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The Leyden Story

Leyden Publishing, full title Peter Leyden Publishing, has been an independent family firm, specialising in Australian educational resources, since its’ founding by Peter and Elsie Leyden in 1954. Nearly all primary schools have at least some Leyden Publishing resources in their library.


Peter Leyden’s son Michael and his wife Karin moved to New Zealand in 1975 and formed Michael Leyden Publications. They distributed many Peter Leyden resources but also developed an extensive range specific to New Zealand. Their programs on Maori and New Zealand Natural and Social Sciences are highly regarded in local schools. Peter’s daughter, Ashleigh and son in law Bob, continue the firm in Australia.


The focus of the firm has always been on the development of Australian primary resources in social studies, natural sciences and music.


In 2012, with the trend towards delivering resources online, the firm undertook a major reworking of the catalogue for online access. This provides the opportunity to deliver directly to teachers individual lessons on demand, rather than persuading your school to buy the whole program at one time.


We started with the Music Mime & Movement program which has 16 lessons.  We  now offer resources in Aboriginal studies - including single sounds; Captain Cook; outline map of Australia, fairy tales for acting out in the classroom, learning folk dances, percussion scores untuned, recorder scores, extensive free resources (see free tab) to allow teachers to assess which resources suit their needs.  More resources may come in 2021.

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