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    Books Read Aloud – June & July, 2016

    I’ve only a few read aloud books to share for the past two months, partly because we took a break from reading over the school holidays and partly our list is incomplete due to patchy record keeping. As always we have a two/three books being simultaneously read due to our children’s wide age spread, though there were a few ‘cross over’ of different children sharing in with siblings read alouds the past couple of months. Sharing not only the books we enjoyed but the ones we abandoned as I know I find it useful to hear the ‘full story’ myself.   Youngest: 5, 7 & 10 Years Folk of the Faraway…

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    ABC’s of Aboriginal Picture Book Authors

    It’s no secret that I’m passionate about books, in particular Australian picture and chapter books. Sharing today an ABC list of authors who have focused their writing on Australia’s First Peoples, most of the authors are Indigenous, though some aren’t. We are familiar with some of the authors here, enjoying their books in the past, our personal favourite is Percy Trezise. Most excited that as I gathered names for this list I discovered many new authors for us to learn from:) There are about 500 nations in Australia each have their own stories and customs and each author’s writing is mostly of  her/his own clan, consequently whilst there are several…

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    Anzac Day in Books

    Last week was Anzac Day,(Australian New Zealand Army Corp) a day in which we, as a nation remember our fellow Australians who have served and died in wars.  One way in which to help children understand about War and the sacrifices our service men and women have made is through reading and discussing.  Sharing several titles I’ve recently discovered but be sure to check out even more titles which I’ve previously shared. Picture Books Let the Celebrations Begin – Margaret Wild Memorial – Gary Crew Photographs in the Mud – Dianne Wolfer One Boy’s War – Lynn Huggins Cooper My Grandad Marches on Anzac Day – Catriona Hay Angel of Kokoda –…

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    Australian Picture Bird Books

    Sharing some recent and not so recent picture bird book reads. Where’s my Mum – Susan Hall A lift the flap book, that takes the reader on a search as the baby bird looks for his mum.  We meet several Australian birds on the way. Surprisingly informative, lovely illustrations. Recommended. The Best Nest – Penny Olsen Before the robins begin to build their nest they visit all their friends to see which is the best design. Each bird feels their nest is the best, but the robins don’t feel any are right for them.  Informative with lovely illustrations. Recommended. The Bush Concert – Helga Visser The countryside is in drought,…

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    Our Favourite Australian Bird Books

    Many months ago I promised Katydid a post on our favourite living Australian bird books.  Katydid this post is dedicated to you, though alas as all our favourites are out of print I’m not sure how successful you will be in finding these in America. Also be sure to check out Jeanne’s list including one in print! Michelle’s Homeschooling Downunder’s Bird List also includes yet more titles. We’re huge fans of all nature books written by Leslie Rees, though some are better written than others.  Short chapter books with detailed illustrations. The Story of Kurri Kurri the Kookaburra – Leslie Rees The story opens with the hatching of Kurri Kurri and his siblings on…

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    ‘Cream of the Crop’

    As many of my readers would have deduced Australian History is my passion, and Australian History for children makes my heart go pit-a-pat.  The ‘cream of the crop’ I’ve thus far discovered are the ‘John’ trilogy by Doris Chadwick.  Alas as with many quality books they are out of print:( it is the very lucky person to find one as they are hideously expensive (@$200!) *This post is dedicated to Jenn who asked for more details. The series is based on actual events that occurred during the beginning of the English occupation of Australia.  Following the adventures of a young boy, John and his sister Sue we learn early Australian history effortlessly, the sign of true living history.…

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    Books for World War 1

    We wrapped up our WW1 studies weeks ago. I found it rather a challenge at first to find books. Many of the chapter books listed we didn’t manage to read so I would recommend to pre-read. Picture Books Simpson and His Donkey – Mark Greenwood Two boys grow up in London together. One boy, Jack, sails to Australia seeking adventure. Jack lands in Gallipoli as a stretcher-bearer. He enlists a donkeys help to tirelessly carry wounded soldiers to the hospital. A strange twist of fate brings the friends together one last time. 5 Stars, Highly Recommended. In Flanders fields -Norman Jorgensen It is Christmas Eve on the Great Western Front,…