School Holiday Activity Books School holidays are just around the corner.I don’t know about your children, but PudStar is exhausted and cranky by this time of the term and although she would never admit it…she needs some down time.

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The Cubbyhouse That Became an Art Studio Before she was a teacher librarian, my mum was a high school art teacher and as a result we all spent much time painting, drawing and creating as children. PudStar is also rather enamoured with all things drawing related and can spend hours drawing on little squares of…

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Book People: Susanne Gervay Susanne Gervay does children’s books which deal with tricky issues well. She writes with genuine kindness and care when dealing with issues such as cancer, blended families, refugees and bullying. I recently reviewed ‘Gracie and Josh’ here which deals with childhood illness, and the impact this has on the entire family.…

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Book People: Tania McCartney I recently commented on one of Tania McCartney’s photos on Instagram.  It was a photo of her back garden full of gorgeous Autumn leaves. I said how much PudStar loved leaves and how our leaves in Brisbane are all just green as we don’t really do Autumn! A week or so later…

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Book People: Katrina Germein Katrina Germein is the author of what has been one of PudStar’s favourite books for nearly two years now – ‘Big Rain Coming’. The Chief Bedtime Reader (Dan) has read this so many times that he knows each and every word by heart – love how that happens with well-loved books!…

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Book People: Stephen Axelsen Warning: Stephen’s ‘Ten Things’ is going to make you smile, and possibly laugh at your screen. I first met Stephen at the StoryArts Festival Ipswich (the best children’s literature festival around – this year’s launch is September 9). Stephen has the driest and wickedest sense of humour you will ever come…

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5 Reasons to Attend Book Launches We were incredibly fortunate to be invited to attend the launch of Narelle Oliver’s latest book, ‘Don’t Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen’. My review of the book is here – if you are an early childhood teacher or parent of young ones – get it! I adore Narelle’s work and have…

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Book People: Illustrator Terry Whidborne ‘Book People’ is a newish series for Children’s Books Daily. I’ve contacted some of my favourite authors, illustrators and publishers and invited them to tell us a little about themselves.  These are the people that start our children or students on their journey as lifelong readers, and I for one…

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Book People: Nick Earls Some people idolise movie stars. Me? I idolise the creators of children’s and YA books. I stalk them online (in a nice way) and I attend too many book launches and literature festivals. Through being involved in The Children’s Book Council of Australia I have become great friends with some wonderful authors, illustrators,…

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Preparing Children for a Dental Visit I’ve asked the lovely Dr Amy Daley to give us some tips on preparing children for a visit to the dentist with books and some reassuring words. Thank you Dr Daley! Tell a friend that you are visiting the dentist and some may cringe…okay maybe a few more than some.  Why…

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Yesterday I talked about Christmas cooking and reading. Cooking with children is really such a great way to encourage reading, and develop mathematical skills at the same time. It’s also a great way to make a huge mess and ensure you’ll end up frazzled…but enough of that. Today we’re making scented Christmas playdough. PudStar loved…

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PudStar broke her arm last week following an incident with a NYC snow dome. Perfect timing…just in time for summer swimming and lots of parties involving jumping castles! Unfortunately it also happens to be the arm she writes with so drawing and writing is off the cards too. Here she is looking pretty happy with…

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Christmas Cards Christmas Cards…do you do them or not? I’ve done one for as long as I can remember and I’m too scared to stop doing them lest I send the message that the printed word is dead in my house. The printed word is always going to be alive here in this house…it may…

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Have Betty White Read the Books Tonight Oh I found a good site today! The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has produced some stunning children’s book story readings (screened on YouTube) using SAG members such as Al Gore, Annette Bening, Elijah Wood, Jason Alexander and Betty White. If your school blocks YouTube can watch through schooltube.…

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I am SO not a storyteller. I read books – I need a script. I admire storytellers immensely, but it’s just not me. Plus I talk too much. If I were to hone my storytelling skills I might be unstoppable. So for me it’s books. But storytelling is a great thing to encourage in young…

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There has been much talk of dinosaur play and dinosaur books on here of late. So to balance that out…now for some fairies! PudStar is at that age where fairies are high on her list of likes. Sometimes I wish she’d play with her Tonka Trucks, train set or Lego a bit more, but I…

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Creating a Print Rich Environment As you may have guessed – we have a home filled with books. But I also try to create a print rich environment in other ways. A print rich environment is one which is filled with examples of print and text – take a look at your child’s kindy or…

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Numeracy in the Kitchen Please welcome guest blogger Claire Howden. Teacher. Reader. Book Collector. Mathematician. I have talked to Claire many times about how I don’t want PudStar to be counting on her fingers at 38 like I do, getting sweaty palmed at the thought of times tables like I do, and having a panic when…

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