Book Book Book launches to critical acclaim from Leo, aged 5 “the chickeniest book I have ever read”

Book Book Book launches to critical acclaim from Leo, aged 5 “the chickeniest book I have ever read”

by Freya Lucas

December 06, 2019

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) professional, Gabby Millgate, also known for her iconic role in Muriel’s Wedding, has recently published her first book on raising chickens in early learning settings, cleverly titled The Book Book Book



“There is nothing else like it in the world and the response from the sector has been overwhelmingly positive” Ms Millgate said.

Having made the move from an accomplished career in entertainment, in 2017 Ms Millgate became the first Nature Pedagogy Leader in the ACT. When she made the move from entertainment to ECEC, one of her primary personal goals was to advocate for nature pedagogy in all services, and The Book Book Book forms a major part of achieving this. 


Designed for children and educators to learn about chickens together, the book’s title came from the chickens themselves, Ms Millgate said. “When I asked the chickens what the book should be called, they aptly replied “Book! Book! Book!”


Recommended by Veterinarian Sandy Hume, who specialises in avian health, the book also has the “tick of approval” from 12 year old Summer Farrelly, who was recently featured on Channel 10 television program The Project, for developing a program for teaching social skills to children on the spectrum with chickens. 


Jane Kennedy, Australian comedian and Triple M on air announcer, endorsed the book, saying “What do you get when you cross a super passionate, funny and super talented woman with an early learning centre and chickens? Possibly the most idyllic start to life and education. Gabby Millgate is one of those unique people who simply make you feel happy. And thanks to her dedication and love of children and animals she will show you how to bring the two together in this beautifully written and researched book. I wish Miss Gabby had been my teacher.”


Perhaps the most glowing endorsement of all, however, comes from five year old Leo Blair, who said The Book Book Book was, by far, “the chickeniest book” he has ever read. 


The Book Book Book is available for purchase online here.