It's a Miroocool! by Christine Harris
Audrey lives in the outback, so when she loses her first tooth she's worried the tooth fairy will never find her. How will she let the tooth fairy know where she lives... and what will the tooth fairy leave her?
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Answer flash card questions here. Find out about your teeth and play some "toothy games" here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
With Nan by Tania Cox
When Simon goes on an afternoon walk with Nan, they discover many interesting animals camouflaged in the bush.
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy
"With Nan" activities by the author, Tania Cox here. Check out animal camouflage here. Play "I Spy" here. Colour in a butterfly here & solve jigsaw puzzle.
The Pros & Cons of Being a Frog by Sue deGennaro
Finding the right animal wasn't easy. It was Camille who gave me the idea of being a frog! A story about true friends and how to keep them.
Video How Sue deGennaro gets her ideas SLVic
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy "The Pros and Cons of Being a Frog" questions here. Explore the story of 8 here, here and here. Make the frogs jump here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
Too Many Elephants in This House by Ursula Dudosarsky
In Eric's house there are too many elephants - in the living room, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, even in his bedroom!
The elephants take up a lot of space, but Eric loves every one of them. So when his mum says they have to go, Eric comes up with a clever solution to a very BIG problem...
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Look inside the book here. Eric's elephants are always helpful. Check out some other helpful animals here. Match the elephant jokes with their punch lines here. Label an elephant here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
For Teacher's Notes, download the pdf.
Peggy by Anna Walker
This is the story of a brave chicken on a big adventure....
Peggy lives in a small house in a quiet street. One blustery day a big gust of wind sweeps down and scoops up leaves, twigs and ... Peggy!
The wind blows Peggy into the city, where she discovers strange new things, but how will she find her way back home?
Sep 04 Book Launch and Review: Peggy by Anna Walker
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy See how Anna Walker created "Peggy" here Try some labelling and reading here Colour in a chicken here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen
It's the first day of school and all the children have a special backpack, except one - she has a terrible suitcase.The Terrible Suitcase is a story about acceptance, making friends, new experiences and about how imagination can make magic out of anything. Teacher Notes
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Check out the cloze passage here Learn some space vocabulary here Create a colourful backpack here and try the jigsaw.
Tanglewood by Margaret Wild
Tanglewood lives on an island far away visited only by the wind. One day a bird shelters from the storm among its branches and a precious bond is formed. But Seagull belongs to the sky and, too soon, must leave. Will she ever return?
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Tanglewood flash cards here. Island Adventure here. Deserted island colouring here and jigsaw.
Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester
I'm going to Antarctica and I can't wait!
Sophie Scott is only nine years old, but she is going to Antarctica on an icebreaker with her dad, the ship's captain. During the voyage to Mawson Station and back, Sophie keeps a diary. She sees icebergs, penguins, seals and whales. She makes new friends, wonders at the southern lights and even becomes stranded in a blizzard!
About Alison Lester
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Familiarize yourself with icebreaking ships here . Complete "Sophie Scott" crossword puzzle here. Try the following "Discovering Antarctica" activities: Wilderness Challenge Food From the Freezer Spot the Difference & What to Wear. Solve the jigsaw.
Lightning Jack by Glenda Millard
Sam Tully eyed the brumbies at the muster in the park and among them as they galloped he saw one that stood apart... a stallion, black as midnight, on his brow a jagged blaze. A gallant horse, a midnight horse, a horse called Lightning Jack.
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Learn about some of the poetry techniques used in Lightning Jack here & match rhyming lines here. Check out Sam's riding gear here. Colour a carousel horse and rider here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
For Teacher's Notes download the file below.
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
This a tale about a big city. It's a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeze. It's a tale of singing on rooftops and toffees that stick to your teeth. But most of all, it's the tale of Herman and Rosie.
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Look inside Herman and Rosie here. Take a New York Quiz here. Label some famous New York buildings here. Colour in a cityscape here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
The Coat by Julie Hunt
A high flying tale of a man, a magical coat and the musical performance of a lifetime.
