Book Review: Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker

The talented team that brought us All Through the Year has produced another irresistible book for the whole family to enjoy reading together.

Bound inside a beautiful padded cover, is Jane Godwin’s poetic and fun-to-read text that will surely resonate with most Australian families; it so accurately describes modern family life. And, it features the endearing illustrations that we’ve come to know and love from Anna Walker.

This time, readers are taken on a journey through a family’s busy week of scheduled activities, which includes swimming, sport and music classes.

When Sunday finally comes around, the family is no longer restricted by commitments. They take the time to slow down, enjoy each other’s company and spend a day at home playing, crafting and reading.

‘We might wear pjs all day

Eat pancakes till we’re full

Build a cubby, bake a cake

Work out something fun to make

With glue and felt and wool.’

Further book details can be found at the end of this post.

What makes this book so special?

Today We Have No Plans is utterly adorable (the endpapers are my favourite) but it comes with a special message.

‘When Mum and Dad at breakfast time

They smile, sit back and say,

‘This is a time that’s just for us

We have no plans today.’

I attended the launch of this book before Ike was born. It was funny, and a little ironic, to hear that the author of this book, Jane Godwin, leads quite a busy day-to-day life. I think most of us do these days. We know that there is so much to do and so little time to do it.

Today we have no plans launch

Today we have no plans launch

Cam has started each day of our holidays by asking, “Mum, today do we have no plans?” She simply can’t contain her excitement when I tell her that we have no plans. So important are unplanned days to her (especially since she has started kindergarten) that the title of this book has become part of our daily conversations.

This book celebrates the unplanned day, and for children this is an invitation to play, explore and use their imaginations. For parents, this book is a reminder that unplanned days are paramount for children.

For this reason, Today We Have No Plans should sit on the mantle of every home during school holidays as a reminder of the joy that can come from unplanned days, and as a reminder that although we’re tempted to fit as much into our children’s lives as we can it is equally as important to cherish the time with have with our families, to give our minds time to reflect and our hearts time to sing.

Here are some of the fun moments we’ve had on our unplanned days:

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  • Making up funny dances
  • Using our imaginations
  • Jumping on the trampoline
  • Having picnics on the lounge room floor
  • Dressing up

What have you enjoyed on your unplanned days?

Today We Have No Plans Book Details:

Author: Jane Godwin

Illustrator: Anna Walker

ISBN: 978-0670075201

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia, September 2012

RRP: $24.99

Suitable for ages: 3+

Book Review: Today We Have No Plans by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker


  1. You had me at the front illustration. Just gorgeous! I also like the idea of it. I miss unplanned days with my son now he is at Prep. We used to head to the museum sometimes…or walk along a local environmental centre.

  2. I love unplanned days… we enjoy tea parties or teddy bear picnics and sometimes something as simple as washing up together!

  3. This book looks lovely. The illustrations are gorgeous. How do you find out about these book releases and signings? I would really like to go to some. I’m sure they would have some here….maybe?? They sound wonderful.

    Hmmm things we like to do on no plan days….last weekend we took a very impromptu trip to the vineyards. Lunch under autumn trees and running in open spaces…it was perfect.

  4. Debs said: On April 22, 2013

    I just love going wandering about our neighbourhood on our unplanned days. We never really know where we’ll end up or who we’ll bump into but the freedom is positively blissful!

  5. Oh how gorgeous! We love her other books and their sweet illustrations so I’m excited to see this!

  6. Unplanned days are the best, usually that’s when we have the best adventures

  7. I think it will be going in the spa or walking in our nature reserve. Unplanned days will be so much more splendid now we have more places to go!

    The book looks lovely too Jackie. I miss going to picture book launches. I’ll have to get back into writing again soo. I miss it so.

  8. This sounds like a great book. It’s sometimes so nice when you know you don’t have somewhere to be, no one is expecting you and you can just ‘have no plans’. I’ll keep my eye out for this one Jackie.

  9. Unplanned days are rare for us. They used to be the days that I would ler let my daughter fill with her favourite crafts, but it is tricky doing that she has a baby brother :)

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