Make some "pocket" bookmarks to make family reading a social event. Fold sheets of scrap paper in half, taping two open sides to form a "pocket" you can also use as a bookmark. As you finish reading sessions, write individual secret messages and questions on small slips of paper and slip them into the "pocket" bookmark to look at when you next sit down to read together. Pocket messages can include questions or predictions about what will happen next, comments about the book, or questions to another family member about his/her reactions to the book.
Oceania’s exotic, multi-island world includes several familiar places, such as New Zealand and Australia, but also contains many, many Pacific Islands with both familiar and unfamiliar names. This “continent” has widely divergent weather, geography, animals, and plant life. The books of Oceania tell of travel, animals, adventure, and culture, as well as the usual range from mystery and humor to religion and art. Read a few to find out why Australia and the surrounding areas have become a fascination for many. The Australian library associations and booksellers give awards to many excellent books yearly; however, some of the area’s very best their works are not available in the U.S. If you have difficulty getting some of these books from your library or Amazon.com, you may want to try an online Australian store.