Monday, 15 December 2014


Hi All,

We are now in the last week of Term 4 2014 and our library Stocktake is well under way - thanks to my daughter and her best friend :)

I am thinking of doing what is shown in the picture:
Random Book Titles written on bright paper and dropped into a big jar - so that any who wish to try something NEW or DIFFERENT can reach in and pick out a book to try.

If anyone has recommendations please comment below and these too will go into the jar so someone can pull them out and enjoy.

Merry Xmas and a here's to a
Happy New Years
to ALL

Till next year :)

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Challenge up date

Well I Admit defeat !

I HAVE read over 100 picture books, So YAY !!!

However I have not enough spare time to get ten read each and every night - so from now on it will be 10  books when I can get to them.......

I hope you all have taken  up the challenge to up the amount you read on a daily basis!!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

SLANZA Conference report

Hi All,

Boy what a conference it was - in Balclutha 16-17 October.
Librarians from All over NZ and one even from Tonga came together in the big smoke of Balclutha.
We had some amazing/inspirational speakers and lots of good treats to eat... Networking with like minded library colleagues. This was a great conference and it was very well run.

Tanya Batt
- Authour and Storyteller extraordinaire!!!!   Such enthusiasm, talent and fire in a tiny package - her storytelling had all of us (105) in hysterics and even had some of us helping out with her tales.  
If you EVER get the chance to witness this amazingly talented woman DO IT - don't miss out on her exuberance and talent.

Julie Woods
- "That Blind Woman" 
- WOW - this was a personal highlight for me.
Inspirational and motivational to say the least. Her talk gave us goosebumps and made us all think Yes   "WHY NOT" instead of NO, no way!!!!!

Bob Docherty - "Bob's Books"
This man is a legend - his talks / reports on books he has read make the books fly off the shelves!! 
His memory retention and reading ability is outstanding 
His job is to read books, then report on them and you are never bored,  but are left wanting more of what he has read !!!

These are only 3 of the 9 speakers we had over the two days. It was a full conference and I made loads of contacts. We Libarians are a great group of creative people and I am happy to be one of them. 

Have ideas galore for displays - Watch this space :)

Day 2 of term 4 Challenge

1.Pi-shu  by John Butler
A story of changing times and Panda's - Lovely story and pretty pictures

2. Lucky Mucky Pup by Ken Brown
Funny, fast paced story and illustratios

3. When Henry caught Imaginitis by Nick Bland
Great use of Black and white - with Splashes of colour !!!

4. Leaves for Mr Walter by Janeen Brian and David Cox
I enjoyed this story! Kids can teach us so much - never to old to learn or to rethink!
Unfortunately I couldn't locate a piture for this book.

5. Whatever by William Bee
Loved this book - made me giggle!!!

6. My Dad's a Drago Catcher by Tanya Batt
Fast paced reading Great pictures !
7. Jane and the Dragon by Martin Baynton
This story has been made into a cartoon TV series.

8. Why Can't I Fly? by Ken Brown
Funny Pictures - a story to make you laugh!

9. Hector An Old Bear by Dorothy Butler
Made me remember my Tigger toy - great memories!
Couldn't locate the picture of the cover for this one.

10. Come away from the Water, Shirley  by John Birmingham
Unusual story but the illustrations create the balance between the adults and child.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Term 4


Term 4 - 2014

Day 1, for term 4, 10 picture books p/day challenge

Anyone keen to join in and try it - 4p/day or 5/day?? 

1. Courtney by John Birmingham
Quirky, interesting illustrations. I would love a dog like Courtney - wouldn't you

2. Not like that like this!  by Tony Bradman
Bright colours, funny silly story

3. Michael Recycle by Ellie Bethel
Great fast paced rhyming story and we all could learn from this book!!!

4.  An Island in the Sun by Stella Blackstone
A gentle story about a lovely day out with sweet pictures
5. Twinkle by Nick Bland
A great adventure I am sure we would all love to have - beautiful illustrations

6. QPootle5 in Space by Nick Butterworth
Not my cup of tea but the pictures are great.
 I can see how boys and alien hunters would love this book

7. Birthday Rain by Dorothy Butler
I LOVE this story, it brought back lovely memories of my Grandparents.
Sorry - couldn't find an image of this book- will try and take a picture of it myself.

