Thursday, December 13, 2018

End of Year 2018 - Update

(Updated every day or so until 19 December 2018)
Your last remaining overdue books are coming back to the library a few per day. Congratulations to Room 4 who were the first class with all student library books returned.
Well done!

The library stocktake is now complete. We again have a number of books that are missing - they are not in the library and they are not on issue. We'd love to have these books back again, so if you find any hiding behind shelves or under the furniture, at school or at home, please drop them back to the library before the holidays.


Monday, December 3, 2018

On the New Books Display this Week


Picture Book:
  • "The Night Before The Night Before Christmas" by Kes GRAY; illustrated by Claire POWELL
  • "The Story of Baby Jesus" retold by Mary KELLY; illustrated by John JOVEN

Getting Ready for End of Year 2018

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The Christmas School Holidays are not far away now, but before they arrive there are some important tasks to get done. In the library we are preparing for our annual end of year stocktake!

All library books are due back before this Friday, 7th December. You can help by returning all your library books to the library "As Soon As Possible" and before the end of this week please.

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.

Monday, November 26, 2018

On the New Books Display this Week




Picture Book:
  • "Secret World of Butterflies" by Courtney Sina MEREDITH; illustrated by Giselle CLARKSON
  • "Macca's Christmas Crackers" by Matt COSGROVE
      Fiction Book:
      • "Captain Underpants and the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space ...." by Dav PILKEY (Captain Underpants series)
      • "One Day in Horrorland" by R. L. STINE (Goosebumps series)
      • "Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party" by Megan McDONALD; illustrated by Peter H. REYNOLDS
      • "Public Enemy Number Two" by Anthony HOROWITZ (Diamond Brothers series)
      • "South by South East" by Anthony HOROWITZ (Diamond Brothers series)
      Senior Fiction:
      • "Hacked" by Tracy ALEXANDER
      Non- Fiction: 
      • "Oh Boy : A Storybook of Epic NZ Men" by Stuart LIPSHAW

      Monday, November 19, 2018

      On the New Books Display this Week



      Picture Book:
      • Brave as Can Be - A Book of Courage" by Jo WITEK
          Fiction Book:
          • "The Hunt for the Hundredth Key" by Geronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton series)
          • "Spooked" by Michael WAGNER (Maxx Rumble Cricket series)
          • "The Bookcase" by Dave SHELTON
          • "The Witch Boy" by Molly Knox OSTERTAG
          Senior Fiction:
          • "Shadow Magic" by Joshua KHAN
          Non- Fiction: 
          • "Racism and Tolerance" by Louise SPILSBURY (Children in Our World series)
          • "Poverty and Hunger" by Louise SPILSBURY (Children in Our World series)

          Monday, November 12, 2018

          On the New Books Display this Week

          Picture Book:
          • "Milo and the Magical Stones" by Marcus PFISTER
              Fiction Book:
              • "The Dragonsitter Detective" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
              • "Dog Man Lord of the Fleas" by Dave PILKEY (Dog Man series)
              • "Insides Out" by Zack ZOMBIE (The Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
              • "One Bad Apple" by Zack ZOMBIE (The Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
              • "Fortune Falls" by Jenny GOEBEL
              • "Scream : The Squid Slayer" by Jack HEATH (Scream series)
              Senior Fiction:
              • "Kick" by Mitch JOHNSON
              Non- Fiction: 
              • "Global Conflict" by Louise SPILSBURY (Children in Our World series)
              • "Refugees and Migrants" by Ceri ROBERTS (Children in Our World series)

              Monday, November 5, 2018

              On the New Books Display this Week




              Picture Book:
              • "Hey Warrior - A Book for Kids About Anxiety" by Karen YOUNG; illustrated by Norvile DOVIDONYTE
                  Fiction Book:
                  • "The Apple Spy" by Terry DEARY (World War II Tales series)
                  • "The Bike Escape" by Terry DEARY (World War II Tales series)
                  • "The Wizards of Once" by Cressida COWELL
                  • "Spelling Superstar" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN (Ella and Olivia series)
                  • "Scream : The Squid Slayer" by Jack HEATH (Scream series)
                  Senior Fiction:
                  • "Hardy Boys Adventures - To Die or Not To Die" by Scott LOBDELL, based on the books by Franklin W. DIXON (Hardy Boys Adventures - Graphic Novel series)
                  Non- Fiction: 
                  • "Regions of New Zealand - An Easy Guide" by Peter DOWLING



                  Thursday, November 1, 2018

                  Another Book to the Big Screen

                  Coming to movie theaters in December is the movie adaption of the young adult book "Mortal Engines" written by Phillip REEVE. This is a great book, I'm re-reading it again now before the movie release, and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie in December. 

