Teaching English Literacy

Category: Poetry, Drama and Rhymes

Listening, Storytime and Performing

Fun Poetry, Rhymes and other goodies

Here is a selection of poetry books from early childhood to advanced.
Also see Classic Rhymes for Modern Children.

$18.00 +pp

Alphabet Swing! teaches lower and upper case letter recognition as well as the basic phonetic sound for each letter.  Guaranteed fun!
Fully illustrated in colour. An easy-play piano score is included.

$8.00 +pp

This traditional story in rhyme bounces along to combine drama, poetry, reading and performance.
Fully illustrated in colour.

$8.00 +pp

If you are ready for a pleasure cruise, this poem is for you! At the end of your voyage you’ll find a glossary of nautical words just in case a pushy passenger asks you what a Jack staff is, or where they might sight the polestar.
Fully illustrated in colour.

$8.00 +pp

This poem is a vivid account of the sounds and sights in a short but dramatic summer storm.
Each page follows an unusual rhyming scheme for you to discover.
Words ending in -ing are incorporated generously.

$5.00 +pp

Toad is a vocabulary-rich poem written for readers and listeners who love descriptions that are highly visual and emotionally dramatic!
Fully illustrated in colour.

$18.00 +pp

These rollicking and all-original poems are built for sharing with friends, performing at school, reciting with family members, presenting on stage, showing off to grandma … and of course reading alone for fun!
Fully illustrated in colour.

$18.00 +pp

Alphabet Swing! teaches lower and upper case letter recognition as well as the basic phonetic sound for each letter.  Guaranteed fun!
Fully illustrated in colour. An easy-play piano score is included.

$9.00 +pp

This book is suitable for classrooms through to boardrooms.
It is a mouth-moving, tongue-twisting enunciation workout so listeners will understand WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT!

This traditional story is one that everyone should know.
It is arranged as a play for three or four readers.

A traditional story by Rudyard Kipling dramatised by Ellie Hallett for five readers.

Production notes and suggestions are included.

Is there any other short play for kids that includes characters such as a film director, a camerman, a mother, son, doctor and an undertaker?
Lots of fun and chances to over-act here!
Performance suggestions included.

“One hot day in the middle of the night …”

The Impossible Poem is a fun, nonsense poem arranged for one, two and three voices or groups to read alone or performed out loud.


DRAMA – Read Out Loud Stories for Two or a Few

Read-it-in-turn classic stories in rows, and scripted plays for simultaneous small group reading.

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Scripted play

Set of 5
$40 +pp

Scripted play

Set of 3
$24 +pp


Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp


Read in turn

Set of 5
$40 +pp

Scripted play

Set of 3
$24 +pp

Scripted play

Set of 3
$24 +pp


Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp


Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Click here for your copy of the Teacher Information/Suggestions page for more information regarding the student worksheets.


Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp


Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp

Read in turn

Set of 2
$16 +pp


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Advanced Scripted Plays for simultaneous group reading


Captain

Poetry for stage and classrooms

Look inside

A5

$8.00 +pp

I’d like to be the captain of a great big ship,
And give all my passengers
a lovely trip …

If you are ready for a pleasure cruise, this poem is for you! At the end of your voyage you’ll find a glossary of nautical words just in case a pushy passenger asks you what a Jack staff is, or where they might sight the polestar.

So set your course, lift the anchor and head off into the sunset to distant lands and unusual places.
Bon voyage!


Also see Listening, Storytime and Performing for more poetry books.


Alphabet Swing!

The NEW alphabet action poem and song

Alphabet Swing! teaches lower and upper case letter recognition as well as the basic phonetic sound for each letter.  Guaranteed fun!

Fully illustrated in colour.
An easy-play piano score is included.

$18.00
A5 16 pages

Contact Ellie for other purchase options – Big Book, Upper and Lower case A3 posters, and sets of ten A5 booklets.

More information

Why this alphabet version works so well

  • Learning the letter names (graphemes) and their phonetic sounds with actions provides a secure pre-reading foundation for the literacy journey ahead.
  • The letter names and their sounds are set out in short phrases to suit the breathing capacity of young children.
  • The pitch intervals of the song are easily negotiated by beginner singers.
  • The letter-groupings are structured in small sets to make the memorisation of alphabetical order easier.
  • No letter names are rushed or garbled.
  • Visual, oral and aural learning is simultaneous.
  • Fun is had with the swing movement and the clap, flap, meow, ping, and zip snappy words and actions.
  • The w (said or sung as double-you) is a fun highlight!

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