Literature Links

Last updated 7 October 2021.
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This section presents ideas, strategies and resources to support teacher-librarians, teachers and parents in contributing to the development of literacy skills and a lifelong love of literature.

StoryKids Podcast
StoryKids x ALNF is an innovative storytelling podcast responding to the changing needs of Australian children in an uncertain world. They place kids at the forefront of the creative process and elevate their narratives to high art with the assistance of world class adult actors, musicians and sound designers. The hosts interview children about their storytelling so that listeners feel empowered to employ similar techniques and concepts in their own creative work. Tim Minchin, Adam Goodes, Yumi Stynes, Julia Zemiro, Benjamin Law and David Campbell are just some of the Australian stars lending their talents to this wonderful project. At 10 minutes per episode, StoryKids x ALNF is perfect snackable digital content. 

In partnership with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (a national charity committed to bringing literacy to all), StoryKids is available as a free resource for all children on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. They have a particular focus on amplifying the voices of Indigenous, Asylum Seeking, Rural and Neurodiverse children. 

Their website ( also hosts a series of resources for each episode of the podcast - to scaffold children's understanding of different storytelling concepts and methods. The website also contains details on how to submit a story for the podcast. 

The Book Chook
The Book Chook blog shares snippets I discover from the wonderful world and words of kids’ literacy, learning and literature. I'm passionate about helping kids read, write and create, and love to create, find and share useful educational resources with parents, teachers and librarians.

Get book recommendations, reading tips, and seasonal inspirations.

Children’s Books Daily: creating lifelong readers
This a place where those who treasure children’s books and reading with children, can be a part of a community. This space includes reviews, choosing quality children's books, reading activities, themed collections to name and much more.

Kids' Book Review
Kids' Book Review is a 100% voluntary children’s literature and book review site that supports and features authors, illustrators and publishers Australia-wide and internationally.

Project Gutenberg
This is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. 

How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to offer Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read!, a resource for parents & educators about the learning benefits of comics.

50 DIY Reading Challenges
Laura Sackton is a lifelong reader, writer, and lover of made up worlds presents 50 challenges which range from the serious to the ridiculous. These ideas are jumping off points. Laura's hope is that you find something here that excites you, and run with it.

Promoting the Premier’s Reading Challenge – adapt ideas for any Premier, any year!
This site presents many different approaches to the Premier's Reading Challenge across a wide range of Saouth Australian schools.

One More Page is a podcast for lovers of kids’ books.
We interview a wide range of people connected with children’s books: authors and illustrators, book bloggers, book sellers and publishing professionals.

Can children benefit from reading during the holidays?
Parents need specific suggestions about how to cultivate a literacy program at home. They also need to be supported in their attempts to do so. This iste provides specific tips for helping children to read outside school hours.

Read aloud with kids of all ages every day.
One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. 

Development Bibliotherapy
Using fiction to help teens navigate adolescence. Young Adult literature which portrays mental illness realistically, with positive outcomes, and which introduces readers to the unreliable or fallible narrator and encourages them to see the world through different eyes.

Literature Map of Britain

Fake Britain: a map of fictional locations in England, Scotland and Wales.

A different map of Britain identifying fictional locations from film, TV, literature and other sources.

Have fun with BookFace
Bookface involves strategically lining up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art.
Examples: The Librairie Library, Bordeaux | Our Lady of Dolours, Mitchelton

[Design Technology]

Secondary English: creating book trailers
Exposing students to a range of books and authors and helping them to create their own texts has provided the perfect opportunity for educators at St Aloysius College to teach them about digital copyright and the proper use of online resources. TL Carol Grantham presents creating book trailers and assisting students to be copyright savvy with Creative Commons.

[Digital Technology]

A Literacy-Based Strategy to help teachers integrate science skills.
Researchers at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach partnered with teachers to design a program they call Novel Engineering, which plays on the literary strengths of elementary school teachers to help them explore hands-on science-oriented activities in their classrooms. Teachers pick a book with tension in it to read, but stop halfway to ask students to generate a list of problems the character is facing. Then students split off into pairs to design, prototype, test and iterate on solutions to their chosen problem.

[Science | Technology | Mathematics]

Try New Things and Make Them Fun
Lessons learned from Book Week by Elaine Fong.

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