July 7

CBCA Book of the Year Awards slideshow

At our Term 2 full-day conference, “Connect to collaborate and create”, The Children’s Bookshop proprietor, Paul Macdonald, was one of our guest speakers. Paul has given us his slideshow file to share here, so that teacher librarians can share his presentation on the CBCA Book of the Year Awards’ nominees, and what’s currently “hot” in reading, to teachers and students in their schools. Thank you Paul.

June 29

A new blog to support Book Week

In association with the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s NSW Branch, teacher librarians Ian McLean and Jackie Hawkes have set up a blog to help students to explore the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the “Notable books”, Short List, Honour Books and gold-medal winners, and to support CBCA NSW initiatives, such as the Kids AAA event.

Kids AAA blog

Check it out at: HERE.

May 15

The CBCA Shortlist. Soon!

CBCA 2016

The Children’s Book Council of Australia announces the Shortlist on Friday! Have you seen the great merchandise for celebrating Book Week this year? (Includes an amazing poster by Shaun Tan.) Click for more information HERE

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August 11

Resources from the PD day

In this blog entry, you can quickly locate the digital resources used by the presenters at our Term 3 professional learning day, held on Monday 10th August (Week 5).

* Progressing with Oliver:
Research Projects – Evidence of how Oliver and Orbit are supporting student learning
(A) Primary: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS – their Oliver ClassMovie is linked HERE) and Ian McLean (Penrith PS).
(B) Secondary: Jenny Dengate (Glenmore Park HS) & Lolita Garcia (Richmond HS).

* STEPS Book Forum – Engaging your school learning community: Julie Grazotis (Banks PS) – Click down to Page 2 of the PDF.

* CBCA Update: Jackie Hawkes & Honor White (CBCA NSW representatives)

Book Week poster
Ian demonstrates the phone app that brings this year’s CBCA poster alive!

* Promoting reading through dynamic author/illustrator visits: Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS)

* Website of our Guest Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah (Click on the hyperlink).

Randa Abdel-Fattah
Randa Abdel-Fattah

July 21

Term 3 Professional Learning Day

The Penrith, Mt Druitt, Blacktown and Windsor Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group is hosting an exciting professional development day on Wednesday, 3rd September (Week 8) at Riverstone Public School. Please see the below agenda, which provides full details of the day.

Online registration through MyPL@DET is now available. The course title is PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day Term 3 2014 and the course code is NR06461 (Note: 0 is zero). The event ID is 86099 if you have trouble locating the course using the course number.

Numbers are strictly limited. When completing the online registration, please select the payment option Cheque, as there is NO DIRECT DEBIT available. Your initial registration will be listed as Tentative. Once your payment of a $40 cheque has been received, your enrolment status will be changed to Confirmed. Cheques, together with details of your name and school, should be posted to:
Attention: Lee Arundel, c/- Blacktown South Pubic School, 183 Flushcombe Road, Blacktown 2148. Please make the $40 cheque payable to Blacktown South Pubic School. There is no GST involved in this registration payment.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact jennifer.scheffers@det.nsw.edu.au

The Committee hopes you will be able to join us for this exciting professional learning day!

Jenny Scheffers,
Teacher Librarian @ Caddies Creek PS

UPDATE: Three of the presenters’ slideshows are available for download HERE!

Host Teacher Librarian: Ros Graham
Venue: Riverstone Public School


8.15 am: Registration & Coffee.

9.00 am: Welcome by Principal & Housekeeping.

9.10am: Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot: Paul Macdonald (The Children’s Bookshop).

10.15am: Bringing authors and Illustrators into your classroom: the value of using Connected Classrooms: Cathie Cattermole (Teacher Librarian James Erskine PS).

11.00am: Sponsors’ Presentations: Tag-Alert Australia & Quantum Learning
Remote sponsors:
• Merchandising Libraries
• Fry Library Supplies
• All Barcodes Australia.

11.15am: MORNING TEA and Sponsors’ Displays.

12.00 noon: From Guinea Pigs to Spoonerisms: Author Ursula Dubosarsky.

1.00pm: LUNCH and Sponsors’ Displays.

