Which book character would Mr Mort be???

This week we welcome our new Assistant Principal for Early Stage 1 to the Library 20170228_140807-2Blog! Thanks Mr Mort for sharing your favourite books with us!

Favourite book growing up

I remember my Year 4 teacher reading a book called “Hunting of Shadroth” by Victor Kelleher. It got me hooked, I still enjoy reading books of adventure.

Favourite books at the moment

I enjoyed Graeme Base books like “Animalia” growing up. I now find his books great to use in the classroom. Books like “Little Elephants” and “The Legend of the Golden Snail” are engaging with fantastic pictures and language to provide stimulus for children’s writing.

If you were a book character, who would you be?

Papa Bear. The most porridge, the biggest chair and the largest bed.

Tips for parents

Reading doesn’t always have to be a test. Hook kids in by telling them about the story before reading, the characters and plot. This way they can enjoy their reading and look forward to the twist, the action or the funny parts.


What book is Mrs Jardine reading to her daughters???


This week we interviewed our Stage 2 Assistant Principal – Mrs Jardine!

What was your favourite book as a child?

I was a big Enid Blyton fan as a kid. I loved reading and wasn’t often too picky – as long as there was a book in my hands – I was happy!



What is  your favouite current children’s book?

I really enjoy reading Ruby Red Shoes by Kate Knapp with my daughters. (This series is available in the school library).

If you were a book character, who would you be?

Mrs Weasley!

What is your one tip for parents?

Share books every day with your children – read to them, listen to them, read with them!

Book Review – The Unforgettable What’s His Name, by Paul Jennings

unforgettable-whats-his-nameThis book is BRILLIANT! Paul Jennings has written another fast paced and funny chapter book that will appeal to boys and girls in Years 2-6.

At school, “What’s His Name” is used to being alone and prefers not be seen. However, one day when feeling scared, he discovers that he really can blend into his surroundings in way he had never imagined.

We follow along on the journey as he attempts to evade a group of bikies, return escaped monkeys to the zoo, and eventually learn to control and use his extraordinary ability. The book gains momentum as the story develops and has a very satisfying ending.

Full page colour illustrations interspersed throughout the book add a visual dimension for readers who are challenged to try to find What’s His Name.

This book depicts anxiety in an original way and we learn how What’s His Name learns to cope in situations where he feels afraid. You’ll need to read the book yourself to discover What’s His Name’s real name!

This would be a great book to read with your child to discuss the topic and search the illustrations together.

The Unforgettable What’s His Name is available in the school library, public libraries and bookshops.

by Catherine Whittaker

Book Review – Good Night Yoga

Good Night Yoga, by Mariam Gatesgoodnightyoga

Good Night Yoga is a delightful bedtime book which helps kids end the day in a “calming, mindful way”. Each page beautifully describes a new pose to guide readers through a gentle wind down routine.

This book would be well received by kids in Kindy to Year 2, and may help relax those still buzzing from the big day at school.

Here is a link to a soothing reading of the book:

This book is available from local libraries, bookshops and online.

by Catherine Whittaker

Teacher Interview – Mrs Marsh

Our first teacher interview for the year is with Mrs Marsh.  Not only did Mrs Marsh eagerly share her favourite children’s books and tips for reading with kids, but also read aloud to a group of students!

What was your favourite book as a child?zoo_cover

“Put me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire. When I grew up we didn’t have lots of books – I saved up and bought the book for $1.25 from Kmart, and I still have it!



What is your favourite current children’s book?

The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch.

If you were a book character, who would you be?

I admire Elizabeth from The Paper Bag Princess – she breaks with tradition in a nice way.


What are your tips for parents? 

Make the experience fun for kids. Read a variety of books and animate the story – use voices. Talk with your child about the book and why you like it.


Here is Mrs Marsh reading her copy of “Put me in the Zoo” to some very happy Year 2 students!

Book Review: Mechanica

Mechanica: a Beginners Field Guide, by Lance Balchin


“Welcome to future Earth”. Due to humankind’s exploitation of resources and increasing pollution, Earth has become uninhabitable for wildlife. Plants and animals are now extinct and humans have created replacement robotic species which look and behave like the lost species. But then what happens???

The book commences with a brief history and then features a double page spread of details and statistics for each ‘Mechanica’.

Mechanica is an original and engaging guide to these creatures of the future. The book is in large picture book format, and aimed at older primary school children.

Check out the amazing book trailer – you’ll be hooked to find out more!

“Mechanica” is available in the school library, public libraries, and bookshops.

by Catherine Whittaker

Book Review: Molly and Mae

Molly and Mae, written by Danny Parker and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

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I must admit that I pick up any book illustrated by Freya Blackwood! Not only are Freya’s drawings instantly recognisable, they are beautiful and always match perfectly with meaningful stories.

Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood also paired up for “Perfect” which was an Honour Book in last year’s CBCA Book Awards.

Molly and Mae is another picture book that has a theme that children of many ages will relate to. Through the imagery of a train trip, the author depicts the ups and downs of friendship.

This book is available at the school library, local public libraries and bookshops.

by Catherine Whittaker