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Junior School: Junior Library

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”


This year the whole Junior School participated in the Book Week parade as part of our Book Week celebrations. It was wonderful to see most students as well as teachers and support staff dressed up as their favourite book character.  It was certainly a tough decision for the two judges to select a boy from each class. 







National Simultaneous Storytime 2021 | Maitland City Library


National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) at Brisbane Boys College was celebrated at 11am on Wednesday 19th May by all of the Junior School Boys. We had a number of storytellers this year with Yerik and Albert our Academic Student Leaders paving the way. Yerik and Albert made a variety of space helmets to entice the Preps and enthralled the Year 2 students with their reading of the book “Give Me Some Space” by Phillip Bunting. Our Preps giggled through Headmaster Mr Damon Emtage’s reading of the book in the library. Ms Raymond presented a lovely reading to the Year Ones. Dr Leigh Hobart captivated the Year 3 boys while Matthew Bennett, Vice-Captain, was our Story Time Leader for the Year 6 boys in College Hall. Matthew also exposed the virtues of reading, encouraging our boys to pick up a book and widen their knowledge of the world through words. Mrs Warwick’s Math boys did a hilarious enactment of the book for the Year 4 and 5 boys, with Matthew stealing the show with his depiction of Una the main character.




NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 21st successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

By facilitating NSS we aim to:

  • promote the value of reading and literacy,
  • promote the value and fun of books,
  • promote an Australian writer and publisher,

NSS receives positive media coverage, generates a great deal of community interest and is held annually as part of Library and Information Week. 2020 was the biggest and most successful NSS to date with over 1,297,000 participants at over 14,469 locations, including participants from New Zealand, Thailand, UK, Canada, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong. 

Days such as NSS are part of our school strategy to promote reading amongst our boys. Male mentors such as Matthew, one of our Vice-Captains and our Academic School leaders, Yerik and Albert help to develop a culture of reading.



  1. Add the 'Wheelers app' to your device from your App Store. Please ensure you are on your home network before loading the app as cellular streaming/downloading is expensive.
  2. Tap on ‘Add Library’ or ‘Find your Library’ from the menu – search for Brisbane Boys College - Primary and select.
  3. Select Brisbane Boys’ College - Primary
  4. Click on the book you are interested in, then click on ‘Sign in’.
  5. Use your school login and password to sign in.
  6. Select Browse or Search
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  8. All other Titles are eBooks
  9. eBooks are available to read offline as long as Settings show ‘Reading Storage’  is enabled.  This is usually the default setting.

Note for Audio books

  1. Browse or search for an  Audio Book.
  2. Click on the audiobook you are interested in, then click on ‘Sign in’.
  3. Use your school login and password to sign in.
  4. Once signed in you can select ‘Borrow’ > then click on ‘Play/Pause’.
  5. Ensure you go to the three bar menu   in the right top corner of your screen and select ‘Store Offline’.  This will enable you to listen to the audio book whilst offline.
  6. Click again on the 3 bars to see your book downloading. This may take up to 10 minutes, depending on the size of the book.
  7. Now you should be able to listen to your audiobook offline (eg in car or bus). To check if this will work, turn your wi-fi off and see if you can still hear the sound.





To celebrate Book Week this year we will be hosting two Brisbane based authors.    

Our visiting authors this year are:

Years Prep, 1, 2 & 3

Dr Cameron Stelzer - 19 August

Years 4,  5  & 6

Dee White – 18 August


Bundy author set for busy summer | Queensland Times


Cameron Stelzer is an Australian author and illustrator with a passion for creating exciting children's books and fostering a love of reading, writing and creativity in young people. He is one of Australia's favourite children's authors with books that engage, inspire and excite children. Cameron's books include the internationally award-winning Pie Rats series, the fun and zany Scallywags series, how-to-draw publications, and the Stroogle picture book series. Cameron's books have won many awards.


Unfortunately Nick Earls is unable to join us but we are very excited to have Dee White present to the boys instead.


Interview: Dee White, author & playwright for children & young adults –  Underground Writers

Dee White is the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults. Beyond Belief, inspired by the true story of Muslims at a Paris mosque who saved Jewish children was a CBCA Notable and a finalist from 1400 entries in the Screencraft 2021 Cinematic Book competition.
Dee has presented workshops and talks to primary and secondary students and adults throughout Australia and overseas including the SCBWI Europolitan Conference in Amsterdam and the 2018 Sharjah International Book Fair. She runs online classes and activities for writers of all ages, all over the world and her international students come from USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, New Zealand, Indonesia, India, China and Malaysia.
Dee is passionate about working with students to help them develop their writing skills, and inspiring them to enjoy books and share their own stories. 

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Alice in Wonderland used to be banned in parts of China.  "bears, lions and other beasts cannot use a human language", said General Ho Chien in 1931.  "To  attribute to them such a power is an insult to the human race."

Norman Bridwell almost called his big red dog Tiny, but his wife suggested Clifford - the name of her childhood imaginary friend.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar was almost called A Week With Willi Worm.

Dr. Seuss said he expected to spend "a week or so" writing The Cat in the Hat.  It ended up taking a year and a half.