Wednesday, August 21, 2019

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "I Am Jellyfish" by Ruth PAUL
  • "A Story for Matariki : The Promise of Punanga" by Kirsty WADSWORTH; illustrated by Munro TE WHATA
      Fiction Book:
      • "Ella and Olivia : The Big Sleepover" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN; illustrated by Danielle McDONALD (Ella and Olivia series)
      • "Ella and Olivia : Popstar Sisters" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN; illustrated by Danielle McDONALD (Ella and Olivia series)
      • "Mystery of the Midnight Rider" by Carolyn KEENE (Nancy Drew Diaries series)
      • "Embassy of the Dead" by Will MABBITT
      Senior Fiction:
      • "Liars : The Truth App" by Jack HEATH (Liars series)
      • "If the World Were a Village" by David J SMITH; illustrated by Shelagh ARMSTRONG
      • "Erosion and Sinkholes" by Joanna BRUNDLE (Physical and Human Geography series)
      • "Tsunamis and Floods" by Joanna BRUNDLE (Physical and Human Geography series)

      Monday, August 19, 2019

      Ruth Paul Visit

      Last Tuesday illustrator Ruth Paul visited St Brendan's. She talked about many of the books she has written and illustrated and based her presentations around her book I Am Jellyfish which won the Picture Book section of the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

      Ruth began her first two sessions with the Middle/Upper Middle and Senior syndicates by having students volunteer to act out the three main characters (Jellyfish, Swordfish and Squid) from I Am Jellyfish in front of the rest of the students.

      Ruth explained how she came up with her ideas, including the funny jokes, and about her illustration process and the different art techniques she has used. She pointed out that her first drafts of the text and illustrations were often quite different to what the final book looked like as the words were tweaked, and her illustrations became more detailed. She emphasized that she had to keep trying, she didn't get things "right" the first time and had to try again and again until she was pleased with the result. 
      One group had time to plan their own picture book, with Ruth writing the ideas and making illustrations on the whiteboard, unfortunately the other group ran out of time to do this. Both groups were able to ask Ruth questions which included: 
      • Who is your favourite author? 
      • Which of your books is your favourite?  and
      • Which of your books sold the most copies?

      After morning tea Ruth read her book I Am Jellyfish to the Junior syndicate who were also able to plan their own picture book, with Ruth again writing the ideas and drawing illustrations on the whiteboard.

      Thank you for visiting our school Ruth, we very much enjoyed your visit and hope you enjoyed your time with us also.

      Ruth's visit was organised through the New Zealand Book Council "Writer's in Schools" programme with the support of Creative New Zealand. 

      Wednesday, August 14, 2019

      On the New Books Display this Week

      Picture Book:
      • "The Little Yellow Digger" by Betty GILDERDALE; illustrated by Alan GILDERDALE
      • "The Day the Plants Fought Back" by Belinda O"KEEFE; illustrated by Richard HOIT
          Fiction Book:
          • "The Disappearing Daughter" by Barbara MITCHELHILL (No.1 Boy Detective series)
          • "Serious Graffiti" by Barbara MITCHELHILL (No.1 Boy Detective series)
          • "The Secret of the Crystal Fairies" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton Special Edition series)
          • "Tom Gates : Extra Special Treats (Not)" by Liz PICHON (Tom Gates series)
          Senior Fiction:
          • "Swing it, Sunny" by Jennifer L. HOLM; illustrator Matthew HOLM
          • "Rocks" by Claudia MARTIN (Rock Explorer series)
          • "Fossils" by Claudia MARTIN (Rock Explorer series)
          • "Rowdy Revolutions" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)

          Friday, August 9, 2019

          Children's Reading Rights

          More from Cressida Cowell the 11th Waterstone's Children's Laureate.

