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
      Non-fiction: 
      • "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)
          Non-fiction: 
          • "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
              Non-fiction: 
              • "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)
                  Non-fiction: 
                  • "Ants, Bees, Wasps and Termites" by Dr Jen GREEN (Nature Fact File series)
                  • "Shocking Electricity" by Nick ARNOLD (Horrible Science series)
                  Browsing: 
                  • "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

                  Wednesday, June 12, 2019

                  On the New Books Display this Week





                  Picture Book:
                  • "The Harmonica" by Dawn McMILLAN; illustrated by Andrew BURDAN
                  • "A Stack of Alpacas" by Matt COSGROVE
                      Fiction Book:
                      • "Olivia's Secret Scribbles : Super Science Stars" by Meredith COSTAIN, illustrated by Danielle McDONALD (Olivia's Secret Scribbles series)
                      • "Tom Gates : What Monster?" by Liz PICHON (Tom Gates series)
                      • "Animals Stories" by Enid BLYTON, illustrated by Mark BEECH
                      Senior Fiction:
                      • "Skulduggery Pleasant : Midnight" by Derek LANDY (Skulduggery Pleasant series)
                      Non-fiction: 
                      • "Minerals" by Claudia MARTIN (Rock Explorer series)
                      • "Gems" by Claudia MARTIN (Rock Explorer series)
                      • "Up the River : Explore and Discover New Zealand's Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands" by Gillian CANDLER; illustrated by Ned BARRAUD



                      Wednesday, June 5, 2019

                      On the New Books Display this Week





                      Picture Book:
                      • "Cork and the Bottle" by Mark SOMMERSET; illustrated by ROWAN
                      • "Mr Phelps' Fish Truck" by Phillip PERCY; illustrated by Dale PERCY
                          Fiction Book:
                          • "The Kitten Nobody Wanted" by Holly WEBB
                          • "Dog Man - Brawl of the Wild" by Dav PILKEY (Dog Man series)
                          • "Olivia's Secret Scribbles - The Big Chicken Mystery" by Meredith COSTAIN, illustrated by Danielle McDONALD (Olivia's Secret Scribbles series)
                          Senior Fiction:
                          • "Wings of Fire - The Lost Heir - Graphic Novel" by Tui T SUTHERLAND; illustrated by Mike HOLMES (Wings of Fire series)
                          Non-fiction: 
                          • "Engineering" by Emily HUNT (DK Find Out series)
                          • "Kate Sheppard : Leading the Way for Women" by Maria GILL; illustrated by Marko IVANCIC




                          Wednesday, May 29, 2019

                          On the New Books Display this Week

                          Picture Book:
                          • "Seriously Do NOT Open this Book" by Andy LEE; illustrated by Heath McKENZIE
                              Fiction Book:
                              • "Dork Diaries - Birthday Drama" by Rachel Renee RUSSELL (Dork Diaries series)
                              • "D-Bot Squad - Dino Corp" by Mac PARK (D-Bot Squad series)
                              Senior Fiction:
                              • "Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth - Graphic Novel" by Rick RIORDAN (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)
                              Non-fiction: 
                              • "Thailand : Discover the Country, Culture and People " by Jane HINCHEY (Austrailia's Neighbours ... series)
                              • "South Korea & North Korea : Discover the Country, Culture and People " by Jane HINCHEY (Austrailia's Neighbours ... series)
                              • "What's My Family Tree?" by Mick Manning & Brita GRANSTROM
                              Browsing: 
                              • "Where's Wally? " by Martin HANDFORD (Where's Wally series)
                              • "Where's Wally Now? " by Martin HANDFORD (Where's Wally series)
                              • "Where's Wally? The Fantastic Journey" by Martin HANDFORD (Where's Wally series)



                              Tuesday, May 14, 2019

                              On the New Books Display this Week





                              Picture Book:
                              • "Fortunately, Unfortunately" by Michael FOREMAN
                              • "We Are All Equal" by P. CRUMBLE; illustrated by Jonathan BENTLEY
                                  Fiction Book:
                                  • "Ninja Kid 2 - Flying Ninja" by Ahn DO (Ninja Kid series)
                                  • "Kristy's Big Day" by Mary Ann MARTIN, illustrated by Raina TELGEMIER (Baby-Sitters Club - Graphic Novel series)
                                  • "Sky the Unwanted Kitten" by Holly WEBB
                                  Senior Fiction:
                                  • "Heart of Danger" by Eliot SCHREFER (Ape Quartet series)
                                  Non-fiction: 
                                  • "Kuaka Visits China" by Vanessa PETERSON (Kuaka Visits ... series)
                                  • "Kuaka Visits India" by Vanessa PETERSON (Kuaka Visits ... series)
                                  • "Discover Planet Earth" by Nicholas HARRIS (Discover series)

