Students in Kinder to Year 2 will love the new take on our traditional Book Week Play. This year we’ve made it easy for you! Taking the Book Week theme ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ and five of our favourite short-listed titles, we’ve developed a series of four, ten minute online segments. Using drama and puppetry, your students will see the books come alive as a Live stream on our Facebook page, dates and times listed below. We'll also include further teaching ideas and links to make ‘looking deeper’ super easy.
Each episode is introduced by creatures from 'The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals' by Sami Bayly:
Monday 19 October, 11.30am 'Three' by Stephen Michael King (10 minutes)
Tuesday 20 October, 11.30am 'I need a parrot' by Chris McKimmie with 'We’re stuck' by Sue deGennaro (20 minutes)
Can’t make it live? We have permission from the publishers to retain 'I need a parrot' and 'Searching for Cicadas' on our website until the end of Term 4 (Friday 18 December 2020). Watch them below:
One, two, three...Every day was a hop and a skip for Three. He was happy to walk from here to there, wherever his nose led, or wherever his legs took him...all the way to new friends.
Author/Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
The illustrator at work: watch Stephen Michael King drawing the illustrations for Bella’s Bad Hair Day.
Exploring 'Three': where did the idea for this story come from? Find out more.
Extension activities created by Learn from Play. Enjoy a maze, handwriting for young children, number matching, word shape matching, simple graphing and identifying favourite things.
'Three' and friends board game: this fabulous board game has been created by Stephen Michael King. Three and his friends are on an excursion to the park, help them navigate all the hurdles in their way.
'I need a parrot': but what does a parrot need? A book about wanting and needing; what a child wants and what a wild bird needs.
Author/illustrator: Chris McKimmie
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
The illustrator at work: Using collage in 'Creating Me'.
Exploring 'I need a parrot': teaching notes for K-2 generously supplied by the publisher, Ford Street Publishing.
'We’re Stuck': When Turtle races into the lift of Building 24, there is a nod and a blink and a step to the side. A grunt and a sigh and a lean to the right. But what happens when the lift stops moving? Crocodile has a meeting to get to. And Giraffe has a doctor’s appointment. And Turtle really, really needs to get to the shop.
Author/Illustrator: Sue deGennaro
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
The author at work: Generating ideas for 'We’re Stuck'. Sue DeGennaro shares her favourite page from 'We’re Stuck'.
Exploring 'We’re Stuck': K-2 teaching notes. Written by Pegi Williams, kindly supplied by Scholastic Australia.
'Searching for Cicadas':in the summertime, Grandpa and I go cicada-watching. We put our camping gear into my wagon and walk down to the local reserve. Last year we saw five Green Grocers, three Yellow Mondays and one Floury Baker. Can we find the rare Black Prince this year?
Author: Lesley Gibbes Illustrator: Judy Watson
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Hear Lesley Gibbes talking about 'Searching for Cicadas'.
The illustrator at work: creating the leaf endpapers, includes leaf collage art activity.
Exploring 'Searching for Cicadas': K-2 teaching notes, kindly supplied by Walker Books.
'The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals': enter the fascinating hidden world of the animal kingdom's most unusual and beauty-challenged species. Explore more than sixty animals in this compendium of the unusual that celebrates the beauty in 'ugliness' and features detailed illustrations and facts about the thorniest species in the animal kingdom.
Author/Illustrator: Sami Bayly
Publisher: Hachette Australia
The author talking about her inspiration for the book and some of her favourite facts
The illustrator at work: Illustrating 'Ugly Animals', painting the Brush Turkey
Exploring 'The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals': stage 3 teaching notes kindly supplied by Hachette.