Literacy calendar

Chinese New Year -Monkey stories, rhymes and more.

Preschool Chinese New Year Resources 2016
Sydney has luminous displays of the animals of the zodiac for Chinese New Year.

Houses around us are decorated and our shops are full of red and gold decorations.We’re welcoming the year of the monkey , a “charming, inventive and successful, confident, enthusiastic, flexible and happy character.”

Kids love monkeys so […]

Preschool Christmas story resources and activities


There are many wonderful Preschool Christmas books you can share before Christmas.

Find many here from  our 2015 100 Stories Christmas Stories Booklist .(Click on the link halfway down the page.)

Here are resources for some of these well loved stories.
Christmas Wombat by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley. Harper Collins.
“Christmas comes but once a year, and […]

By |December 2nd, 2015|Book list, Literacy calendar, Resources, Uncategorized, video, Wordless|0 Comments

Australian Christmas stories-sun not snow!

This time of year, getting ready for Australian Christmas celebrations can become quite crazy.

Kids are finishing up at school and preschool .It can seem a never-ending rush from one place to another.

We’ve put together eleven  Australian Christmas stories (and eleven extra favourites) to share 10 minutes of calm together.Almost one a day until Christmas!

With […]

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 […]

Sensitive subjects- picture books about mental illness

Next week in Australia is Mental Health Week.

In our literacy calendar it’s also “Odd Socks Day” on Friday 2 October also raising awareness of mental health.

“On Friday pull your odd socks on and help stomp out stigma” ( From Odd Socks website)

Download a poster and other resources at the Odd Socks website.
What resources are […]

By |September 28th, 2015|Book list, book review, Literacy calendar, sensitive subjects|0 Comments

Stretch Preschoolers thinking with Spring seeds,stories and songs.

Spring is a time of new growth- baby animals, spring leaves and flowers, rain and warmer sunnier days.

We can help kids experience the change of seasons happening all around them.

It’s a time to celebrate change and support kids “learning to look” in greater detail.

For quality new picture books set in Spring check our first […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Book list, Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories|0 Comments

Spring into Spring- Stories for our under 5’s

We’re ready for some warmer weather, spring flowers and walks outside.

But where could we find picture books about Spring- there didn’t seem that many in this part of the world.

Success! after some searching, here are our picks.

We’ll add  rhymes and more ideas for spring in our next post. Our wonderful Australian author Elizabeth Honey […]

Ramadan picture books-100 Stories Before School Literacy Calendar

In 2015 Ramadan falls from 18 June- 16 July as the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.

We have a large Muslim community celebrating Ramadan in Sydney, and  other parts of Australia.

Preschool Books to share during Ramadan
We have researched and read picture books explaining and celebrating Ramadan for younger children, here are our best picks.

Golden […]

By |June 29th, 2015|book review, celebrating cultures, Literacy calendar|0 Comments

My Nanna is a Ninja-love those Grandparents!

We’re reading an extra book for Simultaneous Storytime this year.

If you would like a book for children not quite ready for “the Brothers Quibble “ by Aaron Blabey, Penguin; why not try My Nana is a Ninja by Damon Young, illustrated by Peter Carnavas, Queensland University Press.

This story would also be useful for Grandparent […]

“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 […]