Cristy Burne – AUTHOR AND STEM CREATIVE

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Videos, resources, competitions, Opera House, Science Week and more!

Wednesday Weeks co-author Denis Knight and I have been super-busy making a bunch of fun Wednesday Weeks resources for National Science Week!

Teaching notes and STEM activities

You’ll find more information, including teaching notes and a 13 pages of STEM activities to try at home or in class, at our dedicated Wednesday Weeks page.

Science videos, blog posts and more

If you want more Denis-and-Cristy on your screens or to share with your students, check out our fun-and-funny science videos and activities.

FREE Sydney Opera House digital learning session

For the rest of the year, you can watch Denis and I working with Rad Yeo at the Sydney Opera House in this 30 minute video for National Science Week. To access the show, simply register here.  

Cristy’s mailing list competition

And in a bonus competition: Subscribe to my Not-Very-Often Newsletter and post online with #WednesdayWeeks you could also win a cooool pair of Wednesday Weeks earrings or a signed copy of Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire!

And don’t forget… You can win the ultimate Wednesday Weeks prize pack

Individual Prizes – 5 lucky winners will receive:

·         A copy of Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne

·         A signed bookplate

·         A Wednesday Weeks fridge magnet

·         Exclusive access to a deleted scene from the Wednesday Weeks series

·         A personalised video message from Denis & Cristy

Class Prize – 1 lucky winner will receive:

·         A class set of 35 copies of Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne

·         35 signed bookplates

·         35 Wednesday Weeks fridge magnets

·         Exclusive access to a deleted scene from the Wednesday Weeks series

·         An online class visit from Denis & Cristy

Enter if you dare…

If you’d like to enter to win one of these AMAZING prize packs, show us how you or your class are the ultimate Wednesday Weeks fans! Get creative, put your thinking caps on and express your love for Wednesday Weeks.

Some ideas for how you can show that you are the ultimate Wednesday Weeks fan:

·         Create fanart of your favourite character or scene

·         Make a Wednesday Weeks character out of LEGO

·         Write fanfiction inspired by Wednesday Weeks

·         Write a short essay

·         Write a poem

·         Program a robot

·         Draw your own maze

·         Write a coded message

Spread the Wednesday Weeks love and share your entry on social media with #WednesdayWeeks! We’d love to see your entries!


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Win the ULTIMATE Wednesday Weeks prize pack!

Get creative and enter below for your chance to win one of the following prizes!

If you’d like to enter to win one of these AMAZING prize packs, show us how you or your class are the ultimate Wednesday Weeks fans! Get creative, put your thinking caps on and express your love for Wednesday Weeks.

Enter if you dare…

Some ideas for how you can show that you are the ultimate Wednesday Weeks fan:

– Create fanart of your favourite character or scene

– Make a Wednesday Weeks character out of LEGO

– Write fanfiction inspired by Wednesday Weeks

– Write a short essay

– Write a poem

– Program a robot

– Draw your own maze

– Write a coded message

Individual Prizes

5 lucky winners will receive:

– A copy of Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne

– A signed bookplate

– A Wednesday Weeks fridge magnet

– Exclusive access to a deleted scene from the Wednesday Weeks series

– A personalised video message from Denis & Cristy

Class Prize

1 lucky winner will receive:

– A class set of 35 copies of Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne

– 35 Wednesday Weeks fridge magnets

– 35 signed bookplates

– Exclusive access to a deleted scene from the Wednesday Weeks series

– An online class visit from Denis & Cristy

Spread the love!

Love Wednesday Weeks? Spread the Wednesday Weeks love and share your entry on social media with #wednesdayweeks

Enter here

Open to Australian residents only. Competition closes 11.59pm AEST 24th September 2022.

And don’t forget: If you’re a Not-Very-Often News subscriber (my not-very-often newsletter) and post online with #WednesdayWeeks you could also win a cooool pair of Wednesday Weeks earrings!


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Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire by Cristy Burne and Denis Knight

PullUpBannerWednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire is OUT!!!! I’m so excited and nervous and relieved.

