‘The Bird in the Herd’ Resources

It’s Poetry Friday again – and I’ve woken to a slightly drizzling day, so that’s a beautiful thing. Though I’d have liked it to hang around longer!

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I’m delighted to share some fabulous resources to accompany ‘The Bird in the Herd’. As with all my books, you’ll find links on the relevant dropdown under the ‘Books’ tab, above – and they’re on the UQP website. There’s Teachers’ Notes – which are wonderful. (I’m constantly impressed with the quality of UQP’s teacher notes!) And for an extra little bit of fun, Renรฉe and I worked with UQP to put together an Activity Pack, which has turned into a DIY party-pack for a Bird-in-the-Herd-themed party. You’ll find ‘Pin the Bird on the Herd’, rhyming memory, finger puppets,ย  droving dominoes, five fun facts about cows, some fabulous colouring spreads and MORE! So much fun! (Click the relevant picture to go direct to the resource.)

Last night I took part in Romancing the Stars, an online event across Australia – and Singapore, thanks to Book Links, and the amazing kidlit advocate, Jenny Stubbs. Five minutes to talk about ‘Up and Down on a Rainy Day’ and ‘The Bird in the Herd’ – and then relax and hear other authors and illustrators share the backstory to their picture books. We are all connected by passion and heart. And Zoom!



time flies

when connected

ยฉ Kathryn Apel – All rights reserved


Hoping you’ve all been surrounded by poetry, picture books and people who feed your passion. I for sure have been thankful for that, these past two weeks of new-book celebrations.

Heidi is hosting the Poetry Friday round-up this week, atย my juicy little universe. I’ll be late to do the rounds, as I have a busy-busy weekend ahead. But I look forward to catching up in review.ย 


A Lot of Cats

Party Games No. 13
(Found when packing up my Grandma’s house.)

A Lot of Cats
(So of course I had to shnavel and share it!)

1. A Church book _________________________
2. Found on a dairy _________________________
3. An arranged list _________________________
4. A grub _________________________
5. The principal church _________________________
6. Strings of a racquet _________________________
7. To provide food _________________________
8. A chest complaint _________________________
9. A toy for throwing stones _________________________
10. A girl’s name _________________________
11. Place of burial of dead _________________________
12. A great calamity _________________________
13. Infectious _________________________
14. Tumbling water _________________________
15. A group or class _________________________

The answers all start with ‘cat’. How many do you know? Grandma knew them all! (I may even be nice, and post her answers as a comment… ๐Ÿ˜‰ )