Does it feel like time is messing with us this year? Like January went for eight months, while February seems to have only gone for ten days? In theory, it’s the start of autumn, so hopefully the weather is starting to calm down a little for you, and your frantic start to the year has … Continue reading What month is it again?
Wink is the new novel, out in April 2020, that Karen Foxlee called 'Completely uplifting, deeply moving and brilliantly funny in just the right amounts'. Suitable for students over 10 years, this novel explores themes of family, friendship and dealing with the usual problems of being in Year 7, all while negotiating a serious illness. … Continue reading Wink Classroom Resources
This month, the books I’m looking at cover those just beginning their reading journey through to those going into their last year of school. Happy reading!
It is difficult to know what to say here. It feels as if life remains suspended while we hold our collective breaths to find out how this bushfire season ends. Still, it’s true that for most of us – at least for those of us not directly impacted – life goes on, and in a … Continue reading And now for Term 1
It’s the end of yet another year; of four terms worth of assessment, reports, staff meetings and working out who is best sat next to whom. At this time of year, it can be easy to give in to exhaustion and forget about everything we’ve accomplished over the year, but, at the risk of sounding … Continue reading We made it!
HarperCollins was very proud to support the Kids News Short Story Competition, and we are even more excited to announce the winners! Before I get to the lucky two children who will win some amazing prizes, I have to say that reading so many entries alongside our judges has definitely been a highlight of my … Continue reading And the winners are…
There are lots of different kinds of books that children can choose to engage with. For most kids, particularly younger ones, the most engaging books will be those specifically written for them. Sometimes, however, they will find books written primarily for adults more appropriate. With this in mind, for this month’s blog I have chosen … Continue reading Books for All!
This month sees both Children’s Week and International Day of the Girl Child. With these in mind, I thought I’d look at books told from the point of view of children, particularly girls. Many of you will be familiar with The Girl, the Dog and the Writer series by Katrina Nannestad, and this month the … Continue reading Through the Eyes of a Child
As a secondary English teacher, I've long been exposed to the war around the usefulness of creative writing in the classroom, particularly as students head into their last years of school. However, there is a great deal of research to suggest that giving children the time, space and tools to engage in meaningful creative writing … Continue reading Time to Get Creative
This month, in honour of Science Week, our focus is all things science. I absolutely loved science at school, and as a teacher one of my favourite subjects to take as an ‘extra’ was science. In my experience, people of all ages are fascinated by ongoing discoveries about the way the world – and the … Continue reading A Moment of Science Please