The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves every one of them. So when his mum says they have to go, Eric comes up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem
From the creators of The Terrible Plop – Ursula Dubosarsky and Andrew Joyner, comes this delightfully energetic story, full of fun and exuberance.
This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 21 May at 11am (AEDT) and we would love it if you could join us by sharing Too Many Elephants in This House. Everyone can join NSS – it doesn’t matter whether you are a home school, a public library or even a University Library!
Register to participate – it’s free and we have some great activities and resources available to support your National Simultaneous Storytime event, with plenty more to come! For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime contact ALIA’s Events team.
In the meantime, Ursula’s very talented son interviewed Ursula speaking about Too Many Elephants and has shared that video with all of us.
The video interview is a lovely clip to share with your students to introduce them to Too Many Elephants, or perhaps to use after a shared reading of Too Many Elephants to further explore the book. Enjoy!
We have selected two of our favourite entries so far in our Hard Luck Competition to share with all of you and to remind you, there is still time to get your entry in!
You have until 10 am Friday November 29th, 2013 to enter and you could win 30 copies of Book 8 in the best-selling series – Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Enter HERE!
There are some compelling books on our adult publishing list that deal with plethora of issues and topics. We believe all are worthy of consideration for further study in secondary classrooms.
Here we share information to assist you in considering if the titles below are suitable for your needs as a teacher and the needs of your students.
We understand that each school and each classroom is different and advise that some of the issues explored within these titles may be of a sensitive nature for some students.
All titles listed below are recommended for Year 10 – Year 12.
One of the central moral issues of our time is the question of asylum seekers, arguably the most controversial subject in Australia today. In this landmark anthology, twenty-seven of Australia’s finest writers have focused their intelligence and creativity on the theme of the dispossessed, bringing a whole new perspective of depth and truthfulness to what has become a fraught, distorted war of words. This anthology confirms that the experience of seeking asylum – the journeys of escape from death, starvation, poverty or terror to an imagined paradise – is part of the Australian mindset and deeply embedded in our culture and personal histories.
A Country Too Far is a tour de force of stunning fiction, memoir, poetry and essays. Edited by award-winning writers Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally, and featuring contributors including Anna Funder, Christos Tsiolkas, Elliot Perlman, Gail Jones, Raimond Gaita, Les Murray, Rodney Hall and Geraldine Brooks, this rich anthology is by turns thoughtful, fierce, evocative, lyrical and moving, and always extraordinarily powerful.
A Country Too Far makes an indispensable contribution to the national debate.
A very special Education eBook edition of A Country Too Far will be on sale very soon. Watch this space for further information.
At once a non-fiction thriller and a moral maze, this is one man’s epic story of trying to find a safe place in the world.
When Ali Al Jenabi flees Saddam Hussein’s torture chambers, he is forced to leave his family behind in Iraq. What follows is an incredible international odyssey through the shadow world of fake passports, crowded camps and illegal border crossings, living every day with excruciating uncertainty about what the next will bring.
Through betrayal, triumph, misfortune – even romance and heartbreak – Ali is sustained by his fierce love of freedom and family. Continually pushed to the limits of his endurance, eventually he must confront what he has been forced to become.
With enormous power and insight, The People Smuggler tells a story of daily heroism, bringing to life the forces that drive so many people to put their lives in unscrupulous hands. It is an utterly gripping portrait of a man cut loose from the protections of civilisation, attempting to retain his dignity and humanity while taking whatever path he can out of an impossible position.
Robin de Crespigny is a Sydney film-maker, producer, director, writer and a former Directing Lecturer at the Australian Film, Television & Radio School. Robin travels all across Australia speaking at festivals and events, and is a fabulous guest speaker for schools. Students are riveted by her inspiring and impressive presentations.
A true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds, as seen on 60 Minutes
When Saroo Brierley used Google Earth to find his long-lost home town half a world away, he made global headlines.
Saroo had become lost on a train in India at the age of five. Not knowing the name of his family or where he was from, he survived for weeks on the streets of Kolkata, before being taken into an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia.
Despite being happy in his new family, Saroo always wondered about his origins. He spent hours staring at the map of India on his bedroom wall. When he was a young man the advent of Google Earth led him to pore over satellite images of the country for landmarks he recognised. And one day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for.
