Dreaming with Eyes Open in the Library

As always, Term 3 in the library is an exciting time as we celebrate the Children’s Book Council of Australia nominated stories in the lead-up to Book Week (which Minimbah will celebrate in Term 4, Week 2). This year the theme put out by the CBCA is ‘Dreaming with Eyes Open …’.

Foundation, Year One & Year Two have been drawing bird inspiration from previously nominated Busy Beaks by Sarah Allan and current nominee, The Book of Curious Birds by Jennifer Cossins as they create their own bird puppets.

Heroes Rebels And Innovators

Year 3 and Year 4 are linking into their current unit of inquiry, sharing in Heroes, Rebels, and Innovators – Inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People from History by Karen Wyld and Jaelyn Biumaiwai. Children are in the process of researching significant First Nation people in the community and putting this research into pop art inspired posters.

Yahoo Creek

Year 5 are also linking into their current unit of inquiry by celebrating previously nominated book, Yahoo Creek by Tohby Riddle. This book explores the mysterious yahoo using real evidence through newspaper accounts of white settlers, farmers and their children’s encounters with the 'yahoo', 'hairy man' or 'yowie' from 1847-1944 along the Great Dividing Range. While we have only just started, students have been intrigued by the different perspectives shared in the book and it has stirred up some great debates about these reported encounters.

Year 6 are deep in the world of picture story books, sharing in current nominations as they work hard on writing and illustrating their own stories for their Foundation buddies. As their ideas begin to come together, I am incredibly proud of the stories that are emerging, and we are all looking forward to watching them continue to come to life as the illustration process begins.

Minimbah Librarian