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    May Gibbs: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie

    To us she is May Gibbs, creator of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie. But to her family, she was known as ‘Mamie’. In a land far away, where fairies and pixies and elves live deep in the woods, a little girl is born. Her family call her Mamie. Mamie loves to sing, dance and paint with her magical friends. Her days are like a modern-day fairy tale. But when her family moves to the bottom of the world, Mamie’s life is turned upside down. From green fields drenched with rain to hot skies and dusty plains, will she ever find new fairy friends in this strange and beautiful land? For my daughter’s birthday…

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    The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

    What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories — of parents, children, love, life, and self — are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because she is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use…

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    Star Wars: 16 Books for Padawans

    As today is May the 4th, I thought I might join in the Star Wars fun and take a look at some of the Star Wars books I have in my Junior School Library. Star Wars books are always extremely popular and are almost always out on loan. Below are some of the student’s favourites. In this selection you will see Non Fiction and Fiction books with something for everyone, both younger and older children and everyone in between. Non Fiction Books Star Wars: Complete Vehicles The complete guide to the spacecraft and vehicles of the Star Wars six-film saga. It features 55 giant cross-section pictures and hundreds of smaller…

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    Book Week Display 2019

    This week I finished my Book Week display for this year’s theme “Reading is My Secret Power.” For this year’s display I did the more obvious superhero take on the theme, creating a city for my superheroes (students) to hang out in. My display also doubles as a photo booth. During Book Week students will be able to step inside the display and have their photos taken. I then display the photos on the TV in the library. The students love seeing their photos and sharing them with their friends. The photos look fantastic when they are in their costumes for the Book Week Parade, and I will have a…

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    Picture Books to Commemorate ANZAC Day

    Here is a list of picture books to commemorate ANZAC Day and the commitment of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers and their families in the wars following. Most of the books below focus on Gallipoli and the events of World War I, however a few such as “A Day to Remember” by Jackie French & Mark Wilson and “When War is Over” also by Jackie French & illustrated by Anne Spudvilas look at each conflict ANZAC forces have been involved in. All of the books below are a great starting point for discussion with children of all ages, however some may by upsetting for younger children. “Anzac Biscuits” and…

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    6 Science Fiction Books for Young Adults

    My genre of choice lately is science fiction. Almost everything I choose to read is pure science fiction or at least has a sci-fi twist. Here are 6 of the best science fiction books for young adults that I have read recently. Lifel1k3 (Lifelike) by Jay Kristoff “On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble-she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money…

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    20 Great Reads for Easter

    Here are 20 Easter books that you will love sharing with your younger children. I have included some popular characters; Clifford, Peppa Pig and Mr. Men, some of our family favourites and some Easter books which are popular with students in my school library. Enjoy!! We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes (2016) Join the Rabbit siblings as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. With ten eggs to find and count, it’s great fun. But watch out for the obstacles along the way – lambs, chicks, bees and ducks – and there’s even a wolfish surprise, so do take care.  Reminiscent of “We’re Going…