Jeannie Meekins is an Australian writer who lives with her children and a couple of cats who think they own the computer. And if her dog could read, he’d be jealous, so it’s lucky that he can’t. Jeannie has also written over 10 books for children, many available through LearningIsland.com
I never thought mum’s bad memory would lead me to another case. It was Friday evening. Mum had spent the afternoon gardening in the front yard and was enjoying a cup of tea. Dad was helping me with my homework. I would have been happy to leave it until bedtime Sunday night. Dad was aware of this and decided that we could get it all done tonight. And by “we”, I mean “me”. RL: 3.4 CCS exercises.
Saint Francis is one of the most loved saints in the world. He lived a simple life, dedicated to Jesus. He loved animals and nature, and believed we have a responsibility to look after them. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy, sometime between December 1181 and September 1182. His father was a wealthy cloth merchant. His mother was a French noblewoman. 15-minute bio. Has Common Core exercises.
Paul Revere lived when America was not yet a country. It was a colony of England. The people were British subjects and lived under British laws. British soldiers enforced the laws in Boston and other colonial cities. Paul was a patriot. He believed America should be free. Read about the life of this American patriot and learn the truth about his midnight ride. 15-minute bio Has CCS exercises.
Wilbur and Orville Wright dreamed of flying. They designed, built and tested gliders. They studied wings and propellers. They designed and built an engine.
After years of testing and a few crashes, they flew the first powered aircraft. This is the story of their life. Find out more about these brave men and how they came to create the World's first powered airplane. 15-minute bio has CCS exercises
Thomas Edison was an inventor. He invented electric lighting, the phonograph and alkaline batteries. He invented a camera to record moving pictures and a device for watching them. He added sound to create a motion picture. He improved many of the machines we use today. He even created a battery powered car. Edison created more inventions than any other inventor. 15-minute bio. Has CCS exercises.
St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, is one of the best known saints of the World. Legends claim he converted the country of Ireland to Christianity and drove all the snakes into the sea. Most of what we know about Patrick comes from his own writings. Patrick wrote about his thoughts, dreams and visions and his life and teachings. Find out more in this 15-minute biography. RL: 6.6 Has CCS exercises.
The Seine River is a slow moving river. Once a major trade route, it is navigable by ocean going ships as far as Rouen. The Seine has been subject to monster tides, and great feats of architecture. Its source is a place of worship and its basin was one of the earliest areas settled by ancient man. Find out more about this fascinating river in this short book. Reading Level: 6.9
Machu Picchu is one of the few surviving ruins of the Inca Empire. It is situated in tropical forests on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains. It stretches five miles across a ridge and sits on top of two earthquake fault lines. The Spanish invaded South America looking for gold. They killed the Inca people. They destroyed their cities, but they never found Machu Picchu. Discover more. RL: 6.7
Simon was watching the school diving sports. Xavier stood on the one metre board, ready to take his dive. He was the best diver in the school. He’d already won a spot to compete in the State Finals. This was his last dive. It was going to be his hardest – a double backflip. He had never done a double back flip. Could a ghost help him do it? Reading level 3.3
The Penny Woodley was a two hundred year old sailing ship. She brought supplies and settlers to a new world. Today, she was in dry dock, restored as a museum.
And she was haunted. “It’ll be fun,” Simon’s mum had told him when she signed the permission form. “It’s haunted,” Simon told her. Are there such things as ghosts? Is the Penny Woodley haunted? Read this creepy tale to find out! RL: 3.5
Simon rubbed his eyes. The sun’s heat made Xavier look hazy as he stood on the diving board. Xavier turned around, facing away from the water. He carefully took his position, standing on his toes with his arms outstretched. He built up speed and bounce. As he was about to leap into the air, his legs buckled. He hit the water with a hard slap. What is wrong with Xavier? Is he haunted? Level: 3.3
Throughout history men and women have done incredible things. Some of these people have been recognized by the Catholic Cchurch, and made into saints. This compilation of 15-minute biographies tells the stories of seven saints and how they lived. Including:Saint Nicholas, Saint George, Saint Valentine, Saint Patrick, Saint Francis of Assisi, Joan of Arc, and Mary MacKillop. Ages 9 and up.
St Francis is one of the most loved saints in the world. He lived a simple life, dedicated to Jesus. He loved animals and nature, and believed we have a responsibility to look after them. Francis was born in Assisi, Italy, sometime between December 1181 and September 1182.His father was a wealthy cloth merchant. His mother was a French noblewoman. Find out more about St Francis in this short bio.