In 2019, I had the chance to travel to Eungella National Park in Queensland to see wild platypus. I wasn’t planning to write an adventure novel starring a monotreme … And I wasn’t planning to spend a day battling mud and swollen rivers and carnivorous worms, either. But somehow, both of those things happened and Beneath the Trees was born.
This term we asked some of our favourite writers to send us their top storytelling tips and tricks with a couple of writing exercises to boot. Take a look below and don't forget to download your free poster for the classroom or order it from firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the lead-up to summer holidays, keep children engaged in the classroom with our free activity sheets and teaching notes. We’ve also got a selection of bookmarks to give away – just email email@example.com to get your hands on them.
For her new book, Beneath the Trees, author, scientist and STEAM specialist Cristy Burne is offering primary schools the chance to host one of seven book launches in seven days. Whether in class, online or at assembly, Cristy will give your students a rip-roaring sneak peek at her brand-new adventure story for ages six to ten. All you have to do is provide a strong cup of tea and a wildly enthusiastic young audience.
Goldfields Girl by Elaine Forrestal is a historical novel for middle readers featuring real-life nineteenth-century teenager Clara Saunders. In this blog post, Elaine takes us into the exciting, dusty, fly-ridden world of a gold rush.
I’m Elaine Forrestal and Goldfields Girlis my latest historical fiction for students, teachers and history buffs of any age. My fiction, in various genres, has been published since 1983. This is my third historical fiction novel. In this blog post I will share my top tips for using your local, state or national library to do research.
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of Australia’s first major military action, and is also a national day of remembrance that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
Helen Milroy, and her friend Honey the brush tail possum, have a special message for everyone spending extra time at home this week. They say that the best way to enjoy your time is to read some books about native Australian animals.