This week we have read many of the picture story books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council. Ee found them all very diverse and interesting.  The themes ranged from refugees coming into Australia and finding a peaceful way of life as in the story ‘Out’, environmental issues that impact negatively on our environment as in ‘Mechanica’ and family outings as in ‘Rain’ and finally being creative and building fun projects by reusing and recycling house-hold goods as in the story, ‘The Patchwork Bike’.

Here are some of our Patchwork Bike designs by using common house-hold items.  We think they are very original. Let us know what you think.







Here is our mural and artistic responses to Mechanica.

Book Week!

This is 5/6SC Mechanica posters.

How are we all enjoying Book week! In 5/6M we are doing some art projects. First we did a project on the book Mechanica. Today we read Gary and we did a birds eye view of what it would be like to fly. Here are some pictures of our work.

This is Portia’s Poster of the birds eye view.

This is 5/6M working on their project.

Book Week 2017

Hi, it’s me, Erin. Today I will tell you about the last 2 books for Book Week. The Patchwork Bike is one of them. It is written by Maxine Beneba Clarke. The illustrator is Van T Rudd. Out - Angela May George

When you live in a village at the edge of the No-Go Desert, you need to make your own Image result for the patchwork bike illustratorfun. That’s when you and your brothers get inventive and build a bike from scratch, using everyday items. You can even make a number plate from bark. The end result is a spectacular bike, perfect for going bumpity-bump over sand hills, past your fed-up mum and right through your mud-for-walls home. – The Patchwork Bike

The second book is Out by Angela May George. It is illustrated by Owen Swan.

A little girl flees her homeland, making a long and treacherous boat journey with her mother to seek asylum in Australia. Told from the little girl’s point of view, the story is both heartbreaking and triumphant, allowing timely and sensitive discussion of what drives people to become refugees and the challenges they face. – Out

Have you read either of these books? Let us know what you thought of them in the comments section!

Book Week

Hello, everyone my name is Tayla. I am one of the Library monitors for 2017. Today I will be presenting two more books that have been shortlisted for this year’s Picture Storybook of the Year award.

The first book is “Home in the Rain” by Bob Graham. It is about a mother and her child who get stuck in their car while it pours heavily. While they are stuck the mother tells the child stories about her family.

The second book is called “My Brother” by Dee, Oliver and Tiffany Huxley. It is about a gentle creature who has lost its brother and would search the world to find him.

Have you read these books? Let us know what you think. Will they win?


Book Week 2017

Hi, my names Erin. I am one of the Library Monitors. Today I will be presenting 2 of the shortlisted picture story books for 2017.

One of the books is “One Photo“. It was written by Ross Watkins and illustrated by Liz Anelli. It’s about a dad who records what he most cares about with his camera.

The second book is called “Mechanica”. It was written and illustrated  by Lance Balchin. This book has an important message that we need to take better care of our world.

Have you read any of these books? Do you think one of them will be chosen as “Book of the Year?” Let us know in the comments section!

Book Week

This year Erin and I (Library Monitors) will organise a vote to see which picture story book the students at St Charles Borromeo think is the best. It will be interesting to see whether it will be the same as the one that the Children Books Council of Australia will select.

Over the next few weeks, we will present to you all of the picture story books have been nominated. Let us know what you think.