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Walker Books education newsletter May/June 2014
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Welcome to the Bear Necessities for May and June 2014. I've got two months' worth of fabulous books to show you including new additions to our favourite series like Dragonkeeper, Violet Mackerel and the final book in the Mortal Instruments series.

CBCA Annual Conference
Welcome to all the new subscribers that I met at the CBCA National Conference in Canberra! It was a wonderful weekend spending time with authors, illustrators, teacher-librarians and book enthusiasts.

Fun times at the Walker Books trade display. L-R Sally Murphy, yours truly, Choechoe Brereton, Claire Saxby and Walker editor-extraordinaire Mary Verney.

National Curriculum booklists
Check out our updated book lists to help you find the best books for the three cross-curriculum priority areas. These are available on our website along with all our other great material to help you pick the perfect book for your class. Download them here.

School and library book bonus (Australia only)

We have extended our $500 book bonus for another month! From now until the end of June 2014, when you order $500 of Walker Books Australia or Black Dog Books titles, you will receive a book bonus donation to the value of $500. See the 2014 School and Library Book Bonus order form for full details. Terms and conditions apply.
 

Happy reading!
 
Steve Spargo
Walker Books Education
educationwba@walkerbooks.com.au

Choechoe Brereton talks about her debut picture book, A House for Donfinkle.

Where did the idea for A House for Donfinkle come from?
The story came about when I sat at home one afternoon thinking about life as a kid. I was never cool or popular and was bullied – often. I had no confidence so rarely stuck up for myself, even when I knew others were wrong. That became the very loose premise for the story.

Read the full interview here.
New Releases

A House For Donfinkle

Choechoe Brereton and Wayne Harris (illus)

Up high in the grasslands where Wooble Beasts roam,
Donfinkle Vonkrinkle is building his home.

When up pop four creatures to babble and squawk,
A troublesome taunt full of bothersome talk...


A delightful rhyming picture book with themes of bullying and teamwork.

"Recommended for schools"
Books + Publishing

Picture book
Lower Primary
Classroom ideas available

 

Funny Faces

Dr Mark Norman


The faces of some animals may look funny to us but their eyes, ears, noses and mouths are exactly what those animals need to survive. Find out “Why the funny face?”

Funny Faces is the companion title to Funny Bums and the series will include Funny Homes in 2014 and Funny Families in 2015.

Junior Non-fiction
Lower Primary
Classroom ideas available

 

The Billy That Died With Its Boots On and Other Australian Verse

Stephen Whiteside and Lauren Merrick (illus)


Twas the billy that died with its boots on, a billy you couldn’t replace. It lay on the ground, where it couldn’t be found, ‘cause the track was so hard to retrace.

With galloping rhythm and snappy rhyme, Stephen Whiteside’s read-aloud poems portray the Australian outdoors, sporting life and animals, as well as the domestic world of the average Aussie kid – with the odd dinosaur and Martian thrown in for good measure. Includes “The Sash”, winner of the Golden Gumleaf (Children’s Poem of the Year), Australian Bush Laureate Awards, 2013.

Poetry
Upper Primary

Maxx Rumble Soccer 1: Knockout!

Michael Wagner and Terry Denton (illus)


Eight teams. Three weeks. One winner! That’s the Soccer Knockout competition. And the Saints want to be that winner. But before they even reach the second round, they must beat a team of total geniuses!

Fast, easy and funny reads with loads of illustrations, perfect for those reluctant readers who would rather have a ball in their hand than a book.

Also available Maxx Rumble Soccer 2: Shocker! and Maxx Rumble Soccer 3: Grand Final!

Other Maxx Rumble series include Maxx Rumble Footy and Maxx Rumble Cricket

Illustrated Fiction
Lower Primary/Middle Primary

Violet Mackerel's Helpful Suggestion (Book 7)

Anna Branford and Sarah Davis (illus)


Violet's best friend Rose is going to Japan. Violet is going to miss her terribly and is worried Rose will forget her. Join Violet as she comes up with a perfect plan and a very helpful suggestion.

This is the seventh book in the award-winning series, which includes the 2014 CBCA Book of the Year Awards short-listed Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend.

Did you know Violet Mackerel has her very own website? Check it out now for more information and lots of fun activities.
www.violetmackerel.com.au

Junior Fiction
Lower Primary/Middle Primary

Dragonkeeper 5: Shadow Sister

Carole Wilkinson


The gripping fifth instalment in the award-winning Dragonkeeper series. Tao and Kai are pursued by a gang of murderous nomads, tricked by unseen spirits, attacked by a giant seven-headed snake and disoriented in the realms of the dead. Most terrifying of all is the ghost who can turn blood into ice. The road west is never straight and nothing for Tao and Kai is what it seems.

Visit the new Dragonkeeper website www.dragonkeeper.com.au. You can also read an exclusive short-story about what happened to Pema in between Blood Brothers and Shadow Sister here.

Junior Fiction
Upper Primary
Classroom ideas available
Read a sample chapter

Alexander Altmann A10567

Suzy Zail


Fourteen-year-old Alexander Altmann doesn’t need to look at the number tattooed on his arm. A10567: he knows it by heart. He also knows that to survive Auschwitz, he has to toughen up. When he is given the job of breaking in the commander’s new horse, their survival becomes intertwined. Alexander knows the animal is scared and damaged, but he must win its trust. If he fails, they will both be killed.

The Wrong Boy, also by Suzy Zail, was short-listed for the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Junior Fiction/Young Adult Fiction
Upper Primary/Lower Secondary
Classroom ideas available

eBook available

Jim's Lion

Russell Hoban and Alexis Deacon (illus)


A touching story about a boy in hospital, who dreams wild and extraordinary dreams as he faces a life-saving operation.

A beautiful mixture of prose and wordless graphic novel.

Young Adult Fiction
Middle Primary/Upper Primary/Lower Secondary
Classroom ideas available

 

Our Stories: Mary's Australia

Pamela Freeman


Mary MacKillop watched Australia grow from a collection of small colonies into a nation – and she was proud of the country she had a part in creating. How did Australia change in her lifetime? And how much influence did Mary MacKillop have in shaping Australia?

Junior Non-fiction
Upper Primary
Classroom ideas available

 

The Bow

Catherine Mayo


War is coming to Bronze Age Greece. It’s time to skill up. Odysseus’s challenges are mounting. Can he find his grandfather’s hidden gold? Find the strength to string and shoot the Great Bow of Eurytos, which no man has done for generations? Toughest of all, can he persuade a girl to love him? Win some … lose some.

The thrilling sequel to Murder at Mykenai.

Young Adult Fiction
Lower Secondary/Middle Secondary
Classroom ideas available

eBook available
Read a sample chapter
 

Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire

Cassandra Clare

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil
they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final instalment of the Mortal Instruments series?

Young Adult Fiction
Upper Primary/ High School
eBook available

Now available as eBooks

Now available in paperback

Competition


Win a signed copy of A House for Donfinkle by Choechoe Brereton and Wayne Harris

I've got five signed copies A House for Donfinkle to give away! To enter, send me an email telling me Donfinkle's surname.

 
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