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.
PBK | 176 Pages
Regular price: 14.99
|Boys 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.
176 Pages | Pbk
Regular price: 27.99
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|Challenging Early Learning
Challenging Early Learning :
Helping Young Children Learn How to Learn : 1st Edition
James Nottingham, Jill Nottingham
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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.
192 Pages | Pbk
Regular price: 19.99
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.
Regular price: 19.99
|Early 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:
confronting seemingly insurmountable situations, instead of being overwhelmed,
think and reflect about the situation and discover hidden insights.
understand the nature of problems while also strengthening your vision and
identity through planning and preparation.
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.
Regular price: 79.99
Discounted member price: 75.00
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
Regular price: 14.99
Discounted member price: 13.99
|Growing 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
Regular price: 29.99
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|Intentional 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
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.
Regular price: 62.99
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|It'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
PBK | 40 Pages
Regular price: 16.00
Lifelong Kindergarten : Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play
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.
PBK | 208 Pages
Regular price: 32.99
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