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) […]

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

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

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

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 […]

By |January 12th, 2015|Author, Book list, Books, Families, Illustrator, Imagination, Resources, Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fun with Russ- a book eating bus.

We took Hoppy the kangaroo from 100 Stories Before School  down to meet a special friend recently.Russ, the book eating bus is a new initiative from the Sydney Writers Festival, part of their inaugural Children’s Festival of Moving Stories.










When you talk to Jeanmarie Morosin,Misty the Volunteer Coordinator, the volunteers and Nathan the bus driver […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Australian, Author, Books, community, Illustrator, Rhymes, Stories|0 Comments

Whale rhymes and links

More Whale Tales.
I’ve put together some early years

whale rhymes
felt board ideas
and video clips
you’ll also find the beautiful sound of whales singing!

They’ll all add to sharing  Whale in The Bath by Kylie Westaway and Tom Jellet, Allen and Unwin.

Whales are HUMUNGOUS, so lets start  with a rhyme about whales swallowing up lots of other fish- rather […]

Successful Storytelling ”Whale In The Bath”

How do you keep children enthralled when storytelling?
First of all, you need to choose the right story- right for the age, interests and experiences of the audience.

Choose the story because you like it too. (Apart from those “old favourites” you may know by heart, but your child absolutely loves!)It’s then time to have fun […]

By |November 13th, 2014|Australian, Author, book review, Books, Illustrator, language, Resources, Stories|0 Comments