                  "Mortal Engines" is the first in a four part book series, we have all the books in the Senior Fiction section of our library. 





                  Monday, October 29, 2018

                  On the New Books Display this Week




                  Picture Book:
                  • "Pig the Grub" by Aaron BLABEY
                      Fiction Book:
                      • "Star Wars : Jedi Academy - The Principal Strikes Back" by Jarret J. KROSOCZKA (Star Wars : Jedi Academy series)
                      • "Olivia's Secret Scribbles : My New Best Friend" by Meredith COSTAIN (Olivia's Secret Scribbles series)
                      • "WeirDo : Spalsh Weird" by Ahn DO (WeirDo series)
                      • "Trouble at Home" by Cate WHITTLE (Trouble series)
                      Senior Fiction:
                      • "Terrortide" by Michael ADAMS (Seven Signs series)
                      • "Battlefront" by Michael ADAMS (Seven Signs series)
                      Non- Fiction: 
                      • "From Farm to Table : Dairy" by Woody BRAMBLES (From Farm to Table series)
                      • "From Farm to Table : Grains" by Woody BRAMBLES (From Farm to Table series)

                      Tuesday, October 23, 2018

                      On the New Books Display this Week

                      Picture Book:
                      • "Alpacas with Maracas" by Matt COSGROVE
                          Fiction Book:
                          • "The Falcon's Malteser" by Anthony HOROWITZ (Diamond Brothers series)
                          • "The Dragonsitter : Trick or Treat" by Josh LACEY (Dragonsitter's series)
                          • "Roller Girl" by Victoria JAMIESON 
                          • "Scream : The Haunted Book" by Jack HEATH (Scream series)
                          Senior Fiction:
                          • "Shadow House : No Way Out" by Dan POBLOCKI (Shadow House series)
                          Non- Fiction: 
                          • "Minecraft : Guide to Farming" by Craig JELLEY
                          • "Deliciously Decorative Cookies : Fifty Stylish, Tasty Treats to Make and Decorate" by Fiona PEARCE

                          Monday, October 15, 2018

                          On the New Books Display this Week



                          Picture Book:
                          • "The Unscary Book" by Nick BLAND
                              Fiction Book:
                              • "The Dragonsitter to the Rescue" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
                              • "The Dragonsitter's Party" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
                              • "The Weekend Gumboots" by Heather ROSS
                              • "The 104-Storey Treehouse" by Andy GRIFFITHS (Treehouse series)
                              • "Evil Emperor Penguin" by Laura Ellen ANDERSON
                              Senior Fiction:
                              • "The Death Cure" by James DASHNER (The Maze Runner series)
                              Non- Fiction: 
                              • "You Are Awesome" by Matthew SYED

                              Monday, September 24, 2018

                              On the New Books Display this Week




                              Picture Book:
                              • "The Cat Wants Kittens" by P. CRUMBLE; illustrated by Lucinda GIFFORD
                                  Fiction Book:
                                  • "The Misadventures of Max Crumbly : Middle School Mayhem" by Rachel Renee RUSSELL (The Misadventures of Max Crumbly series)
                                  • "Spooky Winnie" by Laura OWEN; illustrated by Korky PAUL (Winnie & Wilbur series)
                                  • "Winnie the Twit" by Laura OWEN; illustrated by Korky PAUL (Winnie & Wilbur series)
                                  • "The Port of Peril" by Ian LIVINGSTONE (Fighting Fantasy - You are the Hero series)
                                  • "Sparks!" by Ian BOOTHBY; illustrated by Nina MATSUMOTO
                                  Senior Fiction:
                                  • "Finding" by David HILL
                                  Non- Fiction: 
                                  • "Game On 2018" by Gamers for Gamers
                                  • "Aotearoa : The New Zealand Story" by Gavin BISHOP

                                  Monday, September 17, 2018

                                  On the New Books Display this Week





                                  Picture Book:
                                  • "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks" by Hanoch PIVEN
                                      Fiction Book:
                                      • "Sage Cookson's Fishy Surprise" by Sally MURPHY (Sage Cookson series)
                                      • "The Poppa Platoon World War Chew" by Danny KATZ; illustrated by Mitch VANE
                                      • "The Dragonsitter Takes Off" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
                                      • "Back to Scare School" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                                      • "Zombie's Birthday Apocalypse" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                                      Senior Fiction:
                                      • "Parvana - A Graphic Novel" based on the original book by Deborah ELLIS; adapted from the feature film directed by Nora TWOMEY
                                      Non- Fiction: 
                                      • "Minecraft Guide to : Enchantments and Potions" by Stephanie MILTON (Minecraft Guide series)
                                      • "Minecraft Guide to : Exploration" by Stephanie MILTON (Minecraft Guide series)

