Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages Exhibition and Teaching Resources

Discover what inspired authors and illustrators to write and illustrate their Anzac stories. Featuring well known award winning authors such as Jackie French, Claire Saxby, Phil Cummings, Hazel Edwards, Susanne Gervay, and many other excellent Australian authors and illustrators, as well as Glyn Harper, Jennifer Beck, David Hill, Maria Gill, Fifi Colston, Jenny Cooper and other awesome New Zealand authors and illustrators.
Download the exhibition, print out the handouts and read all about the authors and illustrators including videos and interviews. An excellent Anzac Resource free for all teachers and librarians to use.

What Lies Beneath Exhibition - Teachers Resources

Please also feel free to download the following FREE Teaching Resource


Download the "What Lies Beneath Exhibition - Teachers Resource" for the New Zealand Book Month Event 2013.

An opportunity to discover what has contributed to the creation of children's books by some of your favourite New Zealand authors and illustrators in an exhibition that reveals the inspirations, the crafting and background work that goes into making children's books for NZ children including works by Margaret Mahy and David Elliot, Gavin Bishop, Fifi Colston and David Hill, Maria Gill and Heather Arnold, Melinda Szymanik, Jennifer Beck and Lindy Fisher, Kyle Mewburn and Donovan Bixley, and Joy Cowley and Robyn Belton.


Kia ora teachers,
I can offer school visits, workshops, and give talks to teachers or writers. Please email me for further information.

Educational Units

I've written teaching resources for the following companies:

Sustainable Living: A Cross Curricular Approach*
Essential Resources

Book 1: Ages 7-10
Book 2: Ages 11-14

Talk It Up: Oral Language activities for the Classroom
Essential Resources

Book 1: Ages 7-10
Book 2: Ages 11-14
Available Term 1, 2013

Non-fiction in the Classroom: Language and Reading Activities to enhance students' ability to engage with Non-fiction
Essential Resources

Book 1: Ages 7-10
Book 2: Ages 11-14

Critical Essay Writing
Essential Resources

Ages 14-16

Big Book of School Journals
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
For more information please email me directly.

CSI Chapters
South Pacific Press

CSI Comprehension Strategies Instruction
South Pacific Press

Please feel free to download the FREE teaching resources that go with all my books:

Keep an eye on this page because I'll be loading more educational units with each of my books.

I hope your class enjoys the units!


Teachers' Workshop:
Using Dynamic Non-fiction in the Classroom

This workshop will encourage teachers to incorporate a dynamic non-fiction reading and writing unit in the classroom. In the session I will talk about a reading unit that will encourage children to love reading non-fiction books for pleasure. The unit uses thinking skills to enhance their ability to read non-fiction text and culminates in a non-fiction book ceremony. I will also talk about the characteristics of good non-fiction writing skills showing how to utilise fiction techniques to pep up their non-fiction stories. Teacher workshops can be combined with school author talks for students.

The workshops can be held in your staff room after school or during the school holidays.

If the workshop is tagged onto a day's booking it is free, if onto a half-day author talk or workshop with students - the teachers' workshop is at the special price of $100 per workshop. If you want me to do a Teachers workshop only it is $150 plus travel expenses.

Book your workshop today.

Activities for Books

For selected activities such as comprehension sheets, crosswords or wordfinds to go with the books click on the following to download and print:

Bird's-eye View Activity - PDF 45kb

Operation Nest Egg Activity - PDF 44kb

Interviews with Authors

Derek Landy, author of the 'Skulduggery Pleasant' series interview.  READ MORE
Fleur Beale, author of 'Juno of Taris', interview.  READ MORE
Kyle Mewburn, author of 'Old Huhu', interview.  READ MORE
Kate de Goldi, author of the '10 PM Question', interview.  READ MORE
Lorraine Orman, author of 'Haunted', interview.  READ MORE
Michael Morpurgo, author of 'Running Wild' interview.  READ MORE


Teachers, if you're looking for children's or young adult books to recommend to your students - please check out the NZ Kids Books Blog. The site provides links to teaching resources and interviews that go with the book. The reviewers are either teachers or librarians and are also published authors.

If your class or school have been doing good deeds in the environment - please tell me about it so I can include it on the Eco-rangersNZ blogsite.