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Great Reading Resources for ELC and JS Students

A LibGuides page; Great Reads has been created to assist parents in promoting good books to their boys by providing access to a range of resources that promote recreational reading. The main page provides links to a variety of online audio and eBooks that are freely available. The guide also provides links to online book reviewing sites and promotes two print books about […]

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Boys Read: A fabulous website that promotes reading

Boys Read provides access to an extensive range of resources to assist in promoting reading to boys.  A list of recommended books is also provided for early readers right through to young adult fiction. The  Boys Read  blog associated with this site is worth checking out as it provides reviews of good books.  

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New Features in Overdrive

Overdrive Media Console is currently being updated to enhance the reader’s experience.  Many of the new features are now available and the full package will be available on August 20th with the rollout of  v. 3.0 of the Overdrive software.   This new version for both Android and iOS promises to streamline the reader’s experience and will include: the ability […]

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Books for Reluctant Readers

We have recently purchased a handful of Slim Reads that are ideal for those students who prefer a ‘quick read’, including ESL students, reluctant readers or even confident readers.  The stories are short and have a reading level of approximately year 2 to 4, but contain themes that appeal to years 5 to 8 including family issues, […]

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Databases to Help With Choosing a Good Book

The Library has recently purchased two databases; Who next? which is a guide to children’s authors and Who Else Writes Like? which is concerned with teen and young adult literature. These useful tools are designed to assist students find an author who writes similar stories to an author they have previously enjoyed. The databases are also searchable according to genre and […]

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Report into Boys’ Reading and Consequences for the Classroom

A recent UK  Commission into Boys’ Reading concluded that boys are under achieving in reading; a problem that is of international concern. The report identified three reasons for this including: the home environment where girls are more likely to be given books, taken to the library and where the mother is the most significant reading role model the […]

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Research Indicates eBooks Improve Reading

Last year, the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities and Softlink Australia released a report titled eBooks for Leisure and Learning outlining a trial examining the effect of using eBooks for structured learning and also recreational reading on students’ reading ability and interest in reading.  The report concluded that the time students spent reading increased when […]

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Books That Support the Australian Curriculum

Allen & Unwin have developed a comprehensive list of their books that support the Australian Curriculum.  Categories include: History, English, the Intercultural Understanding General Capability and the Cross Curriculum Priorities. The guide doesn’t provide blurbs or reviews of the books, which are available on Allen & Unwin’s website but does provide a useful starting point in selecting […]

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Excursion to Meet the Author and Illustrator, Graeme Base

During early October, the grades 2,3 and 6s were privileged to meet Graeme Base, a high profile author and illustrator of children’s books at an event that drew a crowd of 2 500!  Students were entertained by some Collegiate girls who read from one of Graeme’s best loved books, Animalia which contains hidden pictures of […]

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Apps suitable for Guided Reading

There are a variety of places to go on the web to find apps suitable for use as guided readers.  Jane Farrall, a speech pathologist and special educator provides a variety of criteria to keep in mind when determining whether an app is suitable for use as a guided reading resource. Her criteria include: Is […]

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