                                      Monday, September 10, 2018

                                      On the New Books Display this Week



                                      Picture Book:
                                      • "The Wolf's Colourful Coat" by Avril McDONALD; illustrated by Tatiana MININA
                                          Fiction Book:
                                          • "I'm Slappy's Evil Twin" by R.L.STINE (Goosebumps : Slappyworld series)
                                          • "The Barrel Burglary" by Terry DEARY (World War II Tales series)
                                          • "The Phantom Farm" by Terry DEARY (World War II Tales series)
                                          • "Winnie's Alien Sleepover" by Laura OWEN (Winnie & Wilbur series)
                                          • "Uncle Gobb and the Green Heads" by Michael ROSEN (Uncle Gobb series)
                                          • "Wings of Fire : Dragonet Prophecy - Graphic Novel" by Tui SUTHERLAND; illustrated by Mike HOLMES (Wings of Fire - Graphic Novel series)
                                          Senior Fiction:
                                          • "Carnage" by Michael ADAMS (The Seven Signs series)
                                          Non- Fiction: 
                                          • "LEGO : Absolutely Everything You Need to Know" by Simon HUGO



                                          Thursday, September 6, 2018

                                          What LEGO Book Cover is that? #2

                                          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?
















                                          Monday, September 3, 2018

                                          On the New Books Display this Week




                                          Picture Book:
                                          • "Bobby, The Littlest War Hero" by Glyn HARPER; illustrated by Jenny COOPER
                                              Fiction Book:
                                              • "The Warlock of Firetop Mountain" by Steve JACKSON & Ian LIVINGSTON (Fighting Fantasy - You are the Hero series)
                                              • "The Dragonsitter's Castle" by Josh LACEY (Dragonsitter's series)
                                              • "The Dragonsitter's Island" by Josh LACEY (Dragonsitter's series)
                                              • "The Great Chocoplot" by Chris CALLAGHAN
                                              • "Hot Dog! - Circus Time!" by Anh DO (Hot Dog! series)
                                              Senior Fiction:
                                              • "Scorch Trials" by James DASHNER (The Maze Runner series)
                                              Non- Fiction: 
                                              • "ANZAC Animals" by Maria GILL; illustrated by Marco IVANCIC
                                              • "Cards and Tags" by Florence TEMKO



                                              Thursday, August 30, 2018

                                              Fifi Colston Visit




                                              Today author & illustrator Fifi Colston visited St Brendan's. She talked about some of the books she has worked on, a different book with each Syndicate. She also held a writing workshop with a small group of children who are very interested in writing.

                                              First Fifi read the picture book Far, Far from Home written by Elizabeth Pulford to the Junior syndicate and spoke about how she illustrated the book.

                                              Before morning tea she spoke to the Upper Middle and Senior syndicate about her research and the process she followed while working on illustrations for the book Torty and the Soldier written by Jennifer Beck Fifi explained how she had visited Torty, who is still alive and spends time with different families in the Little family now that the soldier, Stewart Little, is no longer alive. Fifi also explained how she took extra care to make sure the scenes and soldiers uniforms in the book were true to how they would have been during World War I.


                                              After morning tea Fifi spoke to the Middle syndicate about her book Wearable Wonders. A few lucky students got to dress up and everyone learn't about how to use free stuff and recycled items to create Wearable Wonders!


                                              Before lunch a group of 16 students from the Upper Middles and Seniors spent about an hour with Fifi for a writing workshop. Together they created a story starter, deciding on the traits of the main character, April Muffin, and her background story. It was interesting to see the very different directions the story took even though the students all started with the same initial idea.

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

                                              Monday, August 27, 2018

                                              On the New Books Display this Week




                                              Picture Book:
                                              • "Puffin the Architect" by Kimberly ANDREWS
                                                  Fiction Book:
                                                  • "Winnie Spells Trouble" by Josh LACEY (Winnie and Wilbur series)
                                                  • "Dragon Rider : The Griffins Feather" by Cornelia FUNKE (Dragon Rider series)
                                                  • "A Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom" by P. CRUMBLE; illustrated by Dean RANKINE (Simon Sidebottom series)
                                                  • "Johnny Danger : Lie Another Day" by Peter MILLETT (Johnny Danger series)
                                                  Senior Fiction:
                                                  • "Dawn Raid" by Pauline (Vaeluaga) SMITH (My New Zealand Story series)
                                                  Non- Fiction: 
                                                  • "Guinness World Records : Amazing Animals Vol.1" 
                                                  • "Origami" by Paul JACKSON




