The countdown has begun!

Book Week is just a little over one week away. It begins with the announcement in seven days time of the winners in each of the shortlist categories. Then on Monday the fun begins. Book Fair, a visiting author, movie and popcorn for one lucky class and of course the highlight of the week would have to be the book parade. I’m getting busy today making my costume.

Thank you Leigh Hobbs and Mr Chicken for providing the inspiration for my Book Week costume this year. As we know Mr Chicken has many adventures and escapes to many exotic locations. You’ll just have to wait until the parade to see where I’ve decided to escape to.

Escape to Everywhere

It’s almost that time of year again! Yes we are counting down to Book week 2017 and the theme this year is ‘Escape to Everywhere.’

I’m starting to think about my costume for our book parade, wondering what great books will be available at our book fair and also getting SUPER EXCITED because local author Deborah Kelly is visiting during book week to share important aspects of her craft and read some of her books. Most of all though I’m looking forward to sharing some of the shortlisted books with you, the super star students of Tenambit. After all book week is a celebration of Australia’s best authors, illustrators and books.

What do you enjoy most about book week?

Opera is coming to Tenambit!

Photo credit: Jeff Busby

We are in for a treat at Tenambit when Opera Australia combines with Deaf Children Australia to bring a shadow interpreted performance of El Kid to our school on Wednesday the 3rd of May.

El Kid is a modern reimagining of the classic Norwegian folk tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff set to the music from Bizet’s Carmen. It deals with the important issues of sibling rivalry, loneliness and bullying as poor Diego, the smallest Billy goat endures verbal abuse and put downs from his brother and sister whose self-importance is inflated by the number of Facebook likes they get. It explores the courage you find when you believe in yourself and shows how confidence and self-respect can help you overcome the obstacles of life.

This will be theatre at its best, highly engaging with lots of laughs.  I’m sure it will stimulate some very meaningful discussion.


The Cow Tripped Over the Moon – NSS 2017

On Wednesday 24 May at 11am Tenambit Public School will be joining thousands  of children in thousands of locations across Australia by sharing The Cow Tripped Over the Moon written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. WE LOVE BOOKS and reading at Tenambit school. Why don’t you join in by reading along with us.



Don’t you just love the English language? It is continually evolving and changing to reflect the times. Take for example, fomo, selfie, chillax, guyliner, mankini, twitterati to name just a few.

This morning I opened a box of books and was intrigued by a book titled The Catawampus Cat by Jason Carter-Eaton. It’s a magical story about a peculiar, crooked cat who helps people see things a little differently. On reading the blurb I was surprised to learn that catawampus is a real word dating back to the 1840s and means  “diagonal or at an angle,” “askew, awry, or crooked.” For example, “Mr Gaffney, your tie is catawampus; let me straighten it for you.”

It got me thinking about how much fun it would be to make up some crazy words of my own. What about…

Excelagination: “Colin Thompson’s books show that he has an excelagination.”

Campeachy: “One of Mrs Riding’s favourite holidays is to campeachy.”

Why don’t you make up some new words of your own? Go on. I challenge you.

A Notable announcement!

Last week saw the announcement by the Children’s Book Council of Australia(CBCA) of this year’s list of notables or in other words, the ‘long list.’ It is from these books that the short list will be selected next month in the lead up to Book Week. We are very fortunate in Australia to have such a depth of talented authors and illustrators producing quality books for children and young people. This is evident when you look at the diverse range of titles included in this year’s list. Have a look for yourself.

2017 Notables


My weekend with Sarah

Dear Diary,

Today I came home with Sarah and she introduced me to her dad and her stepmum Lizzie,(short for Elizabeth) I sat on the blanket and read Pig the Pug then she introduced me to her baby brother Darcy who is almost 5 months old. He is so cute!

Sincerely, Blog Dog

Dear Diary,

Today was a big day! Sarah took me to school and I stayed in my bag reading. Sarah’s mum picked us up from school then we drove to pick up Jas, her big sister from high school. We stayed home, I watched the TV and took a long nap. Sarah tucked me in and read my fav book. We have a big day tomorrow so I need a big sleep. We’re going to the beach tomorrow.

Goodnight! Sweet dreams & lots of hugs from Blog Dog

Dear Diary,

I went to the beach with Sarah, Angelique and Annabelle. We had lots of fun swimming and building sandcastles. Today is my last day with Sarah before I go back to Mrs Riding.

Lots of hugs, Blog dog, BD

WRAD wrap

We had an awesome day as we celebrated WRAD. The whole school stopped as one at 11am and celebrated the joy of reading by having a great story read to them.

Mrs Johnson read Stories from our street by Richard Tullock to 3J.

An inspirational local deaf woman, Pam Wells, shared Little owl by Phillip Gwynne with K/6D and then they had fun creating some art work.

Miss Wright read The book with no pictures by B.J.Novak to 2W and then everyone shared a book either from home or from the class library.

Mrs Robinson read Shaun Tan’s Rules of Summer before starting Alice’s adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll to 3/4P. Students also had a chance to choose their own book to read.

These super star students were spotted in our library.

Happy WRAD everyone!

It’s Read Aloud Day everyday for these beautiful babes.

Mrs Brown’s daughter Nicole and her grandson Ari love reading together before bedtime. Mrs Brown told me Ari has an amazing library already. The Cranky Bear is among his favourites.

Mrs Robinson and Georgie have fun reading together. Angelina Ballerina and a cuddle before bed. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Hudson loves being read to. Miss Wright says it’s his favourite thing to do. He just LOVES books!

Mrs Bull and Maxi enjoy a story too.

Are you ready for WRAD? 5/6P and Miss Penburthy are all set. I wonder what great book they will be sharing?

Everyone loves having a great story read to them. Why don’t you surprise someone special and read to them today. I’d love to hear from you.