Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Zealand Book Month 2013

From the 1st to the 31st of March New Zealand Book Month celebrates books and reading (especially New Zealand books) and encourages everyone, young and old, to get involved. Again this year $5.00 book vouchers are being distributed all over New Zealand - and from the 4th March you can download a voucher online.

The vouchers are valid until the end of March 2013 so remember to use yours before then.

Take a look at the display books in the library from next week - I'll be doing my best to make sure that during March almost all the books on display are by New Zealand authors. I'm sure you'll find at least one book that you want to read. Let me know which ones you enjoyed in a comment below, that way others will find out how good they are too!

You can find more information about New Zealand Book Month here.

Monday, February 25, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Duck Soup" by Jackie URBANOVIC
  • "Sione's First Walk to School"  by Fruitvale Primary School
  • "Killer Koalas From Outer Space" by Andy GRIFFITHS 
  • "Billie B Brown : The Extra-Special Helper" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B Brown series)
  • "The Third Door" by Emily RODDA (Three Doors trilogy)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules VERNE
  • "The Raspberry Rules" by Karen McCOMBIE
  • "Usborne Book of Peoples of the World" by Gillian DOHERTY & Anna CLAYBOURNE

Monday, February 18, 2013

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Room 22 Saves the Day" by Mackenzie ADAMS
  • "Stomp!" by Ruth Paul
  • "Dirty Bertie : Loo!" by David ROBERTS (Dirtie Bertie series)
  • "How to Steal a Dragon's Sword" by Cressida COWELL (How to Train Your Dragon series)
  • "Thea Stilton and the Ice Treasure" by Thea STILTON (Geronimo Stilton series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian" by Eion COLFER (Artemis Fowl series)
    • "Louis Braille : The Boy who Invented Books for the Blind" by Margaret DAVIDSON
    • "Roald Dahl's Completely Revolting Recipes and Other Tasty Treats" by Roald Dahl

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    To help celebrate I've chosen a few of our library books which feature Love, Valentine's Day or a 'Touch of Romance' for today's post.

    Picture Books: The Kiss by Vicki Adams (Te Kihi Te Reo version shown); Crocodiles Need Kisses Too by Carrie Weston and My Best Friend, Bob by George Ripper.
    Fiction Books: The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo; Jasmine and Rex by Wolfram Hanel; Valentine's Day Disaster and Geronimo's Valentine by Geronimo Stilton.
    Senior Fiction: Ginger Snaps by Cathy Cassidy & The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman (not shown)
    The Pink Heart Graphic came from Here

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    On the New Books Display this Week

    Picture Book:
    • "Seesaw Po" by Kyle MEWBURN illustrated by Katz COWLEY
    • "Bright Stanley : Double Trouble"  by Matt BUCKINGHAM
    • "Darth Paper Strikes Back" by Tom ANGLEBERGER (Origami Yoda series)
    • "The Magic Folk Collection" by Enid BLYTON
    Senior Fiction:
    • "Atherton : House of Magic" by Patrick CARMAN (Atherton trilogy)
    • "Starters" by Lissa PRICE
    • "What's Science All About?" by Alex FRITH, Hazel MASKELL & others
    • "Fun to Draw Animals"  by Robert AINSWORTH

    Thursday, February 7, 2013

    Most Popular in 2012

    The most popular books in St Brendan's School Library in 2012 were:

    1st    Upstart magazine

    2nd   Amulet  series by Kazu Kabuishi

    3rd=  Boy vs Beast series by Mac Park
            Oliver's Party by Margaret Beames

            Kingdom of Fantasy series by Geronimo Stilton         
            Willbee the Bumblebee by Craig Smith & Maureen Thompson
            Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd
            The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore & Eric Puybaret

    4th=  Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
            Freak Street series by Knife and Packer
            Thea Stilton series by Thea Stilton
            Tiddler by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
            Alpha Monsters by Chris Kennett
            You Can't Eat a Princess by Gillian Rogerson & Sarah McIntyre
            The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith & Katz Cowley  

    5th=  Guinness World Records 2008; 
            Star Wars - Epic Battles by Simon Beecroft;
            Shark and Other Sea Creatures Dictionary by Clint Twist;
            Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton;
            Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark & Rowan Sommerset
            The Lorax by Dr Seuss
            There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
            Bright Stanley and the Cave Monster by Matt Buckingham
            The Wheels on the Bus by Donovan Bixley
            Stickman by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
            Zog by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
            Over the Rainbow by E.Y. Harburg & Eric Puybaret
            Hugless Douglas by David Melling

    Some of these books are previous favourites and are also on earlier Most Popular in ... lists, but a lot are new to the list this year. 
    Is your favourite book on our Most Popular list?  Leave a comment below and let me know.

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

    Monday, February 4, 2013

    Back to School 2013

    I found this picture HERE

    Welcome back to school for 2013. I hope you had a great time over the holidays, did some fun stuff and read some good books. If you think any would be great books to add to our library then please let me know, either come and visit me in the library or make a comment below.

    In the library this week I'm updating the classroom lists and adding new students to the library database so that you're all in your correct classroom for 2013.

    Next week things should be back to normal, with new books on display and the library will be open for classroom visits and also at lunchtime - if things go well we might even open this week so keep an eye on the notice outside the door just in case!

    See you soon.
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