Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 - Junior Fiction



Helper and Helper by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop

My New Zealand Story : Bastion Point by Tania Roxborogh

Sunken Forest by Des Hunt

The Discombobulated Life of Summer Rain by Julie Lamb

The Impossible Boy by Leonie Agnew


Visit the blog again next week for the Non-Fiction finalists or if you can't wait till then have a look here for a list of all the finalists.

Images via New Zealand Book Awards Trust

Monday, June 19, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week



Picture Book:
  • "The Seven Kites of Matariki" by Calico McCLINTOCK; illustrated by Dominique FORD
  • "Big Red and the Little Bitty Wolf : A Story About Bullying" by Jeanie RANSOM; illustrated by Jennifer ZIVOIN
Fiction Book:
  • "Ella and Olivia : Happy Campers" by Yvette POSHOGLIAN (Ella and Olivia series)
  • "Newsprints" by Ru XU
  • "Snot Chocolate" by Morris GLEITZMAN
  • "The Super Amazing Adventures of Me, Pig" by Emer STAMP (The ... Diary of Pig series)
  • "The Seriously Extra Ordinary Diary of Pig" by Emer STAMP (The ... Diary of Pig series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "Football" by Clive GIFFORD
  • "Boudica and Her Barmy Army" by Valerie Wilding (Dead Famous series)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2017 - Picture Books


Fuzzy Doodle by Melinda Szymanik, illustrated by Donovan Bixley

Gwendolyn by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Terri Rose Baynton

My Grandpa is a Dinosaur by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones, illustrated by Richard Fairgray

That's Not A Hippopotamus by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis

The Singing Dolphin / Te Aihe i Waiata by Mere Whaanga


Visit the blog again next week for the Junior Fiction finalists or if you can't wait till then have a look here for a list of all the finalists.

Images via New Zealand Book Awards Trust

Monday, June 12, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "I Need a Hug" by Aaron BLABEY
  • "Nursery Rhymes - Well-loved Verses to Share" illustrated by Susie LACOME
Fiction Book:
  • "Astronaut Academy : Zero Gravity" by Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy series)
  • "Sage Cookson's Ring of Truth" by Sally MURPHY (Sage Cookson series)
  • "Twisted Journeys : Terror in Ghost Mansion" by Paul D. STORRIE (Twisted Journeys series)
  • "Twisted Journeys : The Treasure of Mount Fate" by Jeff HINKE (Twisted Journeys series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Hollow Boy" by Jonathan STROUD (Lockwood & Co. series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "50 Things You Should Know About Titanic" by Sean CALLERY
  • "Farming" by Jen GREEN (The Geography Detective Investigates series)




Thursday, June 8, 2017

Coming Soon .... Book Fair 2017


Where: In the Library

When: Opens Week 9, Term 2


St Brendan's Book Fair 2017 will be open before and after school on weekdays between the afternoon of Monday, 26th June and the morning of Friday, 30th June. Check back here soon for more information about Book Fair opening hours. All purchases from the Book Fair help to earn free books for our school library.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week





Picture Book:
  • "Stickley Makes a Mistake! : A Frog's Guide to Trying Again" by Brenda S. MILES; illustrated by Steve MACK
Fiction Book:
  • "Billie B. Brown : The Bully Buster" by Sally RIPPIN (Billie B. Brown series)
  • "Ghost Works : Death by Doll & My Hands Aren't Mine" by James LEE (Ghost Works series)
  • "Ghost Works : The Zombie Train & Dead of Night" by James LEE (Ghost Works series)
  • "Unicorn vs Goblins" by Sally RIPPIN (Phoebe and her Unicorn series)
  • "The Treasure of the Sea" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Geek Girl : Sunny Side Up" by Holly SMALE (Geek Girl series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "You Tube : The Story of the Iconic Business" by Adam SUTHERAND (Big Business series)
  • "Air Force" by John TOWNSEND (Action Force : World War II  series)

Monday, May 29, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Dangerous!" by Tim WARNES
Fiction Book:
  • "Five and a Half-Term Adventure" by Enid BLYTON; illustrated by Jamie LITTLER (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
  • "George's Hair is too Long" by Enid BLYTON; illustrated by Jamie LITTLER (Famous Five Colour Short Stories series)
  • "Frankie Potts and the Wicked Wolves" by Juliet JACKA (Frankie Potts series)
  • "Treasure Hunters" by James PATTERSON & Chris Grabenstein (Treasure Hunters series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Maus II : A Survivors Tale" by Art SPIEGELMAN (Maus series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "Undercover Operations" by Adam SUTHERAND (Radar series)
  • "Art and Entertainment" by Jon RICHARDS & Ed SIMKINS (The World of Infographics  series)

