I collect books and I have a special love of picture books!
It’s Christmas, so it is time to pull out the pile of Christmas themed picture books. My pile of Christmas books feature many titles for Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere. I adore all the cheesy attempts at making Christmas more Australian.
I have some personal favourites from this list. An Aussie Night Before Christmas is good to use with A Kiwi Night Before Christmas to do comparing and contrasting activities. I quite often add in the traditional poem and do a three way comparison.
Santa Koala is quite adorable and comes with a CD. The song Santa Koala is sung to the tune of Walzting Matilda, and is very catchy. I made this craft activity to complement the book.
Brucie Saves Christmas is quite humorous and my son particularly loves We Wish you a Ripper Christmas.
Santa’s Aussie Holiday is a good book for extending with other literacy and numeracy based activities. Students can make a photo album of Santa’s holiday or write a diary for his travels. They can map his travels and the distances. Students could come up with new destinations for Santa to travel to on his holidays, or write a persuasive text as to why he should visit their town while he is in Australia.
There are endless possibilities for making Christmas more Australian in our classrooms, starting with some of these awesome books.
Let me know about your favourite Southern Hemisphere Christmas books and the creative things you do with them.