Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Sapling - New NZ Website about Children's Books

The Sapling is a brand-new New Zealand website created to talk about children's literature.

“The Sapling is a website all about children’s books, because books grow humans. We take kids’ lit seriously, and we show it by commissioning essays, interviews, reviews and even crafts from some amazing kiwi writers and illustrators. You can find us at, and follow us on Facebook @thesaplingnz and Twitter@TheSaplingNZ. Join our conversation!”

If you want to know a little more there an interview in The Pantograph Punch.

Monday, March 20, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "I Am Invited to a Party" by Mo WILLEMS
Fiction Book:
  • "Ella Diaries : Ballet Backflip" by Meredith COSTAIN (Ella Diaries series)
  • "Kate The Royal Wedding Fairy" by Daisy MEADOWS (Rainbow Fairy - Early Reader series
  • "Dog Man" by Dav PILKEY (Dog Man series)
  • "Timmy Failure : The Book You're Not Supposed to Have" by Stephan PASTIS (Timmy Failure series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Enemy Camp" by David HILL

Non- Fiction:
  • "The Genius of Bugs" by Simon POLLARD
  • "100 Events that Made History: Memorable Moments that Shaped the Modern World" by Clare HIBBERT; Andrea MILLS and others.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

New Alex Rider Novel

Alex Rider is back in action this year with a new novel by Anthony Horowitz titled Never Say Die due for release in June 2017.

Monday, March 13, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Marmaduke Duck and the Christmas Calamity" by Juliette MacIVER; illustrated by Sarah DAVIS
  • "The Boy and the Lemon - A Story About Luck" by James HURMAN; illustrated by Juliet BURTON
Fiction Book:
  • "Friday Barnes : No Rules" by R.A. SPRATT (Friday Barnes series)
  • "Friday Barnes : The Plot Thickens" by R.A. SPRATT (Friday Barnes series)
  • "Explorer - The Mystery Boxes" edited by Kazu KABUISHI (Explorer series)
  • "Middle School : Save Rafe!" by James PATTERSON & Charlie TEBBETTS (Middle School series
Senior Fiction:
  • "Being Magdalene" by Fleur BEALE

Non- Fiction:
  • "All About Your Brain" by Robert WINSTON
  • "50 Things You Should Know About Inventions" by Chris WOODFORD, Clive GIFFORD and others.

Monday, March 6, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Speed King : Burt Munro, The Worlds Fastest Indian" by David HILL; illustrated by Phoebe MORRIS
Fiction Book:
  • "Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal" by Dan MIDDLETON (Trayaurus series)
  • "Alice Jones : The Impossible Clue" by Sarah RUBIN (Alice JONES series)
  • "Extreme Machine Challenge" by George IVANOFF (You Choose ...  series)
  • "Ella Diaries : Dreams Come True" by Meredith COSTAIN (Ella Diaries series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Trials of Apollo : The Hidden Oracle" by Rick RIORDAN (Trials of Apollo series)

      Non- Fiction:
      • "Pushes and Pulls" by Anna CLAYBOURNE (Science in Action series)
      • "Electricity" by Anna CLAYBOURNE (Science in Action series)
      Non- Fiction:
      • "J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World : Movie Magic : Vol 1 - Extraordinary People and Fascinating Places" by Jody REVENSON (J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World series)

      Wednesday, March 1, 2017

      Skulduggery Pleasant : Resurrection

      Last October I posted that Derek Landy wasn't finished with Skulduggery Pleasant after all!

      That he was writing a new series, one that didn't yet have a name!
      Now the new series (or is it the first book in the new series?) has a name, Skulduggery Pleasant : Resurrection, and an approximate publication date of June 2017.

      Image from HERE

      Monday, February 27, 2017

      On the New Books Display this Week

      Picture Book:
      • "Pig The Elf" by Aaron BLABEY
      Fiction Book:
      • "Freak Street : Meet the Humansons" by Knife & PACKER (Freak Street series)
      • "Freak Street : Meet the Aliensons" by Knife & PACKER (Freak Street series)
      • "Alexandra the Royal Baby Fairy" by Daisy MEADOWS (Rainbow Magic Early Reader series)
      • "Dirty Bertie : Jackpot!" by Alan MACDONALD; illustrated by David ROBERTS (Dirty Bertie series)
      • "Magic Molly : The Invisible Bunny & The Secret Pony" by Holly WEBB (Magic Molly series)
      Senior Fiction:
      • "Maus I : A Survivors Tale" by Art SPIEGELMAN (Maus series)

          Non- Fiction:
          • "Microsoft - The Story Behind the Iconic Business" by Cath SENKER (Big Business series)
          • "It Can't Be True! 2" by Fleur STAR - Senior Editor)

          Wednesday, February 22, 2017

          The Very Hungry Caterpillar in LEGO

          LEGO artist Bruce Lowell re-created the cover of  the classic childrens picture book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle using LEGO.

