New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category

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The Boring Book

by Vasanti Unka

Publisher: Puffin
ISBN: 0143505750
EAN: 9780143505754
Age Range: 2-4 years

When the words in a tedious tome decide that life is just too dull, they escape. The world will never be the same again. The words jump into street signs, they leap onto shop signs, they decorate pathways and roadways and ponds. But one day they go too far…Award-winning illustrator Vasanti Unka has created a picture book complete with lift-the-flap inserts which is as ingenious as it is delightful. The Boring Book explores the importance of books and words in a fun and imaginative way. Children and adults alike will love it. The Boring Book is NOT a boring book.

About the Author

Vasanti Unka is a designer and illustrator based in Auckland. She is the illustrator of The Bean’s Story, which was a 2008 Storylines notable book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It won the LIANZA Russell Clarke award the same year and was also the first children’s book to win the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.

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Start reading the Sequel to the Fifth Wave

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How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

Read an excerpt here http://bit.ly/VPdOPy

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Beautiful rhyming ghost story – The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

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The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon

Aaron Blabey

Winner: Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the 2013 NSW Premier’s Awards

Life is cursed for the people of the village of Twee. The ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon haunts their every waking hour and they’ve had enough! But then one day, the brave and practical young Herbert Kettle has the most extraordinary idea …
With teaching notes => http://bit.ly/17C1hDX

What do you do when your mum, your dad and sixteen camels are in trouble … Morris Gleitzman

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Too Small to Fail

Morris Gleitzman

What do you do when your mum, your dad and sixteen camels are in trouble and only you can save them?
The sometimes sad but mostly funny story of a boy, a girl, a dog and four trillion dollars. => http://bit.ly/ZNS9Zn

Follow the seasons and an immigrant family in “This is our house”

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This Is Our House

Hyewon Yum

Follows a family through seasons and generations as the house to which their immigrant grandparents came is transformed into a home. => http://bit.ly/11HieIB

The true story of the first woman over Niagara Falls

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Queen of the Falls 

By Chris Van Allsburg

Any kid who has beheld Niagara Falls—or even taken a good look at pictures of it—will be suitably gobsmacked by the true story of charm-school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, who, at age 62, decided on a whim to fund her golden years by being the first person over the falls.
Read more about the book + watch the trailer

Award winner – Baby Wombat’s week by Jackie French

Baby Wombat’s week

by Jackie French

Book of the Year for Younger Children in the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards

He sleeps. He eats. He gets bored.

He creates havoc wherever he goes!

He’s Mothball’s baby – and he’s even cuter, naughtier and more determined than his mum. Created by writer Jackie French and illustrator Bruce Whatley, Baby Wombat’s Week is an irresistible picture book by the award-winning duo of the international bestseller Diary of a Wombat.  =>  http://bit.ly/RM8feg

Watch as Anna Feinberg discusses Louis Beside Himelf

Louis Beside Himself

Anna Fienberg

When a burglar jumps through the kitchen window one night, Louis knows he should get him in a wrestling-hold while he has the advantage, but his heart is hammering and his legs feel like wobbly air… A larger-than-life story from Anna Fienberg, author of the classic Tashi series and Horrendo’s Curse.

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Post-reading writing prompt.
Summary, vocabulary, and multiple post-reading activities, including discussion questions
Interview with John Boyne (writer) & Mark Herman (director)
Pupils’ notes 
Scheme of work and 15 lesson plans
Contemporary writers: Essential reading skills
Worksheets
“Any novel” differentiated unit
Novel study

Summary and support for pre-reading, during reading, and after reading.
Summary, author biography, criticism, and 12 discussion questions.
Unit Overview
Lesson plans & resources for teaching
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-Teacher Guide
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Unit
Scheme of Work, lesson plans and pathways
Multicultural Unit on WWII
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Vocab

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