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WIN a copy of A is for Australia by Frané Lessac-closed

Long-time readers of My Little Bookcase will know that I am a huge fan of Frané Lessac’s work, and her latest book is not only a feast for the eyes but is also a great work-out for your general knowledge.

A is for Australia by Frane Lessac

Using the alphabet, Frané takes you on a glorious tour of some of Australia’s most unique locations, from Rottnest Island in the west to Bondi Beach in the east (…and she hasn’t missed out a single state or territory). The illustrations are characteristically rich and the facts presented on each double-page spread are simply fascinating. A is for Australia is a beautiful way for kids to investigate our wonderful country.

Cammy and Ike haven’t ventured too far from home yet, but after reading A is for Australia they are quickly accruing a very long ‘To-See’ list. In fact, we’ve got a little trip to Western Australia planned soon and, thanks to this book, we’ve specifically hired a car so we can fit in a day trip to Fremantle.

Book Details:

Title: A is for Australia- A Factastical Tour

Author: Frané Lessac

ISBN: 9781922179760

Publisher: WALKER BOOKS AUST, January 2015

RRP: $24.95

Available to purchase through The Kids’ Bookshop


Thanks to Walker Books Australia, we have TWO copies of A is for Australia to give away.

To enter:

In a comment below,  share an interesting fact about the place where you live.

The winners:

The two best entries, as determined by Jackie of My Little Bookcase, will receive a copy of A is for Australia.

Terms and conditions:

1. Each reader may enter only once.

2. The giveaway is open only to residents of Australia.

3. All entries must be received by 9 pm (AEST) on Sunday 12 April 2015

4. The winners will be chosen by Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase

5. The winners will be notified via email

6. The winners are asked to send a reply email including their delivery address within 7 days before a new winner is selected (PO Boxes cannot be accepted).

My Little Bookcase Book-Drop

By all accounts, International Book Giving Day 2015 was another huge success and, as always, we were excited to take part once again.

In past years we have sent books to friends, continued a perpetual book and donated books to the Ronald McDonald House in Melbourne.

This year we wanted to try something different. Inspired by the Free Little Library in our local area we wanted to anonymously drop books for strangers to find and read. So we set about organising our own book-drop.

We created parcels of books, wrapping them in plastic to protect them from Melbourne’s torrential downpour.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

Attached to our parcels were instructions, which we wrote onto little heart shaped post-it notes (it was Valentine’s Day after all). We also included official bookmarks and bookplates, which we downloaded from the IBGD website.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

After filling our car boot with the books, we set about our day, leaving behind us a trail of books.
We left books in local playgrounds

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

…on park benches and malls (Cammy quite enjoyed trying to go unnoticed by members of the public)

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

…and at bus stops, cafes and shopping centres.

International Book Giving Day- My Little Bookcase Book Drop

We were excited to take part in International Book Giving Day and loved the nature of our choice of giving. However, we didn’t quite expect the thrill and anticipation that we encountered. On our route back home from lunch at a local cafe, we drove past a bus stop and noticed that the books we had left there had been taken. It planted a seed of curiosity and we began to re-trace our steps in search of answers. We wanted to know if our books were being claimed by new owners, and we were excited when we discovered that some had.

Funnily enough, we discovered that some of the books had been handed to a shopping centre cleaner as lost property and realised that our notes could have been a little more direct; Though it was also heartening to realise that there are many good people in the world who have no desire to take what isn’t theirs.

If you’re looking for a way to take part in International Book Giving Day in 2016, we highly recommend a Book-Drop, but there’s nothing stopping you from dropping some books tomorrow.

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