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The Oo in Uluru shortlisted for Speech Pathology Award

August 26, 2019 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The Oo in Uluru, by Melbourne Author Judy Barker has been shortlisted for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia book awards.

This book is a fun Australian themed phoneme story that teaches young readers about the long vowel Oo and where they can find it in different words. Set in the Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park, a young girl explores the spectacular wildlife and nature of the Anangu. Beautifully illustrated by Janie Frith the rich colours and vibrant use of multi-media enhance the magical experience of Uluru.

Judith has her own website with fun, interactive activities, spelling worksheets and other resources that are designed to accompany the visual language which is highlighted in the book in a simple, holistic and step-by-step approach, so that anyone can teach young readers at home or in the classroom.

The book is also perfect for children who have visited Uluru or are planning a trip there, with fantastic illustrations of an indigenous man playing the didgeridoo and the local wildlife. A wonderful book highlighting our indigenous culture and the local travel economy.

More about the Author:

Judith has extensive experience teaching in Europe, the Middle East, India and China. She has a Bachelor of Education with further studies in linguistics, special education, creative writing and meditation. When she first read “Oh The Places You’ll Go” to children at an international school in Italy, the repetition of the sounds and letters seemed to fully resonate in Dr. Seuss’ fun and lyrical stories. The children would recall the sounds and manipulate the letters to make different words. However, while attempting to master the many vagaries of spelling––it became much, more of a challenge.

While researching a Master in Phonological Awareness she began to use visual language in stories, by combining the phonemes with the various spelling patterns. After returning to Australia she saw a growing need to support diversity in schools and created Sound Owl. When Judith’s not busy writing children’s stories, plays or attempting to finish her novel she’s usually immersed in another culture, or teaching meditation and music therapy.

The Oo in Uluru, RRP $16.99 is available in all good bookstores or online at

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