Monday, 9 November 2015

Hi de Hi my little Bookworms!

What a beautiful week we've had - it feels like summer already!  I cannot wait until the summer holidays when I can go to the beach... swim... hang out with my kids... have a picnic lunch and read a good book.  Aaaaahhhh, the perfect day!

Anyway, before all of that - EXCITING NEWS!!!  
There is a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!  Yippeeeee!  

Since my library purse is empty right now, we will have it in the library next year.  I'll be sure to get a couple of copies at least, to meet demand.  If you are desperate to read it before then, you could always put it on your Christmas Wish List, or go to the public library.
Check out the book trailer to find out more about it...

There are lots more Wimpy Kid vids on Youtube, including some where Jeff Kinney teaches you how to draw Greg and his mates.  Have a look...

Ciao for now, Bookies!  Happy reading!

Monday, 26 October 2015

Hello Hello Hello, my little Bookworms!

How was your long weekend?  Some gorgeous sunshine about!  Love it!

Firstly, HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Ann Maria Jelish  from Room 15, for winning the Chromebook at Friday's assembly. I know that you will get so much enjoyment from your new Chromebook, and it will be so good for your learning too, Ann Maria!  I am so proud of all of you who handed in Reading Logs - 84% of our children - there must have been a lot of reading going on in our community over the holidays!   Well done! 

Check out the new books in the library this week...  

There are some great characters, like Fancy Nancy and Dirty Bertie, books about space, and ponies, trucks and plants and creatures in the garden.   I think my favourite has to be the Super Shark book.  It is ENORMOUS and full of facts and gorgeous pictures about these beautiful and scary creatures.  Lots of you will be excited to see the 100 Most Destructive Natural Disasters - another book in the very popular series...

Image result for dk super shark  

Happy reading, my friends!

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Hi de hi Bookies!

Great to see so many suggestions coming in for names for our lovely lion.  Keep them coming!  Our lion needs a name by Friday.  We've had some great ideas, thanks kids!

What an exciting week this is going to be... We are so lucky to have a famous author and illustrator coming to our school.  And we are especially lucky that he is going to hang out with us for more than a whole day!  I'm sure you will love spending time with Donovan Bixley, who is famous for Monkey Boy, his Dinosaur Rescue series and his new series Dragon Boy.  He's also illustrated tons of picture books, and I know you'll agree that his illustrations are AMAZING!!!


Enjoy!  And happy reading, everyone!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Hellooooo my little Bookworms!

Welcome back to school for Week 2.  I hope you all had a great holiday, full of fun and games with a bit of reading thrown in there  too.

THANK  YOU to all of the children who have returned their reading logs,  You are in for some great prizes!  You can check out the prizes in the display cabinet in the hall foyer.

Have a look at the new books on our new book shelf.  We have some crackers there this week.  I know everyone will be keen to see the latest Guinness Book of Records, which is always in the library because it will be kept in the Reference section.
There are new books from some of our favourite authors - Michael Morpurgo, James Patterson, Jaqueline Wilson and Jake Maddox.  There are also two Minions books which might just tickle your fancy, especially if you caught the Minions movie in the holidays.  And if you feel like learning to knit yourself something to keep warm over this cold winter, there is a gorgeous knitting book called Knitting Smitten.


Have you all met our gorgeous new library visitor?  He's hairy and scary but terribly gentle.  He loves nothing more than to have children sitting with him, even using him as a pillow while they read a good book.  He loves to read and will read anything and everything, but his favourite book at the moment is The Library Lion (he thinks it's about himself!). He also likes Lion Boy, Lion in the Meadow and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. He's a little shy, but very friendly once he gets to know you.  He only roars if he sees children misbehaving or if you stand on his tail!  He loves to eat mandarins, carrots, oranges  and chocolate, and his favourite bands are Atomic Kitten, the Pussy Cat Dolls and Def Leopard.  He is, of course, our new resident Library Lion. The problem is, our lovely lion doesn't have a name!

