We hope you enjoy reading about Canberra and what it's like to live here.

Kids from Canberra (ACT, Australia) and Livingston (New Jersey, USA) can post comments on this blog to share what it's like living in those cities and what their favourite things are. Everyone will be able to read the posts.

Kids in Canberra can also learn about Livingston by visiting the special page at
Livingston Public Library (where they ask questions you can answer): livingston.bccls.org/test-australia2.html

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Canberra kids said ...

My favourite book is...

  • Harry Potter - Robert (age 10)
  • Star Wars books - Ryan (age 6)
  • Superman stories - Rajbir (age 5 1/2)
  • Fairy tales - Parneet (age 8)
  • The Tooth - Phoebe (age 6)
  • Star Wars Clone Wars - Lincoln (age 5)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Ella (age 7)
  • Scott Pilgrim - Ben (age 12)
  • Colourful Bibles - Jaden (age 6)

In July (winter in Canberra), I like to...

  • Go to the zoo - Alexandra (age 6)
  • Keep warm with the heater, do puzzles, borrow books to read, rug up and go in the sandpit, listen to music and stories - Phoebe (age 6)
  • Go on play dates - Lincoln (age 5)
  • Read, play dates with friends - Ella (age 7)
  • Read, play lego, bike ride, visit the coast, play games - Robert (age 10)
  • Play Australian Football League (AFL) Football - Ben (age 12)
  • Play inside - Jaden (age 6)

The thing I like best about where I live is...

  • I have a trampoline in my backyard - Ryan (age 6)
  • That there are lots of parks to play in - Alexandra (age 6)
  • To attend the programs in the libraries - Rajbir (age 5 1/2)
  • Lots of places to go - Ella (age 7)
  • All of the interesting stuff in Canberra - Ben (age 12)
  • The local libraries - Jaden (age 6)

My favourite food is...

  • Lasagne and chocolate pudding - Robert (age 10)
  • Pizza - Ryan (age 6)
  • Watermelon and strawberries - Alexandra (age 6)
  • Indian food - Parneet (age 8)
  • Spaghetti, ice cream cookies, pizza, sushi - Phoebe (age 6)
  • Ice cream - Ella (age 7)
  • Meat pies - Ben (age 12)
  • Cupcakes and fruit - Jaden (age 6)

Post a comment and let us know your answer to these questions:
  • What is your favourite book?
  • What do you like to do in winter?
  • What do you like best about where you live?
  • What is your favourite food?

Then visit http://livingston.bccls.org/virtualexchange-canberra.html and compare your answers!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Some of the fun stuff that we do during the school holidays

Have a go at West African drumming:

Learn about plants and looking after them:

Our favourite Australian children's books

Each year, Canberra kids vote for their favourite Australian books. This is called the COOL Awards, and COOL stands for Canberra's Own Outstanding List. The Awards have been running since 1991.

Two of the previous winners were Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, and Just Disgusting by Andy Griffiths. You can see pictures of the book covers below.
You can also click here to find a list of all the books that have won the COOL Awards.

About Canberra

Canberra is the capital city of Australia. More than 22 million people live in Australia, and over 353,000 of them live in Canberra.

The area now known as Canberra was home to the Ngunnawal people for many thousands of years before the city of Canberra existed.

In the year 2013, Canberra will celebrate its 100th birthday as the capital city.

Explore Canberra further by clicking on these links to:
  1. Fact sheets about Canberra's history and landmarks 
  2. The ACT Government's website information about the Australian Capital Territory (including flags and emblems)
  3. The Australian Government website information about Canberra.