PLEASE NOTE: All sites were checked before publishing but it is imperative the teacher checks all websites and links before providing them to students.

These useful links cover a range of resources, including links to public libraries, publishers and reading challenges.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) – Australian Government

DEEWR provides all the information that schools, parents and students need to know about National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW).

Literacy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Kerry Argent is the 2013 Literacy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week.

Kerry Argent's first picture book One Woolly Wombat began as an art-school project and has become an international best seller, as well as being regarded as a classic Australian counting book.

Other titles featuring Kerry’s artwork include A Bush Birthday; Sebastian Lives in a Hat (Whitley Award-winner in 1985 and Children’s Book Council Short-listed Picture Book of the Year in 1986); Derek the Dinosaur; Thank You Santa; and Gotcha!

Her most distinctive traits as an artist are her soft, rich colour work using coloured pencils or watercolour and pen and ink, and the warmth and humour with which she captures the endearing characteristics of animals.

The enchanting bush Nativity story Wombat Divine, written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Kerry, was an Australian Christmas bestseller for both 1995 and 1996.

Her books have been published in the United States, Britain, South East Asia, Japan and Korea. Originally from Adelaide, Kerry now lives in Brisbane.

Visit the Penguin and Scholastic websites to find out more.

Australia Reads

This year the book for Read for Australia is Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon.

Discover more about Gus Gordon, his writing and illustrations on his website and Facebook page.

Use the link to see book reviews and get a sneak peak at the book.

Go to the Story Box Library to hear Herman and Rosie read aloud. Quote from the Story Box Library website: “With the support of dedicated professionals in the Australian children's book industry, a fantastical world of resources and imagination designed exclusively around books is soon to emerge.”

Poetry Websites

Australian Poetry Library

Australian Poetry for Kids

Many famous Australian poets including ‘Banjo’ Paterson and C.J. Dennis have written the poems found on Australian Poetry for Kids. There is a huge number to select from for you read aloud to inspire young writers.

Australian Poem Day

Australian Poem Day was an initiative during the National Year of Reading 2012. The website contains some wonderful Australian poetry.

Everyone Can Write a Poem

Everyone Can Write a Poem is a simple word mover to support your reluctant poets! It makes it easy for students to move their words around and add some new words. The draft poems can be edited and saved as PDF files ready for printing and carrying in your pocket.

A Poetry Dictionary for Kids

This dictionary lists and explains many poetry forms.

Tips for Poetry Writing

Poet Sherryl Clark provides tips on poetry writing.

Poetry Idea Engine

Poetry Idea Engine introduces students to a range of poetry forms. It is interactive and suitable for modelling on the interactive whiteboard before students start to write.


Create a wordle to get thinking about Herman and Rosie and your poetry writing.

decorative image example of a Wordle cloud

Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD)

The sixth Indigenous Literacy Day (ILD) takes place on Wednesday 4 September 2013. Follow the links for information about how to get involved in Indigenous Literacy Day as part of your celebrations this year. Use the website to get details of the special events including The Great Book Swap.

Children’s Book Council

This year’s theme for CBCA Children’s Book Week is Read Across the Universe. In its 68th year Children’s Book Week is the longest running children’s festival in Australia. This year you can join in between Saturday 17 August and Friday 23 August.

cap that!

cap that! is asking Australian teachers to turn on captions in schools for literacy and learning benefits for all students. Captions (similar to subtitles) are essential for deaf and hearing impaired students and improve comprehension for ESL students, and children with learning disabilities. Captions are a tool already available on many DVDs, online videos and TV programs used in the classroom. Visit the cap that site to find out more!

Australian Literary and Historical Texts

This site provides a collection of Australian fiction, poetry, plays and non-fictional works. Australian Literary and Historical Texts.

Australian Authors

Go to the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s website for links to Australian author and illustrator websites.

Australian Children’s Choice Awards

Reading Challenges

Explore all of the state and territory sites for great ideas and information about books and authors and much more.

MS Readathon

MS Readathon is an annual reading event where students can win prizes by reading and raising funds for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Students (or adults) obtain sponsorship from friends and family and then set about reading as many books as they can over a 6 week period. The site provides lots information about books.


Search some of the bigger libraries as well using the website addresses provided. Start with:

Publisher’s Websites

Digital Stories

Digital Stories was the major activity for NLNW in 2011. Teachers and students created impressive digital stories related to the themes in the selected books. If you would like to try this year, here is all the information you will need to get started.

This is a comprehensive site with everything that you need to get started with Digital Stories.

The site below gives instructions to get started with a section on frequently asked questions and all the information you need in relation to copyright.

Power Up Plus – Digital Story Telling .

Discovering Digital Stories via YouTube

A quick introduction to the value of Digital Stories and Digital Storytelling by Daryll Bellingham, Storyteller.

Discovering Digital Stories – Introduction to the value of digital storytelling.

Digital Storytelling in Plain English

This was created for Stanford's Teacher Education Program (STEP). This video was created by Amy Cox, Morgan Watson, Lindsey Quinlisk, and Yong Kim.

Country Areas Program

Schools involved in the Country Areas program have been creating digital stories for some time. Explore the site for more information and some wonderful examples created by the students in these schools.

NSW Country Areas Program - Digital Stories.

Involve the community

Paint the Town Red is an inspirational project designed to involve the whole town (or local community) in reading aloud. It originated in Parkes NSW but has spread to many states and territories.

Other Websites

Trevor Cairney has created a blog that aims to provide practical, timely and sound support and advice for parents, teachers and teachers in training. This is an excellent site to recommend to parents.


The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.

The site was launched by the Centre for Youth Literature of the State Library of Victoria. It will interest older readers. The site features: a new online writer in residence each month; book reviews; booklists; quizzes; interviews; podcasts and discussions.

The Story Factory

The Sydney Story Factory is a place for children to develop their love of words. Volunteer tutors offer free help with any creative writing project a child can imagine. The centre is in Redfern, behind The Martian Embassy and Gift Shop.


This professional association for teachers provides a range of helpful resources.