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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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OneTree House Takes on Eugene's Island as Agency Books

OneTree House believes in the transformative power of story and are advocates for the importance of recording and reflecting the unique cultural perspective from Aotearoa. They know the importance of local storytelling in supporting and encouraging literacy. Having noticed that some of their authors (including Eugene's Island author Elizabeth!) also publish independently, they have announced an agency deal to support our series, with an aim to support a thriving New Zealand children's book community. "We are a small publisher and can only produce so many books; but we believe in our authors, and love to see them succeed, whether they are publishing through...

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Free Shipping for 3+ Books This Christmas Season!

Who has their Christmas tree up already? Or a wreath on the door? We haven't gone that far but we are thinking about Christmas shopping...and we have a little gift for you!   Order 3 or more Eugene's Island stories between now and December 15 and you get free postage anywhere in NZ. At only $9.99 they are great stocking stuffers or gifts for friends. After 15 December, normal shipping prices resume. 

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