2.00pm: Unpacking the Teaching Standards for Teacher Librarians: Nerina Pretlove (Deputy Principal Chifley College, President Professional Teachers Council NSW).

3.00 – 3.30pm: Concluding Evaluation / Lucky Door Prize Draw.

June 14

Term 3 afternoon meeting!

The Committee would love to see you at an informal gathering to discuss Book Week activities.

Date: Thursday 29 August (Week 7)
Venue: Banks Public School
182-194 Banks Drive
St Clair
Time: 3:30 – 5:00pm
Topics: Book Week activities, CBC update
Cost: Free. Afternoon tea refreshments will be provided.

RSVP by Thursday 22nd August to Julie Grazotis (Teacher Librarian)
Email: julie.grazotis@ det.nsw.edu.au or
Phone: 02 9670 6506

June 12

Minutes of 5th June professional learning day

Here are the minutes of the recent PL day at Oxley Park Public School.

Host Teacher Librarian: Bonnie Manwaring

Welcome: Mrs Delphine Annette (Principal Oxley Park PS)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Teacher Librarians have the opportunity to live and breathe books
• Thankyou to everyone for attending & enjoy the day.

Welcome & General Business: Jenny Scheffers (Chairperson PMBW Committee)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Thankyou to everyone for attending
• Housekeeping matters – Bonnie
• Welcome and thankyou to our presenters and sponsors
• Folder contains the following documents:
 * Agenda
 * Term 3 Afternoon Tea – Thursday 29 August at Banks PS (TL – Julie Grazotis) 3:30 – 5:00pm, No cost and no need to register on MYPL
 * School Library Association of New South Wales presents ‘eBooks 4 eLearning’, Thursday 13th June 2013 4.40 – 6.30pm, The Auditorium, Parramatta RSL, O’Connell St Parramatta
 * Evaluation Form
• Term 4 Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Day, Chifley College Bidwell (TL – Janelle Van Capelle), Date to be announced
• Badge draw at the end of the day – prizes donated by sponsors.

Guest Speaker: Paul MacDonald (The Children’s Bookshop)
Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot
• Refer to copy of Paul’s PowerPoint presentation
• Greater focus on Visual Literacy – picture books
• Teen fiction and children’s fiction booming – authors for the adult market are now writing teen fiction
• Trend – hopelessness, dark, depressing themes
• Focus areas – books supporting the National Curriculum, Asian texts, sustainability, multimodal texts
• CBCA 2013 Theme – Read Across the Universe
Mrs Mac’s Library website – teaching notes and ideas for shortlisted titles
• Classics are popular – no copyright
• Impact of Diary of a wimpy kid Double dork, Soccer star, Cricket God, Big Nate, Tom Gates
• Easy Read Alouds – Our Australian girls, Billy B Brown, Andy Roid
• Popular picture books – King Pig, Treasure box, Mr Darcy the dancing duck, Baa baa smart sheep, Lilac ladies.

Guest Speaker: Sharon McGuinness (Author of Coming Home and Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
From TL to Author
• Catalyst for writing – ghost story competition to win a colour TV. Part of story published in the newspaper
• 2006 – participated in Di Bates’ picture book writing course. Wrote short story based on brother’s horse farm – published in The School Magazine 2008
• Wrote beginning chapter book based on rugby league titled Try! – an eBook for kindle and ePub. Dedicated to students, Max and Jack, who provided inspiration for the book. Teaching notes available on Mrs Mac’s website
• 2006 – started Mrs Mac’s
Coming home was written during a time of personal/family trauma. Published 2012 during Mental Health Week. Author royalties donated to Black Dog. Book trailer on Youtube and Mrs Mac’s
• Now enjoying the challenge of writing picture books.

Sponsor: Syba Signs (Phyll)
• Professional Development program 2013
The National Curriculum: Developing a Guided Inquiry and Web 2.0 Approach with Dr. Ross Todd and Lyn Hay – Sydney, Friday 21 June 2013
Resourcing the Australian Curriculum with Lyn Hay – 9 September 2013
• Digital Signage and teaching resources
• Wide range of posters
• Winter catalogue available
• Happy to visit schools to discuss your Library needs.