8. Jane and the Magician by Martin Baynton
I love dragons and magic so this is a favourite for me.

9. Potato Music by Christina Booth
Touching story how Music makes life better even, or especially, in time of War!!!

10. Gumdrop's Merry Christmas by Val Biro
The magic of Christmas in a story for all - great pictures.

Be sure to try some of our picture books
- you are NEVER too old to read a picture book !!!

Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Day 7

7 Days = 70 books WAHOO!!!

Day 7

1. Can I Cuddle the Moon by Kerry Brown and Lisa Stewart
A sweet story with interesting, fresh, illustrations

2. Edmond Went Far Away by Martin Bax and Michael Foreman
This is a long story about going finding out for yourself what is out there!
3. Chief Loves to Chase by Chris Baldwin
Simple childlike drawings with handwritten text.

4. The Wishing Star by Christina Butler and Frank Endersby
Shiny illustrations with a cute story

5. Madeline's Christmas by Ludwig Bemelmans
Great story for all to enjoy, I loved it.

6. Rats by Gavin Bishop
A remake of an old tale but with a unique twist
7. Zagazoo by Quentin Blake
Great story with lots of  humor - a MUST read for all parents

8. The Quiltmakers Gift by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail de Marcken
The truth about "Giving" and the illustrations are stunning

9. Stanley Paste by Aaron Blabey
Great pictures and the story left me smiling :)

10. UG - "Boy Genius of the Stone-Age" by Raymond Briggs
This is written in Graphic Novel format - so if you like cartoons you may enjoy this.

Happy reading - enjoy your browsing!!!!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Day 5 and 6

Well I have now read 60 books in 6 days... AWESOME !

Have any of you taken up my challenge to read more picture books or other books???
I would love to hear from any or all who  have.

My challenge after this week will be continued next term - Term 4

Here we go - Day 5

1. Can't, Shan't, Wont ! by Brimax
Lovely story and the pictures a very cute

2. My Mom by Anthony Browne
MUMS are Marvelous!!!

3. The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly by Ben Brown and Helen Taylor
Great story about Never giving up! Beautiful Artwork.

4. Oliver goes exploring by Margaret Beames
Wonderful pictures and a great story for cat lovers

5. The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland
Funny story and very comical pictures

6. Jeremiah Learns to Read by Jo-Ellen Bogart, Laura Fernadez and Rick Jacobson
We are never to old to learn. This is a lovely story and the pictures are sweet

7. I Wish I Were A Pilot by Stella Blackstone and Max Grover
What do you wish to be??? This book is full of bright pictures

8. The Christmas Caravan by Jennifter Beck and Robyn Belton
Lovely Illustrations. This story made me feel good!

9. How to Catch a Monster by Christina Bollbach
Quirky images and intriguing story

10. Gorilla by Anthony Browne
A story Well worth reading and the pictures are great!

DAY 6.

1. Love to Sing- nursery rhymes by Linda Adamson and Vasanti Patel
Simplistic pictures with lots of songs - including actions

2. Alexander's Outing by Pamela Allen
Always listen to your mother!

3. What is a Wall After All? By Judy Allen and Alan Baron
This is a different kind of book - lot's of informative pictures

4. Lunch Boxes by Althea and Chris O'Neill
What do You have in Your lunch box??

5. Degas and the Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt
I Loved this story - it is all based on a true story and the pictures are beautiful
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6. A New Home For a Pirate by Ronda ARmitage and Holly Swain
The pictures are neat and the story is a play on a memory game

7. Shhh! Little Mouse by Pamela Allen
What does Little Mouse eat?

8. Billy and the Big New School by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
We all get scared of New things sometimes!!!

9. The Pear in teh Pear Tree by Pamela Allen
Quirky pictures and a funny story

10. The Lighthouse Keeper's Rescue by Ronda and David Armitage
A lovely tale with consistantly wonderful pictures

Watch this space for more books - :)

(ta ta for now)