The questions in the educator and student guides are designed as prompts, inviting readers to explore, reflect on, and discuss elements of a book and how they add to understanding and enjoyment. Elements considered include the book's:
- cover, design, illustrations
- genre and format
The questions and response activities are not intended as a checklist, but are suggestions — a menu of possible approaches to select from. They can help educators (and their students) start to:
- talk about reading with others
- explore the 'story behind the story' of a book, author, or illustrator
- get to know and appreciate an author's or illustrator’s body of work
- consider and appreciating different elements of a book
- offer personalised reading recommendations.
The Book and Beyond: An Educator’s Guide (pdf, 142KB)
The Book and Beyond: A Student’s Guide (pdf, 136KB) — similar to the educator’s guide, but tailored for students' use.
Blank planning guides
The blank planning guides provide spaces for thoughts and questions about a specific book including:
- its form and content
- inquiry into the book
- links to 'The New Zealand Curriculum'.
Educator’s blank guide (pdf, 110KB)
Student’s blank guide (pdf, 94.9KB)
The Book and Beyond Auckland Writers Festival example
In 2019, we partnered with the Auckland Writers Festival and prepared some completed guide examples. The aim of these examples was to help teachers (from across the curriculum) and librarians see what responses might look like. The guides are based on books from selected writers who featured in the Festival’s Schools Programme.
Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon (pdf, 242KB) by Sally Gardner (junior fiction).
Vasilisa the Brave (pdf, 285KB) — from 'Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts: Ten Tales from the Deep, Dark Woods' by Craig Phillips (upper primary/intermediate fiction).
How to Bee (pdf, 264KB) by Bren MacDibble (primary/intermediate fiction).
Dawn Raid (pdf, 235KB) by Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith (intermediate fiction).
In the Dark Spaces (pdf, 282KB) by Cally Black (YA fiction).
Piecing Me Together (pdf, 261KB) by Renee Watson (YA fiction).