A weekly article about an element of teaching or the curriculum.

Grade 1 ,Grade 2 ,Kindergarten / Pre-School

This is Anette Holly’s first book and is the factual story of Rosie Attard one of the patients she has helped rehabilitate after an accident. Activities for this book include a find-a-word, cross-word, maze, make a numberplate, decorate a wheelchair and spot the difference activity.

Grade 1 ,Grade 2 ,Grade 3

Shortlisted for the CBCA 2020 Eve Pownall Award this is an educational book about a day on the Yarra River. Activities include decorating an eagle, matching Woirurrung to English words, a find-a-word, handwriting and drawing pictures for Woirurrung words with their English translation.

Grade 1 ,Grade 2 ,Grade 3

Trouble in the Surf is a 2020 Notable Eve Pownall book about 2 boys and the beginning of SurfLife Saving Australia. Activities for this book include understanding surf terms, a maze, a find-a-word, differences between the past and now and a surf safety poster.

Grade 1 ,Grade 2 ,Kindergarten / Pre-School

Bertie is just like a lot of other young boys who learn by copying but he is copying the wrong things. Activities include a maze, hand washing flow chart, blow your nose poster, rhyming words, match words to their shape, information on bugs and interactive memory card and maze games.

Grade 1 ,Grade 2 ,Grade 3

A CBCA 2020 Notable Picture Book of the Year Liarbird is a humorous story about the need to tell the truth – most of the time. Activities include how to draw a lyre bird, a code breaker, an honesty is the best policy poster, a fable story as a story starter and a colour by number.

Grade 3 ,Grade 4 ,Grade 5

This CBCA 2020 Eve Pownall Award Short Listed Book is a collection of newspaper extracts and illustrations to bring to life what may well be an Australian Yowie. Activities include drawing a Yowie, mapping sightings, researching further, persuasive writing as to why Yahoos do or do not exist, craft to create a Yahoo and ordering levels of extinction.

Grade 1 ,Grade 2 ,Grade 3

A 2020 CBCA Notable Book for Early Childhood about boisterous alpacas breaking the rules. Activities for this book include making and matching rhyming words, a match the word shape activity, a memory game, designing funny caps, writing up rules and drawing an alpaca.

Grade 4 ,Grade 5 ,Grade 6

A 2020 CBCA Shortlisted Book this is an adaptation of Dark Emu and portrays the Aboriginal people as farmers, aquaculturalists and community minded rather than the nomadic hunter and gatherers we have been told they were. Activities include persuasive writing and an art activity to build a traditional Aboriginal home.