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Picture of the productA Rat in a Stripy Sock
A Rat in a Stripy Sock

by Frances Watts
Illustrated by David Francis


From award-winning author Frances Watts comes an uplifting story that shows how happiness can be found in the simplest of things. A book for all ages.

A rain-swept day... A heart-lifting flash of colour! A story about the joy to be had in life's simplest pleasures -especially when they are shared- and finding happiness in the most unexpected places. A book for all ages.

'this is the kind of book that young children can pore and ponder over; the illustrations are simple but vibrant, complementing the text but leaving plenty of detail to ensure the reader will linger over each spread.' Four Stars, Australian Bookseller & Publisher

'...this picture book is a little gem as the rat imagines the difference his stripy sock will make. the illustrations perfectly capture the emotion of the book. the rat's facial expressions are priceless and he is so cute. the text is 'heart-lifting,' to quote a word from the book. It's a book to make you smile and maybe it's also saying something a lot of us need to hear about what is important in life. 'this gentle book is sure to become a favourite with children and their parents. It would make a good story for before bedtime as it's not only short but leaves positive images in the mind. Especially great for 0-3 years but will be enjoyed by those older as well.' Good Reading


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Picture of the productAlways Jack
Always Jack

By Susanne Gervay

Jack's journey continues.... from Susanne Gervay, the long-awaited sequel to I am Jack and Superjack.
Age: 9+

Jack's life is pretty good - he has brilliant friends, everyone loves his funny jokes and he's a great inventor. But things are getting complicated. Nanna's older and wobblier, and why does Jack's face now go red when he sees his best friend Anna? And to top it off Mum and Rob's wedding seems to be taking over the world.

Something really scary has also happened to his mum and it's going to take all of Jack's courage to deal with it.

From the author of the bestselling I AM JACK comes an insightful and inspiring book about the effect of cancer on families.

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Picture of the productAnti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom
Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom
By Katie Kissinger

Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom provides a useful, clearly outlined guide for implementing anti-bias and anti-oppression practices in early childhood education settings. Throughout the book, you’ll find:

Stories from the field
Strategies for keeping teaching practices in touch with growing social justice movements
Tasks and questions to spark your professional growth in this important area

Katie Kissinger uses her personal experience as a longtime educator to highlight both the challenges and the potential for transformative learning in the anti-bias classroom, and gives other teachers the tools they need to create classrooms that welcome all students and families.

180 pages | PBK


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Picture of the productBeing Jack
Being Jack

by Susanne Gervay

Being Jack is the fourth and concluding book about Jack - an ordinary boy who does extraordinary things. Jack still loves photography, surfing, and his crazy family, and things are going well until he notices that his best friend Christopher is starting to miss school and hiding out and avoiding everyone. And when a soccer game turns ugly, Jack knows that, again, the bullying has to stop.

Jack is full of heart. And readers see themselves in the Jack books. Things don't go perfectly, but he copes, he survives. He has good friends; he loves his family, even though sometimes they drive him crazy. Now, finally, in Being Jack, life seems to be settling down. No more bullying. No more cancer. No more sort-of-stepdad. Seems to be. But it's real life, this book, so even though his stepdad Rob is great, Jack starts wondering about his real dad. And even though he's not being bullied, other people are. For Jack, it's all about finding the answers to some really tough questions: Should you, could you, find a dad who doesn't seem to care about being found? Do you have enough courage to stand up for your friend, against the people who hurt you? What happens to the line between right and wrong if you do nothing?

Susanne Gervay knows how to make kids laugh, and think, and ask questions - of themselves and others. She writes book kids need to read. So Being Jack, is not just a book that will make kids feel comforted - it's a book that will show them the way towards taking responsibility. Towards standing up for themselves, and others. We are so very proud to have all of the Jack books on our list.

Other Jack titles include: I Am Jack, Super Jack and Always Jack.

