Tuesday, October 23, 2012

22nd October National Bird Week 22-28 October 2012

It is National Bird week here in Australia!  Every October, Bird Life Australia organises and promotes Bird Week with the goal of inspiring Australians to take action and get involved in bird conservation. For almost 100 years, October 28 has been designated ‘Bird Day’ across Australia. The theme and poster pose the question 'Who's nesting where?'   It is always fun to do a unit of work on birds because Australia has the most amazing native birds. We can look at emus, cassowaries, cockatoos, galahs, lorikeets, budgerigars, kookaburras, lyrebirds, pelicans and owls. All the expat students always comment on how big and how noisy they are. 

To coincide with this focus question, I tried to limit the books I displayed to Australian books and Australian birds. Among them were these fiction titles. There is a large range in length, tone and difficulty here.

* Enoch the Emu   by   Gordon Winch & Doreen Gritswood
* Edward the Emu  and Edwina the Emu by Sheena Knowles & Rod Clement
* The Penguin Shore  by Tim O'Brien & Mark Wilson
* Silly Galah by Janeen Brian  (poems)
* One, Two, Cockatoo by Sarah Garson
* Cassowary's Egg by Garry Fleming
* The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay; The Hunt; High Above the Sea and Fox and Fine Feathers  by Narelle Oliver (she does birds so well!)
* Kookaburra School by Jill Morris
* Enora and the Black Crane by Arone Raymond Meeks
* Hello Barney by Mary Pershall & Mark Wilson 
* Mozzie and Midgie by Doug McLeod & Sandra Okayli (spoonbills)
* The Rainbirds  by David Metzethen & Sally Rippin (currawongs)
* Lucy's Cat and the Rainbow Birds by Anthony Hill & Jane Tanner (lorikeets)
* Little Tawny by Kim Dale (tawny frogmouths)
* Storm Boy  and Pannikin and Pinta by Colin Thiele (these two stories about pelicans make great serials for young children because of their illustrations. There is an illustrated version of Pinquo, his story about little penguins and their nesting habits too.)

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