Years 3 & 4

MONDAY 19th JULY 2021

Year 3&4 Term 3 book selection is The Tunnel of Dreams by Bernard Beckett.  Get set to go on a special adventure into a parallel world with magic, villains and some help from some native NZ birds and pixies!  A fast paced fantasy for our Harry Potter fans with a kiwi flavour! Join the ride by adding your name to the google form.  Starting August 16th.

A hidden world, mysterious villains, two sets of twins and one epic competition set the scene for this magical middle-grade adventure by an award-winning NZ author.

In an abandoned house at the end of their street, twin brothers Stefan and Arlo discover a young girl hiding in its dusty shadows. Alice needs their help-her twin sister is locked in a cage suspended high above a mysterious mine in a strange parallel world-and she asks an impossible favour. Will they meet her on the next full moon at the entrance to a tunnel they both know doesn’t exist? Except that it does. And when they travel through it, Stefan and Arlo find themselves on a quest that will challenge all their ideas of who they are and what they can do. The Tunnel of Dreams is a delightful middle-grade fantasy adventure about friendship and loyalty, and about dreaming big and achieving the impossible.

Finalist – 2021 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction

Book breakdown

Week 1 – August 16th – Chapters 1-4

Week 2 – August 23rd – Chapters 5-7

Week 3 – August 30th – Chapters 8-10

Week 4 – September 6th – Chapters 11-13

Week 5 – September 13th – Chapters 14-16

Week 6 – September 20th – Chapters 17-19


Announcing the Term 2 book:  Mallory, Mallory: The Revenge of the Tooth Fairy by James Norcliffe

Mallory is a nasty piece of work. Her one friend is Arthur, who only puts up with her because he has no one else. When Mallory loses a tooth, she comes up with an evil idea to capture and blackmail the tooth fairy for an endless supply of money.

A cunning kidnap and blackmail plot . . . what could go wrong? When Mallory and her sidekick Arthur kidnap and blackmail the tooth fairy, they get more than they bargained for in this sparkling fantasy novel for children. Villainous Mallory is a character readers will love to hate, as she carries out her plot to deprive children of ‘their dental rights’. But she is not as ingenious as she thinks, and negotiations with the powerful – and very annoyed – creature spiral out of control. Mallory and Arthur are whisked away to the land of Oralia, hub of the tooth trade, with its own logic and laws.

This book helps us understand that friendships come in all shapes and sizes. It also looks at how we should be responsible for our actions and that standing up for ourselves is really important.  Along with a close up look at teeth and tooth twists!  I think there is lots of scope for imagination and connections in this clever tale!  Join in by filling out the Google form.


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Teacher notes

Book Breakdown

Week 1 (Monday 24th May) Chapters 1-5

Week 2 (Monday 31st May) Chapters 6-10

Week 3 (Monday 7th June) Chapters 11-15

Week 4 (Monday 14th June) Chapters 16-20

Week 5 (Monday 21st June) Chapters 21-25

Week 6 (Monday 28th June) Chapters 26-30


Well we made it to 2021! I have chosen to revisit If I was a Banana by Alexandra Tylee for the first two weeks.  Then we will move on to Mary-Anne Scott’s new junior novel, Fantastic Mr Bean.  I hope these two books will suit your beginning of year themes as well as providing good scope for personal inquiries.  Dream big, perseverance, imagination, compromise, friendship.  

If I Was a Banana

This beautiful poem, set to stunning illustrations, explores the ‘what ifs’ of daydreams.  Do we want to be someone else or are you content with being yourself?  A book that celebrates imagination and possibility, this boy’s-eye-view of the everyday brings alive all the wonder and oddity of the world.  I hope this book will connect to your beginning of year themes and allow for some individual poetry!

Shortlisted for NZ Childrens & Young Adult Picture Book Awards 2017                    Alexandra Tylee is the owner and chef at Pipi restaurant in Hawkes Bay, author of two cookbooks and mother of four sons.  If I Was a Banana is her first book for children.     Kieran Rynhart –                                Download the Teacher Notes in PDF here.                                                                Alexandra reads the book.

Fantastic Mr Bean

Lachie’s school is putting on Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl to celebrate Dahl’s 100th birthday. But, as we all know, school plays are notoriously full of surprises and this play is no different.

