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Sing story songs and read story poems.

Which stories do you love to sing?

This month we will be celebrating & thanking Jackie French for all her achievements as Laureate. This will be marked with a celebratory event on Thursday 26th November at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. 

Whenever Mum and I used to wash up, we’d sing. They were always songs that told a story, like the Skye Boat Song, or Loch Lomond. I won’t tell you those stories: they – and the songs – are wonderful. Have the thrill of finding them yourself.

Australia’s national song is a story song too – Waltzing Matilda is based on real events (borrow a copy of A Waltz for Matilda from the library if you’d like to know more).

Dad used to tell me poems before bed and those poems were all stories too: The Highwayman, The Lady of Shallot, Mulga Bill Bicycle, The Man from Snowy River, Andy’s Gone with Cattle …

Hunt them out, read them, recite them out loud, even tap dance to the ones that have good rhythm. My Country by Dorothy McKellar makes a fantastic tap dance - and that is not disrespect for the sound of your feet is almost the drumming of the rain she talks about.
1. Visit the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (formerly The Lu Rees Archives) and explore their collections of Jackie French manuscripts and the illustrations by Nina Rycroft from Dinosaurs Love Cheese
3. Hunt out rhyming books and read them aloud to your friends!
4. C
reate your own story, a poem or a song. Every story, every book has music in its words. But often music has a story all of its own.
My Country by Dorothea Mackellar, illustrated by Andrew McLean
Kids' Garden Adventure
I Love to Sing by Anna Walker 
The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson (UK Laureate)
Mr McGee and the Elephants by Pamela Allen
The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick (14+)
Waltzing Matilda by A.B. (Banjo) Paterson, Freya Blackwood, John Williamson
Gezani and the Tricky Baboon by Valanga Khoza, illustrated by Sally Rippin
(sign up to Story Box Library to see them sing the story!)
Once Tashi Met a Dragon by Anna & Barbara Fienberg, illustrated by Kim Gamble (sign up to Story Box Library to hear Ali McGregor sing part of the story!)
Star Jumps by Lorraine Marwood (10+)
Kids' Garden Adventure
Dinosaurs Love Cheese by Jackie French, illustrated by Nina Rycroft
Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach  by Alison Lester 
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Poems to Perform by Julia Donaldson (UK Laureate)
Run by Tim Sinclair (12+)
YA suggestions above are kindly provided by the Centre for Youth Literature

26 November: If you are based in Canberra join us to thank Jackie French for her incredible two years as Laureate at the National Library of Australia, contact the Laureate office to enquire about ticket bookings. 

November: visit the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (formerly The Lu Rees Archives) to view their collection of Jackie French and Nina Rycroft's work for their picture book Dinosaurs Love Cheese. Including Nina Rycroft’s artwork, preliminaries, dummies, plus their correspondence and editorial material. 

Jackie created a song for this book and performed it in front of 125 kids aged 2-7yrs at a public library for the Lu Rees Children's festival in 2014. The kids chanted the refrain, ‘but dinosaurs love cheese’ with great gusto!

News from the 24 Carrot Carnival (MONA) & Everyone Can Read tour (14/15 Oct):
A huge thank you to our hosts MONA, the 24 Carrot Garden project team and Windermere Primary School, who made us feel so welcome during Jackie's tour. The inaugural 24 Carrot Carnival was pure joy - full of dancing, stories and great fun. ACLA will continue to work with MONA on future project ideas to build on the seeds that we've sewn.
Check out our photos on Facebook!

Thanks to our event sponsors: MONA; 24 Carrot Gardens; Windermere Primary School; the Australia Council for the Arts; Copyright Agency Cultural Fund; and Bolinda Audio Borrow Box. 

The National Centre for Australian Children's Literature's (formerly The Lu Rees Archives) Collections of Jackie French and Nina Rycroft's work for Dinosaur's Love Cheese.
The Outback Choir
Poems to Perform collected by UK Laureate Julia Donaldson
ACLA has collaborated with the ACT Government’s Community Services Directorate to extend the life of the inaugural Share a Story calendar to be part of their On my first day project

Our newsletter readers have the lucky chance to win 2 (very limited edition) Share a Story tote bags created as part of the project. Be the first to send in tips about starting school to win!
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