          Image from Cressida Cowell on Twitter HERE

          Wednesday, August 7, 2019

          On the New Books Display this Week

          Picture Book:
          • "There's a Hole in My Bucket"  sung by The TOPP TWINS; illustrated by Jenny COOPER
          • "The Wall in the Middle of the Book" by Jon AGEE
              Fiction Book:
              • "It's Alive! It's Alive!" by R L STINE (Goosebumps Slappyworld series)
              • "Ninja Kid 3 - Ninja Switch" by Ahn DO (Ninja Kid series)
              • "Ella Diaries : Goal Power" by Meredith COSTAIN; illustrated by Danielle McDONALD (Ella Diaries series)
              Senior Fiction:
              • "Moon Rising" by Tui SUTHERLAND (Wings of Fire series)
              • "Winter Turning" by Tui SUTHERLAND (Wings of Fire series)
              • "Cambodia : Discover the Country, Culture and People" by Jane HINCHEY (Australia's Neighbours series)
              • "South Korea and North Korea : Discover the Country, Culture and People" by Jane HINCHEY (Australia's Neighbours series)

              Friday, August 2, 2019

              What LEGO Book Cover is that? #3

              Below are 5 more classic or popular children's book covers which have been turned into LEGO pictures using the website HERE.  I borrowed this great idea from 100 Scope Notes HERE.

              How many books can you name?

              Wednesday, July 31, 2019

              On the New Books Display this Week

              Picture Book:
              • "Torty and the Soldier - A Story of a True WWI Survival" by Jennifer BECK; illustrated by Fifi COLSTON
              • "The Courageous Quest" by Caspian BUXTON; illustrated by Paul CORNWELL (League in Libraries series)
                  Fiction Book:
                  • "The Bad Guys : Episode 8 - Superbad?" by Aaron BLABEY (The Bad Guys series)
                  • "El Deafo" by Cece BELL 
                  • "Star Wars : Jedi Academy - The Revenge of the Sis" by Jarret J KROSOCZKA & Amy IGNATOW (Star Wars : Jedi Academy series)
                  • "Ella and Olivia : The Royal Show" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN; illustrated by Danielle McDONALD (Ella and Olivia series)
                  Senior Fiction:
                  • "Illegal" by Eion COLFER & Andrew DONKIN; illustrated by Giovani RIGANO
                  • "The Science of Buildings : The Sky Scraping Story of Structures" by Alex WOOLF (The Science of series)
                  • "The Science of Vehicles : The Turbo-Charged Truth about Trucks and Cars" by Roger CANAVAN (The Science of series)

                  Friday, July 26, 2019

                  Books versus Films

                  Great sentiments from Cressida Cowell the 11th Waterstone's Children's Laureate.

                  "...because books are a kind of transformative magic that offer magical things that films aren’t as good at creating in children: empathy, creativity and intelligence. With a film, things happen out there, in a book it’s happening inside your head, so that’s empathy. Creativity – a book is partly what I say and partly what a reader imagines, whereas films are very bossy, they tell you how things would look and how they would sound. Intelligence is words. Those are the three magical powers, that’s why books have to survive – because, my goodness, we need empathetic intelligent creative people today.”

                  Quote taken from an interview published in The Guardian HERE

                  Wednesday, July 24, 2019

                  On the New Books Display this Week

                  Picture Book:
                  • "The Wolf is Not Invited" by Avril McDONALD; illustrated by Tatiana MININA (Feel Brave Books series)
                      Fiction Book:
                      • "Pearlie and Great Aunt Garnet" by Wendy HARMER, illustrated by Gypsy TAYLOR (Pearlie series)
                      • "Tom Gates : Biscuits, Bands and Very Big Plans" by Liz PICHON (Tom Gates series)
                      • "FING" by David WALLIAMS, illustrated by Tony ROSS
                      Senior Fiction:
                      • "Wings of Fire : The Dragonet Prophecy" by Tui SUTHERLAND (Wings of Fire series)
                      • "Ants, Bees, Wasps and Termites" by Dr Jen GREEN (Nature Fact File series)
                      • "Shocking Electricity" by Nick ARNOLD (Horrible Science series)
                      • "Where's Wally? In Hollywood" by Martin HANDFORD (Where's Wally? series)
                      • "Where's Wally? The Wonder Book" by Martin HANDFORD (Where's Wally? series)

                      Friday, July 12, 2019

                      Book Fair 2019 - Update

                      St Brendan's Book Fair has wrapped up for another year. A BIG Thank You to everyone who came along, helping to make it another successful Book Fair we have run. This year book fair sales earned us 40+ free new books for our library collection.
                      An extra special thank you to the families who purchased a "Red Dot" book for donation to the library - keep a look out for them on the library “New Book Display” over the next few weeks, they'll all have special Book Fair 2019 Donation book plates inside!

                      Saturday, June 15, 2019

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