                                  Wednesday, May 8, 2019

                                  On the New Books Display this Week




                                  Picture Book:
                                  • "There's a Walrus in My Bed" by Ciara FLOOD
                                  • "Fearless" by Colin THOMPSON; illustrated by Sarah DAVIS
                                      Fiction Book: 
                                      • "Middle School : From Hero to Zero" by James PATERSON & Chris TEBBETTS  (Middle School series)
                                      • "Explorer - The Lost Islands" by Kazu KABUISHI & others (Explorer series)
                                      • "Moose" by Ellen MILES (The Puppy Place series)
                                      Senior Fiction:
                                      • "To Kill a Queen" by Valerie WILDING (My Story series)
                                      • "Viking Blood" by Andrew Donkin (My Story series)
                                      Non-fiction: 
                                      • "The Scientists Behind Medical Advances" by Eve HARTMAN & Wendy MESHBESHER
                                      • "Spacecraft" by Tom JACKSON


                                      National Simultaneous Storytime 2019


                                      Monday, April 29, 2019

                                      On the New Books Display this Week




                                      Picture Book:
                                      • "Pete and the Warriors' Kosmic Kick" by James BROARDWITH (Year8 Kiangaroa School) ; illustrated by Paul CORNWELL
                                      • "Florence Frizzball" by Clare FREEDMAN; illustrated by Jane MASSEY
                                          Fiction Book: 
                                          • "D-Bot Squad - Mega Hatch" by Mac PARK (D-Bot Squad series)
                                          • "Smudge the Stolen Kitten" by Holly WEBB
                                          • "The World's Worst Children 3" by David WALLIAMS
                                          Senior Fiction:
                                          • "The Inventory : Iron Fist" by Andy BRIGGS (The Inventory series)
                                          Non-fiction: 
                                          • "From Moa to Dinosaurs : Explore and Discover Ancient New Zealand" by Gillian CANDLER; Illustrated by Ned BARRAUD
                                          • "Discover Wild Animals" by Nicholas HARRIS (Discover series)







                                          Wednesday, April 10, 2019

                                          On the New Books Display this Week



                                          Picture Book:
                                          • "The Wonderous Dinosaurium" by John CONDON; illustrated by Steve BROWN
                                          • "The Kuia and the Spider" by Patricia GRACE; illustrated by Robyn KAHUKIWA
                                              Fiction Book: 
                                              • "The Dragon Defenders : An Unfamiliar Place" by James RUSSELL (The Dragon Defenders series)
                                              • "Cementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster" by Jacqueline HARVEY (Cementine Rose series)
                                              • "The Ice Monster" by David WALLIAMS
                                              Senior Fiction:
                                              • "Where the World Ends" by Geraldine McCAUGHREAN
                                              Non-fiction: 
                                              • "Cycling" by Hazel MASKELL
                                              • "Dinosaurs : Everything you need to know about" by John WOODWARD

                                              Tuesday, April 2, 2019

                                              On the New Books Display this Week




                                              Picture Book:
                                              • "Whiffy Wilson : The Wolf Who Wouldn't Wash" by Carol HART; illustrated by Leonie LORD
                                              • "Sophie Johnson : Unicorn Expert" by Morag HOOD; illustrated by Ella OKSTAD
                                                  Fiction Book:
                                                  • "Kimono Code" by Susannah McFARLANE (EJ Girl Hero series)
                                                  • "Timmy Failure : The Cat Stole My Pants" by Stephan PASTIS (Timmy Failure series)
                                                  • "Lost in the Snow" by Holly WEBB
                                                  Senior Fiction:
                                                  • "1918 : Broken Poppies" by Des HUNT
                                                  Non-fiction: 
                                                  • "In the Bush : Explore and Discover New Zealand's Native Forests" by Gillian CANDLER; Illustrated by Ned BARRAUD
                                                  • "Under the Ocean : Explore and Discover New Zealand's Sea Life" by Gillian CANDLER; Illustrated by Ned BARRAUD



                                                  Thursday, March 28, 2019

                                                  Most Popular in 2018


                                                  The most popular books in St Brendan's School Library in 2018 were:

                                                  1st=      Trayaurus and the Enchanted 

                                                               Crystal by DanTDM 

                                                      and   The Worlds Worst Children

                                                               by David Walliams


                                                  2nd=       Elephant and Piggie series

                                                                by Mo Willems

                                                      and     Baby Sitters Club - Graphic 
                                                                novel series
                                                                by Ann M. Martin, 
                                                                illustrated by Raina Telegemeier

                                                  3rd=      Minecraft Handbook series by various 
                                                               authors
                                                      and   Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey
                                                               


                                                  4th=  Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce; Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney; Weir Do series by Ahn Do.  





                                                  5th=  Sisters by Raina Telegemeier; The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey; Phoebe and her Unicorn series by Dana Simpson; Do Not Lick this Book by Idan Ben-Barak.
                                                       
                                                  6th= Treehouse series by Andy Grifiths; Gangsta Granny by David Walliams; Ella Diaries series by Meredith Costain; Kingdom of Fantasy series by Geronimo Stilton; Guinness World Records 2016 - Gamers Edition; The Treasure of the Sea by Thea Stilton.


                                                  7th=  Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi; The Midnight Gang by David Walliams; Journey Through Time series by Geronimo Stilton; Astronaut Academy series by Dave Roman; The LEGO Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz; Bunny vs Monkey series by Jamie Smart, Lego Star Wars - DK Readers series by Emma Grange or Elizabeth Dowsett.

