Monday, September 5, 2011

5th September History Week

A good way to celebrate History Week with young children is to dig out some of the Rachel Tonkin picture books that are in your library. Children don't always choose to borrow these themselves, but most libraries have them because they have been shortlisted for Australian book awards. Rachel has illustrated many historical books in meticulous detail so that children can learn about the past. When I Was a Kid is a picture book about life in the 1950s. It is done using a series of vignettes drawn from childhood memories - neighbours, trips to the beach, notable events, domestic routines and general everyday life at the time. What was the War like, Grandma?; Papa and the Olden Days; To the Goldfields and Grandpa's Stories also allow children to view and hear about the past.

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