English & Literature

Alphabet Books & Letters


Marion Bataille
General: 3D, perspective, point of view, creative arts, problem solving, great for setting challenges, exploring area, moveable parts, popup creations.

 Bembo’s Zoo

High concept digital alphabet book by de Vicq de Cumpitch. Interactive, animated and very clever! Perfect accompaniment to Spellbound by Maree Coote

Oi frog!

Written by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field.

A great fun way to introduce a range of phonetic sounds not just ‘og’!

Quick Quack Quentin

Written by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field.

Quentin has lost the ‘a’ in his “quack”. He visits the farm and a succession of animals who all offer him one of their vowels – to no avail. How can he get is quack back?

Postmodern Stories

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore

Written by William Joyce.thefantasticflyingbooksofmrmorrislessmore.jpg
Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. But every story has its upsets…Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day.
Morris Lessmore website
English – Y6 : Literacy – Texts in context, Y7: Literature – Responding to literature comparative text forms – print, film, app
Cross-curricula teacher’s resources:
Teaching Ideas – includes interview with Joyce (primary)
Simon & Schuster Publisher’s guide

Goodnight iPad – Ann Droyd

This clever parody of the original 1947 Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown explores  the nighttime family rituals in a technologically obsessed family.

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone – Anne Droyd

GiveMouseIPhoneIf you give in to temptation and give a bored little mouse your iPhone, even for ten minutes, he’s probably going to beam to some faraway place beyond time, space, and the sound of your pleading voice. And if he’s that far gone, he won’t have any idea what’s going on around him, and he might end up missing out on all the real fun.
A delightful new commentary on the perils of our tech-obsessed lives and a fully charged romp for readers of all ages. Classroom connection.

The Happy Duckling

The Happy Duckling is an animated adventure following the antics of a
reluctant young boy and the relentlessly happy duck who trails him. It’s set in a delightful and surprising pop-up book world where anything can happen.

The Three Little Pigs – News Report

An extremely clever news reportage of the killing of the wolf by the pigs – that shows different points of view and highlights the fickle nature of the audiences easily swayed by media reporting.

Voices in the Park – Anthony Browne vociesinthepark

Anthony Browne introduces and tells the story with the help of actors, live photography, page shots and a background score from the Adriamus Ensemble. A unique multiple presentation of this classic tale told from four perspectives.


The Kingston University presents an interactive version of the story as well as a link to the video above. Interactive Voices in the Park.

The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

An hilarious take on letter writing, colours and colouring in when each crayon writes to their owner Duncan with a complaint. Good too, for problem solving and predicting the outcome.

Find out more about this author/illustrator team on CrayonsPictureBooks, with teachers resources for further inspiration.

The Day the Crayons Came Home

These crayons are hard to please – postcards from near and far express the disappointments and challenges Duncan’s crayons have to suffer through neglect.

13 Words by Lemony Snicket13words_snickett

The author reads, extends and remixes his origninal picture book creation in this clever retelling that has been created by the book’s illustrator Maira Kalman. Essentially a word book – Snicket, tongue in cheek, introduces as the most essential words of all time, as well as a numbers book, and a glorious opportunity to hear the Snicket (Daniel Handler) give it a life of its own.


The Moth’s Serenade – Paul Fleischman

joyfulnoiseRead by the author, Paul Fleischman and his wife, this provides and excellent example of reading with two vocies. The poem is taken from his 2025 Newbery Award winning collection Joyful Noise.

The Catnap: A Poem for Two Voices – Renee La Tulippe

catnap-poemWritten and read by Renee La Tulippe with the help of a friend. Further information including the text and tips on shared poetry reading are on the No Water River website.


Jabberwocky – Lewis Carroll

There are many retellings of this classic poem. Here are two very different recitations to compare, contrast and hopefully inspire students to develop their own interpretation.

Neil Gaiman recites Jabberwocky.

Renee La Tulippe recites Jabberwocky.

Jabberwocky read by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, with illustrations.

The Raven – Edgar Allen Poe

Recited by Christopher Lee

Recited with 1909 film playing.

Recited by James Earl Jones

Picture Book Classics

The Very Busy Spider – Eric Carle

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson gruffalo

Interactive website

P.D. Eastman Beginner Book Video series: Are You My Mother? | Go Dog. Go! | The Best Nest

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alligatorunderbedThere’s an Alligator Under my Bed
– Mercer Meyer

Narrated by the author.

Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham

Read by actress Betty White and includes subtitles.

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

No David! – David Shannon

The Giving Tree – Shel Silverstein

Teacher resources.

The Actual ’73 Giving Tree Movie Spoken By Shel Silverstein

They all saw a Cat – Brendan Wenzel

They All Saw a Cat explores what a cat might look like from the perspectives of various animals’ points of view – great for observation, point of view, perspective and how one’s personal perspective colours your interpretation and view of objects in the world.

Where’s My Teddy – Jez Alborough

Visit the Jez Alborough’s website with further readings of his books including: Some Dogs Do, Hugo the Hare’s Rainy Day and Nat the Cat’s Sunny Smile and others.

Go Home, Cheeky Animals – Johanna Bell, illustrated by Dion Beasley

At Canteen Creek where we live, there are cheeky dogs everywhere. But when the cheeky goats, donkeys, buffaloes and camels make mischief in the camp, the dogs just lie there – until those pesky animals really go too far.

A delightful reading by Jack Charles and the Play School toys.

Literary Genres


The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello