Q&A with Nicki Greenberg

Miss Kraken, The Fabulous Crab, Worm, Cats Do Not Like Birthdays. These are just some of the great books from Melbourne-based author and illustrator, Nicki Greenberg.

In October, we are featuring Nicki’s book, “Bitsy” in our 6 month membership and we were lucky enough to interview Nicki to hear the origins and behind-the-scenes story of the process of this book. So let’s get in to it…

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Single word books – yay or nay?

Every baby I know has a range of single word non-fiction books in their home, often ranging from different categories like ‘transport’, ‘shapes’ and ‘bath time’. The brightly coloured pictures of simple objects are a staple of every young family’s bookshelf. But how many of them do you really need and are they helpful to language development? Continue reading “Single word books – yay or nay?”

Background Knowledge – The Glue That Makes Learning Stick

This blog follows on from our previous one on The Simple View of Reading. Everything will make more sense if you read that one first!

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So, if we know that Language Comprehension is essential for reading, we need to understand what it is. This is where we can refer back to the Reading Rope (Scarborough, 2001).

Let’s break down the first strand of language comprehension and talk about how you can support these in your everyday interactions with your child.

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