Friday, June 28, 2013

Takeshita Demons - on the New Book stand this week

Takeshita Demons is an adventure and mystery story about a girl who moves from Japan to the UK to live.
The question is.... what has followed her from her old home??  Click on the picture below to link to a video interview with the author (who is a New Zealander), which tells you a little more about the story.

Takeshita Demons

This is a fast-paced, inventive action story, and confident Year 4 and up readers will love it!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NZ Post Children's Book Awards - 2013 Winners!

The winners have been announced, and some of our favourites are there!

Best Picure Book:
Mr Whistler by Margaret Mahy
Mister Whistler

Children's  Choice Award:
Melu by Kyle Mewburn

Best Junior Fiction
My Brother's War by David Hill
My Brother's War

Best Non-Fiction:
100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa by Simon Morton & Riria Hotere
100 Amazing Tales from Aotearoa

Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators!!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Red Rocks

The announcements of the award winners for the 2013 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards are happening this Monday 24 June!  I will let you all know the winners after the announcements, but in the meantime, here is a book trailer for Red Rocks, set on Wellington's south coast - a great book for senior readers!
Click on the book cover below to see the video.
Red Rocks

Friday, June 14, 2013

Kelly Campbell's Book Art


There are some amazing artists out there doing very clever things with books.  One I have recently come across is Kelly Campbell, who designs and makes pop-out graphic art from well-loved books.  Below is the link to a short article about her, with some wonderful pictures of her work!

Friday, June 7, 2013

We Give Books

'We Give Books' is an organisation based in America that aims to promote reading and access to books within the USA, but also around the world - by offering free books online for you to read!
The idea is simple: read a book online, and a physical book will be donated.  The causes change all the time, and include schools in Africa, Haiti, South America, and children in World Vision programmes in many countries.  Below is a video which introduces what they do.

The programme is run by The Penguin Group and The Pearson Foundation, who are both very big companies in the publishing world.    Click on the icon below to go to the website.  You need to have a (free) account to 'open' a book: you are welcome to use the school one to go online and read.  
The details are:
username:    PlateauLibrary
password:    read

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Please note: the books on this site are all aimed at children between 4 and 10 years old.  You are welcome to set up your own account, but you must ask your parents first as you must be over 13 to sign up.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Timmy Failure - Mistakes Were Made


We all love the 'Wimpy Kid' series.  Luckily, when you have finished reading them, there are lots off great new books out there which are just as good!  One of my new favourites this year has been the 'Big Nate' series of books, which are very funny (if you haven't read them yet, give them a try!)
A new book we have just received looks a lot like these two series... but although it is just as funny, it has a totally different storyline.  I have never thought of a Polar Bear as a detective before..... see the book trailer below.

If you would like to see more, here is the website - click on the book cover to enter!

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

The new Graphic Novel this week is Magic Trixie, the little witch who's not allowed to do anything fun!

Magic Trixie

Come in and request a book, search through our graphic novel box, and try out the 3D glasses on the Marvel Heroes on our display!

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