Reading Activities

Reading Activities

Review of ‘The Treasure Box’ Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Freya Blackwood Publisher: Penguin Age Range: Middle Primary - adult Themes:  war, peace, lifetimes, resilience, hope, survival, literature, libraries, story. With a writer of the calibre of Margaret...

Children’s Books about Gardening I adore gardening but am a very chaotic and sporadic gardener. Photos of my garden on this blog are of teeny tiny sections of my garden as mostly my garden is a disaster...

Chalk Stories Children are full of stories – and I don’t mean the ones about how SOMEONE ELSE DID THAT. I’ve spoken about the wonders of storytelling before, and how and why to encourage storytelling...

 Sewing Kits and Sewing Books for Children My mother and grandmother spent many a weekend patiently explaining the basics of cross stitch, applique, knitting and crochet to us when we were younger. I can’t say...

Review of ‘Somebody’s House’ Written by Katrina Germein and illustrated by Anthea Stead Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: early childhood – lower primary Themes:  houses, neighbourhood, community, families, gardens, streets, visual literacy, art techniques. We loooove Katrina Germein books at home,...

Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle Written and illustrated by Elizabeth Honey Publisher: Allen and Unwin Themes: Counting, Australiana, visual literacy Age Range: Early Childhood Awards: Notable book, 2012 Children's Book Council of Australia...
Elizabeth the Penguin on her Shelf

Review of ‘Squish Rabbit’ Written and Illustrated by Katherine Battersby Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: Adventure, feelings, friends, problem solving, imagination, confidence Awards:  2012 Children’s Book Council Notable book (Early Childhood category) Short listed for the...

Review of the ‘Chook Chook’ series Written by Wai Chim. Illustrated by Aileen Lord Publisher: UQP Age Range: 7 years+ Themes:  family, belonging, loss, grief, farming, pets, friendship, China, adventure. I’m a big fan of books set in China and...

Chocolate Chip Biscuits: Reading and Cooking  Anyone that knows me will sigh and shake their head at this post. I have a reputation for obsessively labelling everything in my house, particularly my freezer and pantry...

Inspired by a Book: Fairies, Flowers, Gardens I do so love it when I find PudStar doing something that has been inspired by a book: happy parent/teacher/librarian moment! Much better than when I find her...