With Nan by Tania Cox

This week we are up to number four of our shortlisted books …. With Nan by Tania Cox


When Simon goes on a walk with his Nan, she shows him (as only grandparents know how) that things aren’t always as they seem.

A leaf that flutters away? A stick that eats? A sliver of ground that scampers? Exploring the great outdoors is certainly an eye-opening adventure when you look for things that are ordinarily hidden in the great expanse that is nature.

This is a beautiful story of love, fun and the importance of intergenerational relationships.







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It’s a Miroocool by Christine Harris

This week it’s book number three….It’s a Miroocool by Christine Harris

Audrey lives way out in the outback, past the roads and off the map, so when she loses her tooth, Audrey worries that the tooth fairy won’t be able to find her!

Audrey does everything she can to lead the tooth faity to her tooth.  She draws a map, leaves an arrow and even marks the way with footprints in the sand.  But night comes and one by one, a terrible storm destroys all of Audrey’s efforts.

She lies awake that night worried that the tooth fairy will not find her special tooth to add to it’s collection.  But morning comes and despite the storm, there is a very special surprise waiting for Audrey in place of her tooth.


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Too Many Elephants in this House by Ursula Dubosarsky

Today we looked at another one of the shortlisted books for the Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2013….

The Grade Twos really enjoyed this delightful book from the creators of The Terrible Plop.

In Eric’s house there were too many elephants – in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom!

The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves each and every one of them. So when his mum says they have to go, Eric must come up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem…..

After enjoying the story we got creative with our own version of too many elephants in the house…..



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Children’s Book of the Year Awards 2013

Welcome back everyone!  Term 3 is going to be a fun and exciting 11 weeks!  We will be sharing some of the books that have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year Award for 2013. At the end of the term we will vote for our favourite book and see how our choices compare with the ‘official’ judges votes.  There are some terrific books up for the award and we can’t wait to share them with you.

First up we have The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen……

Sometimes you don’t always get what you want. Instead of the rocket backpack, you might end up with a terrible suitcase for the very first day of school.  And this makes you mad! But sometimes what you think is terrible, might not be so terrible after all, expecially when there are rocket ships and new friends involved.

The Terrible Suitcase is a lovely story about acceptance, making friends and new experiences.

After discussing the story and the wonderful imagination of the children in the story, we imagined that we all had our own terrible suitcase.  We talked about all the things we would pack for that all important first day of school. Take a look inside one of our suitcases……



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