The Book and Beyond: Guides for educators and students
The Book and Beyond: An educator’s guide contains a collection of powerful, relevant and critical prompts for approaching books and book chats, helping teachers and librarians:
- explore children's and young adult literature and the reading experience
- captivate and develop student imagination, spark curiosity and inquiry
- increase their understanding of the world and the human experience
- create a personal connection with a book — the story and the physical object
- engage them with reading and writing.
To find out more about engaging students with reading visit the National Library Services to Schools website.
The Book and Beyond: Blank planning guides
The blank planning tools provide spaces for thoughts and questions about a specific book, including:
- its form and content
- inquiry into the book
- links to the NZ Curriculum.
The Book and Beyond: Auckland Writers Festival exemplars
The examples, based on books written by authors attending the 2019 Auckland Writers Festival Schools Programme, have been developed with National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga O Aotearoa to show you how you might use the tool to explore a book.
For those who are planning visits to the festival, The Book and Beyond exemplars provide:
- a valuable introduction/way into the writers appearing in May
- a way of engaging students/teachers with the writers
- a tool to review revisit the books
- provoke further inquiry and/or activities
If you're unable to visit the festival, use the tools to spark further reading and enjoyment in book clubs, literature circles and reading groups, in and out of the classroom, in the library, and curriculum contexts. The aim is not to ‘kill’ the book by analysing the life out of it, but to enthuse and engage your students with reading, ensuring they have not just the skill to read, but the will to read.