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What's new in the Junior School Library for teachers

Feeding curiosity...

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National Geographic Virtual Library for Kids

This is a wonderful online service that we are now able to use as a resource for PYP, homework assistance or as a source of general interest reading material to spark curiosity and wonder.

The Virtual Library provides full text resources in the following areas: animals, the environment, places, history, peoples and cultures, science and technology.

We have used the Virtual Library as part of the Year 3 Sharing the planet inquiry into oceans and also with Year 4 for their unit on water. The covers above show some samples of material that could be used in a variety of current and upcoming units: Sharing the Planet : Conservation; Oceans; How we organise ourselves : Systems (Disasters), How the world works : Weather; Our changing earth; Where we are in place and time : Space.


  • National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo)
  • 200 National Geographic Kids books (ranging in level from Kindergarten - Year 8)
  • 500 kid-friendly, downloadable images

Using the Virtual Library at Kristin:

  • I would love to show you how to access and use this at our next PYP planning session for your year level.
  • Books and articles are available simultaneously to all students in the school at the same time;
  • There is 24/7 access from school or home.
  • The product can be used on class sets of iPads, individual devices, or projected onto your smartboard via your Macbook;
  • the Link is also posted permanently in the Library Section of the Junior Staffroom on MyKristin

LINK: National Geographic Virtual Library Kids Password: kristin

Year K-4 Teachers: If you need help adding the link to your iPads then please bring these to the LIC during your next Library Session and we will show you how to do this, or do this for you. Ideally, all our iPads will be ready for collaborative use by students in pairs or small groups during inquiry by week 10.

Children have used the NG Virtual Library when wondering about...

Inspiration for creative writing (and illustration)...

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Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.

"Alex has been given a saccharine, sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn’t interested—until he decides to make the book something he’d actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, sharpens his creativity, and totally transforms the story!" (Publisher)

I will be interested to see how many of our students get upset when they see the inside of this book, I am sure many of them will be fooled into thinking another child has vandalised the contents!

The writers have provided teachers with materials for a great writing exercise over at the Battle Bunny website.

Download a copy of the original Birthday bunny book and let students mix and mash their own story. Another alternative would be to supply each child with pages from a Little Golden Book and let them loose with pencils and pens.

A copy of the book is available in our picture book collection and I will be buying more copies - you can reserve yours HERE.

Cover image and sample pages sourced from Simon & Schuster website.

How can I help you?

Please contact me if you need assistance or resources for yourself or on behalf of a student. Students are welcome to come and see me for an individual 'concierge' session to help find material to support their reading preferences and levels. I am also very happy to meet with parents during the evening of Parent Teacher Interviews or at any time if they would like support around reading choices, book recommendations or help with our digital collection.

Alison Hewett