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2020 ENVIRONMENT AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

By Megan Daley | May 21, 2020
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Books are one of the best ways I know for children to learn about nature, issues of the environment, and sustainability in general. While there is much to be said about learning and exploring in nature, there is also much to be gained from exploring words, images and ideas in worthy non-fiction…

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Celebrity Gardeners and Books for Young Eco Warriors

By Megan Daley | May 20, 2020
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Isn’t it lovely when you meet a ‘celebrity’ in real life and they are exactly as you imagined them? ChickPea and I were fortunate enough to meet Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s ‘Gardening Australia’  and the garden gnome on ‘Get Grubby TV’, when he came to my mum’s school recently.…

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Book People: Corinne Hall

By Megan Daley | May 15, 2020
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Books which inspire young people to dream big and aim high with sport are always going to capture attention, and so it is with ‘Victress’ – a truly beautiful collection of stories and images about 35 female sporting identities which will serve as inspiration for young readers and sporting fans…

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Picture Books Featuring Gardens

By Megan Daley | May 14, 2020
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With the weather cooling, and with more time spent at home right now, it is the perfect time to get out in the garden and plant winter crops…or read a book in the sun! This week the girls and I have planted sunflowers, separated succulents, and placed and planted a…

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Native Bee Hives and Bee Books

By Megan Daley | May 13, 2020
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Each year, we have had Dr Tobias Smith from Bee Aware Kids come to school to talk all things native bees and split our native bee hives. Native stingless bee hives are a brilliant addition to the kindergarten or school environment and while the curriculum based learning that can take…

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Reading Diverse Time Periods

By Megan Daley | May 7, 2020
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One of PudStar’s (12 years old) favourite books of the last few years has been ‘The Mulberry Tree’ by Allison Rushby. She’s read it a few times now and went on to read (and love) Rushby’s Turnkey series set in WWII – which of course then sent her down path…

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Online Tutoring to Support Reading Development

By Megan Daley | May 2, 2020
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I think (hope!) that one of the thing readers of my appreciate about Children’s Books Daily is that I rarely recommend a product or service and I don’t do paid advertising. And so it is with Optimise Learning – individualised online tutoring for primary and secondary students. It’s a service…

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Mindfulness Resources for Kids

By Megan Daley | Apr 28, 2020
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I’m well aware that mindfulness is a buzzword and I’m generally not a fan of such things. However, my dad (AKA Geoff Dean) has been espousing the virtues of being mindful and training your brain for as long as I can remember. While I’ve never successfully calmed because #WIRED, he’s…

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School Libraries Adapt During Covid-19

By Megan Daley | Apr 22, 2020
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With the move to blended learning/home-based learning in Term Two, I have been adapting some of what I do in library lessons to deliver it in such a way that students are still reading and responding to quality literature during this time. School libraries have been adapting to changing learning…

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The Tween Bedroom and Books

By Megan Daley | Apr 21, 2020
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I have a propensity to change up our bedrooms a little too regularly. I’ve been doing this since I was quite young and I vividly remember moving furniture around my bedroom and swapping bedlinen and bedroom trinkets…

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