Colours! They are all around us, from a blue sky and green grass to our clothes, vehicles and toys. Young children enjoy practising the names of different colours and we can help them to learn these by pointing them out in our day-to-day lives… and in books! Books about colours Colours of Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft The colourful pictures in this book are stunning… I wish I could have them up on my wall! Creative descriptions of how each colour is displayed in nature accompany them and draw readers into a world of beauty. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what...Read More
“I’m Batman. I’m awesome. I’ve got a nine pack.” If you are familiar with these lyrics then you are probably a parent of school-aged kids, like I am! If you haven’t seen The LEGO Batman Movie yet… what are you waiting for? Reserve it now. LEGO has changed a bit since I was a kid in the 80s. There are so many themes – Star Wars, City, Ninjago (the new movie is great, by the way!), Nexo Knights, Bionicles – and of course, the good old mixed bricks. Most children enjoy making LEGO creations and this love can be...Read More
The October school holiday theme this year was ‘Science You Can Eat’ and on Tuesday at Success Library, we had great fun exploring and eating juicy science! We performed three experiments that I found in a book named Edible science: experiments you can eat (more on the book later…) Juicy science experiments The three experiments/recipes were: OSMOSIS – Juicy Fruit Salad – watch how juice is made We mixed fruit with sugar and lemon juice then set it aside for 20 minutes. After this time, we could see that a syrup had been created. This is because juice...Read More
GRRRRR! Last week, our Storytime theme was lions and tigers. It was lots of fun and I do like all sorts of cats, so I decided to write this week’s blog on the same topic. Books about lions and tigers Big cats closeup by Carla Litchfield During Storytime, we sometimes read a non-fiction book and explain to the children what this means. This book uses close-up photos of a variety of big cats – including lions, tigers, cheetahs and jaguars – to describe their habits, skills and some of the differences between the types of big cats. The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr This book is...Read More
Mechanica : a beginner’s field guide by Lance Balchin is a unique inclusion to the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Shortlist for Book of the Year 2017. It was also nominated for Picture Book of the Year and the Crichton Award for New Illustrators “Welcome to future Earth. Despite repeated warnings, the environment has become polluted to such an extent that many areas of the globe have become uninhabitable, and wildlife is now extinct. From the ashes, a new style of ‘wildlife’ is created. Wildlife that will not remain harnessed by humankind… an encyclopedia of Mechanical creatures with a fictional narrative.” — publisher’s...Read More
Welcome to our new junior fiction blog! What is junior fiction? Basically, books aimed at 7-17 year olds. Most books in this category are chapter books and have JF on the spine label. So… why a junior fiction blog? Our popular Storytime blog reviews books for pre-schoolers so we thought it would be worthwhile and fun to start something similar for older kids. For this blog, we will discuss a particular author, series or theme and to start us off, I’ve chosen the fantastic ANDY GRIFFITHS! Andy is a prolific writer of hilarious kids books (check out a list...Read More
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