CAN  YOU HELP  FIND A NAME FOR OUR LION?  If you have a suggestion for a name for him, please put it in the comments at the end of this blog post. You might like to add why you have suggested that name too.   Make sure that you put your own name and class in your comment too.  Mr Macmillan and I, and my new helpers, Lyteah and Nicole will pick a winner.  All suggestions need to be in, as a blog comment, by next Friday 7th August. Entries will only be accepted from this blog.  I can't wait to see your suggestions! Happy days!

Happy reading, my little peeps!  Have a great week!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Hi there Bookies!

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeee!  It's the end of the term!  I can't wait to have two weeks off to be able to go on adventures and do lots of stuff with my family.  I'm also hoping to get plenty of time to read my book, or a magazine, or some quilt books!  Sounds heavenly!

Now, I want you all to do something for me these holidays.  It would mean a lot to me, and I'm sure you would enjoy it...  Could you all please do some reading - just 20 minutes a day, and I don't mind what you read - it could be a good book, magazines, a website, the cereal box, street signs, brochures of any adventures you might go on, a recipe book, craft books, junk mail, packets at the supermarket, rules of a board game... there is reading everywhere you go!

And don't forget to write down all of your reading on your reading diary - even if it is stuff that mum or dad has read to you.

Don't forget that there are some FANTASTIC websites out there that relate to BOOKS and AUTHORS.  Google your favourites and you might just be surprised at what you find.  They often have games and fun things to do on their websites too.  Have a look under the Book Fun tab on this blog for a few ideas.

In the meantime, check out this funny, funny, funny video of The Captain Underpants Song.  You'll be singing it with all your mates!  Hooray for Captain Underpants!

Well, peeps, I really hope you all have a wonderful holiday!  Have lots of fun, be kind to your family and read, read, read!

See you next term!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Games Games and More Games!

Hello Bookies!

Have you heard what has been happening in the library on a Tuesday and Thursday at lunchtime?  We've been having so much fun playing MEGA games, and doing lots of crafty activities, as well as cosying up in the warm reading a good book.

Mrs Kemp and I have decided to bring out the games at lunchtime, and there is a bit of a craze for Mancala happening!  Come along and learn how to play, or challenge another person to play.  So much fun!

You could also learn how to make a pom-pom book mark - we have plenty of wool, and all you need are wool, scissors and fingers.  I'll supply the wool and scissors but you'll have to supply the fingers!

Or you could come and check out the books on the New Books shelf.  There are some crackers there this week...  Whoops! You'll need to lie on your side to have a look at this photo :-)  No chance of falling asleep though as the new books are way too exciting for that!

One of my favourites is Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill which tells the story of a little penguin who was caught in oil when the container ship Rena sank off the coast near Tauranga.  It is a really cool book because it gives facts about the penguins and other wildlife that were affected by the oil slick, and how they were cleaned up, shows fabulous photos, and some sections are in Te Reo.

I also like the look of Julius Zebra - this book looks really funny - the publisher says...

From a smelly watering hole deep in the heart of the Serengeti to the ferocious clamour of the Colosseum, join Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends as they gear up to be ... gladiators! Only if they win the love of the Roman crowds will they win back their freedom. But do Julius and his pals have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive? Madagascar meets Gladiator in this exciting, action-packed and hysterically funny story brimming with entertaining Roman facts.

Sounds great, doesn't it?!  There are lots of other new books too - Billie B Brown and Barbie, poetry, Ninjago, facts about Meercats, being green, and having a holiday in Paris.

Also have a look at Big Game which will probably appeal mostly to senior boys - it looks awesome, and there is a movie coming out soon, based on the book.  Read an extract from the book right here, or check out the movie trailer below...

Well that's it from me, my little bookworms!  Happy reading!

Psssst... we have some exciting peeps coming to visit our school in the near future.  More news on that another day....


Monday, 1 June 2015

Hello Bookies!

How was your long weekend?  Great to have an extra day to play and read, wasn't it?!