Then he set off on a journey to find his mother.
A Long Way Home is a moving and inspirational true story that celebrates the importance of never letting go of what drives the human spirit – hope.
Others have written the myth, but the Anzacs themselves wrote their stories.
Around the country, bronze soldiers in slouch hats stand silently at attention. It is the Anzacs’ remarkable writing that reveals the lives behind the national legend. From the Trenches is a collection of gripping, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying accounts of life at the front, recorded by those who lived through the fighting.
Drawn from diaries, memoirs and letters, as well as poetry, reportage and prose, this collection reminds us that the Anzac legend is rooted in real and tragic circumstances on a heartbreakingly human scale. Belying the common perception of the laconic digger, these compelling voices convey the range of wartime experience, from the desolation and horror to the unbridled excitement and camaraderie. Through it all runs the bleak toll on young lives.
Author and journalist Mark Dapin has selected writing from those on the front lines as well as behind the scenes, from officers and soldiers to nurses, engineers and reporters, to create a volume that will be regarded as the definitive record of the personal experiences that forged the emerging national identities of Australia and New Zealand.
The Great Barrier Reef, argues Iain McCalman, has been created by human minds as well as coral polyps, by imaginations as well as natural processes. In this landmark book he charts our shifting perceptions of it, from the terrifying labyrinth that almost sunk Cook’s Endeavour to a fragile global treasure.
The Reef describes twelve key encounters between people, places, ideas and biosystems. In the nineteenth century the region was infamous for shipwrecks, and when Indigenous clans rescued survivors like Eliza Fraser, their actions were misrepresented in the popular press. Later, the whole world caught the fiery debate between Darwinists and creationists over the origins of this colossal structure. Artists and visionaries celebrated its beauty and fought its exploitation; marine scientists catalogued the threats to its existence.
The first social, cultural and environmental history of this World Heritage-listed site,The Reef is an effortlessly readable work by a born storyteller.
Remembrance Day is an important event for students and teachers and there are some fabulous resources available for use in the classroom and the library. We have collected our favourites to share with you.
This simple and easy to use website allows your students to plant a virtual poppy online and share a message about thoughts, feelings or stories they might wish to tell for Remembrance Day.
How would you like to win a copy of Jeff Kinney’s latest DOWK novel – Hard Luck?
Better still, how would you like to win a copy for every member of your class? We have 30 hardback copies of Hard Luck to give away to one lucky classroom and we want it to be you!
All you have to do to enter is follow the simple steps below:
1) Choose and download free, printable character masks from http://www.wimpykidclub.co.uk/downloads/
2) Ask your students to pose as a group wearing their chosen character masks.
3) Take a photo.
We are huge advocates of reading aloud to students, children, adults, pets, furniture, (anyone who will stand still or happens to be passing by…) and we are pretty sure you are too.
Ask most adults if they had a teacher, parent, caregiver or a librarian read aloud to them when they were younger and often they will smile as they recollect how much they looked forward to that time once a day or once a week when they could sit back and get lost in a story.
We all have favourites that we use to read aloud, but we thought it couldn’t hurt to suggest some fresh ideas you may not have considered before. Below we share with you a little bit about some of our favourite read aloud books for children and encourage you to try them yourself.
Little Fur is an elf troll who lives in a secret wilderness at the heart of a great human city. She is a healer. She sings to the ancient trees that protect the small wilderness.
But one day Crow tells of humans who will come to burn the trees. To protect her home and her friends, Little Fur must venture for the first time into the dangerous human world…
Little Fur explores themes of sustainability and has a beautiful fairytale quality to its story. Lovable characters and a magical adventure, this story is sure to have your listeners enthralled from the very first page.
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
A hauntingly beautiful story from one of Australia’s most acclaimed writers for adults and children, The Children of the King will have your listeners and you enraptured from the very first sentence.
Heloise lives with her godmother in an isolated cottage. Next door is a sinister museum dedicated to the memory of Mary Child. Visitors enter it with a smile and depart with fear in their eyes. One day, Heloise finds a doll under the floorboards. Against her godmother’s wishes, she keeps it. And that’s when the delicate truce between Heloise and her godmother begins to unravel . . .
Heloise runs away. She journeys far, but one day she must return to uncover the secret at the heart of her being.
