Monday, 25 November 2013

Hello Little Bookworms!

It is a bit sad this week, as there is no more issuing of books in the library for the rest of the year.  We need to get all the books back so that we can do what we call a stocktake of the library.  That means we have to scan every book in the library to make sure that none are missing, and so that we know exactly what books we have.

So, what are you going to read then, if you can't come to our school library?  This is no excuse to stop reading!  Remember what Dr Seuss said -

There is reading all around us - on the cereal box, on signs in town, in newspapers, magazines, even online. Read anything and everything you can!

There are lots of websites to keep you up to date with your favourite books too.  Have a look at these...

Zac Power

 Naughtiest Girl/Secret Seven/Famous Five

Tom Gates     

Elephant and Piggie

Roald Dahl

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

If your favourite book, or series, or character is not here, have a look to see if there is a website you can look at.  Often there are fun games and quizzes, and even videos to watch.

Have fun!  And, most of all, KEEP READING!!!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Hello my lovely bookworms!

Something terrible has happened - I can't find a book that I want to read!  What?!  Mrs O'Leary without a book?  That's crazy!  Yes, I am having a little bit of trouble at the moment finding a book that really appeals right now.  I've started a few, and got a few pages in, only to give up.  This is not like me at all.  I ALWAYS have a book, and another little pile of books by my bed (actually it's a huge pile) waiting in line for my attention!  

There are lots of ways to find a good book.  There are websites designed to help you choose a book, and even books that do the same.  However, I find the BEST way to find a book to read is to ask someone else what they have read and really enjoyed.  I often ask my friends (especially my book club friends) or the people in the bookshop or the library.  You might want to ask your best friend what their favourite book is. You might just love it too...

I've got lots of favourite kids' books.  Its too hard to choose one or two, so I'll tell you a few...  
Some of the BEST picture books are the ones that make you laugh.  I especially love BaaBaa Smart Sheep and I Love Lemonade because, no matter how many times I read them, they make me laugh out loud! 

I also love anything by Mo Willems.  He's soooooooo clever! He has written the Elephant and Piggie books, and the Pigeon and Knufflebunny books, as well as the gorgeous Leonardo the Terrible Monster.  Check out his website for lots of fun and games.  You can even make Elephant and Piggie dance!

And I really love a gorgeous wee book called Peanut.  Its about an old lady who finds a puppy and takes him home because she is lonely.  The funny thing is that she doesn't realise that Peanut the puppy is actually an elephant!  This is Miss James' favourite book too!

My absolute favourite chapter books are Because of Winn Dixie (a wonderful story about a girl and her dog), The Silver Sword (an edge-of-your-seat war story) and Wonder (an amazing book about a boy with a disfigured face, and his quest to go to school, like a 'normal' kid).

So, I've been asking a few people what their favourite books are and Mr Macmillan really enjoyed Harry the Dirty Dog, and Madeline when he was a kid.  Now though he loves our new book The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers. (All of Mr Jeffers' books are FANTASTIC!)  If you haven't seen this book, demand (very politely of course!) that your teacher read it to the class.  It's great.

Mrs Todd says that her favourite book is the last one that she read! Mr Volschenk loves a book called Sometimes Love is Under Your Foot by Colin Thompson.  Ms Nelson loves The Paperbag Princess and Because of Winn Dixie (told you it was good - just ask Saskia - she's just finished it...) and Mrs Kemp loves No Matter What, a delightful story about being loved... no matter what.

So, there are lots of ways to figure out what might be a great book, but one of the best ways is to ask a buddy... or you can come and ask me, anytime!  One of my favourite parts of being a librarian is matching bookworms with books!

Now, I'd better go - I've got to catch up with a friend and find out what she's been reading!

Happy reading Bookworms!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Hello again Bookworms!

Well, I have exciting news today!  Next week, we will be having a very special visitor to our school.  Her name is Terri Rose Baynton, and she is the author and illustrator of a lovely book called "Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum", which is a finalist in the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.

This is a delightful story of two loveable characters, Mr Bear Branches and Lintfrey Longfellow, who are the very best of friends.  I am going to read it to every class in the school this week, to make sure that everyone gets to see it.

So, next Thursday, Terri will be visiting our school, and will be telling us all about how she wrote the story and how she does her gorgeous illustrations.  She will also be giving a workshop to a small but lucky group of children.  And you could be part of that workshop!

  Have a look at this awesome video that Terri made       with a friend one weekend.  You might get to know her         a little bit, before you've even met her!

Yes, it's competition time again!  Simply write and illustrate a story about Bear Branches and Lintfrey, the two friends from "Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum".  Send them on an adventure and tell us all about it - maybe they will go to the zoo, or out for ice cream.  You decide!  Entries need to be with me, Mrs O'Leary, in the library by Tuesday 18th June, and each entry must have:
  • a title
  • at least one illustration
  • your name
  • your room number

There are some great prizes to be won, including meeting and working with Terri Rose Baynton herself!  Super coooool!  I can't wait to see your entries!

Happy reading (and drawing and writing), everyone!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Hi there Bookworms!

Every year a lovely bunch of children's books by New Zealand authors are nominated for the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.  We all get to vote for the one we think is THE BEST and once the votes are counted, the winners are announced.

Well, last week, the Award Finalists were announced, and now you  get the chance to vote for your  favourite (and win prizes yourself - read further).  Here are the finalists... (drum roll, please!)

Now, if you would like to vote on your favourite NZ children's book, you can do so HERE.  By voting online you could win $1000 worth of book tokens!  Imagine that!  You could buy all of your favourite books and more!

And next term we will be having one of the authors visiting our school.  You will all get the chance to meet Terri Rose Baynton who wrote and illustrated a picture book called Mr Bear Branches and the Cloud Conundrum. It's really delightful!   More on that next term...

