This week Lyndon considers the power of sharing our reading experiences and how book clubs can add richness and deeper connections to the books we have engaged with.
Booksellers play an important role in connecting children to great literature and I am always amazed at how widely read they are and their depth of knowledge on new and classic publications. This week, Holly Cooper, from Petrach’s Book Shop, shares her experience in matching books to readers and suggests some personal and popular favourites.
A previous post reviewed the exciting new database Picture Books for Older Readers produced by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature. This week, Dr Belle Alderman AM, a Director at the Centre, hones in on the contribution of endpapers and how they contribute to the literary engagement and interpretation of sophisticated picture books. Read on to discover how endpapers play an integral role in the storytelling process and also witness the breadth of search possibilities in the database.
Hutchins School engaged in a range of exciting activities in the lead up to, and then ongoing throughout Book Week. It is wonderful to see such a strong reading culture celebrated across the school.
And the winders are…. Did your favourite(s) receive an award? With a number of readers already familiar with the shortlisted titles, Felicity shares her personal experiences gained through reading books and reviews and from her senior students involved in the Shadow Judging (announced next Friday, 25 August).
The 20th anniversary of the Northern Primary Schools’ Readers’ Cup was recently held at Hagley Primary School with teams from 14 participating schools joining together to celebrate reading.
Discover some wonderful chapter books about dogs in this week’s post brought to you by Loretta Brazendale. With a focus on the work of Kate Foster, discover her engaging fiction titles that deal with not just dogs but some of life’s challenges.
It’s NAIDOC week and time to enjoy and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture. Why not start with a book – there are so many to choose from!
From the blog: A Snapshot of Practice: Expanding Children’s Reading Repertoire Through the Book Battle
Anna Davidson continues to provide exciting and innovative strategies to build reading interest and stamina in young readers. Following of from Book Chats for primary students in an earlier post, this week she introduces the idea of a Book Battle to hook enthusiastic younger audience.
This week Narelda Joy, Tasmanian author and illustrator, provides behind the scenes insights into her publication of a nursery rhyme book for young Tasmanian’s and an accompanying braille edition.