A timeless love story and a bewitching fairy tale from the masterful creator of Claire de Lune.
Clair-de-Lune has lived all her life with her grandmother at the top of a very tall, very narrow, very old building. Her mother, a great ballerina, died on stage when Clair- de-Lune was a baby. Ever since that day, Clair-de-Lune has not uttered a word.
Then she meets tiny, brave Bonaventure (a talking dancer-mouse) who takes her to the mysterious monastery hidden in a secret fold of Clair-de-Lune’s apartment building.
But this is only the beginning of the journey for Clair-de-Lune, and she could never have dreamed what adventures were still to come . . .
The girl’s hands came up to the bars and she gripped them tightly. She was speaking to Boy with her eyes, pleading for help.
Then a strange and beautiful sound came from her throat, rising and falling like the wind. Boy had never heard anything like it.
And yet it was familiar.
Oriole’s beloved Wishbird is dying and she must leave the Forest to save him. But in the City of Soulless there is danger everywhere.
Can Oriole and Boy save Soulless and the Wishbird, or will the city’s darkness prove too great even for magic?
Inside the lilac hedge, two sets of glittering emerald eyes observed Matilda through the heart-shaped leaves. ‘It is the princess!’ whispered a tiny voice . . .
When the pixies and fairies of the lilac hedge mistake Matilda for royalty, she is drawn into a wondrous world. But evil forces threaten the hedge and its folk, and Matilda must fight to save her new friends. She can’t do it alone, but could it mean losing her sister forever?
Fans of The Magic Faraway Tree and the Narnia series won’t be able to resist The Accidental Princess!
Dumped in the River Charon, hunted by an accursed river creature and betrayed by the wicked Matron Pluckrose, Tensy Farlow is in mortal danger. She has no parents. Worse still, she has no guardian angel.
When she is thrown into the Home for Mislaid Children – a gloomy orphanage where ravens attack, Watchers hover over your bed, and even the angels cannot be trusted – it seems that all hope is lost.
Yet could it be that a plucky, flame-haired orphan with a mysterious past is precisely what this dark world needs?
The first book in The Kingdom of the Lost series
When a devastating red wind sweeps across the land, brothers Bily and Zluty are forced to fight for their survival and journey into the perilous unknown.
A magical new series for younger readers from the award-winning author of the Little Fur.
When 13-year-old Matt is discovered impressing the livestock in an Aussie country town with his remarkable soccer skills, he’s offered the chance of a lifetime – a try-out at one of Europe’s biggest and most glamorous soccer clubs. His younger sister Bridie goes with him as his manager and tells us their story – warts, goals and all.
The funny and moving story of a sister’s love for her brother, and how it survives everything fate throws at it, including the millions of pounds and mountains of pressure at the top of the world’s most popular sport.
A funny and moving story from one of Australian’s most entertaining authors.
It all began with the F.B.I. and W.A.R.P. (Witness Anonymous Relocation Programme) hiding witnesses in the past to protect the future – until now . . .
Riley is a Victorian orphan, hurtled into the twenty-first century and on the run from his evil master . . .
Albert Garrick, the terrifying assassin-for-hire pursuing Riley through time, along with . . .
Chevie Savano, the F.B.I.’s youngest and most impulsive special agent.
As Garrick relentlessly hunts them down, Riley and Chevie face a desperate race to stay alive and stop Garrick from returning to his own time – armed with knowledge and power that could change the world forever.
Her muzzle wrinkled, and Andrej saw a glimpse of teeth and pale tongue. ‘They smell the same, ‘ the lioness murmured. ‘My cubs smelt as she does. Like pollen.’ She breathed deeply again, and Andrej saw the missing cubs returning to her on the wings of the baby’s perfume. ‘All young ones must come from the same place,’ she said: then sat down on her haunches, seemingly satisfied.
Under cover of darkness, two brothers cross a war-ravaged countryside carrying a secret bundle. One night they stumble across a deserted town reduced to smouldering ruins. But at the end of a blackened street they find a small green miracle: a zoo filled with animals in need of hope.
A moving and ageless fable about war, and freedom.
Of course, we have barely scratched the surface of titles that make fantastic and compelling read aloud’s for children, but in reality, we could go on forever. What are your favourite read aloud books? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.