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Resources for Learning - Years 4-7

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 AUSTRALIAN AUTHORS in our library  
bullet Online reading for Durack Dragons
bullet Deltora - a land of magic and monsters - the official site of Emily Rodda's great series of books. Info on the author, illustrator and characters - and games too!
bullet Goosebumps : If you're not too scared you can investigate this popular series
bullet Selby
bullet Tashi
bullet The Online Adventures of Captain Underpants
bullet Harry Potter Special entrances in this site for Witches & Wizards, and for Muggles
bullet The Floods
bullet MysteryNets Kid's Mysteries - Mysteries to solve, plus puzzles and games
bullet The Peetnik Mysteries
bullet The 39 Clues
bullet The Never Ending Story - is a choose-your-own-path adventure story- like you might read in a book. But you can add to the tale where ever you like. Whatever you or someone else adds will become part of the tale, anything you can think of. So it's also a game.
bullet Survive Dicken's London - The streets of Victorian London are DANGEROUS.  Can you survive and find your way to Dicken's hideaway in Rochester?
bullet Cool School - Click on "Books" or roam on  John Marsden's home page to find Cool School .
bullet Cricket Magazine : New stories and activities every month
bullet StoryPlace : the Children's Digital Library - Try the Elementary Library or the Book Zone
bullet Giggle Poetry : #1 site for fun poetry
bullet YARA - Young Australian Readers' Awards - the first national, online students choice award in Australia. Read students' reviews of the latest titles from the best Australian authors, read the books for yourself and then, 
in October, vote for your favourite
bullet DMag - Aussie kids magazine.  Read the paper  version in our library, the online version her
bullet Treasure Island

What to Read Next

bullet Booklists (for young Australians) - heaps of lists of books to help you choose your next "good read "
bullet Kid's Book Zone - Fiction Favourites - some good recommendations grouped by genre.  OR...Check the Good Reads 4 Girls and Best Books 4 Boys
bullet The Book Hive
bullet Reading Matters Bookchooser - Find the perfect book with this online tool.  If we don't have the book, our public library may have it.

Audio Books
bullet Kids' Corner - Real Audio files of some classic children's stories
bullet BookPALS Storyline Online videos of actors reading children's books - activities and lesson plans too.

bullet Jeannie Baker
bullet Duncan Ball
bullet Tristan Bancks
bullet Di Bates
bullet Janeen Brian
bullet Margaret Clark
bullet Mike Dumbleton
bullet Hazel Edwards
bullet Rachel Flynn
bullet Mem Fox
bullet Richard J Frankland
bullet Jackie French
bullet Libby Gleeson
bullet Morris Gleitzman
bullet Andy Griffiths


bullet Libby Hathorn's World
bullet John Heffernan
bullet The Paul Jennings File
bullet Deborah Lisson
bullet John Marsden
bullet Geoffrey McSkimming
bullet James Moloney
bullet Sally Morgan
bullet Jill Morris
bullet Sally Odgers
bullet Wendy Orr
bullet Roy Pond (His The Other Egypt Blog)
bullet Natalie Jane Prior
bullet Emily Rodda
bullet Gillian Rubenstein
bullet Michael Salmon
bullet Ruth Starke
bullet Caroline Wilkinson



bullet Judy Blume
bullet Beverley Cleary
bullet Joy Cowley
bullet Roald Dahl
bullet Lynley Dodd
bullet Gary Paulsen
bullet J.K.Rowling
bullet R.L. Stine





bullet Children's Book Council list of Australian authors' websites for younger readers
bullet Oxford University Press Children's Authors and Illustrators 
bullet Allen & Unwin Authors - Their Children's authors are now amongst the list of all authors
bullet The Author Yellow Pages - A searchable directory of author pages
bullet Vandergrift's Author pages - Browse alphabetically by surname

Resources for Teaching

bullet Ipswich Teacher-Librarian's Network - produces resources for Book Week annually and conducts a Literature festival
bullet The colorful PaperTigers Website highlights the world of young readers’ books. It features multicultural books in English from anywhere in the world, with a particular focus on the Pacific Rim and South Asia.
bullet EdNA  Books and Reading Group  Public group sharing resources on children's literature- lists, wikis, downloads, Reader's Cup advice.... Seems to have been inactive since 2010 but still has much useful information
bullet 100 Books every child should read - article and list by British author Michael Morpugo


bullet Booktalks Quick and Simple - lists almost 1000 booktalks for P-12 under author, title, subject, interest and new, intended to be used by school library media specialists and teachers.  Mostly USA authors.
bullet Bookwink video book talks for kids  - Sonja Cole is the host and book reviewer. She is the author of Booktalking Around the World: Great Global Reads for Ages 9-14. This link is the archive.
bullet Inside a dog : Book Trailers - State Library of Victoria's site has a good guide to making  book trailers and several fine examples
bullet Inside a dog : Literature Circles



Updated March 2007