Friday, July 04, 2014

For all parents - easy tips to encourage your children to love reading

 Does your child love reading?

Do you know how to encourage them?

Bob Docherty suggests 10 simple ideas for parents on how to encourage that love of reading. There may even be one or two tips that provide answers to things you've been wondering about - eg - should they be reading eBooks?

Read Bob's excellent article, 10 tips to encourage children to love reading, on The New Zealand Book Council's 'Booknotes unbound'.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Book Review - The Fault in our Stars - John Green

Book: The Fault in our Stars
Author: John Green

Rating: ****
Age: 12+

I really enjoyed this book because you never knew what would happen next. I could never say, “This will happen next,” because something dramatic always happened and that excited me and made me not want to put the book down.

Hazel had lung cancer for about 5 years and is free of any cancer for 18 months. Hazel goes to a cancer support group to help her with cancer depression, when she meets a handsome teenage boy, Augustus Waters.

I have found some humour and some sadness in this book and my favourite parts were the phrases ( encouragements ) they used, to express how they felt at times. For example, "Good friends are hard to find but impossible to forget."

I would recommended this book for 12+ and adults would also enjoy it. I give this book 4 stars out of a 5 star rating because I really enjoyed reading this book and I am now interested in all the rest of John Green's books.

By Libby

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Our Library catalogue is online

With our new Access-it Library software, every computer at school or home now has access to our school library catalogue! 

Bookmark this link to easily find and browse our catalogue, and to find out about our new books. In the not too distant future, you'll even be able to reserve books, find out what books have been issued to you and when they're due back, and much more.

We're still working on the Catalogue's home page, but wanted to tell you about this great development with access to the catalogue now!

Monday, May 12, 2014

2014 Kid's Lit. Quiz

Libby, Mya, Rob, Molly & Emily at Cobham
On Friday 9 May our team competed in the quiz at Cobham Intermediate School along with 62 other teams from schools all around Canterbury.

We had 100 questions in total on a lot of different topics. Ten questions on each topic. Some of the topics were; Mythology, Dogs, Christmas, Beverages, Food, Anatomy, Creatures and this year a whole section on Harry Potter. Our best topic was Mytholgy where we got 8/10.

Do you know who is the male and female of Ying and Yang?
Ying is the female.
Molly, Emily, Rob &  Mya

What is the Japanese symbol for old age?
A turtle or a crane.

What is Captain Haddock's favourite drink?

We got 63.5/100. The top two teams were Cobham 1 & Cobham 2, they got 85 & 84.5 and will now compete in the New Zealand final. Afterwards we went to the Children's Bookshop to look at all the new books.

Look out for Libby's choice : 'Out of my Mind' by Sharon Draper.