Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Below is a video of Eric Carle reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar in celebration of Very Hungry Caterpillar Day - Tuesday, 20th March 2012.



I found out about Very Hungry Caterpillar Day & this video here.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "The Bear and the Wildcat" by Kazumi YUMOTO & Komako SAKAI
  • "There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Weta" by P. CRUMPLE & Errol McLEARY
Junior Browsing Book:
  • "100 Things" by Masayuki SEBE
Fiction:
  • "The Quest for the Rotten Egg" by Elizabeth PULFORD
  • "Monstrum House : Locked In" by Zana FRAILLON (Monstrum House series)
  • "My Sister the Vampire : Switched & Fangtastic" by Sienna MERCER (My Sister the Vampire series - 2 books in 1)
  • "Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets" by Dav PILKEY (Captain Underpants series)
Non-Fiction:
  • "Winter" by Sian SMITH

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Neil Gaiman

Another in a series of posts about popular children's authors and their books
(Ap Photo/Craig Lassig)  Photo from HERE

Neil Gaiman was born in 1960 in Hampshire, England and now lives with his family in Minnesota in the United States. As a child he discovered his love of books and reading, particularly comics and fantasy fiction. As a teenager he began to out grow the comics that were his favourite as a child but there was a lack of comic books for an older audience and he decided he wanted to write comic books when he grew up. On completing his education, Gaiman began pursuing journalism as a career, he wrote for many British magazines, and wrote and published his first book in 1984. Shortly after this he became friends with comic book writer Alan Moore and started writing comics. Neil Gaiman works in a variety of formats, writing graphic novels, short stories, novels, children's books, and scripts for television and films. His works are classified in a number of different genres, from horror to fantasy to science fiction, and often he jumps from one genre to another within a single work. He is best known for the his Sandman comic book series for adults and has also achieved success with a short novel for young adults, titled Coraline and more recently with The Graveyard Book. Coraline has been released as a movie and the film adaption of The Graveyard Book is in production.

Currently we have two books by Neil Gaiman in the Senior Fiction section of our library: Coraline - the graphic novel and The Graveyard Book.

Upper Hutt Library currently holds copies of 10 children's & teen books by Neil Gaiman as well as 2 audio books and a teen DVD.

The above information about Neil Gaiman was adapted from here, here and here.

You can find out more about Neil Gaiman and his books on his website.

On an earlier blog post you can find links for The Graveyard booktrailer and Neil Gaiman reading Chapter 1 of  The Graveyard.

Monday, March 19, 2012

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "Out of Bed, Fred!" by Lucy DAVEY & Harriet BAILEY
  • "Crazy Hat Day" by Room 22, Green Bay Primary School
Mature Picture Book:
  • "Asterix in Britain" by Rene GOSCINNY
Fiction:
  • "The Girl Who Blew Up Her Brother" by Christopher MILNE (Naughty Stories for Good Boys and Girls series)
  • "Hamstermagic" by Holly WEBB (Animal Magic series)
  • "The Black Book of Buried Secrets" by Mallory KASS (39 Clues series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Lost Hero" by Rick RIORDAN (Heroes of Olympus series)
Non-Fiction:
  • "Why Should I Brush My Teeth?" by Louise SILSBURY

Friday, March 16, 2012

School Library in a Bus

Picture from here.
Rosendale Primary School in London have their school library in a double decker bus!  You can find out more about their library here.

 I first found out about it here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Derek Landy is coming to New Zealand

Thats right Derek Landy is visiting New Zealand and Australia later in the year.  If you'd like a chance to meet him while he's down this way then why not enter the End of the World Competition currently running on the Skulduggery Pleasant website. The competition closes on 30th April 2012 and the winner will be announced the following week.

Haven't heard about the Skulduggery Pleasant series of books before?  Then find out about it on my earlier Skulduggery Pleasant post.
I found out about this competition here and the picture is from there too.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On the New Books Display this week

Picture Book:
  • "The Bush Concert" by Helga VISER
  • "Lulu and Bob" by Lerryn KORDA
Junior Browsing Book:
  • "Dinosaurs Galore" by Masayuki SEBE
Fiction:
  • "Sensational Secrets and other Stories" by Emma THOMPSON (Felicity Wishes series)
  • "The Giant Diamond Robbery" by Geronimo STILTON (Geronimo Stilton series)
  • "Battle of the Mutants" by Mac PARK (Boy vs Beast series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Cirque du Freak : The Vampires Assistant" by Darren SHAN (Movie tie-in) (Saga of Darren Shan Bks 1-3)
Non-Fiction:
  • "Autumn" by Sian SMITH

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    I found this picture here.
    That's right the school library is now open!  Although there are still a few last things to be finished, fixed or put away we are now able to open the library for classroom visits and at lunchtimes.  At lunchtime today it seemed that every student in the school paid a visit and wanted to borrow a book or books.  There was a line of students at the issues desk right across the library, and the line didn't appear to get any shorter until the bell rang at the end of lunch! 
    I'll put the new books up on the New Books display tomorrow so remember to take a look in the library or check back here tomorrow for the listing.   See you in the library soon.

    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Books Come to Life


    After spending much of the last couple of days unpacking and shelving books I'm rather hoping that the books in the last few boxes will come to life tonight (like the ones in the clip above) and unpack and shelve themselves correctly overnight!

    If you like the video clip you might like the one in an earlier post too.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Library Renovation Update #3

    Picture from here
    Many of the books are now back on the shelves and the picture book crates are back in place, only the non-fiction and magazines are now left to sort out. 
    Have you seen the new issues desk?     O.K., it's not new, it's had a makeover but wow it now looks like a shiny new desk! There are still a few last bits and pieces to be sorted but I'm hoping that the library will be open again from next week. So watch for the Library Closed signs to disappear from outside the library - Monday I hope. Keep your fingers crossed...
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