When Lachie’s teacher calls for auditions, Lachie is keen to try out for the part of Mr Fox. However, he soon realises that being an actor involves more than just saying the lines, and that sometimes you don’t have to be the lead to be the star.

This is a sweet and simple story about a young boy doing the right thing by his peers.  Great links to inquiry topics such as the importance of bees and Roald Dahl.   

Mary-Anne Scott also lives in Havelock North and is a writer, musician and public speaker.  She does school visits and has been involved in the Storylines School Visits. 

Book Breakdown

Week 1 (Mon 22nd Feb) – If I was a Banana – exploring the text

Week 2 (Mon 1st Mar) – If I was a Banana – exploring the illustrations (and text further)

Week 3 (Mon 8th Mar) – Fantastic Mr Bean – Chapters 1-3

Week 4 (Mon 15th Mar) – Fantastic Mr Bean – Chapters 4-5

Week 5 (Mon 22nd Mar) – Fantastic Mr Bean – Chapters 6-7

Week 6 (Mon 29th Mar) – Fantastic Mr Bean – Chapters 8-10

Registrations for NZreadaloud#19 – Banana/Bean are now open.  Fill in this form to participate.  Thanks to all who are returning for more connected literacy and welcome to any newcomers!



It’s all over – The Pitbull has won! He’s captured every last dragon from The Island, and brought them to the mainland. The stage is now set for the grand opening of Dragon World.                                                                                                                                      Meanwhile Flynn, Paddy, and Briar are stuck in their new school, powerless to do anything about it. That is, until they make a new friend…

The Grand Opening:  Book 5 – It’s hard to believe we are at the end!  I’m taking a punt as I haven’t pre-read the book, but trust James!  It will be in stores 1st August.  This series has been a hit every time we have used them for a read aloud.  Adventure, suspense, good vs evil and we know who needs to win!  It also incorporates ‘augmented reality’, bringing the fictional world to 3D life.  You could grab the trilogy of picture books to read before which will fill in the back story.  You don’t need to have read books 1-4 as there is a sufficient recap in book 5.  James will be on board to support us, zoom and he is happy to visit schools.  His author visit was the best I’ve seen!  Engaging and full of gory stories! If you are keen to join in, please fill in the google form. 

Book Breakdown (confirm chapters once I know how many)

Week 1 (10th Aug) Chapters 

Week 2 (17th Aug) Chapters 

Week 3 (24th Aug) Chapters 

Week 4 (31st Aug) Chapters 

Week 5 (7th Sep) Chapters 

Week 6 (14th Sep) Chapters 


Hope you are all staying safe and sane in your bubbles!  What a crazy time and an interesting term we are facing. The wonderful thing about the NZ Read Aloud is that we are able to carry on at home easily, thanks to our amazing author, who has so kindly continued reading the book using video.  The children are able to carry on completing tasks and responding to the text. I would like to allow the 15th April – 1st of May to finish the Term 1 book and to allow time to plan and source the book for Term 2. So start 4th May.  

Sarah Johnson has kindly offered us the first book in her series, The Spaghetti Giraffe.  I feel this could be a good option if we are still at home, as the children will be familiar with the characters and perhaps feel more confident responding. It could also provide lots of exciting opportunities for baking/cooking at home!  I feel a Great Bonbon Confectionation Competition coming on!

Sarah has many hard copies of the book that she is willing to send (as long as this is possible), and she will invoice your school.  There is also an ebook version available at Wheelers. Sarah has created videos for each chapter and is happy for us to have these.  


When fumble-handed cook Mina Cucina drops the spaghetti pot, a new animal is born. As the Spaghetti Giraffe soon learns, he is not the only kitchen animal formed from Mina Cucina’s culinary disasters. The Spaghetti Giraffe tells the delightful story of the Spaghetti Giraffe and his quirky friends in their quest to help Mina Cucina enter the Great Bonbon Confectionation – the biggest baking competition the valley’s ever seen. All she needs is a cake. A cake that doesn’t erupt, take flight or explode.  

To sign up please fill in the google form.

Book Breakdown (Chapters to follow):

Week 1 (4th-8th May)

Week 2 (11th-15th May)

Week 3 (18th-22nd May)

Week 4 (25th-29th May)

Week 5 (1st-5th June)

Week 6 (8th-12th June)

We could always look at doing a two week picture book study to finish the term if there is interest for it. 


