The Teacher's Tool Kit For Literacy

Meet The Author: Mike Dumbleton

Episode Summary

Experienced author and literacy consultant Mike Dumbleton joins Sharon Callen to share his story and insights.

Episode Notes

Mike Dumbletonis a writer and Literacy Consultant.  He has worked in South Australian high schools, New York City schools and as a Literacy Curriculum Officer for the South Australian Education Department. In addition to children’s books, he has written a range of educational texts.

Part of his interest in writing stems from the fact that his grandfather was a local poet in an Oxfordshire village in England, who regularly recited his poems to the family, with or without requests!

His first book, Dial-a-Croc, published in 1991, was a great success and since then he  has written many more titles.

The book Mr Knuckles was adapted for the stage by the South Australian Children’s Theatre Company, and Pumped Up, a short story about basketball, ‘magic’ shoes and an adventurous grandfather, was adapted for television by the ABC.

Mike’s picture book Passing On, was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia 2002 awards.  Muddled-up Farm was selected as ‘Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2003’ as well as the ‘National Simultaneous Storytime Book for 2004’.

Mike’s work was recognised in 2001 with a grant to support the completion of his first teenage novel Watch Out For Jamie Joel. It was subsequently shortlisted in the 2004 Festival Awards for Children’s Literature. He was also the recipient of a 2005 Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Improving Literacy, which recognises his work both as an educator and a writer over an extended period of time.

 Mike’s picture book Cat was the winner of the ‘Picture Book to Performance Project’ for  2007 and was developed into a play by Windmill Performing Arts which had its premier in Adelaide before seasons in other Australian cities and Singapore. Cat was also selected as an Honour Book in the Early Childhood section of the 2008 Book of the Year Awards. Mike’s recent books picture books include  Jump and Shout (2018 CBCA Notable Book) and Digger a book which poignantly commemorates the second battle of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day, 1918.  His latest releases are Once Upon My Legs and Anisa’s Alphabet.

After many years of teaching in South Australia, Mike enjoyed the chance to work in New York City, supporting students, teachers and leaders with literacy development.

In this discussion, Mike talks about better ways to use children's literature in the classroom, innovative writing, other ways to leverage literature as well as many other insights from his story and experiences.

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