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Time to read

Christmas greetings to you all. The characters in my christmas card are Sad the Dog (from Sandy Fussell’s Sad the Dog) and Reindeer (from Ursula Dubosarsky’s Reindeer’s Christmas Surprise). Both books are very popular with young children. Have you...

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Books that make an impact

Two books my Kindy class have enjoyed recently are: I Spy with my little Eye by Edward Gibbs. This book gives children the chance to guess which animal is on the other side of the spyglass. They get a hint because they can see part of it. It doesn’t seem to matter...

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The Sydney Story Factory

Catherine Keenan, the executive director of the Sydney Story Factory and the 2016 Australian of the year Local Hero, is our guest blogger today.  Welcome Cath and congratulations on your well deserved award.   In the nearly four years since the Sydney Story...

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Children’s learning patterns

Children’s learning patterns can seem quite mysterious to an adult. The meanings they take from stories, for example, can be different from the meanings we think they take. In an earlier post I described how children need quite some time to work out what is real...

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Websites about children and books

Websites for you to browse Here’s an outline of a few useful sites to help you find advice about children, reading and books on the web. Most sites have some commercial base so you need to read with discrimination – but then that is true of anything you read,...

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How young children see the world

Young children take time to learn whether things are living or non-living, real or pretend. In their world these categories are not yet well defined. It may make for a world that has more exciting, even magical, possibilities but it may also at times be more...

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Choosing a book for young children

I was asked this week if I had written any books that would suit a two and a half year old Canadian boy with a Dutch mum and Afrikaans dad. I do have a book in production (as they say!) that might suit his age group, but in fact there is nothing of mine, at the moment, that I could recommend.

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Reading to young children

I read picture books at a local kindergarten once a week. I love to do this and wonder why I didn’t begin years ago.

It is such a pleasure. Children love stories and love being read to. Seeing their keen, eager faces waiting to see what I’ve chosen to read to them is very encouraging. Their responses are enthusiastic and immediate – intense concentration, loud laughter, impulsive comments.

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Read thyself

Who first said ‘Know thyself’? A friend and I were trying to remember this the other day. Shakespeare maybe? Aristotle?  I looked it up online when I got home and learned it was Socrates, or at least Socrates’ words as reported by Plato .   As I...

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