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EARLY CHILDHOOD BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST  

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Story Time. Any Time!

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By Anna McGregor 

Anemone lives alone in the rock pool. The tide comes in and the tide goes out.

All Anemone wants is a friend, but friends are hard to make when you accidentally sting everyone who comes near you.

Perhaps Clownfish has a solution to the problem ...

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ANEMONE IS NOT THE ENEMY
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Do you know a lot about what goes on under the sea? try your hand at this game of trivia. Hint: Read the Illawarra Rockpools Guide for some hidden answers. 

CHILDREN BEGIN TO BE AWARE OF THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ORAL, WRITTEN AND VISUAL REPRESENTATIONS.

ROCK 

POOL

TRIVIA

Rock pool trivia
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SENSORY

ROCKPOOL

Go for a walk along the beach and see what you can find. Place your finds in a small tray to create a fun sensory experience. Note: You can use items from around from around the house and your back yard including rocks, leaves, toy marine animals etc. 

CHILDREN USE THEIR SENSES TO EXPLORE NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENTS 

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BUSY BEAKS
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By Sarah Allen

Spend a day with Australia’s most vibrant and unique feathered friends.
Full of splashing shorebirds, clattering cockatoos, parading penguins and greedy galahs, Busy Beaks is the perfect introduction to birds of all shapes and sizes

 

 

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DIY

BIRD 

FEEDER

Make a birdfeeder using gelatine, bird seed and string. It's easy, fun and you will enjoy a backyard filled with local feathery friends. 

CHILDREN ENGAGE IN SENSORY MOTOR SKILLS 

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WE LOVE YOU, MAGOO

BACKYARD 

BIRDS  

With Alison

Join Environment Officer Alison from Shellharbour City Council, and discover birds local to the Shellharbour area. You may even find them in your back yard. 

CHILDREN BECOME SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE AND SHOW RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Story Time. Any Time!

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By Briony Stewart

Magoo has his own ideas about what a dog should do – in the kitchen, in the car, at dinnertime and bedtime!
But there are so many rules! So many things a dog can't do.
But wait! Magoo, THIS is for you...
Silly dogoo, we do love you!

 

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TASTY

DOGGY

TREATS

Show your precious pup how much you love them by hand making them their very own doggy treat. All you need is 4 ingredients. Your four legged friend will go barking mad for more. 

 

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT:HANDS ON COOKING ACTIVITIES HELP DEVELOP CONFIDENCE AND SKILL.

Back yard birds
Dog treats

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