Friday, March 27, 2020


Have you seen Wonderopolis?

I first posted about it in March 2013 when the latest wonder was "Wonder #879". Since then they have added more than 1600 wonders.

On our library blog you can find out about the Wonder of the Day by looking down the side panel of the blog to find the widget shown in the screenshot photo below.

There is a new wonder every day, just click on the widget picture or the title to find out more about the Wonder of the Day. You can look back at all the previous wonders by clicking the green View More Wonders button.
Check out Wonderopolis now - you might learn some interesting stuff and WOW your parents and teachers!

The Wonderopolis website is HERE

Thursday, March 26, 2020

David Walliams reads ...

Listen to David Walliams read a new story every day for 30 days. If you haven't heard him read before now is your chance HERE.  It's great family fun!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Storytime from Space

Watch and listen to stories read by astronauts at the International Space Station.

Head along to the website HERE to see what stories they've read. 

You can also watch Science Time videos THERE too

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Most Popular in 2019

The most popular books in St Brendan's School Library in 2019 were:

1st      Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

2nd     Do Not Open This Book series

           by Andy Lee

3rd      Guinness World Records - 
           2016 Gamer Edition

4th=  Piggy and Gerald series by Mo Willems; Phoebe and Her Unicorn series by Dana Simpson.

5th=  The World's Worst Children series by David Walliams ; Gruesome and Gross Facts ; Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier.
6th= Minecraft Handbook series ; Minecraft Guide series ; Kingdom of Fantasy series by Geronimo Stilton.

7th=  Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi ; Pigeon series by Mo Willems ; Ripley's Believe It or Not - special edition ; Bunny vs Monkey series by Jamie Smart; Ella Diaries series by Meredith Costain; Baby Sitters Club - Graphic Novel series by Raina Telgemeier and others; Olivia's Secret Scribbles series by Meredith Costain.

8th=  Drama by Raina Telgemeier ; Sisters by Raina Telgemeier ; Pig the Pug series by Aaron Blabey ; Game On 2018 ; Guinness World Record seriesTreehouse series by Andy Griffiths; Roadworks by Sally Sutton ; Splat series by Rob Scotton ; Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series by Zac Zombie.

Some of these books are previous favourites and are also on earlier Most Popular in ... lists, but a some are new to the list this year. 

Is your favourite book, series or author on our Most Popular list for 2019? 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dav Pilkey

Image from Dav Pilkey website HERE
Another in a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books

Dav Pilkey was born in 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. His full name is David Murray Pilkey Jnr, his publishing name apparently originated during a former job at Pizza Hut.
As a child Dav was diagnosed with dislexia and ADHD, he was often disruptive in class and sent outside to sit in the corridor. Dav loved to draw and he kept himself occupied while in the corridor by drawing and creating his own comic books. This is where Captain Underpants was first created!

Dav is the author of a number of book series for children, including Dumb Bunnies, Super Diaper Baby and Ricky Riccota's Mighty Robot but he is most noted as the author of the Captain Underpant's series. Most recently Dav has created the DogMan graphic novel series. 

Captain Underpants has been adapted for the big screen by DreamWorks in Captain Underpants - The Epic Adventure released in 2017. On TV you can follow The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants on Netflix...

Dav's books are some of the most popular in our school library. Currently we have 22 books written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey in our Fiction area and one picture book.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of about 60 children's books by Dav Pilkey, some of these are E-books.

The above information about Dav Pilkey was adapted from HERE, and HERE. You can find out more about Rick, his books and other fun stuff  HERE and on his website HERE too.   

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Welcome Back 2020

I found this picture here 

Welcome back to school everyone, hope you enjoyed your first couple of weeks back at school and had fun over the holidays - and read some great books too of course!  The library is still closed for now as we have moved & renovations have not yet been finished. We hope you don't mind having to wait a few weeks or so to use the library and look forward to seeing you in our new location when things are all done. In the meantime you can keep checking out the library blog for updates and interesting book sites, videos, book and author posts and anything else I come across that I think you might find interesting or fun. You might even be able to peep through the library windows and see whats happening inside!


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

End of Year 2019 - Update

(Updated every day or so until 19 December 2019)

With Room 1 now occupying the library space until the end of the year all remaining library book returns should now be sent to the office.

Congratulations to Room 4 and Room 6 who were the first to have all student library books returned.

Well done!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Getting Ready for End of Year 2019

The Christmas School Holidays are not far away now, but before they arrive there are some important tasks to get done. In the library our annual end of year stocktake is already complete and Room 1 will be moving into the library later this week so that building work can start in their classroom before the end of the year.

All library books are due back before this Wednesday, 4th December.

Will your class will be first to return all their library books this year?

If you have any other school books such as journals, junior reading books and class books lying around at home then now is a good time to return these to school too.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Macca's Makeover" by Matt COSGROVE
      Fiction Book:
      • "Olivia's Secret Scribbles : My (Almost) Perfiect Puppy by Meredith COSTAIN; Danielle McDONAL (Olivia's Secret Scribbles series)
      • "Red's Planet"  by Eddie PITTMAN (Red's Planet series)
      • "WeirDo : Weirdomania!" by Ahn DO ; illustrated by Jules FABER (WeirDo series)
      • "Super Nature" by Derek HARVEY
      • "The Football Encyclopedia" by Clive GIFFORD
      Senior Fiction:
      • "The 13th Reality : Blade of Shattered Hope"  by James DASHNER (The 13th Reality series)
      Browsing Book:
      • "Where's the Unicorn Now?" by Sophie SCHREY ; illustrated by Paul MORAN

      Tuesday, November 12, 2019

      On the New Books Display this Week

      Picture Book:
      • "If" by Sarah PERRY
      • "We're Getting a Cat" by Vivien FRENCH; illustrated by Salvatore RUBBINO
          Fiction Book:
          • "The Shelter Puppy" by Holly WEBB; illustrated by Sophy WILLIAMS
          • "Tiny Timmy : The Next Level!"  by Tim CAHILL; illustrated by Heath McKENZIE (Tiny Timmy series)
          • "Tiny Timmy : On Holiday!"  by Tim CAHILL; illustrated by Heath McKENZIE (Tiny Timmy series)
          • "The Worlds Worst Teachers" by David WALLIAMS
          • "Unicorn Food" by Cayla GALLAGHER
          • "Matilda's Jokes for Awesome Kids" byRoald DAHL; illustrated by Quentin BLAKE
          Browsing Book:
          • "The LEGO Book" by Daniel LIBKOWITZ

          Tuesday, November 5, 2019

          On the New Books Display this Week

          Picture Book:
          • "Dear Dinosaur" by Chae STRATHIE; illustrated by Nicola O'BYRNE
          • "A Different Kind of Brilliant" by Louise CUMMINS
              Fiction Book:
              • "Miniwings : Glitterwings Book Week Blunder" by Sally SUTTON; illustrated by Kirsten RICHARDS (Miniwings series)
              • "Miniwings : Whizz's Internet Oopsie"  by Sally SUTTON; illustrated by Kirsten RICHARDS (Miniwings series)
              • "Hot Dog! - Camping Time !" by Ahn DO; illustrated by Dan McGUINESS (Hot Dog! series)
              • "All's Faire in Middle School" by Victoria JAMIESON
              • "Fantastic Faces to Paint Yourself" by Thomasina SMITH
              • "Philippines : Discover the Country, Culture and People" by Jane HINCHY (Australia's Neighbours series)
              • "Malaysia : Discover the Country, Culture and People" by Jane HINCHY (Australia's Neighbours series)