Teacher Tales

Teacher Tales are quick interviews with teachers about their favourite books.

Ant, 1-2B teacher

A book you loved as a child and why?
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. It scared me and excited me at the same time…and I always wanted to know what Max had for supper- it seemed like it would have been a delicious treat after his adventure…and it was still hot!

A book you’ve recently read and enjoyed and why you’d recommend it?
“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket. So funny and dark and deeply intelligent. I love the way it cleverly weaves so many other books, myths and culture.

A book your students enjoy and what they like about it?
Lots of kids in my class love “Matilda” by Roald Dahl. She’s such a special, brave and resilient girl-nothing can stop her!

The best thing about books is….
Being able to wonder about other experiences, and imagine the lives of others.

A good thing about the library is…
WOW-what a library! We have soooo many amazing books. I love finding out about space and animals and maths from the books there….and discovering new wonderful picture story book authors.

Mae, Prep A Teacher

A book you loved as a child and why? “Wombat Stew” because I remember reading it so many times with my Mum and loving all the Australian animals.

A book you’ve recently read and enjoyed and why you’d recommend it? I recently read “Jetty Jumping” by Andrea Rowe with my class. I would recommend it because it has beautiful pictures and a wonderful message about being brave.

A book your students enjoy and what they like about it? “Colouring Competition” by Heath McKenzie because it is funny and a clever story where sometimes the pictures give you the information instead of the words.

The best thing about books is… You can read them over and over!

A good thing about the library is…It has so many wonderful books for me and my class.

Nicole M,  3/4 A teacher and literacy support

A book you loved as a child and why? “Matilda” by Roald Dahl, because even though I wasn’t as brilliant as Matilda, I wondered if maybe I had magic in me too??

A book you’ve recently read and enjoyed and why you’d recommend it?
“The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart– it was long and at times challenging but we had some really great conversations about it in our book club.

A book your students enjoy and what they like about it?
“The Book With No Pictures” by BJ Novak. They love it because it’s funny and it makes teachers sound silly when they read it.

The best thing about books is….
Being able to learn about and imagine different people, places and worlds.

A good thing about the library is…
It’s a nice quiet place to escape sometimes.

Stef L, Teacher 34E

A book you loved as a child and why? “Looking for Alibrandi” by Melina Marchetta because I could relate to the Italian family.

A book you’ve recently read and enjoyed and why you’d recommend it? “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak because it has a touching story.

A book your students enjoy and what they like about it?
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl because it’s funny.

The best thing about books is…They can take you to places you’ve never been.

A good thing about the library is…It’s quiet!

Taylor Reid, 1/2A’s Teacher

A book you loved as a child and why?
I remember reading “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” when I was really little with my mum. I loved the chant in this book that was repeated over and over because I could join in with my mum to read it.

A book you’ve recently read and enjoyed and why you’d recommend it?
I enjoyed reading a new book called “Be You!” by Peter H. Reynolds with my class. I would definitely recommend it as it has such a good message of being who you are.

A book your students enjoy and what they like about it?
We LOVE reading David Walliams’ “The World’s Worst Children”. We think it is really funny and love reading about the crazy, horrible and hilarious children in the story.

The best thing about books is….
Getting hooked into a good story, where the author makes you feel what the characters are feeling.

A good thing about the library is…
It is like a sanctuary! A peaceful and quiet place to enjoy.

Yvette, Library Technician.

A book you loved as a child and why? “Ramona Quimby Age 8” by Beverly Cleary as she’s such a funny feisty character.

A book you’ve recently read and enjoyed and why you’d recommend it? “The Dry” by Jane Harper as it kept me intrigued all the way through.

A book your students enjoy and what they like about it? My Kinder class used to love how silly “Mr Chicken Goes to Paris” by Leigh Hobbs is.

The best thing about books is…They are portals to other worlds.

A good thing about the library is…Being surrounded by books!

What would you like to ask teachers about reading? Who should I talk to next? Let me know! 

Happy reading, Yvette.