competitions, info, poetry, teachers' resources

Summer 2010 writing comp!

Win a $20 book voucher!

"Writing a poem"Write a poem up to 10 lines long (shorter is fine). Your poem must include the word ‘snap.’ Include a competition entry form—you can print one from Alphabet Soup‘s website.

ENTRIES CLOSE 7 JANUARY 2011. (We’ll accept entries postmarked 7 January.)

This writing competition is open to children aged 12 and under. Entries are judged in 3 age categories.


July 2010 School holiday activities: Sydney

If you’re in Sydney and looking for fun activities during the July holidays, check out what’s on at the Ultimo Library 9 – 17 July 2010.

  • Scrapbooking (ages 5 – 15)
  • Learn to knit (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Yoga for kids (ages 5 – 10)
  • Fairy Fail – performance with live music (ages 5+)


Ultimo Library
Level 1 Community Centre 40 William Henry St, Ultimo NSW 2007
Phone: 9298 3110

You can find all the details about times etc here.

authors, teachers' resources

Australia’s myths and legends with Mark Greenwood

We interviewed children’s author, Mark Greenwood, in a 2009 issue of Alphabet Soup magazine. If you’re in WA on 19 January 2010, you can hear him talk about Australia’s myths and legends. (Bookings are essential.)

When:  19 January 2010, from 4.00pm to 5.00pm
WhereAH Bracks Library (Cnr Stock Rd & Canning Hwy, Melville WA)
Cost: Free
Contact: Phone AH Bracks Library on 9364 0115 for more information.
For: ages 7 to 12.

teachers' resources

Meet storyteller Glenn B Swift

Tall Tales and True of Brave Knights and Fair Maidens (WA event)

Storyteller Glenn B Swift will let you in on what Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Sir Lancelot had in common and what lessons they had to learn to live happily ever after. For ages four to 12. (This event is part of the WA Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge.)

Tuesday, 12 January from 11.00am to noon at Willagee Library and 2.00pm to 3.00pm at Canning Bridge Library.

Wednesday, 13 January from 1.00pm to 2.00pm at A.H. Bracks Library and 3.00pm to 4.00pm at Civic Square Library.

Cost: $2.00 per child (bookings essential).

For more information,  phone the City of Melville on 1300 635 845.

teachers' resources

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit coverThe Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams was one of my favourite childhood stories.

If you are in Western Australia, you can see the puppet show adaptation in November and December 2009, or January 2010 at these locations: Joondalup, Midland, Margaret River, Mandurah or Fremantle!

Spare Parts says the show is perfect for kids aged 4 to 10. There are also  puppet making workshops available for kids and adults.

Visit the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre website for more details!


Help create a book sculpture at the State Library of WA!

Have you heard that the State Library of WA has been building a children’s library on their mezzanine level? It’s true! And over the school holidays, children can help create a book sculpture for this new area with artist-in-residence, Graham Hay. For more information, go to where they also advertise other family activities over the summer break.