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2014 Children's Shortlisted Books

Shaun Tan - Rules of Summer Website Interview with Shaun Tan about Rules of Summer


Granny Grommet's Video of Actual Grannies


Mrs Mac's 2014 Shortlisted Books Includes Video links and teacher notes links


Mrs B's 2014 Shorlisted Books


My Favourites this year are:-



eLIBRARY & eREFERENCE Includes Theasaurus, Word Dynamo, Searchable Quotes, Crosswords and much more, also have a FREE iphone app.


Merriam Webster Dictionary Great online Dictionary check out the games and quizzes. Includes Thesaurus and Encyclopedia. FREE iphone app.





The DEWEY Decimal Classification System - DDC



Lord of the Librarians - Parody on returning books to the Library - Look at: Purpose Audience Context, Point of View, Camera and Editing.


Confusing Library - Two Ronnies - Why is it funny? What makes you laugh? How do library systems really work? How do you look up a book in the library?


Google Maps - Get directions, see the satellite and traffic views look at the images, and print out the maps. Fabulous


Wikipedia - The free open source encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Also under th Wiki banner is a dictionary in a multitude of languages - Wiktionary, Open content textbooks Wikibooks, Open Learning Community Wikiversity, a collection of Quotes

Wikiquote, Wikimedia Commons which is a free database of media files anyone can use. An amazing site. And a FREE app Wiki Mobile


Google Earth Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean.



This is amazing – just type in your street address and watch the magic.

This amazing website seems to cover everything, and it has been around for years. The site is huge and it has kept uptodate with everything. It still looks fresh and wonderful. There's not much you won't find here, so include this in any topic search you do.


Take a look at The Stuff to Blow your Kids Mind Video Series. The auto section has always been great and now includes video on car maintenance, future cars, auto basics, and details of how engines work. Take some time and explore or just type in your questions and be amazed.


Earth and Moon Viewer

View either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, from a satellite in Earth orbit, or above various cities around the globe. Here is my favourite page on this site Night and Day Around the World



How many people are there in the world? World population has reached 7 billion on October 31, 2011. World population live counter with data sheets, graphs, and details of population growths since year 1. Also take a look at all the other counters at worldodometers see the world energy use, the amazing speed of the counter for the number of cigarettes smoked today and the sale of illicit drugs.



Project Gutenberg to the rescue

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. All our ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. They are digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

No fee or registration is required. As every parent, teacher and student knows, books that are required reading are not always available, or if they are, students may misplace their copy before they finish the assignment. You can search by title and author or browse their collection of classic works, many of which are available in audio editions as well.



The Most Trusted Place for answering life's Questions. is a Q&A site with answers about anything. marries the best of community-driven questions and answers with hundreds of respected and trusted editorial reference books.

The site knows the best answer to give you, whether it summons the expansive, ever-growing collection of community answers from WikiAnswers, or it taps into its Reference Answers database, a comprehensive set of editorial, licensed reference topics.

The result is a fact finder's gold mine: a one-stop page of reference information pulled from hundreds of trusted licensed sources covering millions of topics.

The Answers community includes war veterans, doctors, librarians, lawyers and students, as well as retirees who have spent their lives absorbing facts and ideas. is powered by its unique community - where individuals are bolstered by team spirit.


The State Library of Victoria has a number YouTube videos about how authors and illustrators work.

Sue DeGennaro shows how she develops her artwork, including keeping a book of ideas. Sue also discusses how authors and illustrators work together.

This video is part of the Look! exhibition, which features original artwork, sketches and drawings by more than 40 Australian illustrators.


Mrs Mac's Library Great Library resource with Interviews, Teaching Ideas and Teaching notes and much more. 2014 Shortlisted Books



Mrs B's Interactive Library Great resources which are interactive - great for EWB






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