Guest Post by Vanessa Ryan-Rendall: It’s Our World

Guest Post by Vanessa Ryan-Rendall Thanks, once again, to Vanessa Ryan-Rendall from Educate. Empower, for contributing your wisdom to our blog! Please enjoy her article on facilitating an environmentally-aware community amongst our young Australians.  How do we raise our children to be more environmentally conscious children? How we do we raise them so that they are not caught up in the world of consumption, acting for the Instagram followers or having a total disregard for tomorrow?...
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#InterviewByBook with Marie Alafaci

Title: Zelda’s Big Adventure Author: Marie Alafaci Illustrator: Shane McG Publisher: Allen & Unwin Genre: Picture book Age Group: 3 and up Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Zelda has a plan – she wants to be the first chook in space, so she knuckles down and plans her experiments, builds her space ship and trains for space walks. There’s a small hitch when her friends aren’t willing to help her, but Zelda is a plucky chook, so goes ahead and does it all on her own...
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Guest Post Review: Big Fella Rain

Guest Post Review by Vanessa Ryan-Rendall A big thanks goes to educator and reviewer, Vanessa from Educate. Empower, for providing us with this marvellous review and teaching notes based on a wonderful Indigenous story. 🐸 🐸 🐸 Big Fella Rain by Beryl Webber and Fern Martins, Magabala Books, October 2017. Thunder Rolls - BOOM! Way up north, lightning flashes, thunder rolls, and the frogs sing a chorus. Big fella rain coming The magic of the summer rains is ...
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#InterviewByBook with Jenny Woolsey

Title: Land of Britannica Author: Jenny Woolsey Publisher: Pearls of Wisdom Press Genre: Junior Fiction/Allegory/Fantasy Age Group: 9-12 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Twelve-year-old Brittney is upset her parents have split up and she wants them back together. After Dad introduces his girlfriend to Brittney and her brothers, she is plunged into a strange world... the Land of Britannica. This kingdom is ruled by the evil Storm Queen and it is Brittney’s mission,...
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The Scared Book Kids Craft: Paper Fan

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Paper Fan (For fanning away monster smells!) What's the smelliest smell you've ever smelt? What did you do when you found the smell? What did your face look like? What kinds of things could you use to take the smell away? Why do you think these monsters left such a yucky smell? Help the book fan it away with your very own paper fan! Outcomes Learning Outcome 4: Children are confident and involved learners. Learning Outcome 5: Children are ...
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The Scared Book Kids Craft: Monster Shaker

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Monster Shaker What do you know about monsters? Do you know any monsters in books or on TV? Do monsters scare you? Can monsters be something else that's scary, like a new place, or a new kind of food? What can we do to try and be brave and not be afraid? Let's try a few methods like in the book; example, taking deep breaths, flicking or fanning away yucky thoughts, or giving yourself a hug or a shake. This rattling Monster Shaker will certainly scar...
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The Scared Book Activities for Kids

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Fabulously Fun Activity Sheets Courtesy and copyright © Kim Siew, Debra Tidball and Lothian Children's Books 2017 Find these downloadable activities, and more, at Debra Tidball's website.           For your chance to WIN a signed copy of The Scared Book comment below or on social media with your response to "What gives you goosebumps, spine tingles or butterflies in your tummy?". PLUS, for a chance to PITCH and SUBMIT your picture book...
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#InterviewByBook with Anne Helen Donnelly

Title: Ori the Octopus Author: Anne Helen Donnelly Illustrator: Anne Helen Donnelly Publisher: Self-published Genre: Children’s Picture Book Age Group: 2 – 5 y.o.   Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Ori the Octopus likes to help his friends. But when he helps his friends all at once, he gets all tangled up. Ori’s friends don’t like to see Ori tangled, so they help him do all the chores. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? Friendshi...
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#InterviewByBook with Nicole Madigan

Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs Author: Nicole Madigan Illustrator: Joe M Ruiz Publisher: BlOOturtle Publishing Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4 - 7 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Darcy and the Dinosaurs tells the story of Darcy, a little boy who just can't sleep. After making shadow puppets dance on his bedroom wall and counting sheep, he decides to sneak into the kitchen to find a snack, where hears a strange noise coming from his mother's vegetable garden. A little...
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#InterviewByBook with Ann-Marie Finn

Title: Eric Finds a Way Author: Robert Vescio Illustrator: Ann-Marie Finn Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5 - 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The book is a story about a little boy called Eric who longs to be creative, but doesn’t know how to express it. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The story gives a message of not giving up, that if you keep trying you will achieve your goals. Does the story reso...
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