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Sandpiper offers oracy lesson plans for a variety of early childhood books. A range of language resources are available for a growing number of children’s favourite books.

A useful supporting resource for book packs can be found under 'other stuff' - 'downloads' to BOOK CHATS (along with some other useful stuff - to support your oral language needs in the classroom. BOOK CHATS offer a range of free ‘Talk about’ guides, which provide teachers and parents with some useful ideas and questions for stimulating discussion around the themes and concepts contained in the story.

Resources are constantly being developed for new books for:

  • Barrier Games - Instructions for playing the barrier game, examples of the language to be used, and any support materials as black-line masters. Simple and fun to play, barrier games are always an excellent resource for children with a language / learning difficulty;
  • Language Games - Traditional games presented in an appealing manner with a language-based activity programmed into the game play. Language topics are based on the book theme, and provide practice for a variety of language skills.
  • Working with puppets - Puppets to match the characters from the story are available with ideas on how to get the most from this extremely child-friendly resource.
  • Language Lesson Plans - Similar to the oracy lesson plans, these provide instructions and the support materials for activities at sound, word, sentence and text level of language.
  • Blanks levels of language - Questions and comments have been scripted for some of the books, based on the model of Blank’s levels of comprehension. An excellent resource for supporting children’s comprehension needs.


If you have a favourite book that you would like developed into an oracy book pack, please let me know by emailing me at: - always looking for new ideas.


Click on Bunyip of Berkley's Creek for a free download example of these book packs.


The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek
Product Code: BBC
Author: Jenny Wagner
Illustrator: Ron Brooks
Publisher: Picture Puffins
ISBN: 0-14-050126-6
Edward the Emu
Product Code: EE
Author: Sheena Knowles
Illustrator: Rod Clement
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780064434997
Don't forget the bacon
Product Code: OBP
Author: Pat Hutchins
Illustrator: Pat Hutchins
Publisher: Red Fox
ISBN: 0-09-941398-1
Giraffes can't dance
Product Code: OBP
Author - Giles Andreae
Illustrator - Guy Parker-Rees
Publisher - Orchard Books
ISBN: 1-84121-565-1
Diary of a wombat
Product Code: OBP
Author - Jackie French
Illustrator - Bruce Whatley
Publisher - Angus & Robertson
ISBN: 0-207-19836-5 (pbk)
Rosie's walk
Product Code: OBP
Author - Pat Hutchins
Illustrator - Pat Hutchins
Publisher - Red Fox
ISBN: 0-099-41399-X
Where the wild things are
Product Code: OLLP
Author - Maurice Sendak
Illustrator - Maurice Sendak
Publisher - Red Fox
ISBN: 978-0-099-40839-0
There's a hippo on the roof
Product Code: OLLP
Author - Hazel Edwards
Illustrator - Deborah Niland
Publisher - Hodder & Stoughton
Is your grandmother a goanna?
Product Code: OLLP
SPA Book of the Year, 2008
Author - Pamela Allen
Illustrator - Pamela Allen
Publisher - Puffin Books
The Terrible PLOP
Product Code: OLLP
SPA Book of the Year, 2009
Author - Ursula Dubosarsky
Illustrator - Andrew Joyner
Publisher - Puffin Books
ISBN: 978-0-14-350513-6
Product Code: OLLP
SPA Book of the Year, 2013
Author - Claire Saxby
Illustrator - Tom Jellett
Publisher - Random House Australia
ISBN: 978-1-74275-650-9
Very Hungry Caterpillar
Product Code: OLLP
Author - Eric Carle
Illustrator - Eric Carle
Publisher - Picture Puffin Books
ISBN: 0-14-050087-1
Who sank the boat?
Product Code: OBP
Author - Pamela Allen
Illustrator - Pamela Allen
Publisher - Puffin Books
ISBN: 0-14-050940-2
Product Code: OBP
Author/Illustrator - Jan Ormerod
Publisher - Picture Puffins
ISBN: 0-14-050362-5