Why Imagination matters- Little Red Riding Hood.

Books are a gateway for children to develop their own imagination. Imagination leads to creativity.

Creativity leads to many different ways of  learning -essential in coming years, where many children will have to reinvent their careers as adults.

I always think of the “Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” as a visual symbol of opening a door […]

By |November 19th, 2015|book review, Books, Good for grouptime, Imagination, Traditional tales, well loved|0 Comments

Book Week- use your torch-see nursery rhyme pictures on your wall.

Book Week has been celebrated from Cairns library to Hobart schools in Australia this week.


seen some costume ideas from Pinterest

(Idea taken from

Read a great selection of books to do with  the sun, stars moon and light.(Theme- “Books light up our world”) thanks for all the suggestions from My Little Bookcase.
And now we’re heading off […]

By |August 29th, 2015|Babies and toddlers, book review, Imagination, Rhymes, well loved|0 Comments

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 […]

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

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 […]

Imagination walk-Sculptures By The Sea.

You can find  fabulous places to grow kids imagination when you get out and about.

Sculptures by the Sea,now on at Bondi, Sydney, has  some massive  imagination prompters.

How about clambering into an enormous frying pan?

At Tamarama Beach, Sydney they can climb in now!

Further along the walk is a tractor that looks like it could fly…

….and […]

By |November 1st, 2014|Book list, book review, Books, Imagination, language, language, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories, Talking|0 Comments

Your favourite Halloween witch ?


An all-time  favourite,the witch from Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books) is just right for Halloween stories before school.

The characters were even chosen for one of London’s famous book benches.(Visited by the 100 Stories Before School kangaroo earlier this year)

The book has bright and cheerful illustrations. There […]