This term we have been buying lots of new books to represent everyone in the St Albans School whānau.
We have some wonderful picture books for juniors and seniors, and non-fiction, and we are slowly building our bi-lingual book collection.
Any suggestions are welcome as we continue to bring the diversity of the world into our school library. Come and check out the new titles on display this week.
Author Belinda O'Keefe came to visit us this week, bringing with her a table full of vegetables, some fantastic green slime and wonderful readings for the whole school from her books.
Belinda is the author of The Day the Plants Fought Back, finalist for the Best First Book Award at the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, and the newly released chapter book, Partners in Slime, which won the 2020 Tom Fitzgibbon Award.
Belinda lives in Ōtautahi with her husband, two sons, two cats and four chickens, taking inspiration for her writing from her family's adventures.
Ngā mihi nui Belinda for sharing your love of storytelling with us.
Lunch time in the library is a time to issue and return books, to find a quiet spot to read, to draw and colour in, or to play board games or Lego with your friends.
The library is open at lunch time on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with our wonderful student librarians there to help anyone out - they even read books to our younger students. Ngā mihi to Ella for hosting a great reading session last week.
Last week we took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, joining schools around the world to hear NASA astronaut Dr Shannon Walker read Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting, live from the International Space Station.
And we celebrated all things space, stories set in space and facts about our universe, in the library.
Baby-Sitters Little Sister. Karen’s Worst Day by Ann M. Martin
One day Karen was having a bad day so she decided to cut her brother’s hair. Dad got very grumpy at Karen. Yesterday Karen was taking her lunch tray to sit and Karen’s friends laughed at her, then Karen got very mad.
Karen has two families: Karen’s Mum’s side and her Dad’s side. Andrew is her little brother and the people on Karen’s Mum’s side are her Mum, Karen’s step-dad, a dog called Rocky and a cat Midgie. On Karen’s Dad’s side are her Dad, three step-brothers, one step-sister, step-mom and a dog called Shannon and a cat called Boo-Boo.
Since Karen has two houses she has two of everything and this week when Karen was at her Mum’s house one of her teddy’s called Goosie was lost for two whole days. That night Karen was rustling and tossing and turning to get to sleep but Karen couldn’t get to sleep so she called out ‘Daddy! Daddy!’ Then Karen’s Dad came in and asked Karen what was wrong. Karen said, “I can’t go to sleep and I have been lying here for hours and hours.” Dad said, “Kristy just put you to bed twenty minutes ago.” Karen said, Really! It seems like hours!
I liked this book because it had lots of great illustrations and Karen is an interesting character.
By Ella Aldridge
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is a good book series for children around the age of 8-10 years.
It has a lot of mixed feelings of sad, happy and nervous.
While being enjoyable reads, I wouldn't recommend it
for children under 7 years old.
It will make you feel like you're running from Count Olaf
with the Baudelaire children because of its a
amazing descriptive writing.
I would give it a 4.5 star rating.
Reviewed by Audrey
This week in the library check out the student librarian's favourite books. They are a bunch of diverse readers with everything from picture books and novels to graphic novels (the favs of the entire school at the moment are the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey and the Sisters series by Raina Telgemeier).
All of these books are ready to be issued and taken home to read.
Keep reading this summer with the CCC Summertime Reading Club!
Events include story times at Riverside Market and CCC swimming pools as well as the Summertime Reading Challenge. For kids and Teens - ages 0 to 18 - tell CCC libraries about your summer reads in three words and be in to win! Summertime Reading Challenge is on from Tuesday 1 December 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021.
More details including online forms here
The wonderful WORD Christchurch festival is back! Running from 28 October - 1 November, this year WORD celebrates the diverse and talented writers of Aotearoa. Best of all there are many many free events!
Children, Youth and Whanau events will be held at Tūranga held on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.
Check out the programme here