Happy 2020!  Welcome to all returning Read Alouder’s and to all newcomers who are wanted something new for your literacy programme!  I came across these two books recently and thought they would fit perfectly into your beginning of year themes. They both strongly emphasize being your own person, being curious and having courage.  I am hoping these books will provide lots of personal inquiry, poetry writing, creativity (who wouldn’t dream up more under the cooker animals??) and a chance for each child to identify with at least one of the characters.  If you are ready to join in after reading more about the books, then please fill in the google form and I will be in touch soon. 

‘Mophead’ by Selina Tusitala Marsh:  An inspirational graphic memoir of growing up Pasifika in New Zealand, written and illustrated by our fast-talking PI Poet Laureate, Selina Tusitala Marsh. At school, Selina is teased for her big, frizzy hair. Kids call her ‘mophead’. She ties her hair up this way and that way and tries to fit in. Until one day – Sam Hunt plays a role – Selina gives up the game. She decides to let her hair out, to embrace her difference, to be WILD! Selina takes us through special moments in her extraordinary life. She becomes one of the first Pasifika women to hold a PhD. She reads for the Queen of England and Samoan royalty. She meets Barack Obama. And then she is named the New Zealand Poet Laureate. She picks up her special tokotoko, and notices something. It has wild hair coming out the end. It looks like a mop. A kid on the Waiheke ferry teases her about it. So she tells him a story . . . This is an inspirational graphic memoir, full of wry humour, that will appeal to young readers and adults alike. Illustrated with wit and verve by the author – NZ’s bestselling Poet Laureate – Mophead tells the true story of a New Zealand woman realising how her difference can make a difference.

Article – This is NZ Life

Five minutes with Selina Tusitala Marsh

Auckland Uni Links


‘Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage’ by Sarah Johnson: Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage explores courage and bravery, friendship and love. Spaghetti Giraffe and the other under-cooker animals are the products of Mina Cucinas culinary disasters. Normally, they live peacefully under the cooker in her kitchen, but Gorgon, Mina Cucinas oldest and best friend needs their help. He cannot find the courage to ask Mina Cucina to marry him. Meanwhile, the village baker is trying his hardest to win Mina Cucinas hand. The under-cooker animals are determined to help Gorgon find the bravery he needs. To do so, they must conquer their own fears; Gorgon must grow some courage; and Mina Cucina must learn to stand up for what she thinks is best for herself. Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage is the second book in a trilogy of stand-alone junior novels about Spaghetti Giraffe and his friends. The third book in the series will be published in 2020.

More about the book 

Sarah Johnson’s Website

Book Breakdown

Week 1 (Week 4 school term) (24th Feb) Mophead – Choose how you wish to read it aloud but aim to have it read all the way through by the end of Week 1 so none of the kids ruin the story on Edmodo!  Focus on her differences making a difference.
Week 2 (2nd Mar) Mophead – Going further – inquiry, listening to Selina’s poetry, examining languages, finding out about Selina etc.
Week 3 (9th Mar) Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage: Chapters 1-6
Week 4 (16th Mar) Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage: Chapters 7-12
Week 5 (23rd Mar) Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage:  Chapters 13-19
Week 6 (30th Mar) Spaghetti Giraffe and the Egg of Courage: Chapters 20-26


Wow! Term 3 is already here!  The much awaiting Book Four of the Dragon Defenders series by James Russell, All Is Lost, has landed.  We had such a great response to Book One that I thought it was timely to read another! Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, dragons and of course the evil Pitbull is back!  James is a master of suspense and knows how to leave a chapter hanging. You could grab the trilogy of picture books to read before which will fill in the back story. You don’t need to have read books 1-3 as there is a sufficient recap in book 4.  James will be on board to support us and he is happy to visit schools. His author visit was the best I’ve seen! Engaging and full of gory stories! If you are keen to join in, please fill in the google form.  Happy adventuring! 


The Dragon Defenders – Book Four: All Is Lost

The Pitbull is furious. His evil plans to capture the dragons on Flynn and Paddy’s paradise island have come to nothing. And now his niece, Briar, has joined forces with the brothers. As he musters his men and machines for a final attempt, a devastating natural disaster strikes which completely changes the game – perhaps forever. This is the fourth junior novel in the best-selling Dragon Defenders series. It incorporates ‘augmented reality’, bring the fictional world to stunning 3D life! 