Did you know that READING GIVES YOU SUPER-POWERS?!!!  Check out this video from the wonderful Dav Pilkey, creator of Captain Underpants, and long-time supporter of jokes about bottoms and stink-bombs!  See what Dav Pilkey says about how YOU can have super-powers!

Have a look at the delights on the new books shelf this week. I particularly love the book of fairy tales as all of the illustrations are made out of paper from books - they are stunningly beautiful!  What do you think? Gorgeous, huh?

And below is a picture of the new books shelf with all the lovely new books!  Check out the new Billy B Brown picture book, which I know will be very popular.  And there is a little book by  Andy Griffith and Terry Denton called Barky the Barking Dog, which is very funny. If you're interested in planes there is a cool book just for you - Super Planes.  Have a look and reserve one this week...

Happy reading, my little friends!  Try to stay dry!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Hey Bookworms!

Wasn't it chilly and wet over the weekend? Perfect, perfect, perfect weather for snuggling under a blanket with a good book!

Anyway, have a look at these new books, Peeps!  Some absolutely AMAZING books this week, which I know will be super popular...  (you'll just have to lie on your side, upside down to look at this photo!!!  This week's yoga position!)

Aaron Cruden's new book "The Beginners' Guide to Rugby" is AWESOME!!! Just ask Brooke Mitchell - he's had a look, and since then has been cleaning cars and doing other jobs to earn enough money to buy his own copy - well done Brooke!  Did anyone see him at the Chiefs game on Friday?  He sat right by my family, and posed for a photo with my girls - here he is with Kate.

There is also a new Minecraft book, and a scary looking book from Top Gear's Richard Hammond about weird and scary creatures from the sea.

Have a look at the true story of  Malala:  the Girl who Stood up for Education and Changed the World.  At the age of 17, Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for education for girls in Pakistan - she nearly lost her life for it!

And then there is one of my favourite books from when I was a child - Little House on the Prairie - the story of Laura Ingalls and her family living in 19th century America.  It was also a TV programme that I'm sure your teacher will remember!

Come and have a look and reserve a book that tickles your fancy!

Happy reading my little bookworms!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Hello my little bookworms!

Have a look at this. Gargi in Room 14 has written a book review about The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett. What a great, well thought out book review, Gargi!  Excellent work! I'm sure it will help other children decide if they would like to read this book. 

Gargi's Book Review

What I like about the story?

I like that Mary discovered fresh air in Misselthwaite and discovered a secret garden that taught her the secret about the life.

I like that she met Dickon and he helped her plant roses, herbs, shrubs and make it into a live, beautiful garden.

I also like that Mary calmed Colin down when he had an angry temper about dyeing.

I loved that she told Colin so much stuff about India and about Dickon.

I also love that Mary is not a contrary child any more.

I am happy because Mary changed her behaviour from being such a wicked girl into a loving and caring child.

I also love that the robin showed her the way to the secret garden.

What I learned from the story?

I learned that being such a nice and kind kid can change someone's life. If you want to make someone happy first you have to be happy in your life. I also learned that from an animal's trust, you can trust other people.  I liked that Mary was positive in her life and that changes Colin's life so much. At the end I like that everyone in the book is happy. The happy ending.

What I don't like about the story?

  • I don't like that Colin was losing his temper too badly and waking everyone up, Mary was such an disagreeing, contrary child, when Colin's mother died, Colin's father is too sad when his mother passed away, when the garden was looking dull initially, when Ben walked away from Mary when she wanted to tell him something, and when Colin was saying that I am going to die.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Hello my little bookworms!

Have a look at our new books this week.

My favourite is a picture book called I Really Want to Eat a Child.  It's about a little crocodile called Achilles who is growing big and strong from eating bananas. He's awfully proud of his beautiful teeth. There's just one little problem: Achilles really wants to eat a child.  I really love this book - it's just a wee bit naughty, and Achilles is a terrible sulk, but you just love him anyway!

If you like non-fiction there are some great books about going into space, dinosaurs, New Zealand birds, and the human ear, and how it works, and a special book in which kids who live on the streets, all around the world, tell stories about what their lives are like.  It really does show us just how lucky we are to live where we do.  

