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Winner of the 2016 Aspiring Writers Mentorship Program Announced

November 16, 2016


Bring Theatre to life in your classroom with an Usborne Slot Together Theatre

November 16, 2016


Press out the pieces and slot them together to create a stunning model theatre. Includes scenery and characters for performances of The Nutcracker and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a QR link to download specially recorded music. There’s also a book with instructions for building the theatre, and stage directions for the shows.

I have a Usborne Slot Together Theatre

for a lucky school plus

Usborne Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare and The Usborne Complete Shakespeare

To win this wonderful prize please tell us  how your students would use this resource

Entries Close FRIDAY 25 November

send response to

The Selwood Boys

November 8, 2016

HarperCollins announce major new children’s series starring
AFL heroes and
brothers Troy, Adam, Joel and Scott Selwood for ages 7-12

Just in time for Christmas comes the new must-have series for sports-mad kids!

Like so many Australian kids, the Selwood brothers grew up playing footy. On having their childhood escapades transformed into exciting novels, the Selwoods say, ‘We are so excited to see our childhood come to life in this junior fiction series that will hopefully inspire more Aussie children to read books’.



Having worked closely with the Selwoods to develop Australia’s next big junior fiction series, Wilson says, ‘The Selwood boys are as good at storytelling as they are at finding the footy. When we spent time together, they painted a vivid picture of a fun and sport-filled childhood in Bendigo, Victoria. They shared their pranks, their games, their ambitions and their sibling rivalries.

The third and fourth books will follow in March 2017. HarperCollins Children’s Books aims to inspire and nurture a lifelong love of reading by publishing the best books for children of all ages. One of the leading publishers of children’s books, it is recognised for nurturing new talent as well as boasting a reputable list of established best-selling authors. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins Children’s Books Australia is home to many of the biggest names in children’s literature past and present, including May Gibbs, Norman Lindsay, Ruth Park, C.S. Lewis, Dr. Seuss, David Walliams, Jackie French, Veronica Roth and John Green.

I have  copies plus posters for  10 lucky schools…send me an email telling me why this book would be popular in your library

entries close Friday 11 November

Usborne books for your classroom

October 31, 2016

HarperCollins and Usborne Books are hosting a Early Reading Focus Group on

Wednesday 2 November

from 4.30pm -6pm

Level 13, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

refreshments will be provided

We would like to hear from teachers, teacher librarians, literacy specialist

attendees  will receive a gorgeous selection of Usborne and HarperCollins titles

plus an opportunity to WIN

a full set of Very First Reading Titles 

contact me for more details  or 0459783200


‘Girl in Pieces’ by Kathleen Glasgow review copies available for secondary teachers

October 31, 2016

girl-in-pieces‘Girl in Pieces’ by Kathleen Glasgow

A deeply moving portrait of pain and survival.

A Girl, Interrupted for a new generation.

A New York Times bestseller.

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At eighteen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget it. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep and the pain washes out the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the bridge. Your best friend who is gone forever. Or your mother who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen to find your way back from the edge

A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

‘Girl in Pieces’ is the debut contemporary young adult novel by American author, Kathleen Glasgow.


If you would like a review  copy for your classroom please email me at



Stretch you Imagination with Matt Stanton Video Conference

October 31, 2016

Think Imaginatively and Creatively (ENE-10C)

Best selling author  and illustrator Matt Stanton recently held am interactive, engaging and funny video conference thanks to Electroboard.

Parramatta  and James Erskine  public school students were led through a story about imagination  and worked with the students to create their own character.

For more video Conferences by HarperCollins visit our Video Conference site

For Matt Stanton’s YouTube drawing tutorials visit


Congratulations to Alexa from PLC ,Vic who is the winner of the

 Wormwood Mire signed book and print.

this is her winning line…..

“As Stella sat on the chair reading ‘Reptiles through the Ages’, she wondered when she would visit her grandfather the herpetologist at the British Museum of Natural History because she had an exciting plan for an adventure and needed his expertise .”

runners up are Alison and Olivia also from PLC , Anne Wood from Colo Vale Public School and Alsion Hay from Yarra Hills Secondary College.

Register here for the Cautionary Tales Video Conference with Judith Rossell

Hear Judith Rossell talk Cautionary Tales

October 14, 2016

Register Here 

Cautionary Tales for Children – Chapter Study
Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell

Date: Wednesday 16 November

Time: 11:00am – 12pm

Target audience: Years 4-6


Wormwood Mire the sequel to Withering by sea has many cautionary tales throughout, we discuss what cautionary tales are with the students.

Stella was reading the book, A Garden of Lilies, Improving Tales for Young Minds by Prudence A Goodchild which is full of cautionary tales, for example,
Greedy children always tend
to meet with a disastrous end.

What is the structure of the cautionary messages? What might be a modern day cautionary message? Perhaps,
Lazy children often find,
they meet with outcomes most unkind.

Students write their own cautionary message, and then encourages to write the accompanying story

Curriculum Links

Year 4 English
ACELT1602 Literature and Context
ACELT1603 ACELT1604 Responding to Literature
ACELT1605 Examining Literature
ACELT1794 Creating Literature
ACELY1690 ACELY1692 Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell

October 12, 2016



HarperCollins is giving away a

signed print,book and poster

of the much anticipated Wormwood Mire by Judith Rossell to a lucky school.

    5 runners up will receive a signed book and everyone who enters will get a gorgeous poster to decorate your library or classroom.

Please email me a  by Monday 17 October and finish this sentence to go into the draw.

 As Stella sat on the chair reading……………………………………………

send  entries to

Downloadable Teachers Notes Available

Read a review by here  Barbara Branxton 

Virtual Author Events Term 4 2016

October 12, 2016


Dr Seuss BINGO! Games to giveaway

September 7, 2016

 To celebrate these bright new Dr Seuss cover designs  with much needed guidance on reading levels  HarperCollins have these Bingo Packs to Give away.  Each pack contains

5 Bingo Boards

1 set of 26 Bingo Cards

1 x 2 Sticker Sheets

1 Certificate Pad

3 x A3 Posters



email me at for your free copy.

Offer closes 16 September