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Review of ‘This is Banjo Paterson’

Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson loved to write poetry. He loved hunting and fishing and horses, too, especially a horse named Banjo. In this exceptional picture book, young readers can celebrate the life of a...

Review of ‘The Tales of Jahani’

Series Title: The Tale of Jahani. Book One 'Daughter of the Nomads'; Book Two 'The Leopard Princess'. Author: Rosanne Hawke. Illustrator: D.M. Cornish Publisher: UQP Age Range: upper primary - lower secondary. Themes: identity; trust; courage; belonging; family; journeys;...

Literature Supporting Makerspaces

I've just presented another Webinar for the fab Eduwebinar team - this time on texts which support the makerspace movement. Some notes from this evening's webinar are below for attendees, and anyone else who...

612ABC Bookworms: Books for ANZAC Day

25th April is ANZAC Day, a day to honour Australian and New Zealanders who have served their countries with such bravery. One of the most effective ways to ensure our children understand the importance...

Gardening, Sustainability and Literature for Children

Today we combined with our sister school and all of Year Two enjoyed 'Gardening and Sustainability Day'. We ran three rotations focusing on worm farming and composting, growing from seeds and cuttings, and fairy gardens....

Books Celebrating Australia

I find it incredibly hard to put together a list of books which encapsulate Australia. Our country is so many different things to so many different people and I don’t think any one book,...

Review of ‘On Track’

Author: Kathryn Apel Publisher: UQP Themes: siblings, brothers, sibling rivalry, family, sport, academics, school, resilience, disabilities, poetry. Teachers' Notes: UQP produces some outstanding teachers' notes and the 'On Track' notes here are no exception. To purchase this book...

Book People: Sally Morgan

Book People: Sally Morgan I am so honroured today to be featuring Sally Morgan on the blog, as part of my Book People series. Sally Morgan has been 'in my life' since the 80s, when...

Slow Communication: Snail Mail

Slow Communication: Snail Mail I am an out and out social media lover and my phone bings and dings at me day and night with emails from five different accounts. It would be fair to...

Libraryspace+Techspace+Makerspace

Libraryspace + Techspace + Makerspace I’ve been so looking forward to Eductech and it has not disappointed! Tomorrow at the conference, Jackie Child and I are talking the makerspace which we’ve created in our Junior...