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Picture of the productBoys Don't Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools
Boys Don't Try? Rethinking Masculinity in Schools

Matt Pinkett, Mark Roberts

There is a significant problem in our schools: too many boys are struggling. The list of things to concern teachers is long. Disappointing academic results, a lack of interest in studying, higher exclusion rates, increasing mental health issues, sexist attitudes, an inability to express emotions… Traditional ideas about masculinity are having a negative impact, not only on males, but females too. In this ground-breaking book, Matt Pinkett and Mark Roberts argue that schools must rethink their efforts to get boys back on track.

Boys Don’t Try? examines the research around key topics such as anxiety and achievement, behaviour and bullying, schoolwork and self-esteem. It encourages the reader to reflect on how they define masculinityand consider what we want for boys in our schools. Offering practical quick wins, as well as long-term strategies to help boys become happier and achieve greater academic success, the book:

* offers ways to avoid problematic behaviour by boys and tips to help teachers address poor behaviour when it happens
* highlights key areas of pastoral care that need to be recognised by schools
* exposes how popular approaches to ‘engaging’ boys are actually misguided and damaging
* details how issues like disadvantage, relationships, violence, peer pressure and pornography affect boys’ perceptions of masculinity and how teachers can challenge these

With an easy-to-navigate three-part structure for each chapter, setting out the stories, key research and practical solutions, this is essential reading for all classroom teachers and school leaders who are keen to ensure male students enjoy the same success as girls.

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Picture of the productChallenging Early Learning
Challenging Early Learning :
Helping Young Children Learn How to Learn : 1st Edition

James Nottingham, Jill Nottingham


What are the goals of early years education? A lot of people ask this question and receive answers ranging from keeping children safe; introducing them to the values of society; encouraging a love of language; giving them experience of socialising, harmonising, and behaving appropriately. This book shares the best strategies to help children grow into even more curious, resilient, happy, articulate and thoughtful learners.


Challenging Early Learning takes James Nottingham's tried and tested and acclaimed 'learning to learn' methodology and applies it to teaching 3-7 year olds. Each chapter includes:

Colourful and stimulating learning activities that will help children learn how to learn Practical "Now Try This" sections that encourage readers to think about current practice and explore new ideas
A Review section that focuses on building a broad tool kit of teaching strategies

Covering a range of key topics such as feedback, dialogue, growth mindset and the Learning Pit, this book is aimed at all pedagogues, teachers, parents and leaders wanting to challenge the way in which we learn and make learning more challenging.


Jill and James Nottingham started an educational company in 1999 to support local nurseries and schools with the development of Philosophy for Children. This evolved into a multi-million pound, social regeneration project to raise the aspirations and abilities of young people in North East England. With the success of this project, early childhood centres across Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand wanted to get involved in the Nottinghams’ award-winning approaches to challenge, dialogue, feedback, questioning and progress. To meet this demand, Jill and James set up companies in Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA, and now employ 30 educational experts who lead, demonstrate and guide practitioners and parents in the best ways to enhance young children’s learning.

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Picture of the productConsuming Kids
Consuming Kids
The Hostile Takeover of Childhood

By Susan Linn

A shocking exposé of the $15 billion marketing malestrom aimed at our children and how we can stop it

With the intensity of the California gold rush, corporations are racing to stake their claim on the consumer group formerly known as children. What was once the purview of a handful of companies has escalated into a gargantuan enterprise estimated at over $15 billion annually. While parents struggle to set limits at home, marketing executives work day and night to undermine their efforts with irresistible messages.

In Consuming Kids, psychologist Susan Linn takes a comprehensive and unsparing look at the demographic advertisers call “the kid market,” taking readers on a compelling and disconcerting journey through modern childhood as envisioned by commercial interests. Children are now the focus of a marketing maelstrom, targets for everything from minivans to M&M counting books: All aspects of children’s lives—their health, education, creativity, and values—are at risk of being compromised by their status in the marketplace.

Interweaving real-life stories of marketing to children, child development theory, the latest research, and what marketing experts themselves say about their work, Linn reveals the magnitude of this problem and shows what can be done about it. With a foreword written by research psychologist and author Penelope Leach, Consuming Kids is a call to action for parents, educators, legislators and anyone who cares about the health and well being of children.


