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Let's talk about literacy

By John Parsons

Issue 95, Term 4 2015

Search for 'literacy standards' on the web, and your first ten pages will be articles about plunging standards, woeful skills and a slippery slide towards becoming a nation of illiterates. Plough onwards for a bewildering array of cutting-edge initiatives, ambitious policies, and funding demands, al

Lending an ear for literacy

By Leah Sheldon, Janine Sigley

Issue 94, Term 3 2015

The mission of Story Dogs is 'To make reading fun for children, so they become confident lifelong readers. No child should be left behind in literacy.' Earlier this year Connections approached Janine and Leah to share how their organisation is helping to address the issue of literacy in Australian s

Promoting literature to students

By Bob Docherty

Issue 94, Term 3 2015

I have always believed that one of the best qualities of human beings is their ability to take an emotion, an experience, a fantasy, or a fact and write it in a way that only real experience can surpass. Taking good literature to students in schools is not only essential but also the best way to get

Reading like a girl

By Bec Kavanagh

Issue 93, Term 2 2015

You've probably seen it, the 'Always' advertisement that sparked the #likeagirl hashtag across social media, and inspired a wave of debate following its viewing at the Superbowl in 2015. For anyone that hasn't, let me just recap.Young women are stood in front of a camera, and asked to do a series of

Building a buzz with book snaps

By Susan Stephenson

Issue 104, Term 1 2018

Susan Stephenson shares ideas for creating a buzz around library books through easy-to-make images. What is a book snap? Essentially, a book snap is about grabbing a short quote from a book and creating a shareable image about it. Typically, people take a quick snap or screenshot (if the text is dig

To inspire or to instruct

By Ta'afuli Andrew Fiu

Issue 91, Term 4 2014

During May and June this year, I travelled Australia as part of the Positive Schools Initiative to speak and network with teachers and educators. Doing so provided an insightful introduction to what teachers are thinking and drew thousands to Fremantle, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. The conventio

Read, respond, celebrate: engaging with the CBCA short list

By Josephine Laretive

Issue 102, Term 3 2017

Each year The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) promotes and celebrates children’s books with the major event of Children’s Book Week during August. The five CBCA short list book categories offer schools an abundance of opportunities to engage with reading, responding to, and celebrating l

Stories make us: in conversation with Morris Gleitzman

By Nicole Richardson

Issue 105, Term 2 2018

SCIS talks to the new Australian Children's Laureate, Morris Gleitzman, about why young people need stories and how we can facilitate a reading culture to support this.  In February, award-winning children’s author Morris Gleitzman was named the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018–19. As lau

A national celebration of storytime

By Brendan Eichholzer

Issue 105, Term 2 2018

ools, preschools, childcare centres, family homes, and bookshops. Now in its 18th year, NSS is a fun, vibrant event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the Australian Cur

Dyslexia: can we read with our ears?

By Sarah Asome

Issue 106, Term 3 2018

Technology can provide support for students with dyslexia, through readily available audiobook platforms, decodable texts and reading apps, Sarah Asome writes. ‘Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent

The cathartic experience: understanding grief through the written word

By Nicole Richardson

Issue 106, Term 3 2018

Connections editor Nicole Richardson chats with author Eliza Henry Jones, following the publication of her first young adult book, P is for Pearl.  Eliza Henry Jones is well-acquainted with the power of the written word. Her literary work is an achingly beautiful exploration of grief, loss and traum

Stories that matter

By Helen Stower, Krystal Gagen-Spriggs

Issue 107, Term 4 2018

Young adult novels have seen a shift in the last five years, exploring issues once considered taboo but that affect teenagers worldwide. Helen Stower and Krystal Gagen-Spriggs review four contemporary realistic fiction titles that help young readers make sense of their world. Contemporary realistic

1,000 reasons to support Australian book creators

By Jackie French

Issue 97, Term 2 2016

Dear Jackie French,What I have learned from your book is to be wary of anyone who tries to make you angry.Love James James was 14, and Hitler’s Daughter was the first book he had ever read. Yet he had found the truth behind a question I had been hunting for ever since I was ten years old: how did Hi

Emily Rodda on treasured stories

By Nicole Richardson

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

Jennifer Rowe, better known by her pen-name Emily Rodda, talks to SCIS about her latest book, His Name Was Walter, and the ability of stories to develop readers — even the most reluctant ones.   Emily Rodda’s life has been a whirlwind of stories. Her family's bond formed not between the pages of boo

So, you have established a reading culture: now what?

By Catherine Barnes

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

Students at Endeavour College in South Australia have been sharing their love of reading with disadvantaged students in the wider community through The Smith Family student2student Reading Program. Teacher librarian Catherine Barnes shares their story. ‘Fortunate’ is a word I use to describe my scho

Supporting Australian book creators

By Aaron Blabey

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

When I began writing books professionally in 2006, I had never heard of the Australian Lending Right Schemes. My publisher just handed me a form, which I blithely filled out and promptly forgot all about. Then, after a hair-raising period filled with newborn children, an elephantine mortgage, and mo

The appropriateness of age-appropriate reading levels

By Eric Neuman

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

Library media specialist Eric Neuman discusses the use of reading levels and how these may affect reading engagement. As an educator, especially one who works with books and literacy, it feels taboo to not use or appreciate the value of reading levels, but we have chosen not to apply them in our lib

Promoting reading for pleasure in school libraries

By Emma Suffield

Issue 108, Term 1, 2019

UK school librarian Emma Suffield shares reading initiatives that have helped to increase her school’s lending numbers by 400 per cent over the past five years. I have been a school librarian for five years now and what a journey it has been. The reason I applied for this role was to promote readin

The importance of multicultural literature

By Marianne Grasso

Issue 96, TERM 1 2016

Australian primary schools are more culturally diverse now than ever before. By including multicultural literature in the school library fiction collection, teacher librarians ensure they provide their students with texts that represent the culturally diverse classrooms and home environments in this

Stopping the slide: improving reading rates in the middle school

By Narelle Keen

Issue 99, Term 4 2016

At each end-of-year assembly, I give out our Champion Reader Award to students in the junior college who have borrowed more than 120 books throughout the year, and to students in the middle and senior college who have borrowed more than 50 books. In our junior college, we always have large numbers o

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