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Storytime for Eugene's Island!

Suzy Cato is a legend when it comes to her support and development of entertainment and learning opportunities for kiwi children. We are so excited that she chose Eugene's Island for a recent Suzy's Book Corner. Children who might be a bit young to read the series themselves will especially love to hear Suzy reading The Birthday Solution aloud.While the little readers in your life are watching Suzy, you can listen to her talk with Petra Bagust on the fabulous NZ podcast, Grey Matters. Grey Matters is a podcast for women about growing up (and going grey!) in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

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Behind the Book: The Art Project

“Look at these,” Miles said, holding out two very wet shoes. Eugene studied them closely. “They’re the same shoe, but not the same size,” he said. (From The Art Project, book 4 in the Eugene’s Island series.)   I first read about items spilling into the ocean in the book Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them by Donovan Hohn. What a book title, right?! Eric Carle took his inspiration for the picture book 10 little rubber ducks from...

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7 Ways to integrate Eugene’s Island into classroom learning

The books in the Eugene’s Island series can be used across curriculum areas in the classroom, as part of the Health & Wellbeing, Science, The Arts and Literacy areas. We have free teachers notes available to teachers (written by an experienced former senior primary school teacher), but we thought we’d highlight seven of the best ideas to help you get your learning plan sorted!   Click on a cover to buy the books today!          Get learners to write a comment card that can go with the book in the school library. Explaining why other students would enjoy reading...

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5 Top Mainland Bird Sanctuaries to Visit in Aotearoa

Where can you take the kids to have a great day discovering some of our rare native birds? In Eugene’s Island Eugene’s family live on a bird sanctuary island, and we have many islands around Aotearoa New Zealand used in this way. However, by their nature (remote! uninhabited! home to endangered species!) these islands are not always easy or affordable places to visit. Luckily, we have some fabulous mainland sanctuaries near or in some of our major centres you can easily visit. Here our author, Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod, tells us five of her favourite:1. Auckland Zoo (Auckland): Of course, you can...

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Sailing Through My Imagination

Author Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod wrote a personal essay for GrownUps website about what's behind the stories in Eugene's Island -  Click on a cover to buy the books today!      Grandparents give their grandchildren amazing experiences; it’s a pity their grandchildren entirely miss them. That must have been how it felt to my grandfather. He built his yacht, Bon Accord, himself with room for two in the bow, three midship after the table was folded away, and my grandparents’ snug at the aft. Our family of four would pack in with my grandparents each summer and he would share with us one...

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