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Bindi by Kirli Saunders is a junior fiction novel written in verse. Written "for those who plant trees", it uses both Gundungurra and English to explore a young girl's relationship with her friends, family, Country, Culture and creativity. The story is set against the...read more
Do you have a little fact fiend at your place? My 5-year-old is a HUGE lover of non-fiction books. He runs around our house reeling off facts at a rapidfire pace. Here are 10 of our current favourite non-fiction books for kids. This post contains affiliate links....read more
The enthusiasm of Georgie from Mini Monet Studio is A-Grade infectious. When she says that her online art club is all about bringing JOY into the lives of mini-makers, it is due largely to the fact that this teacher-mumma is joy personified. Georgie is mum to little...read more
It has been a hot minute since I last blogged, because LIFE, but I had to share these collages inspired by the CBCA Book Week 2020 theme of "Curious Creatures, Wild Minds." This year, I am lucky enough to be teaching in the school library. On Fridays, I teach 7...read more
It was about Week Eleventy Billion of COVID-19 Lockdown, when the team at Scribe asked if I'd like to review a copy of Extraordinary Parenting by Eloise Rickman. (This is an affiliate link.) My answer was a resolute and possibly-too-enthusiastic YES. Eloise is a...read more
Looking for a way to make reading fun for children? Y'all know that I'm a massive advocate for reading all day and every day with children. I am, however, the first to acknowledge that sometimes things can get a bit stale on the reading front and it's fun to shake...read more
READ: Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas by Lucinda Gifford for National Simultaneous Storytime 2020. CREATE: Your own fancy chickens with this Chicken Diva craft. The National Simultaneous Storytime celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a rollicking read...read more
When I posted this simple drawing game for kids on Instagram, the crowd went wild! So I thought I better dedicate a blog post to its awesome self.This is a collaborative, drawing game that I've dubbed "Pass the Portrait." Hand-drawn portraits by kids are one of my...read more
These simple cardboard masks for kids are an amazing project. We originally made them as prototypes for a READ + CREATE class I had scheduled for the holidays. We all know how that story ends #coronavirus Seeing as the class was cancelled, I’m giving the idea to you....read more
You know that I am a passionate Literacy Advocate Warrior Woman, right? I'm passionate about finding ways to encourage kids to read more. And more. And more. I passionately believe that reading has the power to change and enrich lives. At the moment, we're all trying...read more
Hi! I’m Shannon
I’m a mama and a teacher celebrating our perfectly imperfect attempts at living a creative life.
AKA trying to remain sane whilst raising 3 kids under 5 and holding unrealistic life expectations thanks to Pinterest.
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