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Bowerbird Blues by Aura Parker

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) at Brisbane Boys College was celebrated at 11am on Wednesday 22th  May by all of the Junior School Boys. This years book was Bowerbird Blues written and illustrated by Aura Parker.  There were two messages behind this book which were not giving up and also finding happiness is better than having possessions.  We had a number of storytellers this year with our Head Master Mr Casson reading to the Prep boys in the library, Mrs Todd - Head of Junior school read to Grade 1, Mrs Warwick - Deputy Head of Junior School read to Grade 2, Tom H and Mitch G read to Grade 3 and PJ H and Thomas G read to Grades 4, 5 & 6 in college hall.  Each presenter explained to the boys how important it is to read in order to become a good writer.

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. 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.






About Candice Lemon-Scott – Candice Lemon-Scott

Candice is an award-winning, Queensland-based Australian author, editor and presenter. She has published 13 books for children, and written one for adults and her books have been published in Australia, the US, the UK and China. Her quirky style, fast-paced narratives and originality appeal to young readers in particular. Her newest release Ocean Warriors: The Rise of Robo-Shark is published by Storytorch Press.

Candice loves wildlife and animals and has always been surrounded by a range of pets throughout her life, including dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, birds (including a duck) and various lizards. She was first moved to write her latest series, Eco Rangers, after helping with a couple of koala rescues from her own backyard. The first book Eco Rangers: Pelican in Peril was an Honor Book Award winner in the Green Earth Book Award and her second book Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem was shortlisted in the Wilderness Society’s Environmental Award for Children’s Literature. She continues to be inspired by her own children, who love and care for nature and wildlife. A trained wildlife carer, Candice enjoys writing about the adventures of the young Eco Rangers, Ebony and Jay. 




Direct access to ePlatform- CLICK HERE

  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
  7. Audio books show the sound file  Free Vector image of Headphones icon #162 includes #graphic collections of # headphones, #icon and #music. Y… | Tatuagens de música, Tatuagem, Desenhos  para tatuagem
  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.



Book Week 2024 Geocaching Special! | Nature Play SA

Children's Book Week theme; Reading is Magic, is celebrating reading stories and their amazing power to transport minds. It is to encouraging kids to be curious about the wonders in our world. It is a positive and affirming message for our young people. The magic of reading also lies in its power of enticement; a good story provokes conversations. Talking about the stories with others connects the reader with other readers. Wrapped around all of this are the "tricks" and skills of our amazing writers and illustrators, as they use all their powers of language and illustration to engage the reader in this world they are building.


Our Book Week parade will take place on Monday 19 August


  • It is impossible for most people lick their own elbow (try it)
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky
  • Wearing headphones for just one hour could increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 timesImage result for interesting CLIPART




Story Box Library



Click on link below (blue)  

Username: bbclibrary

Password: bbc123

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Password is your student number plus your  first and last initial and add a 1

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Password: History2016


One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Study after study shows that early reading with children helps them learn to speak, interact, bond with parents and read early themselves, and reading with kids who already know how to read helps them feel close to caretakers, understand the world around them and be empathetic citizens of the world.

“It’s so important to start reading from Day One,” Ms Baker says. “The sound of your voice, the lyrical quality of the younger [books] are poetic … It’s magical, even at 8 weeks old they focus momentarily, they’re closer to your heart.” As they begin to grow, families should make sure books are available everywhere in the home, like it’s your “daily bread.” (Amen.) But it shouldn’t end when kids begin to read on their own. “As they become independent readers, we tend to let them go, but even kids in older demographics love nothing more than that time with their parents,” Baker says. “We’re blown away that kids time and again said the most special time they recall spending with a parent is reading together.”

Liza Baker, the executive editorial director at Scholastic.



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