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!