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.

The Silhouette and the Sacrifice – Boone Shepard’s encore!

A truly satisfying conclusion to Boone Shephards’ misadventures left me feeling sated and satisfied. Thanks Gabriel Bergmoser for this masterful tale that ties the many threads of the first two books into a complex tapestry in The Silhouette and the … Continue reading

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Boone Shepard’s American Adventure

Some time ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to Boone Shepard in  his first slapdash and madcap adventure as he travelled across time, and sung the book’s praises on this blog. I missed the release of the second … Continue reading

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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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