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Picture of the productCultural Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education
by Penny Borkett

Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education reveals how cultural diversity can be celebrated in every early years setting. Acknowledging the impact of culture on a child’s development and identity, the book demonstrates the need for practitioners to appreciate cultural difference, value diversity and ensure inclusive practices.

Alongside comprehensive discussion of current and historical policy relating to multiculturalism and relevant sociocultural theory, the book provides practical guidance and resources to support practitioners in responding to the challenges of working with families and children from diverse cultural backgrounds. Chapters focus on topics such as:

policy and the role of the practitioner

sociocultural theories relating to child development

building working relationships with families

the impact of culture on a child's identity

enabling environments and inclusive strategies.

Including case studies, reflective questions and suggestions for further reading and research, this essential book will help early years practitioners and students to embrace the varied cultural heritages of the children in their care.

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Picture of the productEarly Childhood Education Exclusive Triple Pack
Early Childhood Education Exclusive Triple Pack :
Early Childhood Education for a New Era +
The New Early Childhood Professional +
Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional

Available for a Strictly Limited Time

Early Childhood Education for a New Era

In her provocative new book, Stacie Goffin presents a leadership manifesto to the field of early childhood education: It should step forward as an agent for change by assuming responsibility for the competent practice of its practitioners and for facilitating positive results for children and their learning. As a field of practice, ECE should formally organise as a profession to realise consistency in practice across sites and program types. Goffin challenges the field to develop field-wide leadership and diminish its reliance on public policy for defining its purpose and structure.


Early Childhood Education for a New Era confronts the disparity between the field’s potential contributions to children’s learning and development and its occupational competence to achieve them. It burros under the identity and leadership question of “What defines and bounds early care and education as a field of practice?” to better understand why this question still lingers. It elevates as an obligation the field’s need to change its collective performance and lifts up the transformational opportunity provided by organising ECE as a professional field of practice.

Offering a fresh viewpoint on national efforts to improve program quality and children's learning and development, the book concludes with ''Next Steps Commentaries'' written by education luminaires Rolf Grafwallner, Jacqueline Jones and Pamela J. Winton outlining concrete action steps to jump-start the essential discussion about moving forward with the ideas presented in the book.

The New Early Childhood Professional

Valora Washington, Brenda Gadson, Kathryn Amel

For today’s early childhood educator, change is a non-negotiable
reality. While the size, force and direction of change can often seem
overwhelming, this book shows the way toward overcoming these gigantic odds or
“Goliaths”. The New Early Childhood
Professional presents some of the heroic experiences and strategic
approaches used by early childhood educators (participants in the CAYL
Institute Fellowship programs) to deal with change. The authors share a
specific framework with concrete steps to help educators become positive
change-makers in the field of early care and education.


Complete with resources, tools and questions for reflection, this
handbook takes readers through four progressive paths toward becoming an
architect of change:



Analysis—When
confronting seemingly insurmountable situations, instead of being overwhelmed,
think and reflect about the situation and discover hidden insights.

Advance—Better
understand the nature of problems while also strengthening your vision and
identity through planning and preparation.

Act—Begin
with everyday challenges and use what you know from every situation, in every
interaction with a child, parent, peer or administrator.

Guiding Principles for the New Early Childhood Professional: Building on Strength and Competence

Valora Washington, Brenda Gadson

With growing evidence about the critical period of birth to age 5
for child development and learning, the imperative to professionalize the early childhood education workforce has never been greater. In this follow-up to The New Early Childhood Professional: A
Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Goliath, the authors share lessons learned from their work with thousands of practitioners. They focus on four Guiding Principles for leading change:

the need to Respect diverse opinions

the need to seek Equity

the need to acknowledge the field’s Strengths

the need to do the hard work to enhance competence.

With a strategic emphasis on building professional communities,
strengthening professional capital and working together to craft solutions, Guiding Principles for the New Early
Childhood Professional presents a clearer vision of a unified future in
early childhood care and education.


