One for the girls!

61Lwrh8cXYL__SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Another addition to our school library.

The rise of the graphic novel is most welcome in our library.  Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid etc have all played their part in getting children reading and interested in books.  So I was glad to see a new graphic novel aimed at girls.  We have the Dork Diaries series in the library, which is also very popular, but Electrigirl offers a great combination of comic style pages and text; there’s already another one on the way!

A good read which I’m sure the girls will love; maybe a few boys too!!

Treehouse Crazy!!

The 13 Storey Tree House was a welcome addition to our library last year.  It has received a new lease of life due to being one of the ten books on the Cumbria Book Awards, Spellbinding list.

I recently purchased the next two books in the series which have also proved very popular.  The children are chasing each other to the library in order to be the next borrowers; boys and girls alike. Even the children themselves have noticed the series as a new craze!

Both new books continue the adventures in the most exciting tree house you are ever likely to come across.  An extremely imaginative, well illustrated book which will attract fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates.  With a new release due at the beginning of April – the 52 Storey Tree House; the children are already starting a reservation list!


Great Sequel!


Couldn’t wait to read this as I enjoyed the first book so much!

Mr Lemoncello’s Library Olympics, the sequel to Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library, is a real page turner.  There are lots of twists and turns in the plot which are all brought together at the end in a super finale.

The characters from the first book return as heroes from winning the first ‘Library Game’ but are threatened by children from other states in America who insist they could have won. A national competition ensues to find the finalists for the Library Olympics!

The finalists are brought together to battle it out in Mr Lemoncello’s amazing library, with many new games and puzzles to work out.  It’s not clear cut who the winners will be but it’s clear that team work and a love of books is the most important factor.

A fabulous addition to our school library, can’t wait to tell the children we have a sequel!


Christmas library competition


Another competition which has proved really popular!

Have to choose two winners this week. I have already had over 70 entries all of which have been very different.  Begun to narrow them down and have a selection on the short list.  I’m sure I’ll get more entries this week so it’s not going to be easy.

The winner’s receive a box of goodies, including Christmas activity book, story books and some sweet treats. Each entrant receives a small prize bag!



Christmas Mystery


I first encountered this book about 10 years ago and have returned to it every Advent since then.

It is quite a complex story of a little girl called Elizabet who whilst shopping with her mum goes missing after following a lamb.  The little girl travels back in time 2000 years with many characters joining her along the way.  Eventually all are present at the stable in Bethlehem.

Meanwhile a boy buys a strange old Advent calendar from an old book shop and is intrigued when each day a special letter is revealed behind the door. Little by little the mystery of the disappearance of Elizabet is revealed.

It is definitely a story for more able readers who won’t be disappointed by the twists and turns they encounter as the story unfolds.

The copy with the silhouettes on the front was my first copy and is extremely beautiful inside as each page is adorned with silhouettes; a very special gift edition.

I have given this each year to more able readers in year 6 and each one of them has enjoyed it, even though some said they found it difficult to begin with, it was well worth persevering with.

Christmas Library Lunch


Held a Christmas Picture Book Picnic with Reception class as a Library Lunch.

The children loved the story, including some year 6 children who were there to help with the craft activities!

A funny story which helps develop inference skills. The children laughed out loud.  It’s sure to become a firm favourite!

New Book for the Library


This book made me cry and laugh sometimes at the same time!

It is a story of how one boy comes to terms with the loss of his mum without having said goodbye.  Becket, the main character, takes care of his younger brother Billy with such love; I wanted to sit in the armchair and be comforted by the stories!

As Becket makes a small number of friends at a new school, he comes to know that other people are suffering tragedies in their lives also.  Each has their own unique way in which they have come to terms with their loss giving Beckett the courage to face his.

I am sure this will be a welcome addition to our school library.  Having just received the list of 10 books for the Spellbinding, Cumbria Library Service Book Awards, it is sure to be popular.