5 Back To School Books That Teach Kids About Emotions

That first day or week back at school can be an anxious time for our littlest learners… that’s why it’s so important for us as educators to let them know that it’s ok to have those feelings and then give them strategies to work through them. Young children often won’t be able to identify theseContinue reading “5 Back To School Books That Teach Kids About Emotions”

Activities for Iceberg by Claire Saxby

Iceberg written by Claire Saxby and illustrated by Jess Racklyeft may just be the triumph of 2022 picture books. A must-have, keep forever type book for your classroom library… Books+Publishing says: ‘Richly informative and brimming with detailed facts presented in lyrical, sophisticated, evocative language … Text and image balance each other perfectly in their delicateContinue reading “Activities for Iceberg by Claire Saxby”

Activities for Just One Bee by Margrete Lamond & Anthony Bertini

Just One Bee written by Margrete Lamond & Anthony Bertini and illustrated by Christopher Nielsen is a standout for this year’s CBCA Shortlist Picture Book. Not only are the illustrations exceptional but the story offers young audiences an opportunity to make real world connections to their role in climate change and how working together inContinue reading “Activities for Just One Bee by Margrete Lamond & Anthony Bertini”

Activities for Stellarphant by James Foley

Stellarphant is an absolute must for every classroom library. This wonderful picture book offers a multitude of teaching moments and opportunities for discussion. Perfect to explore opinion writing, persuasive writing, space travel, courage, determination, perseverance, discrimination, diversity, equality, equity and feminism with your students. The blurb: Stella the elephant is fighting interstellar discrimination one pachydermContinue reading “Activities for Stellarphant by James Foley”

Activities for Walk of the Whales by Nick Bland

The picture book Walk of the Whales is another exceptional delivery from Nick Bland. The Blurb: When all of the whales in the ocean leave their home to walk around on land, people don’t quite know what to think. But soon shopkeepers go out of business, farms are flooded with water and salt, and peopleContinue reading “Activities for Walk of the Whales by Nick Bland”

Activities for The Imagineer by Christopher Cheng

This wonderful picture book is an essential addition to any classroom library this year. The Imagineer is a beautiful story about an inquistive little girl whose imagination is sparked by the things around her. When I read this book to my children they could not wait to start planning and creating their own inventions! TeachingContinue reading “Activities for The Imagineer by Christopher Cheng”

5 Picture Books To Teach Young Children About Anzac Day

Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry This is my absolute favourite Anzac Day book for young learners. “Anzac Ted is the powerful, poignant story of a little boy’s teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather. Battered, torn, missing an eye and an ear, he might look scary but he’s got a great storyContinue reading “5 Picture Books To Teach Young Children About Anzac Day”

Activities for Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh

Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh is a beautifully illustrated story celebrating family, our diverse community, and the seasons of life. It has been selected for the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) 2022, which will be held on Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 11:00am. Check out these resources I’veContinue reading “Activities for Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh”

Bear Says Thanks Activities for Thanksgiving

I love using the book to talk to children about being grateful, giving thanks and good manners, as well as themes of friendship, sharing and gratitude. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is a classroom favorite for the month of November. The story is about a lonely bear with empty cupboards who decides toContinue reading “Bear Says Thanks Activities for Thanksgiving”

The Best Books About Space for Kids

World Space Week is a UN-declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event in the world and an ideal time for teachers and educators to use space-based activities to excite students about science and technology. What will I be reading in the classroom for World SpaceContinue reading “The Best Books About Space for Kids”