Author: Melody

Storytime with Melody – Rainy Days

Hi everyone! This week’s Storytime blog is all about Rainy Days. I don’t know about you, but I am well and truly over the rainy days! I am ready for some sunshine and warmth. Having said that – there are many wonderful things about rainy days: snuggling under a blanket watching a movie, drinking hot chocolate with marshmallows, playing board games in front of the fire or heater, splashing in puddles. What else could you do on a rainy day? Oh! I know – you could do some craft and read one of these wonderful books! The first book...

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Aliens, Ghosts & Vanishings – Book Week Review

Aliens, Ghosts and Vanishings: Strange and possibly true Australian stories by Stella Tarakson, illustrated by Richard Morden. Recommended for children aged 10-15. Notable for Eve Pownall Award for Information books. Stella Tarakson has published over 30 books since giving up her law career to become a writer. This one is both fun and serious, silly and scary. I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters on Drop Bears and The Hawkesbury River Monster (which I had not heard about before now!) Stella has a very inspiring way of writing that really engages the readers and makes the unbelievable a lot more believable....

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Kid's books with Melody – The Percy Jackson Series

Percy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordan, is a series of 5 books (known as a pentalogy) that follow the story of a young Percy Jackson who has dyslexia and gets into constant trouble at school. Percy quickly discovers that the reason he has so much trouble reading and sitting still is that he is actually a demi-god child of the Greek Gods. Demi-gods are naturally able to read Ancient Greek and have extremely fast reflexes to allow them to be better fighters – which explained why Percy had trouble reading and sitting still. Once Percy learns of...

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Amazing Animals of Australia's National Parks – Review

Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks introduces kids to over 100 animals from 50 parks across all Australian States and Territories. This book was shortlisted in the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books category of the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year awards. Written by Gina M. Newton, published by the National Library of Australia and with a foreword by the Governor General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, this book is a beautiful collection of images and information about some of Australia’s unique wildlife. Dr Gina Newton is marine and freshwater ecologist and science communicator. She...

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Storytime with Melody – Fairy Tales

Hi everyone! This week’s story time blog is all about Fairy Tales. To me, fairy tales are a really important educational tool to help children understand right from wrong. They teach children that if you do good and are kind, then good things will in happen to you in turn. Admittedly, this may not always be the case in “the real world”, but isn’t it better to believe that the bad guys will be punished and the good guys will be rewarded and ultimately strive for these ideals? I like to think so. What else is good about fairy tales?...

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Storytime with Melody – 1, 2, 3, Counting

1,2,3, Counting The stories and rhymes in this week’s blog all include counting. Learning basic maths skills while young can give children a more positive attitude toward maths when they start school. Not only that, but children love the chance to interact with you and show you how clever they are at something – and Counting is one of the easiest places to start. Some of these stories count up, and some count down. It is important for children to understand how numbers can be used in different ways.   One fluffy Baa-Lamb, Ten Hairy Caterpillars by Nick Sharratt is...

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