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Reading Enriches Learning (website)

SCIS No: 1196595
New collection–Sustainability
Visit www.curriculumpress.edu.au/rel/

Reading Enriches Learning provides online student-centred activities based on engaging texts. The books have been selected to cater for a range of interests and abilities of students in years 2–8.

This new collection focuses on the theme of Education for Sustainability. Twelve Australian picture storybooks, fiction and non fiction titles have been carefully selected to suit the theme, and the varying interests and abilities of students in middle primary (years 2–4) and the middle years of schooling (years 5–8). The activities address the core literacy areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as other areas like drama. A bank of downloadable templates and proformas extend the scope of the activities and emphasises the use of ICTs in the classroom.

Popular texts include: Years 2–4

The Antarctica Book: Living in the freezer
Antarctica Book: Living in the Freezer

32pp
Author: Dr Mark Norman
RRP: $16.99, Pack of 4 $63.00
SCIS No: 1327054
ISBN: 9781921167867

The Antarctica Book: Living in the Freezer examines life in Antarctica. Who lives there and how do they survive? You will be amazed at how these clever creatures survive in the coldest place on earth.

Big Rain Coming
Big Rain Coming

32 pp
Authors: Katrina Germein and Bronwyn Bancroft
RRP: $16.95, Pack of 4 $63.00
SCIS No: 1078042
ISBN: 9780143500452

A lyrical story about waiting for the rain to come to an isolated Aboriginal community. Tension in the community builds as the rain clouds thicken and grow dark. Everybody waits. When will the rain come?

Mang the Wild Orangutan
Mang the Wild Orangutan

32 pp
Authors: Joan and John van Loon
RRP: $28.95, Pack of 4 $110.00
SCIS No: 1315053
ISBN: 9780734410023

Orangutans are our closest relatives, highly intelligent and very gentle. In this poignant story, Mang, the old orangutan who lives in the zoo, remembers his happy days in the lush rainforests of Borneo.

The World That We Want
The World That We Want

32 pp
Author: Kim Toft
RRP: $17.95, Pack of 4 $68.00
SCIS No: 1221670
ISBN: 9780702234828

A stunning interactive, environmental picture book illustrating the unique ecosystems of North Queensland. Each illustration has been exquisitely created by hand-painting silk and contains 10 representative creatures.

Years 5–8

Hope Bay
Hope Bay

267pp
Author: Nicole Pluss
RRP: $17.95, Pack of 4 $68.00
SCIS No: 1209027
ISBN: 9780143301523

Every evening Possum waits with Olga in the calm water of Hope Bay for the dolphins to surge from the deep. They only ever come for the old woman and no one knows why, though Possum is sure it is magic. But there is more to Olga than just magic … there are secrets.

I Saw Nothing: The extinction of the thylacine
I Saw Nothing: The extinction of the thylacine

30 pp
Authors: Gary Crew and Mark Wilson
RRP: $15.99, Pack of 4 $59.00
SCIS No: 1262131
ISBN: 978087334409584

Rosie never liked Elias Churchill, and she liked him even less when he trapped the last tiger-wolf ever to be seen. Thylacine was the proper name for a tiger-wolf, according to Alison Reid, the lady at Hobart Zoo. She said that this one may be the last in existence.

Sea Secrets
Sea Secrets

154 pp
Author: Gillian M. Wadds
RRP: $15.99, Pack of 4 $59.00
SCIS No: 1315110
ISBN: 9780734409782

When Zena and her friends try to find their friend Tran, they end up in much deeper water than they expected… Beneath the sea there are dangerous secrets, and this summer at Portside holds more excitement than swimming, snorkelling and jet-ski riding.

The Last Tree
The Last Tree

32 pp
Author: Mark Wilson

RRP: $28.95, Pack of 4 $110.00
SCIS No: 1305755
ISBN: 9780734409867

The Last Tree is the story of a beautiful eucalyptus tree that grew in one of the old-growth forest of south-eastern Australia. It was the centre of life in the forest and provided food and shelter for many forest dwellers for hundreds of years. But what happens when the old tree is threatened as the surrounding forest slowly disappears?

Outback Ferals
Outback Ferals

206 pp

Author: Hazel Edwards
RRP: $17.99, Pack of 4 $68.00
SCIS No: 1285983
ISBN: 9780734409355

Environmental activist Kyle has just arrived in Darwin for a temporary job checking gardens for diseased vines. Seems easy enough, but Kyle's job also involves working undercover – befriending a chopper pilot who may be bringing illegal bugs into the country. Is this pandemic threat real, or is it just media hype?