When I was a child, one of my favourite series of books was the Magic Faraway series by Enid Blyton.  Check out the BIG book of the whole series.  Fantastic!  Read all about four children who discover the Magic Faraway Tree, which takes them to meet new friends like Moonface and Silkie the fairy, and discover new lands, like The Land of Treats, and the Land of Opposites, and The Land of Do-As-You-Please!

The one I really want to read though, is called Imaginary and it is the story of Rudger, Amanda Shuffleup's imaginary friend.  Sounds enchanting!

Don't forget my little competition from last week.  Scroll down and have a look.  You could win a prize!

Happy reading, my friends!

Ciao for now!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Hi,  Howdy,   Kia ora,   Talofa,  Ciao,  Guten tag,  Bonjour  and Gidday my lovely Bookworms!

Thank you to all of those children who handed in their holiday reading logs last week!  What an amazing number of reading logs we got back - 302!!!  I'm so proud of you all for your fabulous reading over the school holidays.  Well done!
It was pretty exciting giving out the prizes on Friday.  Huge congratulations to Zoie Bacal from Room 15 who won the major prize.  She gets to choose between a Chromebook or an iPod as her prize.  She tells me that she already has a Chromebook, so I suspect she will be getting herself a brand new iPod Touch. Awesome, Zoie!
Congratulations also goes to the three classes that all got 100% of their reading logs back - that means that every single child in those classes, did some reading over the holidays, and then remembered to hand in their completed logs.  Terrific!  Well done to Rooms 1, 4 and 14!  Great effort!
Also a fabulous effort from our teachers who encourage you all, every day, to keep reading!

Have a look at the new books out today...  something for everyone!

Take care, kiddliwinks.  Keep reading!

PS  The first ten children to come and tell me their favourite author (or book, or series of books) will win a prize, as long as they mention that they read my blog...  Spot ya soon!

Monday, 27 April 2015

Hello Hello Bookworms!

It's a very exciting week this week, as....



Remember, to win, you need to have completed and handed in your reading log for the last school holidays.  The draw will take place this Friday at assembly.  Good luck everyone!

Take a look at the books on our new books shelf.  There is something for everyone - TMNT, Barbie, War, Space, Cars, Michael Morpurgo, and Ella and Olivia.  Oh, and the latest Spirit Animals book.

Super-awesome-cool bananas!

Bye for now Bookworms!

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Hi there Bookworms!

Check out what I bought yesterday...  some super cool magazines!

With Crankworx giving us some wonderful experiences of all things BIKES over the weekend, I thought it would be timely to get a new mountain biking magazine.  It is full of information about bikes and their accessories, profiles of the best riders, and information about really great riding tracks.  The thing I like most about this magazine is the photography - there are some absolutely fantastic photos in here, that will make you want to get out there and ride!  Lucky we live in Rotorua with some of the best MTB tracks in the world!

I know that there are LOTS of kids, especially girls, who love, love, love horses and ponies, so I'm sure they will love having a look at our NZ Horse and Pony magazine all about PONIES.  Read about all sorts of horsey stuff, including quizzes and competitions, and lots of photos of beautiful horses and ponies. Gorgeous!

Of course it is the beginning of the rugby season, and the Super 15 tournament is well underway.  Check out RUGBY World with our very own Chiefs on the cover.  Even though we have just finished the Cricket World Cup (didn't our Black Caps make us so proud?!), don't forget that we have another World Cup coming up later this year - yes the Rugby World Cup is coming in September of this year.  I can't wait!!!  So have a read in the new rugby mag about which players are predicted to shine at the World Cup.

We never seem to be able to satisfy the demand amongst the boys for HUNTING books, but they are very hard to buy, so hopefully the magazine NZ Hunter will keep you happy for now!  I don't know much about hunting myself, but there seems to be lots in the magazine about dogs, deer, pigs and rifles.  And there are some pretty interesting pictures of dead animals! 

Come and have a look!  Remember though that magazines cannot be taken home, but you can read them every time you come to the library.

Happy reading Bookworms!