Sponsor: Kookaburra (Jan)
• Jan – 9 years as area rep
• Long term sponsor
• New catalogue available
• Products include trolleys, touchscreens, DVC, headphones, pinboards, dictionaries, atlases, Get Reading Right Literacy program.
• Contact for appointment 0417 101 028, jan@kookaburra.com.au

Guest Speakers: Colleen Foley – DEC School Libraries Update
• Access documents on 21C learning via School Libraries website
Scan online – key support for school libraries and TLs – share username and password with staff
• eBooks – available on L4L (My Library interface), Load H1>G3
• eBooks project – article and report found in 2012 November issue of Scan
• SCIS records can be used to catalogue book trailers, apps etc
• Timeline for Library Replacement System – start July/August for first round (LMBR schools – 229 schools) – completed over 18mth to 2 year period
• New Syllabus
 NSW Scootle – search and discovery tool, bank of resources
 BOS Program Builder
TaLe – will continue – add resources for the new curriculum
 Education Services Australia (ESA) – supported by each state and sector
Scan reviews – future change to see reviews as resource packages, springboards to links with other resources.

Guest Speaker: Sharon McGuinness (Teacher Librarian, Thirroul PS)
Subtle TL Advocacy
• Refer to copy of PowePoint presentation
• Professional groups – ALIA, ASLA, SLANSW, TL Advocacy group ‘The Hub’
• Opportunities
 Contribute to your School’s Annual Report
 Resourcing the new curriculum
 Present at staff meetings
 Guided Inquiry and inquiry based learning complement the new curriculum
 Have your own library page on the school website
 Contact local public libraries – access databases
• Useful links
 Prezi (new English syllabus) http://prezi.com/
 Squarl http://squarl.com/3v/Ouw
 Pinterest http://pinterest.com/
 NSW State Library
• Web 2.0 tools
 Smore
 Flipsnack
 Motivator
 Voki
 ABC Splash
 Story Box Library
 Literacy Shed
 Show Me the Awesome
 Cybrarian – retro Library posters.

Guest Speaker: Jackie Hawkes
CBCA Update
• Refer to flyer The Children’s Book Council of Australia and copy of PowerPoint presentation
• http://nsw.cbca.org.au/
• Activities
 Book Sale – held in March at Rozelle. Meet guest authors
 Book Week – short list announced
 National Simultaneous Storytime – 2013 The wrong book by Nick Bland
Maurice Saxby Lecture – celebrating the extensive contributions of Maurice Saxby to Australian Children’s Literature
 Writing workshops for students – held at State Library of NSW
 Junior Writing Master Classes – part of Sydney Writer’s Festival – at State Library of NSW
 CBC2U 2013 – Children’s Book Creators to YOU. Invite an author or illustrator to help enrich reading and writing experiences
 Stories on Screen 2013
 Book Week – 2013 Read Across the Universe. Book Week merchandise – order from NSW website
 Judges dinner – celebrates the work of the NSW Book Week judges. To farewell and thank Jill Bruce and welcome Cathie Tasker. August 23, Venue TBC
 Author Teas – invite authors to afternoon tea at your school, buy their books and share their stories
 CBCA Publications – iRead and Buzz About Books.

Next Committee meeting: 3.45pm Thursday 27 June at Penrith Panthers.
Meeting concluded: 3:30pm

August 31

Cupcakes for Book Week!

Cupcakes 1

The committee says: “Thank you so much Cathie Cattermole for putting in the ‘extra effort’ with hosting our afternoon tea meeting at James Erskine Public School this week. Your library is lovely and the cupcakes were mind blowing!”

Book cover cupcakes

Cupcakes 2

June 5

Minutes of professional learning day at Cambridge Park HS

Tuesday 22 May 2012, Cambridge Park HS
Teacher Librarian: Alison Johnson & Library Assistant: Renae Wheeler

Welcome: Mr Tony Diaczok (Deputy Principal Cambridge Park HS)
• Thank you to everyone for attending
• Key focus on literacy
• Teacher Librarians drive the literacy agenda in their schools
• Acknowledgement of the valued work done by Alison and Renae in the Library
• Enjoy the day.

