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Books and Reading



More just about Books


Latest Kids Books Highlighted:

(click on the pictures)



by Maggie Stiefvater


by Carl Hiassen

Blood ties

by Sophie Mackenzie

Percy Jackson and the lightning thief

by Rick Riordan

New Moon

(Book 2 in the Twilight Saga)

by Stephanie Meyer

Watch and Read






The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne

The Book, the movie trailer, the lesson plans, the downloads

Holes by Louis Sachar

Watch the trailer, use the lesson plans, investigate the book, access the media

Wolverine.  Worst day ever

by Barry Lyga

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The movie, the book with many lesson plans and activities, the map, the games and the toys




Got a book report due?  No problem!

From finding the right book and getting started, to writing tips and final presentation

The official Roald Dahl Website

Explore the world of Roald Dahl with the aid of Miss Honey, Matilda, or James. There are games to play, book reviews to complete, quizzes, and
the Roald Dahl challenge  - how alike are you? Listen to an interview with Roald Dahl and hear him read an excerpt from the BFG.
Warning: do not just leave this website open on your desktop ....you could have some explaining to do when a certain small bird makes some suspicious noises! [don't say I didn't warn you!

Arithmancy is also known as arithmomancy and numerology. It is one of the subjects taught at Hogwarts School where Harry Potter studies the art of wizardry. You don't need to go to Hogwarts to know the numbers related to your name and to find out what they reveal. Try it at:



Five Finger Test To check the reading level of a book:


1.  Open the book to the middle.
     Select a full page of text.
2.  Read the page ( aloud if possible).
3.  Put one finger up for every word you can not pronounce or do not know.
4.  If you get five ( 5 ) fingers up on one page, the book is too difficult to read independently.
5.  If you do not get any fingers up,   but are reading very slowly and decoding almost every word,  you will not enjoy the book.

The Patricia Wrightson Award for Children's Literature

The Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2008

The 2008 Skipping Stones Honour Awards

CBCA Book of the Year shortlist 2009


                [More kids' Booklists]


The children’s poetry archive.

This is a section of the Poetry Archive specifically designed for children.  Listen to poetry, follow links, ask a poet and discuss poetry. 

Author Websites

Jackie French http://www.jackiefrench.com

Paul Jennings  http://www.pauljennings.com.au/

Andy Griffiths http://www.andygriffiths.com.au/

Emily Rodda http://www.emilyrodda.com

Phil Kettle http://www.philkettle.com/

J.L. Rowling http://www.jkrowling.com/

Felice Arena http://www.felicearena.com/

Morris Gleitzman http://www.morrisgleitzman.com/

Leigh Hobbs http://www.leighhobbs.com.au/

Roald Dahl  http://www.roalddahl.com/

Read about this book, find out how to get it for free, watch a video of the author, plus get the downloads here.  

Read a story online

Snow Day

By: Elizabeth T. Weinstein



Shocking Secrets

You'll wish you never learned about







Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Series

Get your personalized notebook, plus quizzes, games, message boards and more


Remember Anne Frank


Anne Frank was born on June 12, 1929, and died in 1945 at the age of 16.


Her diary has been translated into hundreds of languages and has been read by millions of children and adults worldwide.


This June 12, take a few minutes to remember Anne, her family, and the millions of others who lost their lives during the Holocaust by visiting this great site designed especially for kids. You can learn more


about Anne's life


about the rise of Hitler and his persecution of the Jews


and a time line of World War II

click here






The story of a boy who becomes a caveman. Wonderfully animated with sound effects and a self marking comprehension test at the end! You have the option to have this story read to you with real audio! (right off the web!) or learn to read difficult story words before starting. It's all on the next page!

Make a book for Grandpa

Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela AllenHelp your child make a book

about Grandpa (or another older

friend or relative). When it’s

finished it will make a great gift


to give to Grandpa.


Bertie’s Easter Egg Hunt

easter eggs

A story about Bertie the Frog

Download The Audio Story


Anna Ciddor held a competition to name the latest book in the Quentaris Series and it will be "Prisoners of Quentaris."  You can visit the Quentaris site for games, a screen saver, great graphics and more.

You can read more about Anna Ciddor at  www.viking-magic.com

Horton Hears A Who
'Horton Hears A Who'
Catch the trailer for 'Horton Hears A Who', starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell


Graeme BaseGGraeme Base - illustrator

RollerCoaster chatted with Graeme Base, illustrator and author of books such as The Eleventh Hour, Animalia, Sign Of The Seahorse and most recently, Uno’s Garden.
Listen to the Podcast... or as we like to call it... RollerCast! ... or read the interview

The Wishing Tree

Listen to the story and click to interact with the pictures


Play some cool

Roald Dahl Games



Our friends, the Grammar Gorillas, need help identifying parts of speech. If you click on the right word in the sentence, our friends get a banana. And you know, a gorilla with a banana is a gorilla with appeal.

Beginner (nouns and verbs only)
(all parts of speech)

Spinning a Good Yarn

Learn how Brian Jaques writes his books

The most popular fictional wizard in the world is back. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire comes out in theatres November 18. This time, Harry will finally come face to face with the evil Lord Voldemort. At the same time, he's dealing with the usual teen troubles, like who to ask to the Hogwarts' Yule Ball.

With another Harry Potter adventure about to begin, Scholastic News Online was able to talk with stars from the movie! Click on their names to read what they told us. And don't forget to take a look at our slideshow for a preview of what you'll see in the movie!



Fantasy Quiz

1.  A mermaid is half woman half

a. goat

b. fish

c. princess

d. elephant

More questions ...


FROM LEMONY SNICKETSunny Baudelaire Game


Sunny, the youngest Baudelaire, speaks in a manner which some people find difficult to understand. If you have a few free moments, see if you can match Sunny's words to their meaning in common English. If you have difficulty, ask a baby to help you, or give up.

AwesomeStories.com uniquely uses the Internet to link its story content to hundreds of thousands of the world's best on-line primary sources. Enjoy an interactive learning experience as you see relevant maps, pictures, artefacts, manuscripts and documents, IN CONTEXT, within each story. Take advantage of human-based searches for a safe, fast and fun way to learn the real story behind historic events, famous people, heroic exploits, legends, disasters, movies, plus topics of current

Do You Know Records?

So, you think you know a lot about records—the fastest animal, the most no-hitters, the deepest trench, the first top-selling ringtone?

Then you’ll love The World Almanac Book of Records: Firsts, Feats, Facts and Phenomena. With more than 500 pages and 5,000 records, it’s the biggest record book of all-time.

 Explore our site, see some pages from the book and enjoy the records.



Stage #1: Books begin with a great idea.

Here is an author (it's supposed to be Aliki!) writing down a story. Probably, the author will write a few drafts of the story, trying to improve it each time.  Read some more ...



Reading With Children (2.7MB PDF) 
Discover the joys of reading with your child. Enjoy a fable about a special friendship between a lion and a mouse. Then cut out paper finger puppets to act out the story.


How to choose Books


If you like Harry Potter, try these


Which Book Will You Read Next?



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