Book Breakdown

Week 1 (12th Aug) Chapters 1-4

Week 2 (19th Aug) Chapters 5-9

Week 3 (26th Aug) Chapters 10-14

Week 4 (2nd Sep) Chapters 15-19

Week 5 (9th Sep) Chapters 20-25

Week 6 (16th Sep) Chapters 26-31



Welcome to Read Aloud #14!  I have chosen this wonderful tale from the Storylines Notable Book List 2019 – The Mapmaker’s Race by Eirlys Hunter.


Four children temporarily lose their parents just as they are about to begin the race that offers their last chance of escaping poverty. Their task is to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness.

They overcome the many obstacles posed by nature—bears, bees, bats, river crossings, cliff falls, impossible weather—but can they survive the treachery of their competitors?

This is a fast-paced and charming novel. Its children are brave and competent but not always right. Its world is magical enough to be intriguing but close enough to our own to keep the reader on firm ground.

Great inquiry links to map making, map reading, explorers, expeditions, nature, teamwork and technology…and whatever else we dream up!  I’m looking forward to exploring with you all! Sign up on the google form.

For more:

Teacher Notes

About the Author

Eirlys Hunter – Author Interview

Q&A with the Author

Book Breakdown

Week 1 (20th May) Chapters 1-5

Week 2 (27th May) Chapters 6-9

Week 3 (3rd Jun) Chapters 10-13

Week 4 (10th Jun) Chapters 14-17

Week 5 (17th Jun) Chapters 18-21

Week 6 (24th Jun) Chapters 22-25



Welcome to all returning Readalouders and those of you who are taking a leap to join our connected literacy programme!  I got very excited while reading this story, not just because of the charming story and fantastical twists, but all the wonderful lines of personal inquiry and links to beginning of year building relationships and knowledge of our tamariki.  I can see a flipgrid for the kids to record their own magic tricks or ‘party piece’. I can see a farm visit! I can see some unexpected character writing.  I can see STEAM projects such as building a travelling machine.  So many ideas!  I hope you enjoy the story!

Registrations are open for ReadAloud#13.  Please fill in this form.


When Whetu’s mother takes a job organising a magician’s house and farm, Whetū becomes the animal keeper, looking after a golden ram, three lazy pigs, talking horses, a cowardly bull and the magician’s stage assistant – an arrogant white rabbit called Errant. Errant’s been playing around with magic and created a carnivorous lamb, which he can’t change back. Rather than face the magician, Errant disappears and Whetū becomes the magician’s new assistant, just in time for the Royal Performance. It all seems to be going well until Errant reappears to seek his revenge, and Whetū must save the day – and the king.

About the Author:


Christchurch Library Interview with Steph

Book Breakdown

Week 1 (25th Feb) Chapters 1-4

Week 2 (4th Mar) Chapters 5-8

Week 3 (11th Mar) Chapters 9-12

Week 4 (18th Mar) Chapters 13-16

Week 5 (25th Mar) Chapters 17-20

Week 6 (1st Apr) Chapters 21-23


Wow!  Term 3 already!  I first of all would like to thank the wonderful teachers who joined last term.  You were awesome at contributing a wide variety of rich tasks and for regularly connecting in Edmodo.  I know we had some newbies who have gained so much from it.

I had a hard job choosing a book this term.  Many of the book award list are more suited for 9+.  However I was given The Road to Ratenburg and thoroughly enjoyed it and can see lots of interesting personal inquiry links throughout the book.  I really wanted a novel with great characters for us to explore after such rich non-fiction text in the last two terms.


A family of rats is forced to leave their home, so sets out to find the fabled city of Ratenburg. Along the way they outwit vicious dogs, tricky rat traps and sharp-beaked hawks, and make some very dangerous crossings. The rat family’s adventures test their character and grow bonds between sisters and brothers, family friends, mum and dad. Narrating the tale is Spinnaker Rat, an Edwardian-style father, full of wisdom about the ways of the world, who finds himself learning more than he expected.

Teacher notes:

Registrations are open for ReadAloud#12.  Please fill in this form.


