Author: Jessica

Storytime with Jessica – Song Books

I love music, and one of the nicest trends I have seen over the last few years is illustrators taking songs that I love and turning them into picture books. Music is hugely beneficial for children’s language development. Music helps us to: Helps children learn rhythm in speech patterns and affects how they enunciate words. Listening to a song, and then singing it, builds memory and develops different areas of the brain. Exposes children to rich language in context. Songs and rhymes are full of uncommon words and language devices like: Alliteration – repeated use of the first sound...

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A Patch From Scratch – Children's Book Week Review

A Patch From Scratch by Megan Forward was Shortlisted for Crichton Award for New Illustrators and was Notable for Picture Book of the Year Children’s Book Council Awards 2017. As well as being Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia 2016 Book of the Year: Five to 8 Years. When I moved into my house, one of the first things I did was plant myself some fruit trees (red grapefruit, kaffia lime, lemon, lime, apple, mandarin, and a hybrid tree of unknown origin from my brother that I will identify when it fruits) because I’m not a natural gardener…and don’t really...

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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Wrap-Up

We had an amazing night on Monday celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. With forty children and their parents all in the Hogwarts spirit we enjoyed a Sorting Ceremony, quiz, and lots of fun activities. We gave away twelve copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone house additions and colouring books. The children all got to make, and take home, their very own Death Eater masks. We had children dressed up as students from all the houses, one as Dobby, as muggles, and quidditch players. We even had a few adults dressed up....

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Storytime with Jessica – Wordless Books

So, this time around I’m talking about a group of books I don’t actually share at Storytime – my group is just too big and these types of books are really more suited to one-on-one reading, or, at most, couple of children. The reason is that these books ask the reader to interact with the pictures completely as there are either no words, or in some cases very minimal words. The language these books invite is verbal rather than asking them to listen and they encourage children to develop visual literacy skills. Visual literacy skills start developing very early...

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Pandamonia – Children's Book Week Review

Pandamonia – A Children’s Book Week Review This book was Notable in the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Picture Book of the Year category. Pandamonia by Chris Owen and Chris Nixon I love this book. Let’s just get this out of the way right now – I’m giving this a 5/5 stars for being amazing. And now let me count the ways… Let’s talk about language…let’s talk about alliteration and rhyming, let’s talk about rich language. There are words out there that we use every day, a hundred times (or if you’re me more than that). Those words include:...

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