Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NZ Post Children's Book Awards 2014 - Winners

Picture Book Winner & 

Margaret Mahy Book of the Year

The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka

Junior Fiction Winner:

Dunger by Joy Cowley

Non-fiction Winner:

The Beginners Guide to Hunting 
and Fishing in New Zealand
by Paul Adamson

Children's Choice Winner:

The Three Bears ... Sort Of 
by Yvonne Morrison &
Donovan Bixley

The Young Adult Fiction winner  is:
Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox.

You can see all the winners HERE.

Images via Booksellers NZ

Monday, June 23, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Dirty Bertie" by David ROBERTS
  • "Dr Seuss' A B C" by Dr SEUSS
Fiction Book:
  • "Undead Pets : Return of the Hungry Hamster" by Sam HAY (Undead Pets series)
  • "Code Breakers" by Sally RIPPIN (A Billie B Mystery)
Senior Fiction
  • "The City of Ember - Graphic Novel" by Jeanne DuPRAU; adapted by Dallas MIDDAUGH; illustrated by Niklas ASKER
  • "Lost in Babylon" by Peter LERANGIS (Seven Wonders series)
  • "Koalas : The Real Story" by Dr Mark NORMAN (OZ Animals series)
  • "Terrible Trenches" by Terry DEARY; Illustrated by Martin BROWN (Horrible Histories series)

Monday, June 16, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Best Mistake Ever! and other stories" by Richard SCARRY
  • "Terrific Trains" by Tony MITTON; illustrated by Ant PARKER
Fiction Book:
  • "Zac's Double Dare" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power - Test Drive series)
  • "Zac's Quicksand" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power - Test Drive series)
  • "The Worst Witch All at Sea" by Jill MURPHY (Worst Witch series)
  • "The 26-Storey Treehouse" by Andy GRIFFITHS (Treehouse series)
Senior Fiction
  • "H.I.V.E. : Escape Velocity" by Mark WALDEN (H.I.V.E. series)
  • "Juggling for the Complete Klutz" by John CASSIDY & B.C. RIMBEAUX
  • "Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm" by Nicola BAXTER; illustrated by Cathie SHUTTLEWORTH

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hooray!  St Brendan's School Library Blog is FOUR Years Old Today.

Image from ClipArtQueen.com HERE

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Quiz Titles Coming Soon

Last month the St Brendan's Yr 8 quiz team won a $50 book voucher as 3rd prize in the Upper Hutt Library 2014 NZ Post Children's and Young Adults Book Awards Quiz. You can see my earlier blog post about the quiz here. With help from the team members I've chosen three new books for the library: The 26-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths; Lost in Babylon from the Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis & The House of Hades from the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. 

Keep an eye out for them on the New Books Display in the library soon. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Fix That Truck!" by Michael Anthony STEELE (LEGO City series)
  • "A Year On Our Farm" by Penny MATTHEWS; illustrated by Andrew McLEAN
Fiction Book:
  • "Judy Moody The Doctor Is In!" by Megan McDONALD (Judy Moody series)
  • "It's All Good (In Your Dreams)" by Karen McCOMBIE (Sadie Rocks series)
  • "Fantastic Mr Fox" by Roald DAHL
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Spooks Destiny" by Joseph DELANEY (Wardstone Chronicles series)
  • "My Bones" by Sally HEWITT (My Body series)
  • "Happy to be Me! : A Kid's Book About Self-Esteem" by Christine ADAMS & Robert BUTCH (Elf-Help Books for Kids series)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Rick Riordan

Another in a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books

Rick Riordan was born on the 5th of June 1964, in San Antonio, Texas.

Image via RickRiordan.com HERE

Today is his birthday
 Happy Birthday Rick!

Rick started writing as a young adult but didn't take it seriously until after he had graduated from college and was teaching in San  Francisco. His first publishing successes were mysteries for adult readers. When asked by his student's why he didn't write children's books he found he didn't have a good answer for them, and so began his journey into writing books for a younger audience. Rick now writes full time but admits he enjoyed teaching and may sometime return to the classroom.

Rick is the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Kane Chronicles and the Heroes of Olympus series, and also the creator of the 39 Clues series which includes books written by a number of authors including Rick himself.

The first two books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters, have been adapted for movies.

Currently we have 12 books written by Rick Riordan in our Fiction or Senior Fiction areas.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of about 22 children's books by Rick Riordan, as well as audio versions of some books and copies of the movie adaptions.

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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

More Awesome Book Sculptures

I found these great sculptures at BibliOdyssey blogspot HERE.

I'm not really sure they actually are sculptures made from books, but the images were apparently created as promotional images by Kaspen for the Anagram Bookshop in Prague.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Grandma McGarvey's Christmas" by Jenny HESSELL; illustrated by Trevor PYE
  • "How to Train a Train" by Jason Carter EATON; illustrated by John ROCCO
Fiction Book:
  • "A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch" by Jill MURPHY (Worst Witch series)
  • "Darke" by Angie SAGE (Septimus Heap series)
  • "Zac's Rocket Launch" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power - Test Drive  series)
  • "Zac's Skate Break" by H.I. LARRY (Zac Power - Test Drive  series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Scarlett" by Cathy CASSIDY
  • "Tangaroa's Gift - Te Koha a Tangaroa" by Mere WHAANGA-SCHOLLUM
  • "Disney Joke Book" by David CARR & Ben RIPLEY

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