Happy Holidays


Well, what a busy term we’ve had! It has been so much fun sharing all the short listed books with you. It was a great selection this year which made it difficult to choose a favourite, however, I think we can all agree that the judges made a good choice with The Swap.
We are looking forward to introducing Julia Donaldson to you next term. Julia is the author of the very popular children’s book, The Gruffalo. She has written many more picture story books and we’ve chosen some of our favourites to share with you after the holidays. Until then, we wish you all a safe and restful break.
See you all again next term.

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Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer

This week’s shortlisted book is Granny Grommet and Me by Dianne Wolfer.

Granny Grommet and Me book cover

Going to the beach is lots of fun.  But the ocean is huge and deep, with slimy things that brush your legs, and fins with teeth.  Is it any wonder some little people prefer to stay on the sand? If they’re lucky, they might have a Granny Grommet who gently encourages them into the water and reveals it’s delights.

This is a great book which tackles the worries of little swimmers, whilst embracing the comforting nature of the grandparent relationship all in one book. The grade twos were totally engaged with the story and it provided some interesting discussion points about surfing and water safety.

After sharing the story we created an underwater picture using pencils, crayons and glitter…..

And now for the finished product.  Don’t they look fabulous….

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And the winner is…

Today we announced the winner of the Early Childhood Book of the Year for 2012. Before telling the students who won we gave them the opportunity to vote for the book that they thought deserved to win. The results were very interesting and show that we all have different tastes and opinions when it comes to books ( just as well we have such a great selection of books in our library!).

Here are our grade winners:

The official judges chose The Runaway Hug as the winner of the Early Readers Category. They thought “The lively detailed illustrations and lyrical text work closely together to add humour and pathos.”



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The Little Refugee by Anh Do & Suzanne Do








This week’s contender for Children’s Book of the Year was Anh Do’s inspirational story about his family’s incredible escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children.

Giant waves crashed down on our little boat. I was terrified but my mum hugged me tight and told me, ‘Everything will be okay. Don’t worry, it will be okay.’

Anh Do nearly didn’t make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. It was a dangerous journey, with murderous pirates and terrifying storms, but they managed to survive. Life in suburban Australia was also hard for a small boy with no English and funny lunches. But there was a loving extended family, lots of friends, and always something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. And eventually for a young Anh, who tried hard to see the bright side of life no matter what the difficulty, there was triumph.

The students were riveted to this compelling tale and spoke of the family’s victories in times of trouble as their favourite parts of the story.  We will be continuing our work with this book next week.



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No Bears by Meg McKinlay

Ruby is in charge of this book. She’ll tell you something right now. There are NO BEARS in it. Not even one. Ruby wants to tell you a story, a story with absolutely no bears. You need pretty things like fairies and princesses and castles. And maybe funny things and exciting things – but definitely NO BEARS!

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Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett







Nicholas is ready for bed but his cat refuses to come down from the roof, even when he climbs up the ladder!  In bed that night Nicholas falls asleep worrying about the creepy crawlies outside – is cat afraid out there on her own?

After reading this contender for Children’s Book of the Year the students used black paper to create silhouettes of things that go bump in the night.



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The Runaway Hug

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Samone Robertson

Today we read our first shortlisted book for 2012 Book of the Year.  The Runaway Hug is in the Early Childhood category and is written by Nick Bland.  It is about a little girl called Lucy who wants a hug from her Mum before going to bed.  The problem is that Mummy only has one hug left.  Lucy and Mummy agree that Lucy will just borrow the hug and she promises to give it back.  Off she goes to share the hug with everyone in her family.  Along the way it becomes softer, sleepier, bigger, even peanut-buttery.  But when the hug runs away, Lucy discovers that it may not be so easy to get it back.  I loved this book (I’ll definately be voting for it!).  I especially loved the illustrations which depict beautifully all the messy, wonderful, lovingness that is family.  After sharing this book we talked about how important  hugs are and how special they can make us feel.  We then made our very own ‘Book of Hugs’  containing  ‘hug vouchers’ meant specifically for the members of our family.  There’ll be a lot of hugs being shared in our Oatlands community tonight!

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Welcome Back

From our Year One Info Lit Blog,

Posted by Samone Robertson

Welcome back everyone.  We are really excited about term three and can’t wait to share all of the wonderful activities we have planned with you.  This term we will be focusing on some of the Early Childhood and Picture books that have been shortlisted for Book of the Year 2012.  The shortlist was announced on April 3rd and the winners will be announced on Friday 17th August.  Before the official winner is announced we will have our very own voting system where we get to choose the book that we think deserves to win.  It is always very interesting to see if our winning book is the same as the Children’s Book Council winner.  The announcement of the winning title will be made before Children’s Book Week which runs from Saturday 18th – Friday 24th August.  The theme for Book Week this year is “Champions Read”. For more information on the awards and book week you can visit http://cbca.org.au/awards.htm.


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