Wednesday, December 31, 2008

About Me

The Book Chook
What’s a chook?

Here in Australia, it’s what lots of us call a hen. It rhymes with book. As a Kindergarten teacher, I was a real mother hen, who loved reading aloud to my chicks. The Book Chook blog shares snippets I discover from the wonderful world and words of kids’ literacy, learning and literature. I'm passionate about helping kids read, write and create, and love to find and share useful educational resources with parents, teachers and librarians.



Now what? 


I hope you'll take the time to look around The Book Chook. You can search for topics that interest you in the search box marked "labels" or the buttons in the right side bar, browse the blog archive just below "labels", or check out popular posts. If you like what you find, why not consider becoming a blog follower or subscribing via email or RSS (left side bar)? Use the big red buttons to follow me on Twitter or on Facebook where I often feature links I find that don't make it to the blog. And be sure to grab a copy of the latest Literacy Lava, (hosted on my website) a free pdf for parents and teachers that's erupting with great ideas.

To request a book review or ask me a question, use the Contact Me tab just under my blog banner. But first check out my
Review Policy. If you're looking for activities to develop children's communication skills, try the Book Chook Bag of Tricks. If you'd like to write reviews of books or educational products for The Book Chook, or write a guest post with content that suits the blog, read more about that in Contribute to The Book Chook.


Susan Stephenson
The Book Chook's real name is Susan Stephenson. I am a writer, editor, teacher and reviewer. You'll find more information about me at my other online home, www.susanstephenson.com.au, including a list of my published credits. 

My travel writing has been published in magazines like
Australian Traveller and Transitions Abroad. You can find several of my articles online. My latest adult publication is in a 2009 anthology, The Ultimate Teacher.

My children's writing can be found online at
Rainbow Rumpus. Read more about my first children's picture book, Monster Maddie. I am now responsible for a column that gives tips on writing to children in the wonderful Australian print magazine, Alphabet Soup.

Enjoy your visit to The Book Chook!

27 comments:

  1. Ah, your blog is an exciting find for me! I'm a library assistant in a small (very small) town library, and a homeschooling mother of six. So glad you are here!

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  2. Book Chook11 May, 2010

    Hi Lily! Thanks for introducing yourself. I love to get to know my readers and hope you'll all jump in and add value to my posts with your own comments and suggestions.

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  3. Hi! I am a fellow Aussie book blogger and just wanted to say hello! I love your blog! I am also a teacher and writer. Nice to meet you :)

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  4. Oh and here's my blog in case you were interested: http://and-the-plot-thickens.blogspot.com/

    I am now a follower and will be back!

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  5. Book Chook25 May, 2010

    I AM interested, Rachel, so thanks for making contact. Glad you're following and hope you'll jump in and add value to my posts with your comments anytime.

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  6. Barkha Dhar04 July, 2010

    That's sheer Australian magic. I love the work you do for little kids and your blog is very informative. I like your cartoon characters too.
    Barkha Dhar
    http://dharbarkha.blogspot.com/

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  7. Book Chook04 July, 2010

    Thank you Barkha Dhar!

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  8. I am falling in love with your site! You offer tons of resources! Thanks!

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  9. What a wonderful site you have here! And I'm so excited to add so many international resources and books that aren't featured so well here in the U.S.
    Also thanks for the welcome you've given this new blogger. I'll be back lots.

    Megan

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  10. Thanks Rachel and mouseprints!

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  11. Well I've followed you from the review link for Hootenanny Blogs, a new publisher in the small town where I live.

    But I also know you from Digital Parents.

    Am hoping at some point to offer the book of Boy 1 for you to review, ;-) .

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  12. I'm so glad to have found your blog - and you're based in Australia. I have a nine month old who loves to be read to and I will be embarking on the road with her of home-schooling when she's ready. I figure reading with her is the best place to start - plus I'm a writer, so I might have an ulterior motive. Look forward to dipping into your site.

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  13. Wow! This is a fantastic site. I've spent lots of time in Australia, mostly Sydney and Melbourne, but I wasn't familiar with "Chooks" until now. Thanks for your contribution to the reading effort. We share a common interest. Keep up the great work.

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  14. Glad to have found your blog. As a writer (not yet published, but I write, which makes me a writer, right?) I love reading what other people are saying about children's books. And being a quarter Australian I knew exactly what a chook was - I always forget that it's a particularly Aussie term, as it's one I use all the time! Looking forward to reading more on here.

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  15. @ElliAbsolutely you're a writer, Elli! Welcome to the select, discerning group of adults who love and admire children's literature!

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  16. I would like to contact you, but the "contact me" button on your home page is not working. Can you tell me how to contact you. Thanks

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  17. @Growing Book by Book Thanks for letting me know about the problem. I am looking into it. I have tried to contact you via your Blogger profile, but there is no email attached to it. Because of the horrendous amount of spam I get, I'm reluctant to put my email here. But if you peek inside the Contribute tab, you will see a cunningly disguised email address.

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  18. @Growing Book by Book Contact me seems to be working again now, 20/7/12.

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  19. Hi! This is a great blog! As a short story writer for children, I get many stuffs here. Say hello from my blog www.sokat.blogspot.com
    Thank you. Nice to meet you.

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  20. @Susan Stephenson
    Owh.. You can speak Indonesian!
    Senang mendengarnya....
    Salam kenal
    Terima kasih atas sambutannya.... :)

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  21. @Susan Stephenson
    Owh.. You can speak Indonesian!
    Senang mendengarnya....
    Salam kenal
    Terima kasih atas sambutannya.... :)

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  22. My kids are ALWAYS reading! Thanks for the great reviews. You might consider linking your reviews to booknixie.com
    I think you two are both working towards the same goals of literacy and reading for the younger age group!

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  23. Very nice to have found your blog. I look forward to reading (and sharing) much more in the future.

    Write on!

    John S. Green (Papa Green Bean)

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    1. Always lovely to meet another literacy advocate, John!

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