Monday, May 22, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Have You Seen My Tail?" by Kathryn HARPER (Katie-Jane series)
Fiction Book:
  • "Cici : A Fairy's Tale - Believe Your Eyes" by Cori DOERRFELD; illustrated by Cori DOERRFELD & Tyler PAGE (Cici : A Fairy's Tale series)
  • "Cici : A Fairy's Tale - Truth in Sight" by Cori DOERRFELD; illustrated by Cori DOERRFELD & Tyler PAGE (Cici : A Fairy's Tale series)
  • "Most Wanted : The Haunter" by R.L. STINE (Goosebumps Most Wanted series)
  • "Timmy Failure : Sanitized For Your Protection" by Stephan PASTIS (Timmy Failure series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Skyfire" by Michael ADAMS (The Seven Signs series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "The World's Worst Tornados" by John P. BAKER (BLazers series)
  • "London" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories  series)
  • "Rotton Rulers" by Terry DEARY (Horrible Histories  series)




Monday, May 15, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week




Picture Book:
  • "Rosie to the Rescue" by Kyle MEWBURN; illustrated by Flux Animation
Fiction Book:
  • "Hey Jack! : The Worst Sleepover" by Sally RIPPIN (Hey Jack! series)
  • "Hey Jack! : The Big Adventure" by Sally RIPPIN (Hey Jack! series)
  • "Ella Diaries : Friendship S.O.S." by Meredith COSTAIN (Ella Diaries series)
  • "Storm and the Silver Bridle" by Stacy GREGG (Pony Club Secrets series)
  • "WeirDo : Super Weird" by Ahn DO (WeirDo series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Graphic Novel" by Rick RIORDAN; adapted by Robert VENDITTI; illustrated by Atilla FUTAKI (Percy Jackson - Graphic series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "Police to the Rescue Around the World" by Linda STANIFORD (Heinemann Read & Learn  series)
  • "Ambulances to the Rescue Around the World" by Linda STANIFORD (Heinemann Read & Learn  series)

Monday, May 8, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week




Picture Book:
  • "The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch" by Ronda ARMITAGE; illustrated by David ARMITAGE
  • "The Cat Got My Tongue" by Kathryn HARPER (Katie-Jane series)
Fiction Book:
  • "House of Robots : Robot Revolution" by James PATTERSON (House of Robots series)
  • "Dirty Bertie : Horror!" by Alan MACDONALD; illustrated by David ROBERTS (Dirty Bertie series)
  • "Frankie Potts and the Postcard Puzzle" by Juliet JACKA (Frankie Potts series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Graveyard Book : Vol 1 - Graphic Novel" by Neil GAIMAN & P. Craig RUSSELL
  • "The Graveyard Book : Vol 2 - Graphic Novel" by Neil GAIMAN & P. Craig RUSSELL

Non- Fiction:
  • "The Worlds Worst Earthquakes " by John P. BAKER (Blazers series)
  • "The Worlds Worst Floods " by John P. BAKER (Blazers series)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #12

Due for publication in November this year ...

"To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating Christmas at home. But what's billed as a stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare." 
(source http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book12/)




For more information see the Diary of a Wimpy Kid website.

Monday, May 1, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week


Picture Book:
  • "The Truth According to Arthur" by Tim HOPGOOD; illustrated by David TAZZYMAN
Fiction Book:
  • "The Girl Who Rode the Wind" by Stacy GREGG
  • "Twisted Journeys : Captured by Pirates" by Justine FONTES; illustrated by Ron FONTES (Twisted Journeys series)
  • "Twisted Journeys : Escape from Pyramid X" by Dan JOLLEY; illustrated by Matt WENDT (Twisted Journeys series)
  • "Ghosts" by Raina TELGEMEIER
Senior Fiction:
  • "Alone" by D.J. BRAZIER

Non- Fiction:
  • "50 Things You Should Know About Wild Weather " by Anna CLAYBOURNE
  • "Images of God For Young Children" by Marie-Helene DELVAL; illustrated by Barbara NASCIMBENI
  • "1000 Things to Make and Do" by Fiona WATT



