Walker Books education newsletter August 2013
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August 2013

Welcome to the special Book Week 2013 edition of Bear Necessities

I hope everyone is ready for another exciting Book Week! We've created some great activities to help you celebrate Book Week with your students. The first is the We Believe in Picture Books Story Time Activity Pack. This pack was created to help schools and libraries celebrate Walker Books Australia's 20th birthday. It contains activity sheets that are free to reproduce and use with your students.

The other activity is the Heroes of Reading: Thank Your Hero sheet. What better time than Book Week for your students to reflect on who inspires them to read and to write a thank you note for them? Each Thank You entry goes in a draw to win a fantastic book pack for the student and their school.

Keep checking out to see the fantastic stories from teachers, librarians and students around Australia and New Zealand. Everyone who shares their story on the Heroes of Reading website will get a nice book pack as a thank you, so get involved today! Visit the website or contact me to find out how you can get involved.

Would you like an author to visit your school? Do you have some suggestions for classroom ideas? Have something to say about the newsletter? Let me know! Email me or call on (02) 9517 9577. I'm always happy to hear from anyone in education!

Happy reading!
Steve Spargo
Walker Books Education

Silver Buttons

Bob Graham

Multi CBCA Book of the Year award winner Bob Graham brings us his new picture book which beautifully captures a world vision in a single moment. An excellent book to use when discussing diversity and the interconnectedness of all people.

All ages
Classroom ideas available

The Extraordinary Mr Qwerty

Karla Strambini

Mr Qwerty worries that his ideas might seem strange ... so he keeps them under his hat. But extraordinary ideas refuse to stay hidden for long. Dealing with themes of creativity and individuality, this is a great book to show your students that everyone thinks differently and there is value in all ideas. Readers will pore over the detailed illustrations for hours.

Lower primary/Middle primary/Upper primary
Classroom ideas available

Walker Classics: Papa and the Olden Days

Ian Edwards and Rachel Tonkin (illus)

This book was an Honour Book in the 1990 CBCA awards and is now back in print as part of the Walker Classics series. It is a fantastic introduction to Australia at the beginning of the 20th century. Email me to get your free Papa and the Olden Days poster.

Middle primary/Upper primary
Classroom ideas available

My Dream Playground

Kate M. Becker and Jed Henry (illus)

A resourceful little girl with big ideas becomes a key part of the team when a community of family, friends and neighbours builds a playground. An inspiring true story of community and team work.

Lower primary/Middle primary

Nature Storybooks: Flight of the Honey Bee

Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock (illus)

A fascinating look at a hive of honey bees as they try to make enough honey to survive the winter. Part of the Nature Storybooks series, which includes the CBCA short-listed Python and Bilby Secrets, this book features both narrative and non-fiction elements on each page.

Lower primary/Middle primary
Classroom ideas available

Nature Storybooks: Big Red Kangaroo

Claire Saxby and Graham Byrne (illus)

A beautiful addition to the Nature Storybooks series, this book absorbs the reader in the life of Big Red defends his mob from challengers and they search for food. A great resource for learning about one Australia's most iconic animals.

Lower primary/Middle primary
Classroom ideas available

Our Stories: Eureka Stockade

Marion Littlejohn

The Our Stories series are written to the Australian Curriculum and are designed to give readers digestible chunks of information with lots of large photos and illustrations. This book is perfect for studying the Victorian goldfields in year 5 history.

Early childhood/Lower primary
Classroom ideas available

Lightning Strikes: Camp Crazy

Trudie Trewin

Daks and his mates are having a great time camping until they discover they aren't alone on the mountain. The Lightning Strikes series feature high interest stories that are accessible for struggling and reluctant readers. This funny and action-packed book is the follow up to Camp Croc.

Middle primary/Upper primary

The Adventures of Nelly Nolan: The Nelly Gang

Stephen Axelsen

This is a great new Aussie graphic novel set in the Victorian goldfields. Nelly and her friends, Jin, the son of a Chinese miner and Miro, an Indigenous Australian, must rescue Nelly's dad and their gold from a group of bandits. This is a great tool to get students enthusiastic about Australian history.

Check out the book trailer made by the author's son.

Middle primary/Upper primary
Classroom ideas available

Wild Boy

Rob Lloyd Jones

A boy covered in hair, known only as Wild Boy, must race to clear his name from a murder he didn't commit. A fiendishly pacy mystery-adventure story for 9+ readers, set in the seamy, smoggy underworld of Victorian London. This book is great for leading discussions on what it means to be an outcast and what happens when you judge a person based on their appearance.

Upper primary
Classroom ideas available

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Award News

LIANZA Children’s Book Award 2013
  • A Great Cake by Tina Matthews - Winner of the LIANZA Illustration Award - Russell Clark Award


Win a Nature Storybooks book pack!
To go in the draw to win a set of the fantastic Nature Storybooks series including Python, Bilby Secrets, Big Red Kangaroo and Flight of the Honey Bee, send me an email telling me what your favourite Aussie animal is.

New Classroom Ideas

Visit the Teachers section of the Walker Books Australia website for all classroom ideas and other great resources.
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