Enjoy your holidays, bookworms.  Keep reading, and don't forget to fill out your reading diaries and bring them back next term (more prizes!).

Happy reading! :-)

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Hi Bookworms!

A couple of nights ago I was lucky enough to go to Paperplus after it had shut up shop for the night.  It was sooooooo exciting to be locked in a bookshop, with the freedom to look at anything with nobody else around - fun, fun, fun! (A bit of a dream come true!)  A lady from a publishing company (Random House) came to talk to me and another librarian about all the cool books that are coming out, and she even gave our school some of them.  Lucky!

Here are some of the new books from Paperplus - they will be coming next term... (I hope you like a good series, because that's what we've got!)

A new series coming is called Dinosaur Hunter.  These books are written by dinosaur-obsessed Robert Irwin, the son of The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin from the Australia Zoo.  In the books, Robert finds himself travelling millions of years back in time, to the time of the dinosaurs... Scary stuff!

And another series that might appeal to slightly older children is Survival Squad.  These will appeal to anyone who enjoys Bear Grylls books and other stories about adventurous people.

I have another two books coming in the Nanny Piggins series.  These are gorgeous stories about a nanny, who happens to be a chocolate loving pig!  She's quite naughty - deliciously funny!

Also have a look at this week's new books - I think the most popular book on the 'New Books' shelf will be a new one in the Tom Gates series.  They're great - especially if you are a fan of the Wimpy Kid series.  There are two more Tom Gates books coming too.

Also on the New Books shelf this week is a Spiderman book, a Star Wars Jedi book and a gorgeous story about Shackleton Bear who travels to Antarctica.  He has become a bit of a celebrity so you can find him on Youtube and also on Facebook.

So, lots of adventurous characters in the library this week! 

Take care and enjoy your reading, Bookworms! :-)

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Howdy Bookworms!

It's raining!  How fabulous!  You know what that means, don't you?  It means we can curl up with a good book, and not feel bad that we're not out there riding bikes, swimming, or walking in the sunshine!  Yay!

So, what are you reading at the moment?  I love to hear all about your favourite books so don't forget to let me know.  Better yet, you could write a book review for me which I can put up on my blog for all the children to  see. Go on - just do it!  I know you want to!

Don't forget it's New Zealand Book Month, and that means that you can go to a bookshop (or even the Warehouse) and buy a book for your own bookshelf, and you get $5 off! You would have received a voucher from your teacher a couple of weeks ago, but if you've used it (or lost it) you can click here for another one. I hope you have all been able to go and get yourself a new book.  And if you haven't, don't worry because I have got lots and lots of new books coming, and I used the vouchers to get them!  I managed to find some new Spiderman books, some super-cool chapter books and even a new Lego Ninjago book for the Reference section.  Watch out for them soon!

In the meantime, here's a little competition for you... the first five children to come and give me an answer to the following will win a prize:
For Seniors - Please name three NZ authors.
For Middles - Please name two NZ authors.
For Juniors - Please name one NZ author.

Happy reading everyone!

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Hello there bookworms!

I hope you are all chilling out with some cool reads on these hot summer nights!  I certainly am. Come and check out what's in the fridge this week...

A new competition is opening this week  for all school children in New Zealand.  It asks you all the question "Who is Your Reading Superhero?"

This competition gives you the chance to tell the world all about a person who has inspired you to become a reader, and to love reading!  It may be your mum or dad, your teacher, grandma, or maybe even a librarian somewhere! ;-)

Get as creative as you can!  Make a video, write a poem, a story or a song, do some animation, draw a picture...

Click here for the entry form.  Entries close on April 5th 2013.  Have a look at some of the fabulous entries from last year's competition.

Now have a look at some other videos produced by TVNZ7 - they're really great!

Wow!  What a Grandpa!

Is your teacher your reading superhero?

Eban's mum sounds wonderful!

I can't wait to see what you come up with in your entries!


Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Hi Bookworms!

Check out the new pages on our library blog.  At the top of the blog there are now tabs which will take you to the new pages.

The first page is called  "What Shall I Read Now?" where you will find advice on how to choose your next book - there are suggestions and links to websites that might help you to find something awesome to read.

The next new page is called "Competitions" and that is where you will find any new competitions to enter and even win cool prizes.  We will have a new competition later in the term.

The third new page is all about "Research" and gives you loads of ideas about how to find out about a subject, along with cool kid-friendly search engines to make your research easier.

I bet the last new page is the one you will love the most!  It is called "Book Fun" and on that page there are loads of links to awesome websites about your favourite authors, books, series and characters.  This is where you will find all the fun and games.  Check it out!

These pages will be updated regularly, so keep checking.  I know there is something there for absolutely everybody!

Enjoy the new pages and happy reading, everyone!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Hello Bookworms!

Well, I hope you are all happy to be back at school and enjoying getting back into your learning.  I sure am happy to be back - I missed our lovely library, and seeing all your smiling faces every day!

Did you read, read, read over the holidays?  There's nothing better than finding a great spot in the shade, and lying on the grass with a really interesting book!

Yesterday I asked all of the Year 6 students who want to be student librarians to come and see me - well, 51 children turned up!  It is so great to know that so many of you love your library and want to be a part of it.  Well done, Year 6 children!

Have a look at this video showing author Oliver Jeffers - it's called "How I make picture books".  He has written and illustrated many books that are favourites in our library including:

  • Lost and Found
  • The Hueys
  • The Great Paper Caper
  • Up and Down
  • Stuck
  • Heart and the Bottle
  • How to Catch a Star
  • The Incredible Book Eating Boy

What a talented chap!

Oliver Jeffers Author Film 2013 from Oliver Jeffers on Vimeo.

Happy reading Bookworms!