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Picture of the productEarly Childhood Education for a New Era
Author - Stacie G Goffin
Early Childhood Education for a New Era: Leading for Our Profession

In her provocative new book, Stacie Goffin presents a leadership manifesto to the field of early childhood education: It should step forward as an agent for change by assuming responsibility for the competent practice of its practitioners and for facilitating positive results for children and their learning. As a field of practice, ECE should formally organise as a profession to realise consistency in practice across sites and program types. Goffin challenges the field to develop field-wide leadership and diminish its reliance on public policy for defining its purpose and structure.

Early Childhood Education for a New Era confronts the disparity between the field’s potential contributions to children’s learning and development and its occupational competence to achieve them. It burros under the identity and leadership question of “What defines and bounds early care and education as a field of practice?” to better understand why this question still lingers. It elevates as an obligation the field’s need to change its collective performance and lifts up the transformational opportunity provided by organising ECE as a professional field of practice.

Offering a fresh viewpoint on national efforts to improve program quality and children's learning and development, the book concludes with ''Next Steps Commentaries'' written by education luminaires Rolf Grafwallner, Jacqueline Jones and Pamela J. Winton outlining concrete action steps to jump-start the essential discussion about moving forward with the ideas presented in the book.


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Picture of the productEarly Childhood Matters
Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project

Edited by Kathy Sylva, Edward Melhuish, Pam Sammons, Iram Siraj-Blatchford, Brenda Taggart

Early Childhood Matters documents the rapid development of early years education and care from the late 1990s into the new millennium. It chronicles the unique contribution of the EPPE research to our understanding of the importance of pre-school.

The Effective Pre-school and Primary Education (EPPE) project is the largest European study of the impact of early years education and care on children’s developmental outcomes. Through this ground-breaking project a team of internationally-recognised experts provide insights into how home learning environments interact with pre-school and primary school experiences to shape children’s progress.

The findings of this fascinating project:

provide new evidence of the importance of early childhood experiences
show how these experiences influence children’s cognitive, social and behavioural development
give new insights on the importance of early years education
will be relevant to a wide audience who are interested in policy development, early years education and care, and ‘effectiveness’ research
examine how the combined effects of pre-school, primary school and the family interact to shape children’s educational outcomes.

This insightful book is essential reading for all those interested in innovative research methodology and policy development in early childhood education and care. It provides new evidence on good practice in early years settings and will have a wide appeal for students and those engaged in providing accredited courses of study at a range of levels in early childhood.


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Picture of the productEarly Childhood Studies : Principles and Practice
Early Childhood Studies
Principles and Practice 2nd Edition

Jane Johnston, Lindy Nahmad-Williams, Ruby Oates, Val Wood

This fully updated new edition offers a comprehensive, accessible, yet rigorous introduction to the study of Early Childhood that will will add value to any Early Childhood Studies course at both foundation and degree level. Addressing both care and education in the Early Years, the book considers a range of multi-disciplinary aspects of Early Childhood; including health, social, educational, psychological and sociological perspectives.

Early Childhood Studies engages the reader by providing real-world examples that underpin theoretical perspectives and bring examples to life, while encouraging practitioners to engage in reflective practice by considering their own similar experiences.

Key features include:

* Engaging activities and case studies that bring theory to life
* Cutting-edge research
* Practical tasks and advice with points for further reading
* End of chapter summaries, Reflective Tasks and Study Skills boxes in each chapter
* Full colour illustrations throughout

This core introductory textbook is an indispensable resource for Early Years’ students and professionals, whatever their level of expertise or experience.

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Picture of the productElephants Have Wings
Elephants Have Wings

By Susanne Gervay

‘Elephants Have Wings’ is a re-visioning of the parable of the Blind Men and the Elephant in a timeless landscape.

There are many versions of the story of the blind men and the elephant. tale, where a group of blind men (or men in the dark) touch an elephant to learn what it is like. Each one feels a different part. They argue over what they feel, until they realise they are touching the one elephant.

It opens the search for the discovery of – what is truth?

Elephants Have Wings is a story of two children embarking on the great journey of discovery, nestled in the wings of a mystical white elephant. They fly across the universe, seeing its beauty, then conflict, to discover, there is a pathway to the humanity in all of us.

