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.
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.
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!