Offer a book to family members! (for teens)

christmas-treeTired of offering socks to your Dad or plastic things that break in 2mn? Well here are some cool, cheap and intelligent ideas:

Books!

Choose books on what they like, books recommended by a teacher (or ask the librarian), award-winning books, and books you would like them to read (for example how to stop yelling at your teen)! Head down to our local bookshop, at DOC or at Puzzling World or you can shop online on Wheelers (cheap and user-friendly).

Magazine subscription

Buy the latest issue of your parent’s favourite magazine. Before you wrap it up, look for the subscription page and subscribe for the time you can afford, maybe 3 months, maybe a year. Get help from the other parent for payment. S/he’ll love it and will be impressed with your thoughtfulness.

Book related items

Bookmarks: there are plenty of beautiful bookmarks in the shops or you can get crafty and make your own. You can find materials for very cheap at Wastebusters and there will be a workshop on Monday 5th December from 4pm – 5.30pm to create hand-made recycled gifts.

CTH thumbthing01.jpgBook things: Book covers, bookends, book holders, book jewels are available from local shops or online at NZ Book Lover. For example, this handy bookmark/hold-your-book-with-one-hand devices is only $9.

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Book lamps: we need a good light to read in the evening. Consider a cheap simple lamp and clamp lamp (with soft blue or neutral tones LED approx 4 Watt), available locally from Mitre 10.

If your budget is bigger, one of these smart and sleek reading lamps are sure to impress and delight!

The Lumio Lamp: A book, lamp, portable

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http://www.hellolumio.com/shop

The LiliLite: A shelf, Lamp and bookmark!

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http://www.lililite.com/#lililite

And remember to add a book or book series on your Christmas list, reading is good for you!

 

 

 

 

 

Books and book stuff to your teen for Christmas (for parents)

bookschristmasOffering a book for Christmas prevents the “Summer slide” and is a great way to show you value books and reading. So head down to the bookshop and stroll the shelves. What to choose?

  • A book of the genre your teen likes
  • A series is a great gift as it is difficult to get them all in order from libraries.
  • An award-winning book, they are actually usually good
  • Books to Films are popular eg. Mortal Engine, by Philip Pullman
  • A book to convey a message, eg. Life of Pi
  • A useful book, eg. cooking or fitness (for teens)

If you don’t know, go book shopping with your child, it is a great way to talk books, what s/he likes, what you like or offer a book voucher.001

I like to make hamper presents that include a book. It demonstrates actively the usefulness and ubiquity of reading. For example:

  • a learn-to-knit book in a basket with wool and needles
  • a learn-to-fish book with a fishing rod and kit
  • bike maintenance or bike skills with a new bike

Other ways to reinforce the love for books is to offer book-related items, bookmarks, bookends, bookstands… but also fancy book covers, book jewels, decorations or book paraphernalia. For example book earrings will tell your girl: “I know you’re a great book lover, I value that and it suits you well”. You’ll find ideas at the bookshop, at DOC or online on Wheelers for books. Explore NZ Book Lovers and Ex-Libris crafts for other book-related gifts.

 

Book lists for summer reading

What to read this summer? Which book to offer to please for sure? Here are lists to help you decide.

Click here for information on where to get them.

Number 1 !

MAC Favourite

Here are Mount Aspiring College most read books per year level. These lists are a bit rough as they are simply reports from the database, sorry, but they definitely reflect the most popular reads. They are not all good literature and some content is debatable… that’s why kids love them!

Librarian’s choice

Librarian’s choice lists are a mix of classic must-read books, award-winning or unforgettable stories.

Other Top books lists

Leave a comment below to recommend your favourite book!

Where to get these books

  • From the town library, it’s free! Here is their online catalogue.
  • From the local shop. You can phone to check if they have the book or order it.Wheelers_promo
  • From Wheelers, our main online book provider, who offer book credits to our school when you order (choose Mt Aspiring College at the checkout).
  • From Whitcoulls, who provided the excellent list above, have shops in Queenstown and also offer online sales.
  • Amazon of course have all the books of the creation, new and used, but the freight is often doubling the price of the book and it only says it at the checkout. Be careful! Amazon also offers the widest range of ebooks, but here again be aware that they cannot be read by many ereaders  (Kobo, Sony, Laser), only by Kindle ereaders. They can however be read on any Ipad or computer-like tablet or computer, using a Kindle App or reading on the cloud.
  • Finally, Book Depository established in tax-free Guernsey Island has unbeatable prices on new books and freight is free!

Offer a book for Christmas!

Teenager reading aloud

Do you remember those cuddling moments at bed time, when you read a story to your child when s/he was too young to read, thus nurturing your love for of each other and for reading? 

Bedtime story -ClipartResearch shows that reading aloud to children when they are teenagers is still extremely valuable. It:

  • Helps children to become better readers
  • Improves adult awareness of their responsibility as literacy role models
  • Improves the quality of family life

During read-aloud, we share the excitement, the suspense, the emotion, and the sheer fun of a new book and its intriguing or annoying characters.

We will not take our teenager on our laps, but we can still find fun ways of reading aloud with them. Sharing an article, a poem, an encyclopaedia entry or a few paragraphs from a book with your family at lunch, in the car (can be audio books), to entertain him/her while s/he is doing the washing-up, when s/he is sick in bed, or anytime, and keep it a regular habit. Take turns. They can read things to you too.

Chose read-alouds that relate to a current issue, a recent discussion or topic of study, or that you particularly liked, to foster a love of literature. Try different things. The wider the variety of readings, the greater the chance to meet or provoke the teen’s interests. It will often be the start of great discussions…

More on http://www.rif.org/parents/tips/tip.mspx?View=12Teenagers reading aloud in MACLIC

Have fun!

Florence

PS. Teenagers like to read aloud to each other too: I often witness groups of students happily sharing stories.

PPS. At MAC, reading out loud and reading together in unison is a practice used by many teachers to assist with the comprehension and enjoyment of text.

LIBRARY OPEN NIGHT

MACLIC logo invites parents and community
Tuesday 8th September 7.30pm

We are holding an open night in Mount Aspiring College’s library for parents and the community: we would like to invite you to both discover the College’s library and have an opportunity to contribute towards it.

Agenda

  • Guided tour, slideshow, etc
  • A selection of Teenage books to purchase for your children or donate to the library (fundraiser for the library supported by Joy Brown ~ Young Reflections ~ Invercargill)

 You can also bring Teen Fiction or Magazines, in good condition, to donate to the library, for all the students to enjoy.

 *Wine kindly sponsored by Mount Maude and Minaret Peaks