A Passport to Reading

A Passport to Reading Parents are often tired, overworked. They may also not know how to even begin sharing books with their kids. So this is a passport for parents; a Passport to Reading.  Teachers can photocopy the ‘passport’ and … READ MORE

Australia’s Favourite Librarian

Australia’s favourite librarian is….. Mrs Jae Rolt, Teacher-Librarian of the lucky Cessnock West PS, Cessnock, NSW. On February 14th 2013 (Library Lovers Day), ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) started a competition to find Australia’s Favourite Librarian. ALIA received 438 nominations which … READ MORE

Creating Books With Kids - Jackie French

Creating Books with Kids Two wonderful books appeared on my desk this week. Both are written  and researched by kids, guided by adults. The first is Finnley’s Great Escape (See below) and the second is The home of Umbarra: - A … READ MORE

An Author's Manifesto - by Jackie French

'An Author’s Manifesto'  by @OzLaureate Jackie French I write for kids because each book builds kids’ intelligence, to help create our future. I write for kids because each book gives them tools to make the future they imagine. I write … READ MORE

Have you heard of Story Dogs?

Sharing stories about how learning can be made more fun for kids...  Guest blog by Marlies Irvine-Tammes, Diamond Valley Library, Victoria The children at the Diamond Valley Library like to share stories with Lachlan the Reading Dog. Lachlan is a gentle, … READ MORE

Diary of a Laureate - at the CBCA Conference 2014

Diary of a Laureate 20 May 2014 7.45 am Put away mugs, cutlery from Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) visit yesterday – about 80 people, I think, but lost count at 73. A lovely day, with inspiring people. The … READ MORE

A Month of Hairy Noses - Jackie French

A Month of Hairy Noses - by Jackie French A Month of Hairy Noses. I have just been trimming my moustache. It is extremely handsome, blonde and hanging down below my chin, fixed on with a doubled over sticky label. … READ MORE

KOALA – the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards

KOALA – the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards – began in 1986. It was the creation of a group of motivated volunteers who valued, in equal measure, children’s opinions and the promotion of Australian books and authors. After a great … READ MORE

Books Among the Snow Gums by Jackie French

Books Among the Snow Gums - by Jackie French The snow gums have donned their winter bark, splashes of deep orange and vivid green, silvery-cream and yellow-white, crouched upon the mountains, ready for the snow. Above them the snow clouds … READ MORE

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