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Picture of the productGender Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years Education
Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education : 1st Edition

Kath Tayler, Deborah Price

How can we support children to reach their full potential and not be constrained by gender expectations?Are gender roles fixed at birth or do they develop through experiences? Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education introduces practitioners to key aspects of gender in the early years and explores how to ensure that children and staff teams are supported in settings that have outstanding practice.

Considering the implications of gender in the context of supporting children, families and practitioners, this book examines the theoretical contexts that surround gender identity and explores current legislation and practice in order to provide practitioners with all the information they need to develop their own work and settings in an open and equal way. Offering a wealth of practical guidance, case studies and reflective questions which link to the EYFS, chapters cover:

* a theoretical approach to gender development
* current legislation and the impact on early years practice
* understanding gender fluidity and the way in which children express gender
* creating gender equality when working with children and the role of manager in creating a supportive ethos.

Including tasks, reflective points and links to useful websites and organisations, this book will be valuable reading for all early years practitioners and students that want to promote an inclusive environment for the children in their care, their families and colleagues.

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Picture of the productGoodnight Mice!
Goodnight Mice!

Frances Watts, Judy Watson

Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction, this irresistibly charming picture book is now in paperback! Age 2+

Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction A CBCA Notable Book Kiss Dad once. Cuddle Mum twice. 'Goodnight, Mum and Dad.' 'Goodnight, mice.' It's time to say goodnight - but the four cheeky mice skittering, scampering and scurrying to bed don't seem very sleepy! this warm, affectionate story is the perfect bedtime book for the whole family to share. Ages: 2+

Praise for GOODNIGHT, MICE!:
'The perfect bedtime book ... told at a cleverly thought-out pace that should ensure a yawn before the final page ... Illustrator Judy Watson's detailed expressions on the four mouslings are fun, funny and rewarding upon further visits' COURIER-MAIL

'An ideal bedtime read for parents keen on winding things down for the sleepy train. Squeak!' KIDS-BOOKREVIEW.COM

'A story filled with warmth and family love ... this is sure to become a book young children and parents will be happy to read again and again' AUSSIEREVIEWS.COM

'Utterly flawless use of rich and poetic language ... a bedtime story to read aloud with gusto, to delight in and to savour. Very highly recommended' SYDNEY'S CHILD

'This is a charming, funny and reassuring story for littlies to follow the going-to-bed ritual ... Recommended' MAGPIES

'Watts knows how to break up a story's rhythm by using a refrain, making a story which will be read again and again. Watson's mice are individuals and the many untold stories in the pictures will be pored over by avid three and four-year-old listeners.' WEST AUSTRALIAN

'The collaboration of writer and illustrator in this case makes for an almost perfect bedtime book. Watts's words sing with rhyme and repetition, making them excellent linguistic tools for small children, while Watson's impish, affectionate illustrations speak to families from every type of background.' JUDGES' COMMENTS, 2012 PRIME MINISTER'S LITERARY AWARDS


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Picture of the productGrowing Up Aboriginal in Australia
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia
By: Anita Heiss

What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia? This anthology, compiled by award-winning author Anita Heiss, attempts to showcase as many diverse voices, experiences and stories as possible in order to answer that question. Each account reveals, to some degree, the impacts of invasion and colonisation – on language, on country, on ways of life, and on how people are treated daily in the community, the education system, the workplace and friendship groups.

Accounts from well-known authors and high-profile identities sit alongside newly discovered voices of all ages, with experiences spanning coastal and desert regions, cities and remote communities. All of them speak to the heart – sometimes calling for empathy, oftentimes challenging stereotypes, always demanding respect.

This groundbreaking anthology aims to enlighten, inspire and educate about the lives of Aboriginal people in Australia today.

Contributors include: Tony Birch, Deborah Cheetham, Adam Goodes, Terri Janke, Patrick Johnson, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Jack Latimore, Celeste Liddle, Amy McQuire, Kerry Reed-Gilbert, Miranda Tapsell, Jared Thomas, Aileen Walsh, Alexis West, Tara June Winch, and many, many more.

About the Editor

Dr Anita Heiss is the author of non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary and travel articles. She is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards. She lives in Brisbane.

