Mrs Dog and Baa Raa help grow imagination.

Janeen Brian and Marjorie Crosby Fairhall recently held one of the best story times we’ve been to.(Thanks to Paul Macdonald from The Children’s Bookshop. (Recent winner of the 2016 Lady Cutler award)

Mrs Dog is a story built over many  years and experiences.Both its award winning author- Janeen Brian ( I’m a Dirty Dinosaur fame) […]

Stories for night time – VIVID Sydney

Don’t kids love being up in the dark past their bedtime!

If you’re heading onto Sydney to see VIVID you won’t need a bedtime story later,  as there’ll be lots of storytelling there.The Wiggles have even put together a trail you can follow if you download the free app for your phone.

The best places for […]

“the Brothers Quibble”- Simultaneous Storytime

Each year in Simultaneous Storytime, thousands of Australian children all share the same book at the same time.

It’s held at your local library and some schools, early education centres, playgroups or community groups.Whether or not you can attend a group,here are lots of resources to help make it loads of fun.

Storybox library has the book […]

Sharing our special stories on Mothers Day.

This weekend, in Australia, we celebrate Mother’s (and Grandmothers) day.

Why not share our own mother’s stories, as well as books from our booklist?

How many of us talk to our children- and tell them stories about our mothers,(or ourselves) when we were younger?

Or ask our mothers to share their stories on SKYPE or facetime?

We can […]

The Umbrella-wordless and wonderfully imaginative

100 Stories Book Review:
“The Umbrella” – wordless and wonderfully imaginative.
We’ve had some wild weather in Sydney lately, lots of wind and storms causing havoc.

Just the time to share our most favourite wordless picture book published this year- all about a little dog blown away by the wind.The Umbrella by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert, Book […]

By |April 29th, 2015|Author, book review, Early literacy, Illustrator, language, Resources, Stories|0 Comments

Australian Stories for World Read Aloud Day

100 Stories Before School
Literacy Calendar .
World Read Aloud Day – Australian stories.
World Read Aloud Day is today, March 4th.

We thought we would like to share  some stories from our 100 Stories Before School list, especially some Australian stories.We have taken the World Read Aloud categories of Belonging, Curiosity,Hope, Friendship,Kindness,Courage and Confidence and found a […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|Australian, Author, Book list, Books, Literacy calendar|0 Comments

Fantastical dragons for Chinese New Year

Dragons rush out at Chinese New Year in parades, stories and songs.

Kids love Chinese dragons – they are colourful,exciting, noisy and enormous!

It’s a chance to pretend to be something extraordinary,  and can later lead onto reading about Dragons in older stories like” The Dragon of an Ordinary Family” by Margaret Mahy and Helen Oxenbury.
Stories […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Author, Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories|0 Comments

Dinosaur Rocket for story time fun.

Book Review : Dinosaur Rocket by Penny Dale. 
What would dinosaurs do on the moon? Find out with the latest book in Penny Dale’s successful Dinosaur series.

Combine lively dinosaurs with a countdown and you have a story that kids will almost learn by heart and demand to be read again and again. Particularly good for […]

By |January 29th, 2015|Author, book review, Books, Illustrator, Resources, Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day!

January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day.

I found some old pics of my (now grown up) children “licking the bowl”.

The expressions on their faces say it all don’t they?

It looks to me as if they have pulled the chair up to the bench to find out what was left in the bowl….


 Today is a very […]

Hairy Maclary and friends activities and links.


The Little Big Book Club has a Hairy Maclary  Learning time   PDF sheet.It has suggestions on how to read the story, especially questions to ask before,during  and after reading the story.
The Little Big Book Club Activity time PDF sheet has suggestions on going for a walk after reading the story. (like Hairy Maclary but […]

By |January 14th, 2015|Author, Book list, Illustrator, language, Resources, Rhymes, Stories|0 Comments