It was a huge effort by myself and gallant co-author Denis Knight, and I’m so happy with the result 😍😁😅

And it TOTALLY makes my day to see reviews like this one:

THANK YOU SO MUCH ASHLEIGH!!!

(And don’t forget: if you’ve joined my mailing list and then post something this term with the hashtag #WednesdayWeeks then you’re in the running to win copies of Dungeon of Fire, or your very own Bruce-and-Alfie-Junior earrings!!!! Wooooo!!!!)

The Book Muse

Title: Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire

A brown boy with a sword, a tiny robot, a girl with a blue hair streak, and an old man in roves with a staff run away from lava. Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire by Denis Knight and Cristy Burne,

Author: Cristy Burne and Denis Knight

Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism

Publisher: Lothian/Hachette

Published: 27th July 2022

Format: Paperback

Pages: 290

Price: $16.99

Synopsis: Gorgomoth the Unclean is back and he’s up to no good, of course. Can Wednesday and the gang beat Gorgomoth to the long-lost Stone of Power, or will the world be plunged into Never-Ending Darkness?

Just when it seems like Wednesday and Alfie might finally be free to get on with their lives without Gorgomoth ruining everything, the Unclean one rears his ugly head again.

This time Gorgomoth is on the trail of the long-lost Stone of Power, which he will be able to use to rule the nine realms and bring about the Third Age of Never-Ending Darkness.

Now Wednesday and the gang must beat Gorgomoth to the stone and pass three trials to see who is…

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Brisbane Writer’s Festival fun (and WA Premier’s Book Awards!)

I’m back from the Brisbane Writer’s Festival and it was so much fun I just had to post!

And, while I was in Brissy, I heard the news that Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows has been shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards! Molten!!!

And don’t forget: if you love tomato sauce, unfriendly cats, pizza trains and Bruce, you can pre-order your copy of Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire NOW!

Thanks so much to all my readers and supporters and to all the volunteers and organisers and to everyone who reads and who reads to their kids. You are all legends!


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What Wednesday Weeks is that?

Buckle up for a whole heap of #WednesdayWeeks news!

1) Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows is a CBCA Notable Book for 2022. Yay!

2) Wednesday Weeks and the Crown of Destiny could be even faster and funnier than Tower of Shadows (!?! is that even possible!?!?!), according to a highly scientific survey of random people and anecdotal feedback from early readers.

3) Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire has a cover!! Co-author extraordinaire Denis Knight and I revealed it live on-stage using toilet paper and matching leaf blowers as part of CBCA WA’s A Night With Our Stars 2022. Yeeeha! Photos below!

You can pre-order your copy of Wednesday Weeks and the Dungeon of Fire NOW!

4) And as if all this awesome news wasn’t enough, @coffeebooksandmagic posted a super-lovely totally-gets-it review of Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows this week….and it makes me glow all over. Thank you to everyone to reviews children’s books and shares the love.

“This book is a non-stop middle grade fantasy joyride from start to finish. It’s like Percy Jackson meets Indiana Jones but with STEM. It’s like a kid’s coding app and an escape room had a baby and that baby was a book…

The first person narrative voice of Year 6er Wednesday is zippy, fun and irreverent, and a great sense of wry humour pervades the storytelling. Madcap, imaginative and amusing situations abound, and the friendships carry just the right amount of depth for this type and level of story.

This is a book that is truly aimed at its target audience – i.e. 8-12 year olds – and I am so here for that.” 

COVER REVEAL!!!!

View the cover reveal video here.


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STEAM teaching ideas for your classroom

Time is precious. So if you just want the STEAM Teaching Ideas download, here it is.

Is it okay if I….?

Can I….?

What are we supposed to do…?

GAH!!!!

I work with thousands of students every year, and most of them are terrified of making a mistake. They think there’s only one answer: the correct answer.

But the world doesn’t work like that. Otherwise there’d be a perfect way to be a parent. And a correct way to be a teacher. And the right way to solve climate change. And guess what? There’s no right way, suckers.

