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!

 

Science Fiction Genre

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So glad our year 6 children are looking at science fiction genre over the next few weeks.

This books is an old favourite of mine, I think it is the first time I read any thing in this genre.

The story involves a family whose father experiments with time travel with unsuspected consequences.

The family are troubled when Mrs Whatsit arrives with surprising news and so the adventure begins.  The plot is essentially about the power of good over evil and how the choices we make have a consequence. But with the inclusion of an all powerful brain known as IT, who is holding their father prisoner, as well as taking over the universe, the children have a real force of evil to conquer.

I am eager to see the response from the children!

Latest Competition – Win a Stack of Books!

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Our latest library competition is causing quite a stir.  The winning prize is a stack of 10 new books, a mixture of fiction and non-fiction.  To win all the children have to do is complete the story our author, Piers Torday, began when he was 13.  I’ve some very amusing entries so far and I can’t wait to read more.

This has been a great way to extend the enthusiasm shared by our recent author visit. The closing date is next Friday, so still time for more entries!

Comic Con Event

I’ve always had a comic section in the library along with a trolley filled with comics which goes outside at lunchtimes but I’ve noticed lately the increase in Comic Conventions.  As I was looking for ideas for another junior aged library event I thought this would be perfect.

A selection of new comics

A selection of new comics

So, the plans have begun!  I went to visit our local comic shop, after a chat with the owner, I purchased a variety of comic books he recommended.  Explaining to the owner why I was purchasing the comics in such quantities proved to be a great idea.  He, along with a few friends, are willing to come along to our event in costume!  This is more than I could of hoped for and I am sure the children will love it!  Fancy dress competition will now be a must.

I already have the Phoenix Comic book on a weekly subscription for the library and I have purchased a collection of graphic novels of the classics, both of which the children enjoy.  So with a focused event on this genre I am sure we will entice more readers for pleasure!

Monster Picture Book!

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There’s a Monster in my Fridge by Caryl Hart was amongst a few new books I bought for our school library.  Initially I was attracted to the cover of the book. it’s bright and vibrant and the monsters don’t look too scary.

I took this book along with 2 others into the year 2 class (6-7 year olds). I showed them the covers of the books and allowed them to vote which one they would like to hear first; they chose this one!

The children loved it!  It has various scary characters doing really silly things.  Each split page is full of fantastic illustrations with lots going on.  The children were giggling and laughing in delight (there’s no better response to a picture book). They especially liked the ‘vampire in his underwear’ page and asked for this page over and over again.

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The children are delighted I have now placed it in our library with a huge sticker on it saying ‘Recommended by year 2’.  I’m sure it will be really popular.

Piers Torday Visit

The excitement about meeting a real author has been building slowly over the past week or so, leading up to the author visit.

The children weren’t disappointed. Piers Torday was brilliant!!

He began with a really accessible assembly, for all juniors, to explain how he came to writing, including inspiration from Roald Dahl.  But the main point that came across, which was great for our children, was it’s their story and it doesn’t matter what other people think is right or wrong they need to write for firstly for themselves.  All the children were engaged and fed back to teachers with enthusiasm.

After the assembly the children from year 5 followed by year 6 took part in a writing workshop.  This was inspiring! After an introduction about animal characters in books, the children were all involved in coming up with an animal character and one word, any word, to describe that character.  They were then asked to think of a place again with one word to describe it.  Finally they were asked to write one line of dialogue which revealed something about the character.  Piers collected each group of children’s ideas, writing them on a flip chart.  When he had collected all ideas he then began to tell a story using every single character, description, setting and dialogue.  The children (and teaching staff) were amazed, it was very impressive!

After the second writing workshop in the afternoon, Piers, very kindly, not just signed the books but personalised them for each child, depending on which genre they enjoyed the most; the children were thrilled by this, with cartoon drawings of dragons, princesses even a super baby!

It was a super visit, which has brought a real buzz about books, well worth it and highly recommended!

Dress up day!

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My latest creation for our character dress up day during our book week – the Mad Hatter!

Children and staff alike joined in the fun with an array of book characters, some well known some more obscure: Bilbo Baggins, Mary Poppins, Danny Champion of the World, Cruella DeVil, Mr Bump, Juliet and even a Boxed Troll!

Once again these celebrations have helped pushed books and reading to the forefront.

There are yet more book celebrations to come with the ‘Book pumpkins competition’ tomorrow and our author visit to look forward to.