PBK | 320 Pages


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Picture of the productI am Jack
I Am Jack

By Susanne Gervay

The best-selling I AM JACK is regarded as the go-to book about the issue and the award-winning play has been performed to sell-out audiences in Australia and the US.

Ages: 9+

Jack likes going to school. He enjoys learning new things. George Hamel calls Jack 'Bum Head'. All the kids at school call Jack 'Bum Head'. Jack's in Big trouble ... school is getting dangerous. Nobody seems to want to listen. Until one day ...

Endorsed by Life Education Australia, the best-selling I AM JACK addresses bullying in schools, while remaining accessible and entertaining for younger readers.

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Picture of the productI Am Jack Series – Bullying! No Way!
I Am Jack Series – Bullying! No Way!
By Susanne Gervay

Susanne Gervay’s I AM JACK is a significant resource for parents, students and teachers. School bullying can have a devastating effect on a child and the school community. It can happen to anyone. Through story journey I AM JACK emotionally engages the bullied, bully, other children, teachers, parents exploring ways to create a safer place.
Jack is your best mate, whatever happens. You’ve always got a friend in the I Am Jack books

I Am Jack - NO Bullying. No excuse. No reason. No way!
Super Jack - Kids are Super Heroes
Always Jack - Dealing with the big issues
Being Jack - Standing up to ALL Bullying. No Cyber Bullying. No way!

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Picture of the productIntentional Leadership for Effective Inclusion
Intentional Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care: Exploring Core Themes and Strategies

by Mary Moloney, Eucharia McCarthy

Intentional leadership can unite, motivate and empower all educators to work towards the common goal of creating a truly inclusive culture in which all children, with or without disabilities, are supported and enabled to fully participate in every aspect of daily life and learning.

This book recognises diverse manifestations of special educational needs, from communication difficulties and delays in learning, to social and physical disabilities, and considers the ways in which these needs might be embraced within inclusive mainstream settings. Key to this is robust and purposeful leadership that removes barriers to learning, changes existing attitudes and values, motivates staff and foregrounds holistic learning opportunities and experiences. Chapters draw on theoretical models, reflect on international and national policies, and consider topics including:

the image of the child

physical, aesthetic and temporal aspects of the learning environment

relational pedagogy

long-, medium- and short-term planning

the role of assessment

collaborative working with parents, families and other professionals.

In-depth descriptions of behaviours and leadership strategies, practice scenarios and activities support the reader’s understanding. Intentional Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Education and Care is a comprehensive guide for students, teachers and practitioners involved in Early Childhood Education and Care, Social Care and Early Intervention programmes.


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Picture of the productIt's a Story, Rory!
It's a Story, Rory!

by Frances Watts
Illustrated by David Legge

A STORY ABOUT STORIES!

FROM THE AWARD-WINNING CREATORS OF PARSLEY RABBIT'S BOOK ABOUT BOOKS

'Hey, Milly, why are we on this blank page?'

'It won't be blank for long. We're going to be in a STORY, Rory!'

Rory has never been in a story before and he's not even sure how one works. Luckily, he and his friend Milly have a helpful voice on the page (that's me, the narrator) to guide them on an amazing adventure as they encounter an exciting PLOT, spectacular SETTINGS and some very funny CHARACTERS.

So, open the cover and discover how stories are made with the award-winning creators of Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books.

PRAISE FOR IT'S A STORY, RORY!

'The illustrations are both informative and entertaining ... The characters are appealing and immensely expressive ... highly recommended, whether you want a book to read for simple enjoyment, or one to be used as a tool for learning how to tell a story' - Kids' Book Review

'A neat idea that teaches and encourages creative storytelling' - CBCA Reading Time

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Picture of the productJumping Ship
Jumping Ship:
From the World of Corporate Australia to the Heart of Social Investment

By Michael Traill

As an ambitious, competitive kid from a public school, who grew up in a country town in Victoria, Michael Traill converted privileged education opportunities in the hallowed halls of Melbourne University’s Trinity College and the Harvard Business School into a highly paid and successful career at Macquarie Bank, often called the millionaire's factory.
But a career devoted to money-making – for himself and his clients – was never going to satisfy Michael’s deeper yearnings: his passion for social justice; his determination to make the world a better place. So at the peak of his career and only in his early forties he decided to leave merchant banking behind. His vision was to bring the rigour and hard-headedness of the world of finance to the world of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.