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Preview "The Coat" here and then try the cloze passage here. Match the coat with its wearer here. Identify some coats here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
A Day to Remember - the Story of Anzac Day by Jackie French
This books traces the history of Anzac Day through the last century. From those who first stood in silence at dawn, and wore rosemary or poppies for remembrance, to children of today who wear their grandparents medals, an ever-increasing number in Australia, New Zealand, and around the world pause to remember the first Anzacs landing at Gallipoli.
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Read an excerpt here. Sort out when the wars happened here. Learn some challenging words here - you will need them here. Check your WWII ANZAC gear here. Identify some ANZAC heroes here and solve the jigsaw.
Tom the Outback Mailman by Kristin Weidenbach
Big Tom Kruse was a real Australian hero. He'd pile his truck high with bags of mail, furniture, and passengers, and would drive back and forth, across the outback, come rain or shine.
About Kristin Weidenbach
Meet the real Tom Kruse - Outback Mailman
Python by Christopher Cheng and Mark Jackson
It's morning in the bush. Python stirs and slithers out from her shelter. She warms her head and smells the air with her forked tongue. Python is a beautiful snake, but also dangerous - and she is looking for a meal.
About Christopher Cheng
About Mark Jackson
Topsy-Turvy World (How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers) by Kirsty Murray
Take a closer look at Australia's 'strangest' animals. Kiraty Murray explains some of the mistakes the Europeans made when they first tried to identify Australian animals and explores some of the myths that still remain.
About Kirsty Murray
A True Story Lyrebird! by Jackie Kerin
When Edith met a cheeky young lyrebird on her garden path, she could not guess thathe would one day be known as 'A Miracle of the Dandenongs'.
About Jackie Kerin
The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk by Glenda Millard
Everyone knows that Saffron Silk has a talent for pretending to be someone else... But when the firebirds rage inside her head, and it hurts even to breath, Saffron barely has the energy to be herself.
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Read some of "The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk" here. Then try the cloze passage here, the crossword puzzle here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
After by Morris Gleitzman
After the Nazis took my parents I was scared. After they killed my best friend I was angry. After they ruined my thirteenth birthday, I was determined to go the forest to join forces with Gabriek and Juli - to be a family - to defeat the Nazis after all.
Read a chapter one online
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Complete cloze passage here. Learn about the Holocaust here & try the jigsaw.
Pennies for Hitler by Jackie French
It's 1939, and for Georg, son of an English academic living in Germany, life is full of cream cakes and loving parents. It is also a time when his teacher measures the pupils' heads to see which of them have the most 'Aryan'- shaped heads. Georg is smuggled out of Germany and across ememy seas to Australia. He must forget his past to survive. Hatred is contagious, but kindness can be too.
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Read the first chapters (and much more) here and complete cloze passage here. Learn about World War 2 here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
Other Brother by Simon French
Kieran wants to be part of the in-group at school. He wants to be on the football team. He wants to fit in. But then his cousin Bon turns up. Bon doesn’t know anything about fitting in – he looks different, he wears the wrong clothes, and he says weird things. Kieran just wants to ignore Bon, but soon he is forced to make a choice. Which is more important – being popular, or doing the right thing?
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Download and read the first chapter of "Older Brother" here & then complete the cloze passage here. Try the crossword here and solve the jigsaw puzzle.
Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick
When Ms Arthur writes two words on the board –‘Pookie Aleera’–her Year 6 class let their imaginations go wild. They soon concoct a range of quirky definitions, not the least of which predicts that Pookie Aleera is their teacher’s boyfriend. This is a humorous verse novel that follows the thoughts and daily lives of some of her students in their country town. About Steven Herrick
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Try the Pookie Aleera is not my Boyfriend crossword here, cloze passage here, matching exercise here and jigsaw puzzle below.
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
Three children have been sent to live in the countryside, safe from the war (WWII) in London. When they find two boys hiding in a castle, the past and future come together to make an extraordinary adventure.
About Sonya Hartnett
Mrs B's Interactive Literacy Watch or listen to an interview with Sonya Hartnett here Read an extract here & compete the cloze passage here Find out about the Blitz here, the princes in the tower here and try the jigsaw.