Author Archives: jenbales

About jenbales

Avid lover of children's literature, experienced teacher librarian with expertise in resourcing the Australian Curriculum; Adjunct lecturer for Charles Sturt University and a representative of INT Books.

2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages

UNESCO and partners will focus on the importance of indigenous languages through 2019 and provide a range of resources and support on a dedicated website. There are language teaching resources under the share button – discover the Spikit app for … Continue reading

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Refugee by Alan Gratz

Refugee is a wonderful example of historical children’s fiction that explores the plight of refugees over time; drawing parallels between circumstance, persecution, emotional and physical hardships through the stories of three refugee children and their families. Drawing on three distinct … Continue reading

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The Dam – David Almond & Levi Pinfold

The Dam is stunning – in conceptual design, story line and illustrative techniques. Based on a true story, the reader joins a father and daughter on a final journey to the now deserted homes in the valley that is about … Continue reading

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Literature + Story Mapping = Geography!

I  thoroughly enjoyed putting together a recent presentation for Eduwebinar titled Story Mapping – Using Geographical Concepts to Respond to Literature. I discovered so many fantastic books with journeys and adventures to intrigue readers of all ages. I have compiled a … Continue reading

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Book Bento Boxes

I have just created my first book bento box – and it was great fun to do. An alternative way to express a response to literature that will excite students with its combination of personal expression, visual arts, technology, creativity … Continue reading

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Literature Pearls – new resource

This is a project I have been working on in free moments over the last month. Pearltrees is a visual curation site – each pearl a small snapshot of a webpage. I chose this as a means of bringing together … Continue reading

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Dust Echoes – fantastic news from the ABC

Dust Echoes has been a wonderful resource to support secondary studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Recently the interactive online version was archived and no longer available. I followed up via the ABC contact form and … Continue reading

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