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”

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”

All The Ways To Be Smart Activities For Back To School

All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates the many talents of every child. Inspired by Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the author explores the concept of intelligence and the unique qualities of every child. This book has fast become one of my first week of schoolContinue reading “All The Ways To Be Smart Activities For Back To School”

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”

Anemone is not the Enemy by Anna McGregor

Anemone is not the Enemy – Shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Book of The Year: Early Childhood. This quirky and humorous picture book tells the story of a sea anemone who lives alone in a rock pool and desperately wants a friend … The story follows a series of conversations between the anemone and theContinue reading “Anemone is not the Enemy by Anna McGregor”

Sing Me the Summer by Jane Godwin & Alison Lester

CBCA 2021 Shortlist – Picture Book of the Year nominee Sing Me the Summer. is the latest from the perfect picture book pairing from Jane Godwin and Alison Lester. This beautiful story takes the reader on a journey through Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring and back to Summer again. It follows the change of seasons andContinue reading “Sing Me the Summer by Jane Godwin & Alison Lester”

Not cute. by Philip Bunting

CBCA 2021 Shortlist – Picture Book of the Year nominee Not cute. is the latest book from the much-celebrated author and illustrator Philip Bunting. Not cute. is a funny story about an adorable Quokka who wishes to be described as anything but cute. He would prefer to be dangerous, scary or ferocious. Quokka encounters aContinue reading “Not cute. by Philip Bunting”

The Power of the Picture Book

I love picture books… like really love picture books. There is no better way to engage students and introduce key concepts in the classroom than with a quality picture book. As well as providing children with an introduction to art and story, these experiences are also rich in their support of early literacy. Reading pictureContinue reading “The Power of the Picture Book”