Week 1 (13th Aug) Chapters 1-2

Week 2 (20th Aug) Chapters 3-5

Week 3 (27th Aug) Chapters 6-7

Week 4 (3rd Sep) Chapters 8-9

Week 5 (10th Sep) Chapters 10-11

Week 6 (17th Sep) Chapters 12-14

Pages from Road-to-Ratenberg_full book


Hi Year 3&4 team!  Thank you to those who joined last term.  It was particularly exciting to have Maria Gill visit our school.  I found the mixture of poetry/imaginative and creative non-fiction to work really well and cover a wider variety of interests in my class. I hope it was the same for others.

With that in mind, I finally decided on two picture books again this term (I promise I will hunt down a good novel for next term).  The first will be Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands by Maria Gill and this will lead into Wildboy: The boy who walked around New Zealand by Brando Yelavich. Both of these men had a dream!  Great inquiry opportunities, variety of text types, new vocabulary, and learning more about our great country.


Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic

A creative non-fiction story about Abel Tasman’s journey to Tasmania, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

MORE THAN 300 YEARS AGO, a young Dutch sailor named ABEL TASMAN stood on the prow of a ship that he and his crew had sailed across wild, unchartered waters.

In the distance, through a shroud of mist, the rugged outline of steep hills rose from the ocean waves. COULD THIS BE TERRA AUSTRALIS – THE GREAT SOUTHERN LAND?

Abel Tasman and his crew were most likely the first Europeans the Aboriginal people of Australia and the Maori of New Zealand had ever seen. JOIN THE JOURNEY and DISCOVER THE LEGACY left behind.

Teaching Resources –

I know Maria is available for school visits and welcomes being involved in this process.


Wildboy: The boy who walked around New Zealand by Brando Yelavich, illustrated by Donella Yelavich.

I had a really BIG dream.

I wanted to go on a MASSIVE adventure!

This is the true story of Brando Yelavich, also known as Wildboy, who slept in a tent, hunted and fished for his food and came up close to seals and sharks on his 8000 km journey around the coast of New Zealand. His epic story will capture the imagination of any kid who, like Brando, longs for adventure in the great outdoors.

Throughout the book readers will fall in love with the amazing scenery and enjoy spotting the New Zealand wildlife. And they’ll have loads of fun finding the compass hidden on every page!

Teaching Resources: – maybe not one for the kids??

Book Breakdown:

During Week 3 14-18th May – Getting to know you activities/Edmodo log ins

Weeks 1 – 3 (Week starting 21st May) – Abel Tasman

Weeks 4 – 6 (Week starting 11th June) – Wildboy

Registrations for NZreadaloud#11 are now open.  Fill in this form to participate.  Thanks to all who are returning for more connected literacy and welcome to any newcomers!


Welcome to the new year and an exciting term of literacy!  For the NZReadAloud#10 I have selected two picture books to explore; ‘If I Was a Banana’ by Alexandra Tylee and illustrated by Kieran Rynhart and ‘Toroa’s Journey’ by Maria Gill and illustrated by Gavin Mouldey.

If I Was a Banana

This beautiful poem, set to stunning illustrations, explores the ‘what ifs’ of daydreams. Do you want to be someone else or are you content with being yourself?  A book that celebrates imagination and possibility, this boy’s-eye-view of the everyday brings alive all the wonder and oddity of the world.  I hope this book will connect to your beginning of year themes and allow for some individual poetry!

Shortlisted for NZ Childrens & Young Adult Picture Book Awards 2017

Alexandra Tylee is the owner and chef at Pipi restaurant in Hawkes Bay, author of two cookbooks and mother of four sons.  If I Was a Banana is her first book for children.

Kieran Rynhart –

Download the Teacher Notes in PDF here.

Toroa’s Journey

Non-fiction picture book (combination of story and information text).  Based on the true story of Toroa, the 500th albatross chick to hatch at the breeding colony on Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, this story follows his life as he grows from chick to adult and begins roving out across the vast Pacific Ocean. Will fishing lines snag him? Can he avoid an erupting volcano? Does a plastic island pose a threat and will he make it back to Dunedin years later to start his own family?

