Lots of new Breezy Reads

Breezy ReadWhen the South Pacific books representative brought her boxes of new books to choose from, I asked some students to choose easy books they’d like to read. They are now ready !

Spot the Smiley Face!

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The vocabulary is easy, the chapters are short, the fonts are large and legible, there are some illustrations, just like in children’s books. But the stories are engaging and high-octane to provide the experience of a good novel.

Find them in the Picture Books / Breezy Reads section of the library.

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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.

 

And the winning posters are…

First!

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Congratulation to Evie Simonsohn for the beautiful drawing of a shooner to illustrate her favourite book “Bloody Jack”, by L.A. Meyer. This book is unfortunately not in the library and is now out of print!..

Second !

Congratulation to Caleb Eason for his effective illustration of the Chaos Walking trilogy, by Patrick Ness, Winner of Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008. — Shortlisted for Carnegie Medal 2009. — Shortlisted for Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2008. The background has been made by writing words in mirror on the back of the paper. Quite smart!

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Third !

Well Done Keltan Voyce for the graphic novel style of the poster of the first book in the popular series Bone!

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Come to the library to get your prize: A book voucher 😉

And thanks to all students who participated. Your poster will soon decorate the library windows and give ideas of good books to read to everyone.

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!