                                                  Monday, August 20, 2018

                                                  On the New Books Display this Week





                                                  Picture Book:
                                                  • "The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)" retold by Philemon STURGES; illustrated by Amy WALROD
                                                      Fiction Book:
                                                      • "The Dragonsitter" by Josh LACEY (The Dragonsitter series)
                                                      • "Zombie Goes to Camp" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                                                      • "Zombie Family Reunion" by Zac ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                                                      • "Sage Cookson's Singapore" by Sally MURPHY (Sage Cookson series)
                                                      • "Hamish and the Neverpeople" by Danny WALLACE (Hamish and ... series)
                                                      Senior Fiction:
                                                      • "The Warden's Daughter" by Jerry SPINELLI
                                                      Non- Fiction: 
                                                      • "Periodic Table" by Sean CALLERY & Miranda SMITH



                                                      Monday, August 13, 2018

                                                      On the New Books Display this Week



                                                      Picture Book:
                                                      • "My Most Fabulous Book" by Leonie YOUNG; illustrated by Lisa THOMPSON
                                                          Fiction Book:
                                                          • "Mighty Mitch! : Howzat Heroes" by Mitchell STARC (Mighty Mitch series)
                                                          • "Tracy Lacy For Classy Captain" by Tania LACY
                                                          • "WeirDo : Messy Weird!" by Anh DO (WeirDo series)
                                                          Senior Fiction:
                                                          • "Scorpia - Graphic Novel" by Anthony HOROWITZ & Antony JOHNSTON; illustrated by Emma VIECELI
                                                          • "The 1000 Year old Boy" by Ross WELFORD
                                                          Non- Fiction: 
                                                          • "Angry Aztecs"  by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)
                                                          • "Stormin' Normans"  by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories series)

                                                          Monday, August 6, 2018

                                                          On the New Books Display this Week





                                                          Picture Book:
                                                          • "The ANZAC Violin" by Jennifer BECK; illustrated by Robyn BELTON
                                                              Fiction Book:
                                                              • "Poppy's Place - The Homemade Cat Cafe" by Katrina CHARMAN; illustrated by Lucy TRUMAN (Poppy's Place series)
                                                              • "Middle School : Dog's Best Friend" by James PATERSON; illustrated by Jomike TEJIDO (Middle School series)
                                                              • "Dinosaur Trouble : The Runaway Coat" by Kyle MEWBURN (Dinosaur Trouble series)
                                                              • "Dinosaur Trouble : The Secret Hunt" by Kyle MEWBURN (Dinosaur Trouble series)
                                                              • "Cameo, the Street Pony" by Kelly WILSON (Showtym Adventures series)
                                                              Senior Fiction:
                                                              • "Auggie and Me" by R.J. PALACIO
                                                              Non- Fiction: 
                                                              • "Game On! 2018"
                                                              • "The Slime Book" 

                                                              Monday, July 30, 2018

                                                              On the New Books Display this Week


                                                              Picture Book:
                                                              • "My Meerkat Mum" by Ruth PAUL
                                                              • "ANZAC Biscuits" by Phil CUMMINGS; illustrated by Owen SHAW
                                                                  Fiction Book:
                                                                  • "Hamish and the Worldstoppers" by Danny WALLACE (Hamish and ... series)
                                                                  • "Astrid the Unstoppable" by Maria PARR
                                                                  • "The Bad Guys : Episode 7 - Do-you-think-he-saurus" by Aaron BLABEY (The Bad Guys series)
                                                                  Senior Fiction:
                                                                  • "A Monster Calls" by Patrick NESS
                                                                  Non- Fiction: 
                                                                  • "Ripley's Believe it or Not! 2018"
                                                                  • "Go Girl : A Storybook of Epic New Zealand Women" by Barbara ELSE




                                                                  Friday, July 27, 2018

                                                                  What LEGO Book Cover is that?

                                                                  Below are 5 classic 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?

















                                                                  Tuesday, July 24, 2018

                                                                  On the New Books Display this Week

                                                                  Picture Book:
                                                                  • "The Very Sleepy Bear" by Nick BLAND
                                                                      Fiction Book:
                                                                      • "Winnie Adds Magic" by Laura OWEN (Winnie and Wilbur series)
                                                                      • "Alice Jones : The Ghost Light" by Sarah RUBIN (Alice Jones series)
                                                                      • "Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman" by Dav PILKEY (Captain Underpants series)
                                                                      • "Middle School : How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill" by James PATERSON & Charlie TEBBETTS (Middle School series)
                                                                      Senior Fiction:
                                                                      • "Watership Down" by Richard ADAMS
                                                                      Non- Fiction: 
                                                                      • "The Big Book of Pets" by Lorna HENDRY 
                                                                      • "DK Find Out! : Coding" by James Floyd KELLY (DK Find Out series)


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