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Links for NSW Teacher Librarians. War and other realities dominate Children's Book Council of Australia awards shortlists. One Minute's Silence, by Michael Camilleri and David Metzenthen, one of 19 picture books on war entered - and the one book shortlisted for Picture Book of the Year.

War and other realities dominate Children's Book Council of Australia awards shortlists

The continuing rise in the quality and sales of children's books should quell fears about the future of the book, according to the judges of Book of the Year Awards for the Children's Book Council of Australia. More than 400 books were entered for six awards. Information books in particular were very strong this year, said Angela Briant, the chairwoman of the national council (but not one of the eight judges), in announcing the shortlists for the 2015 awards on Tuesday. Book Week 2015 - Mrs Mac's Library. Snail & turtle - Teacher notes. Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach - Shortlisted Early Childhood. Noni the adorable pony is back in this beautiful romp of a book for wee pony lovers.

Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach - Shortlisted Early Childhood

Noni is such a friendly, funny pony. She loves going to the beach on sunny days, along with pals Coco the cat and Dave the dog. Coco doesn't like getting wet (she much prefers a snooze in a fishing net hammock) but Dave is keen to get close to a whale. He goes a little far out, and let's just say thank goodness for Noni! Kids will relate to this sweet, slice-of-life story of a delightful day at the beach, from peering into rock pools to lolloping in the waves and making sand castles.

Lester's typically charming illustrations will thoroughly engage young children, and the 'wind down after a long day' ending making it a perfect bedtime read. Adorable. Title: Noni the Pony Goes to the BeachAuthor/Illustrator: Alison Lester Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $24.99 RRPPublication Date: 1 October 2014Format: Hard cover ISBN: 9781743311141For ages: 2 - 6Type: Picture Book. Noni the pony goes to the beach - Teacher notes (pdf) The Duck and the Darklings. Peterboy lives in a post-apocalyptic world--under the ground--the land of Dark.

The Duck and the Darklings

He lives there with his Grandpapa--in their hole in the ground, built with care and lit with love. Dark is not the most ideal place. Duck and the darklings teacher review (pdf) Duck and the darklings. Fire. The Stone Lion. The Stone Lion teachers notes (pdf) Rivertime. Rivertime teacher notes (pdf) Rivertime aso. My two blankets. My Two Blankets teacher notes (pdf) My two blankets teacher notes and activities (pdf) One minute's silence.

One minutes silence teacher review (pdf) One minutes silence teachers' notes (pdf) A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land. A- Z of Convicts Teaching notes (pdf) Artist Simon Barnard recreates grisly history of Van Diemen's Land convict era. Updated For those who have ever wondered what our forebears, the convicts, looked like - down to their eye colour and tattoos - a new book offers a detailed picture of the early European inhabitants of Van Diemen's Land.

Artist Simon Barnard recreates grisly history of Van Diemen's Land convict era

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land, by artist Simon Barnard, depicts the grisly reality of convict life in Tasmania through a series of painstakingly produced illustrations. A lack of visual references for the convict era prompted Barnard to attempt to undertake the project. "A lot of the picture books that did deal with this stuff had the same pictures over and over and over," he said. "Once you got into this stuff and looked a bit further in the archives in Tasmania, there's a lot of original plans so you can find.

"The plans for the treadmill and transport ships, or the hulk in this case, and you can reconstruct this stuff. " Historian Hamish Maxwell-Stewart from the University of Tasmania said remnants of the era were hard to come by. Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia - Amra Pajalic. Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia teacher notes (pdf) Coming of Age: Growing up Muslim in Australia teacher notes (pdf) Tea and Sugar Christmas. When it comes to Christmas books, Tea and Sugar Christmas is the pinnacle for me.

Tea and Sugar Christmas

As a self-professed foodie, I fell in love with what I thought was a cute title. But, this book goes far beyond the cutesy Christmas tasks, fun traditions and rhyming texts we’ve come to see in most modern Christmas books. It tells a true Christmas story, one that is historically Australian and represents many Aboriginal and migrant workers of the outback. Tea and Sugar Christmas is a story based on the Trans-Australian Railway train that would travel for decades across the Nullarbor Plain. Its carriages provided groceries, meat, household provisions, medical staff and bank services to workers who lived in isolated settlements.

And just once a year, the train carried a very special visitor. This story is Kathleen’s. Black and white pages fold out to reveal exquisite large-scale colour illustrations by renowned illustrator, Robert Ingpen, that you will no doubt pore over for hours. Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia (YouTube) Tea & Sugar Train Exhibition Documentary (YouTube) Tea and Sugar Christmas Australian Curriculum teachers'notes (pdf) Emu Classroom Ideas (pdf) Emu. Audacity. Audacity (pdf) Short List 2015. Activities for Children’s Book Week, 2015. Activities for Children’s Book Week, 2015 by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com Children’s Book Week in Australia will be held from Saturday 22 August - Friday 28 August, 2015.

Activities for Children’s Book Week, 2015

With 2015 being declared the International Year of Light by the UN, how fitting it is that our Children’s Book Week theme is “Books light up our world.” Here's what that means to me: Books truly light up our world in so many different ways. I made a Haiku Deck to express these thoughts which you can see below. Books Light Up Our World - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires This year’s theme is less specific than last year's “connect to reading” . * Are there opportunities for kids to learn from experts such as authors, publishers, book reviewers and passionate readers? Activity Suggestions * Use an introduction like “Shining a light on …” to introduce authors and illustrators to students. . * How do books light up our lives? * Is your library, school or home a maker space?

1. 2. Bookweek for beginners. War and other realities dominate Children's Book Council of Australia awards shortlists. Mary's Australia: How Mary Mackillop Changed Australia. By Pamela Freeman Mary MacKillop changed the course of Australia's history.

Mary's Australia: How Mary Mackillop Changed Australia

Mary MacKillop watched Australia grow from a collection of small colonies into a nation - and she was proud of the country she had a part in creating. How did Australia change in her lifetime? And how much influence did Mary MacKillop have in shaping Australia? Book Week 2015 - Mrs Mac's Library. 2015 Children's Book of the Year Awards Shortlist.