Fantastic opportunities to explore personal inquiries and NZ sea themes.  This book ties in perfectly with the ‘Aotearoa’ Gavin Bishop, across level project so we can connect across the two groups.

We also have Seaweek 2018 3-11 March – The theme is: Toiora te Moana, Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People.  The National Aquarium of New Zealand (Napier) runs a poetry competition in Term 2 so they can be completed during Term 1.  They will put up entry forms closer to Term 2.

Maria Gill –

Check out the live webcam at or

Download the Teacher Notes in PDF here.  Download the illustration process here.

Weekly Breakdown

Week 1 (19th Feb) – If I Was a Banana – Interacting with the text

Week 2 (26th Feb) – If I Was a Banana – Interacting with the text – poetry

Week 3 (5th Mar) – If I Was a Banana – Interacting with the illustrations

Week 4 (12th Mar) – Toroa’s Journey – Interacting with the text – Toroa’s Story

Week 5 (19th Mar) – Toroa’s Journey – Interacting with the text – information

Week 6 (26th Mar) – Toroa’s Journey – Inquiry/Finding Out
Registrations for NZreadaloud#10 are now open.  Fill in this form to participate.  Thanks to all who are returning for more connected literacy and welcome to any newcomers!



Gosh Term 3 already!  Thank you so much to my Term 2 team of teachers.  In particular, it was exciting to see how much the children were challenged and engaged by the invention competition!

Our Year 3&4 book for this term is “The Dragon Defenders” by James Russell.  This is a fantastic adventure/fantasy story about two young boys who live off the grid on an island.  No TV, internet, electricity!  They are happy with their dog and horse exploring their island until ‘The Pitbull’ threatens this.  When evil boss The Pitbull discovers that dragons exist on Flynn and Paddy’s island, he sends his men to kill one, and to bring him back a dragon’s egg. It will take all of Flynn and Paddy’s skill, bravery and cunning to stop them.  The icing on the cake for this book is the free interactive app that brings the book to life!  

There are 3 picture books that prequel this first novel if you are interested in reading them before we start.  The Dragon Hunters, The Dragon Tamers and The Dragon Riders.


I am in contact with James Russell to see how he can be involved with us over the term!

Weekly Breakdown

Week 1 (7th Aug) – Pre reading tasks and Chapters 1-3

Week 2 (14th Aug) – Chapters 4-7

Week 3 (21st Aug) – Chapters 8-11

Week 4 (28th Aug) – Chapters 12-15

Week 5 (4th Sept) – Chapters 16-23

Week 6 (11th Sept) – Chapters 24-29

Registrations for NZreadaloud#9 are now open.  Fill in this form to participate.  Thanks to all who are returning for more connected literacy and welcome to any newcomers!

THURSDAY 20th April 

Kia ora Year 3-4 teachers!  I am Crystal Hewett, a teacher at St Patrick’s School in Napier, and I am very excited to be joining the NZReadAloud team.  I have been participating with my classes for nearly 2 years and think it has transformed my literacy programme.  My class thoroughly enjoyed Mrs Mo and Rona and are excited about a new book this term.

My pick is a Fitzgibbon Award Winner, Barking Mad by Thomas E Moffatt.


An engaging, laugh-out-loud story where Grandad’s invention goes horribly wrong.  I am picturing some great opportunities to look into inventors/inventions and create their own inventions.  It is also illustrated by Paul Beavis (Mrs Mo).

Teacher Notes

Weekly Break Down

Week 1 (15th May) – Pre reading tasks and Chapters 1-2

Week 2 (22nd May) – Chapters 3-5

Week 3 (29th May) – Chapters 6-7

Week 4 (5th June) – Chapters 8-9

Week 5 (12th June) – Chapters 10-12

Week 6 (19th June) – Chapters 13-15

Registrations for NZreadaloud#8 are now open.  Fill in this form to participate.  I look forward to working with you.


FRIDAY 10th February  

Registration for Term 1 has now closed.

THURSDAY 26th January – weekly break down

Week 1 (20th Feb): Mrs. Mo’s Monster – Interacting with the text

Week 2 (27th Feb): Mrs. Mo’s Monster – Interacting with the illustrations – could involve looking at how the illustrator uses pictures to tell a story and possible art related activities.

