Work with me: Teacher Notes

Contact me – vanessaryanrendall@gmail.com for the creation of teacher notes for Picture books, non-fiction books, Junior and Middle grade fiction.

Check out the testimonials to see the great resources I have created so far!


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Testimonial – Renee Irving Lee

Vanessa wrote the teacher notes for my picture books, Rosie Leads the Way and The Strongest Boy.  As an ex-teacher myself, I was extremely happy with the extensive teaching and learning activities and key projects outlined in her notes.  They will be a valuable asset in the classroom, which have complemented both my books perfectly.…

Testimonial – Wild Dingo Press

Vanessa is the consummate professional in her dealings with our team. She has written a very fine set of teacher notes, incorporating the key curriculum areas for both science and literacy for the Australian Curriculum and for the NSW Curriculum, to accompany our new series of non-fiction books for students aged 10-13 years old, Aussie…

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Other notes I have produced:  The Amulet of Athlone by Ruth Devine http://ruthdevinewriter.com/books/ Where do odd socks go by Yvonne and illustrated by Sunshine. https://www.tillyandtolin.com

Testimonial – Georgie Donaghey

I was impressed with Vanessa’s professionalism in preparing the teacher notes for my picture book, In the Shadow of an Elephant. Her depth of knowledge on the multitude of topics covered was just incredible! She has compiled a 15-page document that will allow Educators and students an opportunity to explore conversations and discover different layers…

Testimonial – Suzi Faed

I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of Vanessa’s teacher notes for My Daddy is Different available from website. From the start, Vanessa was quick to respond to emails, efficient and professional and was willing to make changes when asked. She developed a comprehensive 15 page resource, as well as extra activity pages that extended the important…

Testimonial – Wendy Haynes

I was amazed by how Vanessa meshed together the teacher’s notes for my picture book Hayden’s Bedtime, and how she found numerous ways to address the school curriculum. She was professional, easy to contact, and delivered more than I expect. I’m happy to recommend Vanessa, and I will be engaging her services for my next book.’…

Testimonial – Elizabeth Foster

The teachers’ notes Vanessa prepared for me were well thought out, comprehensive and completed in a timely manner. They captured the essence of Esme’s Wish very well and would make a valuable addition to any teacher’s tool kit. Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

Testimonial – Graham Hosking

Vanessa recently provided comprehensive teaching notes for my debut picture book “Sidney Opera Mouse”. Vanessa understood exactly the messages I was trying to portray in the book and communicated them superbly through the teaching notes. The notes are available on my website should you wish to have a look.  I have received good feedback from teachers…

Testimonial – Dannika Patterson

Vanessa’s expertise and attention to detail when compiling Teachers’ Notes is incredible. Her work putting together notes for my poetry collection, SeaSpray17: Ocean Photography & Haiku Poetry was comprehensive, insightful and practical.  Vanessa’s Teachers’ Notes are written in a way that makes them equally accessible for classroom use, learning from home, library programming and use…

Testimonial – Zewlan Moor

“Vanessa was prompt and over-delivered on a project for teachers’ resources for both the Australian and US curriculum. I would have no hesitation in recommending her and I will definitely seek her services again.” Zewlan Moor, Writer | GP | Bibliotherapist @byronbiblio https://byronbibliotherapy.com/

Testimonial – Elizabeth Mary Cummings

With Vanessa you will be in good hands and can be guaranteed a product that will not only be worth every cent paid but one that will certainly profile your book positively and add marketability potential for your work. Elizabeth Mary Cummings, Writer|https://elizabethmarycummings.com|

Summer Time by Antonia Pesenti and illustrated by Hilary Bell

The Rhyming verse on each double page spread encapsulates the feeling of summer that many Australians feel as the weather warms up, the magpies come out and the beach calls. Summer Time by Antonia Pesenti and illustrated by Hilary Bell is the third collaboration between these two creators – previously producing Alphabetical Sydney and Numerical…

Windcatcher: The migration of the short-tailed shearwater. By Diane Jackson Hill and Craig Smith

From a tiny island on the edge of the Southern Ocean, a lighthouse beams. The Short-Tailed Shearwater fly around 30,000km from their home in southern Australia to the Arctic Circle and back. They chase the warmth and sunlight, travelling these long distances to breed and feed on krill coming in from the melting summer sea…

A hollow is a home by Abbie Mitchell. Illustrated by Astred Hicks.

  A book entirely dedicated to species that live in hollows, A hollow is a home by Abbie Mitchell will enlighten young readers about the importance of different types of trees for the animals that live amongst us. This book describes the different types of hollows that can be present in trees – and the…

The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan

What do you get when you cross a grandpa who loves jokes, twins who have vivid imaginations and a dusty old fold out bed? The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan of course! Meet the twins, Arthur and Rose who until fairly recently loved playing together and creating magical worlds. But now Rose is more…

Migrations: Open Hearts. Open Borders.

“Hope is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words And never stops – at all” Migrations: Open Hearts. Open Borders, is a small selection of hundreds of illustrations sent in by postcard by children’s book authors from all around the world. Intended for an…

Wilam: A birrarung story by Aunty Joy Murphy and Andrew Kelly. Illustrated by Lisa Kennedy

  Birrarung is wilam to many Wilam means home in Woiwurrung, the language of the Wurundjeri clan and this stunning book brings to life many different words from this clan. The setting is the Yarra River in Victoria, Australia as it is now and how there is still so much connection with country from the…

Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibarr

  Little birds flit around us all of the time, but what do they eat? Where do they go when the sun goes down and why do they wake us up so early? In Little Bird’s Day by Sally Morgan and illustrated by Johnny Warrkatja Malibarr the daily life of a bird is explained through…

Tales from the inner city by Shaun Tan

  We took the orca from the sea and put it in the sky. It was just so beautiful up there, so inspiring. But the calls of the mother never stopped. Every story in this compilation will make you think about the world we live in and the relationships we have with animals. You will…

Under the southern Cross by Frane Lessac.

  Take a fact tastic tour on Frane Lessac’s most recent picture book – Under the southern cross and discover many intriguing facts about Australia that perhaps you never knew. Such as A golden staircase rises from the sea over Broome with every full moon. Ribbons of rainbows hover over Tasmania at certain times of…

I was impressed with Vanessa’s professionalism in preparing the teacher notes for my picture book, In the Shadow of an Elephant. Her depth of knowledge on the multitude of topics covered was just incredible! She has compiled a 15-page document that will allow Educators and students an opportunity to explore conversations and discover different layers within the book.

Georgie Donaghey

I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of Vanessa’s teacher notes for My Daddy is Different available from website. From the start, Vanessa was quick to respond to emails, efficient and professional and was willing to make changes when asked. She developed a comprehensive 15 page resource, as well as extra activity pages that extended the important themes of the story. The activities were linked to the Australian Curriculum and cater for Kindy through to Year Four.I wholeheartedly recommend Vanessa because her knowledge and expertise means that I now have a valuable teaching resource to provide alongside my book.

Vanessa’s expertise and attention to detail when compiling Teachers’ Notes is incredible. Her work putting together notes for my poetry collection, SeaSpray17: Ocean Photography & Haiku Poetry was comprehensive, insightful and practical. 

Vanessa’s Teachers’ Notes are written in a way that makes them equally accessible for classroom use, learning from home, library programming and use by the general public. 

I highly recommend Vanessa’s professionalism and quality of work, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with her again! 

Dannika Patterson www.dannikapatterson.com