Instead, we need to invent an imperfect way, try it out, learn from our mistakes, then try to improve.

That’s where creativity comes in.

Research shows that students who learn to think critically and creatively also engage better in the classroom. Creative kids = fewer issues with behaviour management AND more engaged learners.

But with so much squeezed into the curriculum and into our daily lives, it can seem like there’s no room for anything more.

Instead, we spend time training kids to memorise spelling and times-tables.

Is that the right answer?

Creativity is an essential skill for the future.

Science is just curiosity by a different name. Science is being allowed to try and fail, then try again.

Science is setting out to answer a question, enquiry-based learning, imagination, creativity, resilience, teamwork, making something out of nothing. Basically, it’s totally awesome.

A *huge* part of STEAM education — and science — is giving students the space to engage. Loosening the reins, allowing mistakes to occur, setting kids off on a guided adventure where the destination may not be one you’ve ever been to. This requires courage and trust and the support of those around you.

Because STEAM education isn’t about churning out perfect.

It’s about learning. And learning how to learn.

I’m not an expert in STEAM education. I’m still learning, every day, every workshop, every student. I’ve spent 20 years as a science communicator, which is all about providing students with opportunities to be curious. And I’ve spent the last three years team-teaching in schools across Perth as part of the Creative Schools program, which is all about teaching creative habits of mind.

And I want to learn more!

If you’re experimenting with STEAM in your classroom, I’d love to hear from you.

If you want to dip your toe into some practical ideas for trying STEAM in your classroom, I’m presenting an online STEAM education PD as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival.

If you want a list of brainstormed ideas for STEAM projects that link to my books, you can download it here.

And for more teaching and creativity resources from the Creative Schools program, check here.


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Blasting into 2022!

Hey team!

I’m writing this in the second week of school and my creative juices are ALIVE! I just love summer holidays: they’re such a great time to rest and think and refuel the body and soul. And I also love going back to school. Because kids and learning and doing are what it’s all about.

If you’re in to doing this month, there are loads of things to get involved in:

Perth Writers Festival

The 2022 Writers Weekend is on this year under the glorious trees of the Fremantle Arts Centre. There’s more information online, but what you most need to know is I’ll be there to work with you on telling a STEM-inspired creative story from 10:30am-10:55am for Family Day on 27 Feb! Free event.

StoryLab

If you’re a kid who loves making stuff with words – and you’re also curious about your world and science and STEM, then get on board for Term 2 of StoryLab! I’ll be your host and we’ll have a heap of fun writing with other keen writers. Bookings here.

WAYRBA voting

I’m *so stoked* to see OFF THE TRACK is shortlisted for a WA Young Readers Book Award. If you’re a kid and you live in WA then you can vote for your favourite books here. And remember: a vote for OFF THE TRACK is a vote for chocolate and icecream and adventures 😉

A Night With Our Stars

One for the adults-only crowd. ANWOS22 is on again and it’s always a sparkling highlight of the CBCA WA social calendar. There are laughs, there are book discounts (20% off if you pre-order through WestBooks) and there’s loads of opportunity to catch up with friends. I love it! Tickets sell fast and you can grab your ticket here.

The Lit Centre

Don’t miss out on this year’s Year 6 Young Writer’s Collective at the Lit Centre. I’ll be taking the Term 1 sessions and it’s going to be awesome! Find out more and secure your spot here.

Make stuff

If you get a quiet moment, check out these TO THE LIGHTHOUSE activity ideas. Maybe you’d like to write a diary from the perspective of a lighthouse keeper. Or you’re keen to design your own high-tech roller-coaster secret-tunnels all-in-one lighthouse? There are loads of ideas to check out.

Have fun!

This year is going to be a doozy! Remember to make time to laugh and create and catch up with your friends. And if there’s no time, just go for a five-minute walk. How beautiful is the great outdoors!?!?


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Free curriculum-linked TO THE LIGHTHOUSE activity booklet

Are you keen to teach To The Lighthouse in the classroom?