Week 3 (6th March): Rona: Chapter 1-Chapter 5

Week 4 (13th March): Rona: Chapter 6-Chapter 9

Week 5 (20th March): Rona: Chapter 10- Chapter 14

Week 6 (27th March): Rona: Chapter 15-Chapter 18

Challenge your students to discuss these fabulous texts with others at least once a week.

SATURDAY 21st January – book selection.

Our picture book is Mrs Mo’s Monster by Paul Beavis.

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Mrs Mo’s Monster: teacher notes

The short novel that we will read is Rona by Chris Szekely


FRIDAY 13th of January – Welcome back to the 2017 school year!

Thank you to those returning and welcome any new NZreadalouders.

Registrations for NZreadaloud are now open. Click here to open the goggle form and sign up. Books and weekly break downs will be up soon.

MONDAY 1st of August

NZreadaloud starts next Monday! Here is the weekly breakdown.

Week 1 (8th August): Fuzzy Doodle – Interacting with the text.

Week 2 (15th August): Fuzzy Doodle – Interacting with illustrations – could involve looking at how the illustrator uses pictures to tell a story and possible art related activities.

Week 3 (22nd August): Diary of a frog p.5 – p.17

Week 4 (29th August): Diary of a frog p.18 – p.29

Week 5 (5th September): Diary of a frog p.30 – p.44 (up to 25th Oct, midnight)

Week 6 (12th September): Diary of a frog p.44 – p.55

Can’t wait to get our kids connected through these text – enjoy the experience!

FRIDAY 29th of July

Registrations for Term 3 have now closed. A warm welcome to those teachers and Y3/4 students joining us. Leonie and I look forward to working with you all.

SUNDAY 17th of July

Welcome Year 3/4 teachers,

The picture and chapter book combo seemed to work quite well for this level last term, so are you ready to do it again??

Fuzzy doodle is a sophisticated picture book about a doodle that becomes a story. The illustrations by Donovan Bixley are to die for and based on Chinese ink drawings. You can find further information here…/9241_47742.pdf


The chapter book that has been selected is Diary of a Frog by Sally Sutton. This book is part of a series and will be sure to encourage your students to read other books from the series.

Thank you to Leonie Agnew for some excellent book selections! Looking forward to the exciting learning that can be found in both of these books 🙂                                                                  

We will start Week 3 of Term – Monday 8th August – and run for 6 weeks until – Friday 16th September. Click here to open the google form and register. The deadline to register is Friday 29th of July. REGISTRATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.

SUNDAY 8th of May

Registrations for NZreadaloud5 have now closed. Welcome to all of the teachers joining us for the first time, and welcome back to those who have returned.

We hope your class enjoys the NZreadaloud experience.

MONDAY 2nd May

Hello Year 3-4 teachers,

We hope your first day of Term 2 went well. If you have not done so already, remember to register using the google form below.

Here is the book and chapter break down, check it out!

The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millett

Week 1 (16th May) – Interacting with the text

Week 2 (23rd May) – Interacting with illustrations – could involve looking at how the illustrator uses pictures to tell a story and possible art related activities.

Dragon Knight – Fire by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley

(Please be aware that Donovan Bixley is the illustrator but he not listed as such – he is a co-creator and may have written some of the text, so this should be pointed out to the kids. Could lead to some interesting discussions/activities on collaboration.)

These are very short chapters and they are not numbered, so we have listed them by pages. Remember, even if they look long there are lots of pictures and inserted ‘information pages’ – which could also make some interesting activities. We suggest you look at the use of maps etc and this is a must – check out this PDF which has breakdowns in questions for pages (if you want them) but also possible activities. Might come in handy –

Week 3 (30th May)

A Spot of Bother P9-13

Earlier that Morning p 14 -27

Week 4 (6th June)

An Unpleasant Encounter p 28 -43

Lost battles and Bad New p 44 – 64

Week 5 (13th June)

A Hairy Escape and a Surprise p 65 -85

Week 6 (20th June)

A Puzzle solved and a Rescue p 86-96

SUNDAY 1st May


My name is Kerry-Anne Absalom and I am a Year 3/4 teacher at Otorohanga South School. I participated in #NZreadaloud last term, and am very excited to be joining Kerri’s #NZreadaloud team this term. We are also very lucky to have Leonie Agnew, a teacher and New Zealand author, on board with us in Year 3/4.

