to your child’s name, their birthday, and perhaps the names of a few friends, dropped into the text. But

  2. The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade

    The perfect picture book is a precise blend of perfect text, perfect illustrations and, the sometimes overlooked ingredient, perfect production. When these elements combine exactly as they should, the result is a book that you want to hold, that you want to read over and

  3. Strewth, that’s big!

    When I was growing up (in the seventies and eighties) my family did lots of road trips, including a number of trips from Melbourne to Queensland. Yes, the picturesque beaches and warm tropical waters were lovely. Yes, the rainforests were impressive. But the highlight of

  4. Much Loved – portraits of teddies

    I always thought that my teddy bear, acquired when I was born, was gently and endearingly tatty – his yellow fur is quite matted and a little thin in places and his limbs are somewhat misshapen thanks to various hugging pressure-points over the years but

  5. Without My Mum

    When I had my first baby, I had my mum on speed-dial. Sometimes it seemed as if I was calling her a hundred times a day with all sorts of questions from “I can’t get him to sleep, what should I do?” to “He’s been asleep

  6. Hii-Yaah! The Worm Who Knew Karate

    There’s so much information available about children and ‘resilience’. Quite honestly, I’m a bit tired of the term, although I appreciate the sentiment. I don’t talk to my kids about resilience per se, but I do emphasise the importance of being a ‘problem solver’. And

  7. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

    Hang around parenting social media sites for a while and you’re bound to notice one particular topic that gets people really riled – gender stereotyping. Marketing teams behind some brands of clothes, toys, books and even food, feel the need to distinguish between what’s created