Welcome & General Business: Jenny Scheffers (Chairperson PMBW Committee)
• Acknowledgement of traditional custodians
• Thank you to everyone for attending
• Apologies from Colleen Foley (Team Leader, School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit)
• Housekeeping matters – Alison
• Welcome and thank you to our presenters and sponsors
• Special presentations – on behalf of the PMBW TL group to Ian McLean (Penrith PS) and Paul MacDonald (Children’s Bookshop) for recently receiving School Libraries Association of NSW awards:
IanJohn H Lee Memorial Award for excellence in leadership in innovative and collaborative teaching practice through the integration of learning technologies (See also Penrith City Star article.)
Paul – inaugural Maurice Saxby Award for excellence & passion in promoting reading to children & young adults
• Committee has organised a gift to pass on to Colleen Blancato – past-PMBW Secretary, now working at DEC CLIC
• Beginners OASIS Training course – see Julie Grazotis (TL @ Banks PS) if interested
PRC update:
 Thanks to Belinda Guymer (Emu Heights PS) and Ian McLean (Penrith PS) for their assistance in sending a letter to Alan Booth (DEC State Office) re changes to PRC certificates
 PRC now run by one staff member
 Open to feedback at the end of the year
 DEC reviewing the situation
Sydney International Storytelling Conference – June 1-3 @ Baulkham Hills – see Jenny for further information
• Folder contains the following documents:
 Agenda
 Term 3 Afternoon Tea flyer – Wednesday 29 August (week 7) at James Erskine PS, 3:30 – 5:00pm, Topics – Book Week activities and CBC update; no cost and no need to register on MyPL@EDU
 Term 4 Literary Conference – Thursday 8 November 2012, Penrith Panthers 9 – 4pm, Cost: approx. $100
 Evaluation Form
 Flyer – CLIC
 Flyer – Alison’s Children’s Books
• Badge draw at the end of the day – prizes donated by sponsors and Colleen Foley.

Guest Speaker: Paul MacDonald (The Children’s Bookshop)Review of the Shortlisted CBCA titles and What’s Hot
• Email Paul at staff@thechildrensbookshop.com.au
• Rise of visual literacy – picture books
• Rise of Teacher’s Notes – lot of support material available for books
• Book Trailers – Google the term “book trailers” – way of the future – using technology to bring kids back to books, eg:

The last Viking book trailer – Norman Jorgensen & James Foley

Rudie nudie book trailer – Emma Quay

• CBCA 2012 Theme – “Champions read”
• Provides a focus to be advocates for reading
• CBCA awards tend to reward the adjective over the verb – nothing wrong with page turners – action books
• Should be a CBCA category for debut authors
• Children and teen book market booming – authors for the adult market are now writing teen fiction
• Books on Muslim faith are popular
• Easy reads abound – Beast Quest, Bill B Brown, EJ12, Hey Jack!, Zac Power
• Kids love book series
Diary of a wimpy kid – format is a hit, new book to be released later this year
• Dystopian teen fiction dominates
• Classic is cool! – The great Gatsby
• Graphic novels are popular
• Non fiction picture books – lighter on text.

* Download Paul’s presentation from HERE.

Guest Speaker: Jill Bruce (Author and NSW judge for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Literature Awards 2012-2013), Children’s Book Council of Australia
• Total of eight judges – one from each state
• Judges chosen from CBC members from each state – members apply or nominate for the position as judge
• 365 books read – every book read by every judge – report written
• Books can be entered in more than one category
• Attend Judges Conference – one award category dealt with per day – shortlist and honour books decided by secret ballot
• No category for books in a series – problem created when each book ends with a hook and the next in the series needs to be read
• Criteria for all categories:
 Outstanding titles with literary merit
 Language appropriate to the theme and style of the work with regard to the aesthetic qualities of language
 Originality in the treatment of literary elements
 Quality of illustrations, book design, production, printing and binding.

* Download Jill’s presentation from HERE.