The students in my class really enjoyed their learning through #NZreadaloud, and asked that we do it again this term. As a teacher it was very exciting to see students with different reading abilities have valuable discussions about the book. My students were engaged as they were able to share their ideas with students in their class, as well as others from around New Zealand.

Leonie is a Year 3 teacher and NZ children’s author – her book was actually the Year 5-6 choice for Term 1. Anyway she had great fun on Edmodo with the kids and when Kerri and Jemma asked her to join the team – the only answer was yes, thanks! Obviously this is our first time, so we look forward to lots of feedback at the end.

Okay, for Year 3-4 we think it’s important to have age appropriate books so this term we’re doing a (gentle) ANZAC picture book called The Anzac Puppy by Peter Millet. This should only take a week or two and will be followed by the popular Dragon Knight#1 – Fire by Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley. Both books were finalists last year for the NZ Children’s Book Awards. I think the key term with this selection is ‘reading engagement’, and there’s a lot that can be pulled out on discussions around war, mythology, Middle Ages and lots more.

Dragon Knight

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Leonie and I are looking forward to working with you.

FRIDAY 29th April

Kia ora lovely Year 3/4 teachers,

I hope you have all had some relaxation time over the holidays. This blog will be updated very soon with information about the read aloud book and the new team members, as Stacey is on maternity leave.

The Term 2 readaloud will run from Monday May 16th – Friday 24th June.

In the meantime you are able to register for the #NZreadaloud5 below.

MONDAY 11TH  January

It has been a great few weeks of reading but one book has engaged, excited and hooked me more than others.

We are blessed in Aotearoa to have so many wonderful authors sharing wonderful stories for our our kids.

After many discussions with teachers, parents and my own family and friends, I have selected


After discussions and reading the twitter feed, it became clear to me that teachers wanted a book that would extend thinking and provide opportunity for deep discussion. I loved that this story is set at Makorori Station, Gisborne (a favourite holiday destination for our family), and links into beach and farm life in New Zealand. Themes include the idea that ultimately nature is more powerful than man, following your dreams, loyalty and family relationships.

If you are keen to participate in #NZreadaloud4AHOB please complete the Google Form below and I will be in touch with you all. Depending on the numbers, we will connect our classes via Edmodo groups.

Deadlines to register your class is the 5th of February (end of Week 1) and we will start on 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.

The break down of Chapters is as follows:

Week 1 (29 Feb. – 4 March) Chapters 1-2

Week 2 (7 – 11 March) Chapters 3-5

Week 3 (14 – 18 March) Chapters 6-7

Week 4 (21 – 25 March) Chapters 8-10

Week 5 (28 March – 1 April) Chapters 11-12

Week 6 (4 – 8 April) Chapters 13-14

Kia ora and welcome!


My name is Stacey Kale (@staceymmcarter) and I am a Year 7-8 teacher in the sunny Hawkes Bay. A few of you may be scratching your heads wondering if you have clicked the right tab and yes you definitely have!

I have been part of the #NZreadaloud which has previously only been offered to Year 7-8 students for the past 3 terms. The first time under the leadership/guidance of Kerri, the following two terms leading groups of my own. In my classroom I have a range of reading abilities and have found this is a way to engage and excite all of my students while developing their comprehension skills. I am thrilled to be on the #NZreadaloud waka with Kerri and a few other dedicated passionate teachers and have been allocated the Year 3-4 age group. It is really exciting knowing we can expand, igniting a love of books and collaboration among other year groups throughout our beautiful country.

I would love a range of book suggestions written by amazing kiwi authors with a really interesting story line – books need to appeal to boys and girls and provide opportunities for other learning areas. I will be going through your suggestions and selecting a book by the 11th of January 2016 – this will give us plenty of time for teachers to source the book, arrange our Edmodo group(s) and set up ready for our classes, ask any questions, and have our reading schedule sorted. Remember I will be here to support and guide you along the way! (I was new to Edmodo this year and have found it really user-friendly!)

Deadlines to register your class is the 12th of February (Week 2, Term 1) and we are aiming to start on 29th of February (Week 5, Term 1) for 6 weeks.

I look forward to collaborating with you and your classes in the first #NZreadaloud for Year 3-4 students!

Suggest a book!