Perhaps you want to explore Isaac and Emmy’s story more deeply?

Or are you looking for curriculum-linked activity ideas that explore literacy, technology, arts, maths, HASS, sustainability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture?

You’ve come to the right place!

You can download the free 27-page To The Lighthouse activity booklet here.

There are also curriculum-linked teaching notes for To The Lighthouse here.

About To the Lighthouse
SHORTLISTED 2019 West Australian Young Readers Book Award
By Cristy Burne
Illustrations by Amanda Burnett
Published by Fremantle Press
 
ISBN (PB): 9781925164619
Year level: Y3–6

CROSS-CURRICULUM PRIORITIES:
– Sustainability
– Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM OUTCOMES:
Y3–6 English Y3–6 History/Geography Y3–6 Biological Science

THEMES
• Family
• Friendship
• Adventure
• Honesty
• Forgiveness

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

‘Burne channels the restless energy of a pre-teen chafing at parental restrictions, and the thrill of pushing against the rules, even in small ways. She captures the essence of holidays, with hot chips at the beach and long bike rides. [Four stars]’ Books+Publishing

‘The illustrations were so cool because they were detailed. I liked that the author used sounds to describe the setting and the feel, not just saying what it was and used very descriptive words.’ Bailey, age 10, YARR-A

‘This is a terrific little junior novel: well-written, with just the right balance of naughtiness and retribution.’ Readings Monthly

‘Burne’s writing is lively and energetic and she has a gift for bringing characters and setting vividly to life on the page.’ Buzz Words

‘Cristy Burne has an easy-to-read writing style and students will enjoy her touches of humour interspersed throughout the novel … Highly recommended.’ Magpies

‘It is a wonderful read for both boys and girls … It is about adventure, fun, and making friends, whilst also being a very real lesson in trust and telling the truth.’ Lamont Books


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Signed books for Christmas

I’m excited to be teaming up with the fabulous people at Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts to offer *personalised signed copies* (woo hoo!) of my books in time for Christmas.

Because the only thing more delicious than snuggling up with a good book is snuggling up with a good book especially signed for you by the person who wrote it. And signed by the gorgeous person who gifted it…that’s YOU. And knowing that you’re supporting a brilliant community-driven family-run book store at the same time. ❤️❤️❤️

To order, simply contact Paper Bird and let them know which books you’d like to gift (and what messages you’d like me to write); you can also shop Paper Bird online right now for the titles you crave (and email me to let me know about messages).

There’s just one catch: Australia Post! If you want your special packages under the tree in time, you need to:

  1. Order by December 3 [For WA peeps]
  2. Order by November 19 [For non-West Australians]

Postage is about $8.50ish (and pick up instore is also available for a long time only at the special price of Absolutely Free).

Thank you so much for your support — and here’s wishing us all a fantastic Christmas and lucky 2022!


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Publication is go! Wednesday Weeks and the Crown of Destiny is out now!

HOORAY!!!!!

Wednesday Weeks and the Crown of Destiny is out now! Do what you need to do to get a copy of this fast-and-funny fantasy adventure into your house ASAP 🙂 There are laughs! There is mystery! There’s a giant pinball machine! A deadly fungus! A ludicrous bad guy with body odour and a poor understanding of Occupational Health and Safety! And, of course, Bruce the talking skull. Alfie Junior the fantabulous robot. And our brilliant heroes, Wednesday and Alfie.

Thanks to everyone at Hachette ANZ, and to my fabulous co-author Denis Knight, for taking me on the Wednesday Weeks journey…I’m loving it! (Even the slugs!)(Especially the slugs!)(Who doesn’t love slugs?)

Thanks to everyone who has read Wednesday Weeks and the Tower of Shadows! It’s so wonderful to have your support and to know that you’re loving being part of Wednesday’s world! If you see Wednesday in the wild, or want to share your thoughts or ideas or photos or reviews, please do get in touch and let us know what you think.

THANK YOU!!!