                                                  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 or series on our Most Popular list for 2018? 

                                                  Tuesday, March 26, 2019

                                                  On the New Books Display this Week


                                                  Picture Book:
                                                  • "The Gruffalo" by Julia DONALDSON; illustrated by Axel SCHEFFLER
                                                  • "The Eggcellent Adventure" by Tiaki McARDLE; illustrated by Paul CORNWELL
                                                      Fiction Book:
                                                      • "The Explorer" by Katherine RUNDELL
                                                      • "The Puffin Book of Ghosts and Ghouls" edited by Gene KEMP
                                                      • "Animal Stories for 7 Year olds" chosen by Helen PAIBA
                                                      Senior Fiction:
                                                      • "The List" by Patricia FORDE
                                                      Non-fiction: 
                                                      • "Kuaka Visits Tonga" by Vanessa PETERSON (Kuaka Visits ... series)
                                                      • "Kuaka Visits Niue" by Vanessa PETERSON (Kuaka Visits ... series)


                                                      Tuesday, March 19, 2019

                                                      On the New Books Display this Week





                                                      Picture Book:
                                                      • "Mr Gumpy's Motor Car" by John BURNINGHAM
                                                      • "Don't Worry Hugless Douglas" by David MELLING
                                                          Fiction Book:
                                                          • "Pixelmon Gone!" by Zack ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                                                          • "Friday Night Frights" by Zack ZOMBIE (Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series)
                                                          • "A Handful of Horrid Henry" by Francesca SIMON (Horrid Henry series)
                                                          • "Max Einstein : The Genius Experiment" by James PATTERSON & Chris GRABENSTEIN  (Max Einstein series)
                                                          Senior Fiction:
                                                          • "Above" by Roland SMITH (Beneath series)
                                                          Non-fiction: 
                                                          • "Illustrated Maori Myths and Legends" by Queenie Rikihana HYLAND; illustrated by Patrick PURU
                                                          • "Sewing" by Rita STOREY (I Love Craft series)



                                                          Wednesday, March 13, 2019

                                                          On the New Books Display this Week




                                                          Picture Book:
                                                          • "Maddies's First Day" by Penny MATTHEWS; illustrated by Liz ANELLI
                                                          • "Gilbert the Great" by Jane CLARKE; illustrated by Charles FUGE
                                                              Fiction Book:
                                                              • "Big Nate Goes for Broke" by Lincoln PEIRCE (Big Nate series)
                                                              • "Ella and Olivia : Netball" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN (Ella and Olivia series)
                                                              • "The Dragon Defenders : The Pitbull Returns" by James RUSSELL (The Dragon Defenders series)
                                                              Senior Fiction:
                                                              • "The Fever Code" by James DASHNER (The Maze Runner series)
                                                              • "The Kill Order" by James DASHNER (The Maze Runner series)
                                                              Non-fiction: 
                                                              • "Kuaka Visits Fiji" by Vanessa PETERSON (Kuaka Visits ... series)
                                                              • "Kuaka Visits Samoa" by Vanessa PETERSON (Kuaka Visits ... series)

                                                              Monday, March 4, 2019

                                                              On the New Books Display this Week





                                                              Picture Book:
                                                              • "Imagine" by John LENNON; illustrated by Jean JULIEN
                                                              • "A Mighty Bitey Creature" by Ronda ARMITAGE; illustrated by Nikki DYSON
                                                                  Fiction Book:
                                                                  • "Derek Danger Dale #3 : The Case of the Really Really Magnetic Magnet" by Michael Gerard BAUER (Derek Danger Dale series)
                                                                  • "The Guardian of the Realm" by Geronimo STILTON (Kingdom of Fantasy series)
                                                                  • "D-Bot Squad : Dino Hunter" by Mac PARK (D-Bot Squad series)
                                                                  Senior Fiction:
                                                                  • "Suffragette" by Carol DRINKWATER (My Story UK series)
                                                                  • "Blitz" by Vince CROSS (My Story UK series)
                                                                  Non-fiction: 
                                                                  • "Your Bones" by Sally HEWITT (Science in Action : The Human Body series)
                                                                  • "New Zealand's Backyard" by Ned BARRAUD




                                                                  Monday, February 25, 2019

                                                                  On the New Books Display this Week




                                                                  Picture Book:
                                                                  • "The Penguins are Coming!" by Meg McKINLAY; illustrated by Mark JACKSON
                                                                  • "Cinderfella" by Malachy DOYLE; illustrated by Matt HUNT
                                                                      Fiction Book:
                                                                      • "Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Meltdown" by Jeff KINNEY (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)
                                                                      • "A Giant Slice of Horrid Henry" by Francesca SIMON (Horrid Henry series)
                                                                      • "The Dragon Defenders" by James RUSSELL (The Dragon Defenders series)
                                                                      Senior Fiction:
                                                                      • "Loot" by Jude WATSON
                                                                      Non-fiction: 
                                                                      • "Your Digestive System" by Sally HEWITT (Science in Action : The Human Body series)
                                                                      • "Discover Stars & Planets" by Nicholas HARRIS (Discover series)

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