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Ginnie & Pinney ‘Learn & Grow’ Series

Learn and Grow

(11 customer reviews)
Authors: Penny Harris, Winnie Zhou
Children, Learning, Social and Emotional Development
‘Ginnie & Pinney is an amazing concept … I would highly recommend it.’ – David Worland, CEO, Australian Childcare Alliance

HundrED’s international committee Awarded as a 1 of 100 innovative, educational programs internationally that are changing the face of K12 education today.   

Selected for the 2020 Victorian Department of Education and Training’s School Readiness Funding  Menu.

With their delightful characters, engaging stories and whimsical approach, the award-winning Ginnie & Pinney Learn & Grow series is a unique and innovative set of books and videos that will encourage ethical thinking, empathy and emotional intelligence in young children.

Developed by award winning writer Penny Harris and animator Winnie Zhou, in consultation with Australian experts in education, linguistics and psychology and trialed in schools, Ginnie & Pinney has been designed to stimulate lively discussion & deep thinking about social and emotional themes suitable for all levels of readiness.

About the Series
A delightful series featuring Ginnie & Pinney and their friends. Their daily social interactions, concerns and decisions pose dilemmas that model positive self-identity and behaviour:  selflessness, persistence, sharing, inclusiveness, responsibility, accepting difference and learning to say sorry.

Key Series Information:

  • An award-winning 8-book series, including a 64 page Teacher Resource. All books can be purchased individually.
  • Every book includes a free animated video that can be accessed by QR code.
  • Based on learning outcomes from Australian Government Frameworks aligning with Social and Emotional Learning (are relevant across the globe).
  • Developed to support the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Frameworks.
  • The content of the program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework, and The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education, Ethical Understanding &  Personal and Social Capabilities
  • Selected for the 2020 Victorian Department of Education and Training’s School Readiness Funding  Menu.
  • Optional Fair Trade finger puppets: $49.50 – to order click here

What’s included:

An engaging and award-winning series comprising an 8-book set and free animated videos accompanying each book, accessible by QR Code. The Box set also includes access to a comprehensive 64 page Teachers Resource kit.

View Sample Pages HERE

Teachers Resources sample pages here

Schools can order online or email for invoicing and terms.

Download Order form here



Pinney the Winner – Selflessness

It is sports day and Pinney is determined to win a chocolate medal. But when his close friend, Ginnie, has a fall, Pinney has to make a decision. Will he stop and help Ginnie or continue on to win the last race? Is winning that important? What will Pinney do?



Flight of the Kite – Persistence

When Pinney suggests making kites on a windy day, Ginnie is worried about being blown about. Whilst Pinney’s enthusiasm encourages Ginnie to join in, it is also the cause of many kite-making problems for Pinney. Does Ginnie overcome her anxiety? Will Pinney finally make a kite that flies?


A Bedtime Story – Sharing

Ginnie & Pinney are excited. They’ve invited Dodo to his first sleepover. But Dodo won’t share or help. Is Dodo being a bad guest or is there a reason for his behaviour? When Dodo finally tells his friends the truth, they agree to share with Dodo. But has Dodo really learnt to share with them?


Roll Up, Roll Up, Clean Up – Taking Responsibility

Ginnie & Pinney and their friends are discussing spring-cleaning when they notice a bad smell coming from the Koala’s house. The friends have to intervene. Teaching the koalas to clean their house is a lot of fun, but when the friends leave, have the koalas learnt anything?


3,2,1 Here I Come – Fairness

Playing Hide-and-seek is Ginnie’s favourite game. But Ginnie has a problem. She is very bad at hiding and is always found first. So when Ginnie disappears and her friends can’t find her, they are worried. Where is Ginnie? Is Ginnie being fair to her friends?


A Brand New Band – Inclusiveness

Pinney is excited about putting on a concert with his friends. Lulu Kangaroo is excluded because she doesn’t have an instrument. But when the concert isn’t going well, Pinney realises Lulu might have something to offer after all. Will Lulu forgive her friends and save the concert? What will Pinney give up if she does?


