Sunday, August 25, 2013

Posters, posters & more free posters.

When Harper Collins released this beautiful poster last week I just had to go exploring the rest of their treasures. 
Harper Collins also have an entertaining KIDS section with a Book Finder, Authors & Illustrators, Games & Contests tabs.
Also available is a helpful Parents Section to share suggestions from pre-school on.
There are so many teaching & reading guides ,under the Teaching Resources tab, available on a wide range of kids books.
If you are looking for award winning books , new releases, information, including websites, audio & interviews, on various authors and illustrators you will be pleased.
I would love to see some more great posters in the future.
If you are looking for some more posters for displays check out these.They were all designed in Adobe PhotoShop CS5. (The blog formerly known as :)

A range of posters are also available at Mrs. Lion's Teacher Resources.

Maybe you would like some free technology posters for your classroom. 
I love the last one of the eight posters the most,  as it provides a clear guide to getting better search results.

You will find a variety of posters that I have pinned at on Pinterest.

Then there are these gorgeous posters- Decorate your walls with downloadable posters by author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. These free, full-colour posters are based on the themes in The North Star book - aimed at encouraging life-long learningdiversity appreciationcreative thinkingpositive school communities, and more!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

BOOKWEEK sites & sounds to support learning!

The Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) organises BOOKWEEK- 

Book Week is the longest running children's festival in Australia, celebrating its 68th birthday in 2013.

The CBCA states: "Each year, many schools and public libraries from all over Australia spend a week celebrating books and Australian authors and illustrators. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians develop activities, offer competitions and tell stories relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading." 
The theme in 2013 is... Read across the universe.

There are plenty of great ideas to select from on the Read across the universe page of the Bookweek wiki.

Barbara Braxton has established a wiki particularly to support new TLs. It is a collaborative wiki which contains ideas from various teachers and TLs.

"This wiki has been established to support new primary school teacher librarians who are implementing Children's Book Week in their schools for the first time. Australia's experienced teacher librarians are invited to share their experience and expertise in areas such as
  • promotion and celebration
  • logistics and organisation
  • creating displays
  • activities for the shortlisted books suitable for primary
  • activities to support the theme of Read Across the Universe
  • linking the celebrations to literacy, literature, information literacy and other curriculum outcomes
  • author visits
  • integrating ICT"

DON"T MISS: The Book Chook's Collection of resources and ideas for BOOKWEEK. The Book Chook came up with an activity booklet that involves kids in thinking creatively and responding to the theme of Read across the Universe. It is available for download at her website. 
The Book Chook was asked by the Children's Book Council's Anticipate Appreciate Applaud Sub Committee (NSW) to create a presentation for librarians. 

To accompany her presentation, she made a booklet which you can download for free at her website too.  Inside the booklet, you'll find ideas from her about celebrating Children's Book Week with not just books, but lots of web resources too. 

Interactive Activities Galore @  Mrs B's Interactive Literacy and  Mrs B's 2013 Shortlist Activities

Let's SING 
Narelle Adams has recorded the song "Reading Across the Universe" 
Screenshot of Narelle Adams from Narelle Adams Edutainer Weebly 

Looking for more songs? There are a number of Space Songs available at 
Space Songs, Music and Space

Children's Bookweek  from Lyn Campbell Epping Public School has many valuable resources to support teaching and learning activities during Bookweek.

Are you looking for Book Week Merchandise?

The CBCA produces a range of promotional items, including stickers for publishers to place on winning and honour books, and support materials for teachers, teacher librarians and public librarians. The range is always changing and developing. 

and the WINNERS are............NOT long to go now!!!!

The winners will be announced on Friday August 16, 2013 
(unless you live in SA but that is another story)