Make a street library? Easy peasy!

I’ve just completed  a workshop at Street Library Australia with  expert help from Nic,Stephen, and other attendees.

Ready to go were Dads with their kids,a teacher, and some enthusiastic other ladies. It was a breeze and a lot of fun.

All the materials had been pre cut, we just needed to learn how to use a […]

We’re making a street library

So….what’s a ‘little street library”?
It’s a small community library offering free books to your local community.

Most libraries encourage swapping a book for a book.

I don’t think it matters, as long as there’s always enough books in the street library to choose from.Our library will have a mixture of kids and adults books, with some from […]

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Reading with book chewing toddlers on the run

We’ve just taken part in the “Read Aloud Hour” in Australia with our little toddler grandson ( just 1 year old).

How did we choose books for a newly walking, book chewing,toddler ?

At times we only get 2 pages in, but it all adds up.

We looked for some books with:

interactions with babies/toddlers – preferably in photographs
new […]

Help your child make their own starting school story

School readiness-
make your own stories
Many children visit their school before their first day.

It’s an ideal opportunity to take photographs or make drawings for a book, (or “social story”) that can be shared until your child starts school.

Children who help make the story have ownership,putting in whatever is most important to them.

Social stories can be:

Small […]

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 […]

Dinosaur early literacy activities

In our last post we reviewed Dinosaur Rocket, Penny Dales’s latest book in her fast, fun and furious Dinosaur series.

Kids are fascinated by dinosaurs size,unusual names and appearance.

There are many ways of extending the story reading and providing exciting early literacy learning opportunities, both at home,in early education centres and out and about.
There are […]

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 […]

Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary trots though the door

Doesn’t everyone just love Hairy Maclary and his band of adventurous,rascally and rapscallion friends?

I’m sure many of us have shared these beginning words many, many times-

“Out of the gate and off for a walk went….”

I think this phrase is now embedded in our New Zealand and Australian story language and probably world wide.

Picture Books […]

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