          Image from HERE

          Monday, February 20, 2017

          On the New Books Display this Week

          Picture Book:
          • "There's a Snake in my School" by David WALLIAMS;  illustrated by Tony ROSS
          Fiction Book:
          • "Ella Diaries : I Heart Pets" by Meredith COSTAIN (Ella Diaries series)
          • "Bunny vs Monkey : Book 3" by Jamie SMART (Bunny vs Monkey series)
          • "Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mould" by Megan McDONALD; illustrated by Peter H. REYNOLDS (Stink series)
          • "In the Realm of Dragons" by George IVANOFF (You Choose... series)
          Senior Fiction:
          • "The Crossover" by Kwame ALEXANDER

              Non- Fiction:
              • "Ancient Worlds" by Miranda SMITH & Philip STEEL
              • "Guinness World Record 2017" chief editor Craig GLENDAY

              Monday, February 13, 2017

              On the New Books Display this Week

              Picture Book:
              • "One Thing" by Lauren CHILD
              • "Demolition" by Sally SUTTON;  illustrated by Brian LOVELOCK
              Fiction Book:
              • "Dragon Knight : Barbarians!" by Kyle MEWBURN; illustrated by Donovan BIXLEY (Dragon Knight series)
              • "Alice-Miranda to the Resue" by Jaqueline HARVEY (Alice-Miranda series)
              • "The Bad Guys : Episode 4 - Apocalypse Meow" by Aaron BLABEY (Bad Guys series)
              Senior Fiction:
              • "Holes" by Louis SACHAR

                  Non- Fiction:
                  • "Maui and Other Maori Legends" by Peter GOSSAGE
                  • "The New Zealand Primary School Dictionary" edited by Dianne BARDSLEY

                  Thursday, February 9, 2017

                  Most Popular in 2016

                  The most popular books in St Brendan's School Library in 2016 were:

                  1st        The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series 

                               by Jeff Kinney

                  2nd        Minecraft : Handbook series

                               by Stephanie Milton & Nick Farwell

                  3rd=      Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce

                               Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths

                  4th=  LEGO Star Wars : DK Readers series by Emma Grange or Elizabeth Dowsett; Pearlie series by Wendy Harmer; Ella and Olivia series by Yvette Poshoglian.  

                  5th=  Happy Birthday Princess (Disney Princess) by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg;     EJ Spy School series by Susannah McFarlane; Phoebe and her Unicorn by Dana Simpson .

                  6th=    The Journey to Atlantis (Thea Stilton special edition) by Thea Stilton; The Pigeon series by Mo Willems; Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi; EJ12 series by Susannah McFarlane; Stone Rabbit series by Erik Craddock; Scooby-Doo! A to Z Ultimate Joke Book.

                  7th=  The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey; Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling; Boy vs Beast series by Mac Park; Stanley Paste by Aaron Blabey; Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey; Zac's Test Drive series (Zac Power) by H I Larry; The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett; The Island of Horses by Stacy Gregg; My Moshi Monsters Joke Book.

                  Many 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 this year? 

                  Tuesday, February 7, 2017

                  On the New Books Display this Week

                  Picture Book:
                  • "Do Not Open This Book" by Andy LEE;  illustrated by Heath McKENZIE
                  Fiction Book:
                  • "Bunny vs Monkey : Book 2" by Jamie SMART (Bunny vs Monkey series)
                  • "Ella Diaries : Double Dare You" by Meredith COSTAIN (Ella Diaries series)
                  • "Scream : The Human Flytrap" by Jack HEATH (Scream series)
                  • "Tom Gates : Dog Zombies Rule (For Now)" by Liz PICHON (Tom Gates series)
                  Senior Fiction:
                  • "Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor" by Rick RIORDAN (Magnus Chase series)

                      Non- Fiction:
                      • "Smell" by Sally HEWITT (Science In Action series
                      • "Taste" by Sally HEWITT (Science In Action series
                      • "Touch" by Sally HEWITT (Science In Action series

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