The Courier-Mail is running a wonderful promotion, starting this Sunday. From Sunday February 3 until Sunday February 10, you and your child can collect a different Mini Book every day of the week. Many of the titles will be familiar... perhaps you even grew up with some of these stories yourself.
The Courier-Mail editor Michael Crutcher says the collection is a great way to introduce children to the joys of reading: “It’s the perfect opportunity for our younger readers to get excited about learning through much-loved classic tales. Reading and being read to from a young age has many benefits for children.”
The best part is that this Sunday February 3, your first Mini Book is FREE with a purchased copy of the Sunday Mail, and you get a bonus book bag to carry the books around in—no matter how many your child ends up collecting.
From Monday February 4 onward, keep collecting for only $2 each day with the Courier-Mail until the Sunday Mail on February 10th. That's eight days straight of new mini books for a total of just $14 on top of the cost of the daily newspaper.
You have to redeem an original newspaper token in exchange for the Mini Book, so make sure you don't rush out of the newsagency and forget about it! The token can be found in the newspaper on page 2 (at the editor’s discretion) each day of the promotion. Make sure your newsagent is participating, and don't leave it too late, because the Mini Book daily stocks are strictly limited.
For more details (participating newsagents, Frequently Asked Questions) go to the Courier Mail's website via this link: 8 Mini Kids' Books to collect.
Now, if you want to be surprised by each day's book, don't read any further!
Sunday February 3
‘Animalia’ and collector book bag (both FREE with original token from The Sunday Mail)
Animalia is an illustrated children's book by Graeme Base. It was published in 1986. Animalia is an alliterative alphabet book and contains twenty-six illustrations, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each illustration features an animal from the animal kingdom (A is for alligator, B is for butterfly, etc.) along with a short poem utilising the letter of the page for many of the words. The illustrations contain many other objects beginning with that letter that the reader can try to identify. As an additional challenge, the author has hidden a picture of himself as a child in every picture. In 1987, Animalia won the title of Honour Book in the Children's Book Council of Australia Children's Book of the Year Award: Picture Book.
Monday February 4
‘Uno’s Garden’, available for $2 with original token from The Courier-Mail, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin or Cairns Post
When Uno arrives in the forest one beautiful day, there are many fascinating and extraordinary animals there to greet him. And one entirely unexceptional Snortlepig. Uno loves the forest so much, he decides to live there. But, in time, a little village grows up around his house. Then a town, then a city... and soon Uno realises that the animals and plants have begun to disappear... Enter the magical world of Graeme Base's forest, filled with wild and wonderful animals, Uno's unique family and friends – and the elusive Snortlepig! Published in 2006, here is an illuminating blend of storybook, puzzle book and numbers book – a moving and timely tale about how we all unknowingly affect the environment around us, just by being there, and how we can always learn from our mistakes and find ways of doing things better.
Tuesday February 5
‘Koala Lou’, available for $2 with original token from The Courier-Mail, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin or Cairns Post
There was once a baby koala, so soft and round that all who saw her loved her. Her name was Koala Lou. Koala Lou is the first born in a large family. She feels sad because her mother seems too busy to pay her any attention. Perhaps if she wins the tree-climbing at the Bush Olympics her mother might notice her again... Koala Lou starts her training right away! An Australian classic by Mem Fox, published in 1991.
Wednesday February 6
‘Hunwick’s Egg’, available for $2 with original token from The Courier-Mail, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin or Cairns Post
When a mysterious egg appears outside Hunwick's burrow, no one is certain what to think. And when it doesn't hatch right away, everyone is even more bewildered. Everyone, that is, but Hunwick. For Hunwick understands the egg. It is his friend. And he is the only one who knows its secret. This treasure of a book promises the young reader a simple, beautifully illustrated tale of identity and belonging. Written by Mem Fox with illustrations by Pamela Lofts, this was published in 2011.
Thursday February 7
‘There’s a Hippopotamus on our Roof Eating Cake’, available for $2 with original token from The Courier-Mail, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin or Cairns Post
The imaginary Hippo can do what he likes on the roof. In fact, he does all the things a little girl wishes she could, but is not allowed. When she takes a bath, the hippo takes a shower; when she goes to bed, the hippo watches television on the roof. And when the repair men come to fix the roof, the hippo conveniently disappears, returning of course to eat a very large piece of cake. Can you believe this classic, written by Hazel Edwards and illustrated by Deborah Niland, turned 30 last year? First published in 1982.
Friday February 8
‘Stickybeak’, available for $2 with original token from The Courier-Mail, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin or Cairns Post
Stickybeak is a duck. He is a school pet and visits students on weekends. This weekend, Stickybeak shows Mum that he is a duck with a mind of his own. Another classic by Hazel Edwards. Stickybeak was illustrated by Rosemary Wilson and published in 1989.
Saturday February 9
‘Hairy Maclary’s Bone’, available for $2 with original token from The Courier-Mail, Townsville Bulletin, Gold Coast Bulletin or Cairns Post
Down in the town by the butcher's shop door, sat Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy... With a big juicy bone Samuel Stone, Hairy Maclary sets off for the dairy. His friends want him to share it but Hairy Maclary has other ideas... Hairy Maclary's Bone, first published in 1984, is the second of the series of books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd featuring Hairy Maclary...
Sunday February 10
‘Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy’, available for $2 with original token from The Sunday Mail
And here is part one! Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy, first published in 1983, is the first and most well-known of a series of books by New Zealand author Lynley Dodd featuring Hairy Maclary. Written for pre-school children, it has become a classic bedtime storybook.