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A program for children 3-8, encouraging ethical thinking, empathy and EQ.

Ginnie & Pinney 'Think Smart'

Victoria, Australia
An engaging 8 book set in both English & Chinese with animated videos & a teacher resource. It is based on the emotional themes from established Australian Government Frameworks and aligns with the Victorian Curriculum’s Ethical, Personal & Social Capabilities. Open ended questions in each book encourage lively discussion & deep thinking about social and emotional themes between adult and child.

About Ginnie & Pinney

“Alexandra is loving the books. She just recently picked them up again and has been reading them every night.”

Mother of 7 year old

Ginnie & Pinney ‘Think Smart’®

The Ginnie & Pinney program is aimed for children, 3-8, to stimulate and enhance emotional intelligence, empathy and ethical decision-making. It includes an eight book set, eight animatic videos, a teacher’s resource and a set of finger puppets. The books are soon to be republished by Big Sky Publishing, an independent Australian publisher with a strong focus on children's education and development. Big Sky will be publishing the Ginnie & Pinney series and supporting material across the  2019-2020 timeframe. 

The content of the program is based on the emotional themes from established Australian Government frameworks for values education for early childhood and fits the Victorian Curriculum’s Ethical Capabilities and Personal and Social Capabilities, Foundation to Level 2. 

The program also addresses SEL (social and emotional learning), ‘the process through which students acquire the knowledge and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, empathise with others, cultivate positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. It provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and teaches students resilience and life skills. In today’s world they are more relevant than ever. 

Each 36-page full colour paperback has a QR code portal for access to the animated videos of each story.  

Open ended questions, created in consultation with high level Australian academics, (see below for contributors) found at the back of each book, aim to encourage lively discussion between adult and child and deep thinking about social and emotional issues.

In this series we focus on the emotional themes and learning outcomes of persistence, sharing, saying sorry, taking responsibility, accepting differences, selflessness, inclusiveness and fairness.


We are also excited to tell you that we are working with Dr Jen Glaser, a world authority on P4C, on an interactive online resource for teachers, unpacking the philosophical themes of the Ginnie & Pinney materials. For more information about this please contact Penny Harris at info@ginnieandpinney.com.au 


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Innovation Overview
3 - 8
Age Group
1 050
Tips for implementation
The eight book set, the teacher resource and a digital whiteboard or personal device for viewing the videos. Access the website www.ginnieandpinney.com.au for further information.
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HundrED Review

There is considerable research that indicates the importance of emotional development in children, the younger the better, for them to become well-functioning adults. This has been recognised in the education policies of many countries, and in this case specifically Australia. This need has been addressed in our books, the aims of which are to increase the ability for young children to think ethically, be more empathic and increase their EQ. To our knowledge, no specific material designed to achieve this goal is available.


Ginnie & Pinney books encourage emotional development in children and encourages lively discussions between children, their parents and their educators.


Ginnie & Pinney is available in both English and Mandarin Chinese, and can be shipped internationally. The goal is to develop the materials in various languages for future release across the globe.


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Reading Ginnie & Pinney to a group of Prep students
I have been involved in Philosophy for Children for over 30 years. This series of books makes a valuable contribution to resources that can be used to trigger rich conversations between parents and young children as well as in educational settings for K-3. Thank you Penny!
great work!
Pukhraj Ranjan


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