Monday, April 10, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Nursery Rhymes" by Kate TOMS
  • "Am I a Chameleon?" by Kathryn HARPER
Fiction Book:
  • "Ghost Works : Sam and the Scottish Cannibals & Them!" by James LEE (Ghost Works series)
  • "Ghost Works : The Stairs of Doom & The Lost Ghost of Rome" by James LEE (Ghost Works series)
  • "Kristy's Great Idea" by Mary A. MARTIN & Raina TELGEMEIER (The Baby-Sitters Club - Graphic Novel series)
  • "The Truth About Stacey" by Mary A. MARTIN & Raina TELGEMEIER (The Baby-Sitters Club - Graphic Novel series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Skellig" by David ALMOND

Non- Fiction:
  • "New Zealands Worst Disasters : True Stories that Rocked a Nation" by Graham HUTCHINS & Russell YOUNG
  • "Cut Throat Celts" by Terry Deary (Horrible Histories series)




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Mo Willems Pigeon created in LEGO

Mo Willems favourite Pigeon from the Don't Let the Pigeon .... books was created in LEGO by Mark Anderson (andertoons).


Image froHERE

Monday, April 3, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "Fancy Nancy" by Jane O'CONNOR; illustrated by Robin Preiss GLASSER
Fiction Book:
  • "The Midnight Gang" by David WALLIAMS; illustrated by Tony ROSS
  • "WeirDo : Even Weirder!" by Anh DO; illustrated by Jules FABER (WeirDo series)
  • "WeirDo : Extra Weird!" by Anh DO; illustrated by Jules FABER (WeirDo series)
  • "The Secret of Whale Island" by Thea STILTON (Thea Stilton - Graphic Novel series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "The Creeping Shadow" by Jonathan STROUD (Lockwood & Co. series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "Rescue at Sea Around the World" by Linda STANFORD (Heinemann Read and Learn series)
  • "Firefighters to the Rescue Around the World" by Linda STANFORD (Heinemann Read and Learn series)
Reference:
  • "How Super Cool Stuff Works" by Ian GRAHAM





Thursday, March 30, 2017

Coming Soon (and not so soon!) ... More Books to Movies

Diary of a Wimpy Kid : The Long Haul based on the book of the same name by Jeff Kinney. Due in cinemas in Australia in June this year and with luck here soon after.




Captain Underpants : The First Epic Movie based on the popular Captain Underpants series of book written by Dav Pilkey and due in cinemas in Australia (and hopefully here in NZ also) sometime around September this year.




Ferdinand based on the classic children's picture book The Story of Ferdinand written by Munro Leaf and due in cinemas in Australia (and hopefully here in NZ also) in around late December this year.




Wonder based on the acclaimed book Wonder written by R.J. Palacio and due in cinemas overseas in Nov/Dec this year so with luck we'll see it in New Zealand also not too long after that.



Monday, March 27, 2017

On the New Books Display this Week

Picture Book:
  • "The Incredible Book Eating Boy" by Oliver JEFFERS
  • "Super Rabbit" by Stephanie BLAKE
Fiction Book:
  • "Astarons - Cosmic Guardians" by Gilda KIRKPATRICK (Astarons series)
  • "Astarons - Cosmic Guardians : Mutiny in the Solar System" by Gilda KIRKPATRICK (Astarons series)
  • "Freak Street : Meet the Robotsons" by KNIFE & PACKER (Freak Street series
  • "Treasure Hunters - Peril at the Top of the World" by James PATTERSON & Chris GRABENSTEIN (Treasure Hunters series)
Senior Fiction:
  • "Theodore Boone" by John GRISHAM (Theodore Boone series)

Non- Fiction:
  • "The Beginners Guide to Rugby" by Aaron CRUDEN
  • "World War II Heroes" by Allan ZULLO

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 www.thesapling.co.nz, 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 skulduggerypleasant.co.uk 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
              Reference:
              • "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
                  Reference:
                  • "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

                      Wednesday, February 1, 2017

                      Back To School 2017





                      Welcome back to school for 2017. I hope you had a great time over the holidays and that you've been able to enjoy some fun family time and activities, even if the weather has often been quite unseasonable! With luck you had a good book or two to read when the weather was at it's wet and stormy worst. Let me know if you found something that would be a great addition to our library - just in case we haven't already got it!

                      This week in the library I'm updating the classroom lists and adding new students to the library database so that you're all in your correct classroom for 2017.

                      Next week things should be back to normal, with new books on display and the library will be open for classroom visits and during most lunchtimes.

                      See you soon.
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