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!
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
Whenever you start a new job there’s always a wealth of material to get on top of. Even when you’re experienced in an industry, there’s always new processes to learn & people to meet. But transitioning from one industry to another is whole other level of learning curve; a parabola if you will, where I … Continue reading Hello! from the new Education Manager
Frances Watts and David Legge have been collaborating on children's books for years. They've gotten so used to working alongside each other that, when working together on their most recent book, David Legge said 'the line between writer and illustrator was well and truly blurred to the point where I’m not sure where some of … Continue reading The story behind It’s a Story, Rory!
Each year, Speech Pathology Australia releases a shortlist for its Book of the Year Award. The Award is a chance to highlight Australian children's literature and is judged by a panel of experts in oral language and literacy development. By elevating Australian children's books, Speech Pathology Australia aims 'to promote children’s books as literacy tools, … Continue reading 2018 Speech Pathology Book of the Year shortlist announced!
With school holidays drawing to a close across Australia, we've assembled some fantastic author interviews to help you start the new term in the right way! For secondary students and modern history buffs comes James Moloney's newest novel, The Love That I Have. James explained the origin of this WWII romance in this letter. For … Continue reading August resource pack