The Reading Book 

Weblinks for chapters

Chapter 1

Recommendations for high interest, low reading age texts


English language learners  Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages.


Getting ready for learning to read – useful websites and resources


Expert literacy videos


Chapter 2


Name selector tools  


Cooperative learning


Resources and links to support teaching reading comprehension


Information and research about critical literacy 


Information on structured word inquiry (using morphology and etymology to support decoding, spelling and word meaning)


A spelling resource produced by the UK Department for Education


Resources to support the teaching of phonological awareness, phonics and high frequency words


Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics UK Department of Education




Dictionaries and Thesauri resources

An online etymological dictionary  

Good general dictionary with simple explanations of words

Simple dictionary with synonyms, pronunciation and example sentences 

Visual thesauri




Book lists Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (UK). This site requires registration but is free. There is extensive collections of texts at different levels.  Book recommendations for each year group by The Australian Reading Spine


NZ National Library


Audio and video stories online    


Indigenous Australian children’s books


Books and videos in Te Reo Māori


Books with Pasifika and Māori focus



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Websites for shared reading This site has links to songs and poems.


Picture books available as big books

Walker Books Australia (search 'Big Book' under category)

Modern Teaching Aides (NSW)

Oz Publishing

Every Educaid (NZ)

Big books by Julia Donaldson


Links for songs Kiwikids song collection


Information about shared reading



Information about Guided Reading


Running records


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Suggested texts for guided reading Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (UK). This site requires registration but is free. There are suggested lists of quality texts at different level. KS1 is the junior years and KS2 is the senior years.


Chapter 6


Professional reading about book clubs

Getting Started with Literature Circles, (1999). Katherine L. Schlick Noe & Nancy J. Johnson.  Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon Publishers.

Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, (2002). Harvey Daniels, Stenhouse Publishers, Portland, ME.

Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles, Harvey Daniels and Nancy Steineke, (2004). Heinemann Publishers, Portsmouth, NH.


Information about book clubs   readers/book-clubs

Book club book recommendations


Reciprocal reading information and links for videos


Resources for Reader’s Theatre


Apps and web-based tools

Book creator

Puppet pals





Chapter 7

Professional reading

Igniting a Passion for Reading, Steven Layne, (2008). Stenhouse Publishers, USA.

The Book Whisperer, Donalyn Miller, (2009). San Francisco, CA, USA, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Publishers.

Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids, Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp, (2018). New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. 




Children’s choice 2018 reading list


Author interviews


Writing by children




This app superimposes one image on top of another


Character trading cards


Books with Pasifika and Māori focus

Related resources

Includes: an inferring activity template and exemplar

Focus: inferring about a character’s feelings at different points in a story

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