In Jumping Ship Michael Traill tells the candid and inspiring story of the journey that took him from a modest small town in Morwell to the millionaire’s factory and then on to founding a unique Australian non-profit success story. This led to being a key architect, along with a group of financial high-fliers, who found a way to run a multi-million dollar business devoted entirely to the creation of social good rather than profit. In the process they were at the forefront of addressing social disadvantage and reshaping the Australian non-profit landscape.

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Picture of the productKicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic
Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic
By Anita Heiss

AFL legends Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin are blood brothers and great mates. They are also two of the best footballers ever to play for the Sydney Swans. Between them, they played over 650 games and kicked over 900 goals.

But what were Goodesy and Magic like when they were kids? What kind of scrapes did they get into at school? And what was it like to go from being normal teenagers to AFL superstars?

Find out all this and much more in Kicking Goals, the story of Adam and Michael’s friendship in their own words, as told to Anita Heiss.

PKB | 64 Pages


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Picture of the productLeading for Change in Early Care and Education
Leading for Change in Early Care and Education: Cultivating Leadership from Within

by Anne Douglass

Featuring both research findings and practical recommendations, this book presents an innovative framework for nurturing leadership in the care and education of young children.

Early educators are often seen as the objects of change, rather than the architects and co-creators of change. Douglass calls for a paradigm shift in thinking that challenges many long-held stereotypes about the early care and education workforce’s capacity to lead change.

Case studies show how educators use their expertise every day to make a difference in the lives of children and families. These accounts demonstrate concrete strategies for expanding current thinking about who can be leaders for change and for developing more inclusive pathways for leadership.

This book has the potential to revolutionize the field with a new model for developing and nurturing innovative, entrepreneurial, and skilled early educator leaders capable of driving transformative change—from classrooms and home-based programs to communities and beyond.


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LGBT Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education

Deborah Price Kath Tayler

Children and families come in all shapes and sizes, as do members of staff. LGBT Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education will support practitioners in thinking about LGBT issues in relation to their early years practice.

It examines the history of equalities legislation and the diversity of families with LGBT members alongside pragmatic advice to ensure that all children, families and staff feel welcomed and celebrated in the early years setting.

This book offers realistic advice and practical guidance, which results from years of first-hand experience in the early years sector. The chapters explore key topics such as:

* A brief history of legislation in the UK in regard to LGBT diversity
* Good practice with children and families
* LGBT diversity in an early years work environment
* Resourcing for equality

Including case studies, reading lists and links to useful websites and organisations, this book will be valuable reading for all early years practitioners and students that want to promote an inclusive environment for the children in their care.

146 Pages | Pbk


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Lifelong Kindergarten : Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play

Mitchel Resnick

How lessons from kindergarten can help everyone develop the creative thinking skills needed to thrive in today's society

In kindergartens these days, children spend more time with math worksheets and phonics flashcards than building blocks and finger paint. Kindergarten is becoming more like the rest of school. In Lifelong Kindergarten, learning expert Mitchel Resnick argues for exactly the opposite: the rest of school (even the rest of life) should be more like kindergarten. To thrive in today's fast-changing world, people of all ages must learn to think and act creatively - and the best way to do that is by focusing more on imagining, creating, playing, sharing, and reflecting, just as children do in traditional kindergartens.

Drawing on experiences from more than thirty years at MIT's Media Lab, Resnick discusses new technologies and strategies for engaging young people in creative learning experiences. He tells stories of how children-are programming their own games, stories, and inventions (for example, a diary security system, created by a twelve-year-old girl), and-collaborating through remixing, crowdsourcing, and large-scale group projects (such as a Halloween-themed game called Night at Dreary Castle, produced by more than twenty kids scattered around the world). By providing young people with opportunities to work on projects,-based on their passions, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit, we can help them prepare for a world where creative thinking is more important than-ever before.

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