Sponsor: Syba Signs (Jodie)
• Jodie is sharing conference visits with Phyl Williamson
• Involved with National Year of Reading – promotional products available eg. bookmarks, posters, floor mat
• Supporting the reading hour
• Professional Development program 2012 – available at venues beyond Sydney CBD
• Happy to visit schools to discuss your Library needs.

Guest Speakers: Cheryl Farkas (Literacy Consultant K-6 Western Sydney region), Caroline Hopwood (Middle Years Literacy Consultant Western Sydney Region), Julie Grazotis (Teacher Librarian, Banks PS)

Literacy Comprehension Strategies: Cheryl and Caroline – Introduction
• Literacy Continuum K-10
 Provides clear and accessible representation of the development of the critical aspects of literacy across the seven years of primary education
 Sound research based evidence to plan teaching to meet individual student needs at all levels
 Explicit descriptions of the skill and knowledge involved in progressive development and achievement in literacy
 Recognises and includes digital literacy across all levels of schooling
 Covers 8 critical aspects – 3 constrained skills and 5 unconstrained skills
Constrained skills – Phonics, Phonemic Awareness and Concepts About Print
Unconstrained Skills – Reading Texts, comprehension, Aspects of Speaking, Vocabulary and Aspects of Writing
 Each of the 8 critical aspects need to be unpacked:
One aspect at a time
Unpack the definition
Select the cluster most appropriate for your students
Unpack the cluster marker under the chosen cluster
Select the marker that needs to be explicitly taught
• Handouts – Literacy Continuum PowerPoint presentation & Teaching reading comprehension strategies.

* Download Cheryl and Caroline’s presentations from HERE (Introduction to the literacy continuum), HERE (interactive literacy continuum chart) and HERE (K-6 comprehension strategies).

• Contact Cheryl cheryl.farkas@det.nsw.edu.au
• Contact Caroline caroline.hopwood@det.nsw.edu.au

Primary Session: Julie Grazotis
Super Six Strategies – how to use them in the Library
• Good readers – Read, Make Connections, Predict, Visualise, Question, Monitor and Summarise
• Books are like windows and mirrors:
 Windows allow us to look through the book and see the lives of others. We can learn new ideas about people in the world
 Mirrors reflect our own lives
• Predicting – use ‘See, Think, Wonder’ model
• Visualising – ‘See With Your Mind’
• Questioning – The 5Ws (Who? What? When? Where? Why?)
• Monitoring – ‘The Five Finger Test’, ‘Can It Be For Me?’ – steps to select suitable and interesting books
• Summarising – PMI chart.

* Download Julie’s presentations from HERE (strategies) and HERE (reading solutions).

Guest Speaker: Lisa Forrest (Author/Olympian) – ‘Making the Most of It’
• A varied career to date – author, actor, TV and radio presenter, interviewer, mother and Olympian
• Experiences as a swimmer representing Australia, in particular, her representation at the 1980 Olympic Games, have influenced and provided subject matter for her writing
• 2012 CBCA theme might use a sporting angle in this Olympic year: “Champions read”.

Next Committee meeting: 3.45pm, Wednesday 6 June at Penrith Panthers.
Meeting concluded: 3:30pm

June 28

Upcoming: Stage 1 & 2 Book Week rap

Hi everyone!

Just letting you know that the School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit (of NSW DEC’s CLIC) is hosting an exciting Stage 1 & 2 Book Week rap, based on the shortlisted picture books (from across the various categories). The rap will run from Weeks 5- 10 Term 3. Teacher Librarians Ian McLean (Penrith PS) and Jenny Scheffers (Caddies Creek PS) will be coordinating this dynamic book rap, along with Cath Keane (Editor Scan).

We are hoping to have a lot of schools from across our network take part. So if you’re interested, please start mentioning it to a few class teachers now so you can have them “lined up” ready to go! You’ll need to start reading the shortlisted picture books to classes from the start of next term in readiness for the commemncement of the book rap in Week 5. Lots of exciting T & L activities (including Web 2.0) are planned!

We hope you will join us!

Jenny Scheffers
Chairperson PMBW Teacher Librarian Professional Learning Group