When I Grow Up – Self Identity

Miranda Panda is being very bossy when telling everyone what dress ups to wear to her party. Ginnie is unhappy when given a firefighter’s costume. She doesn’t feel brave enough to be a firefighter. Will things change when the fire truck arrives and Ginnie is asked to help?


Movie Mayhem – Learning to Say Sorry

Tao Tiger is looking forward to a quiet night at home, but when his friends barge in uninvited, Tao is annoyed. Frustrated with their antics, Tao unfairly yells at Ginnie. The friends are shocked. Why is Tao angry? How can Tao make amends and will Ginnie forgive Tao?

Penny Harris

Penny Harris

Penny Harris is a multi-national and international award-winning animator, author and multi-media developer. She has worked with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Film Victoria as well as a number of Australian universities and institutions.

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Winnie Zhou

Winnie Zhou

Winnie Zhou has a Masters of Multimedia Design from Monash University and is a talented illustrator and multimedia developer. Winnie lives in Melbourne and has worked closely with Penny to develop the series.

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11 reviews for Ginnie & Pinney ‘Learn & Grow’ Series

  1. “’Ginnie & Pinney is an amazing concept designed to help young children develop important skills in empathy, ethical thinking and emotional intelligence….it’s amazing. I would highly recommend it.’ ”
    David Worland CEO Australian Childcare Alliance

  2. 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.
    – Jen Glaser

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

  4. Selected for the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s School Readiness Funding Menu for 2020.

  5. Awarded as a 1 of 100 Global Innovative, educational programs by HundrED’s international committee.
    Ginnie & Pinney – a program for children 3-8, encouraging ethical thinking, empathy and EQ.

  6. Ginnie & Pinney was introduced to Year 2 Students to enhance the SEL program at Bialik College. The stories supported their learning in relation to the personal and social capabilities and provided opportunities for the students to learn about their own emotions, values and strengths. – Karen Friede, Head of Primary School Bialik College

  7. Our aim is to develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, ability to resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves. The interactive nature of the (Ginnie & Pinney) books provided for self and teacher directed discussions to support our goals.
    – Karen Friede, Head of Primary School Bialik College

  8. Based on the Early Years Learning Framework, linked to the National Curriculum and delivered with a comprehensive teacher guide, Ginnie & Pinney is an ideal resource to support social development and wellbeing.

  9. With delightful characters and social dilemmas depicting daily childhood interactions, this engaging series is an outstanding new tool for early childhood educators. The ELYF meets Peppa Pig! – Allison Paterson

  10. “These stories are something we have been wanting and needing for a long time…and are the kind of concepts that much of our Early Years Learning Framework talks to. The children have loved these books.”
    Paulette Maskell, Head of ELC,
    Shelford Girls’ Grammar,
    Melbourne, Australia

  11. As our little ones restart their school journeys and have to relearn how to mix and mingle with others beyond their family bubble, many may need some extra guidance in how to build those relationships with their peers again. This collection of eight books, which offer QR access to videos and teacher resources, could be a valuable tool in this process.
    Designed to help our very youngest readers develop ethical thinking, emotional intelligence, and social and emotional intelligence, each book focuses on a key concept such as selflessness, persistence, sharing, taking responsibility, fairness, inclusiveness, self-identity and learning to say sorry. Featuring a recurring cast of characters including Pinney ‘Potamus, Ginnie Giraffe, Miranda Panda, Dodo Komodo, Lulu Kangaroo, Tao Tiger and Kevin, Kelly and Kylie Koala, all portrayed as stitched felt creatures, young readers will enjoy the different adventures as well as pondering what the best course of action would be to solve the problem.
    Something new to support the Personal and Social Capability strand so students are having the concepts consolidated with a new range of materials.
    Barbara Braxton, The Bottom Shelf

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