Welcome to term 2! We have an exciting and busy term ahead of us!
Firstly, our weekly singalong playgroup will return again from tomorrow (Tuesday) at 8.15am in the library! All children up to age 2.5yrs old are welcome to join us for some nursery rhymes. It’s a lovely informal get together and a perfect way for your little one to get used to the school before he or she starts nursery. If you are thinking of joining us, please send a quick email with your interest to Mrs Astrid (firstname.lastname@example.org), so that she can ensure there’s enough snacks for everyone.
In addition, we are still looking for someone who can help out with the running of the playgroup, together with Mrs Astrid. If you are interested and are free every every Tuesday morning between 8.15am and 9am, please send her an email. Thank you.
This term we will also introduce Library Open Coffee Mornings for parents. We’ve had some fantastic workshops in the past with regards to reading (organised by Ms Leanne and Ms Jane), so these mornings will be informal walk-in sessions, where you can meet the librarians, browse our extensive collection of books, ask questions with regards to (encouraging) reading, find out how to search/reserve books online using our system, and find out about recommended reading lists per age group. We currently have two dates in mind: Wednesday 15th February and Thursday 16th February from 8am until 9.30am. An email will be sent out nearer at the time as a reminder should you wish to come.
Books of the Week
Early Years: Ten rules of being a superhero
By: Deb Pilutti
In order to be a real superhero, you have to follow some important rules:
Rule #1: A superhero must ALWAYS respond to a call for help.
Rule #2: Saving the day is messy. But everyone understands.
In this handy guide, Captain Magma and his trusty sidekick, Lava Boy, take young readers on an adventure to learn all ten rules of being a good superhero.
Primary Fiction: The 39-story Treehouse
By: Andy Griffiths
Andy and Terry are once again inviting readers to come hang out with them in their astonishing 39-story treehouse (it used to be 13 stories, then 26 stories, but they keep expanding). And this year they will have even more time to jump on the world's highest trampoline, toast marshmallows in an active volcano, swim in the chocolate waterfall, pet baby dinosaurs, and go head-to-trunk with the Trunkinator, since Terry has created the greatest invention that he―or anyone else―has ever invented . . . a Once-upon-a-time machine that will write and illustrate their entire book for them!
Primary Non-Fiction: Shackleton's Journey
By: William Grill
Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2014
Best Children's Book of 2014, Wall Street Journal
Best Children's Book of 2014, Brain Pickings
A 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book
Young, up-and-coming illustrator William Grill weaves a detailed visual narrative of Shackleton's journey to Antarctica. Grill's beautiful use of colored pencils and vibrant hues effortlessly evokes the adventure and excitement that surrounded the expedition. His impeccably researched drawings, rich with detail, fastidiously reproduce the minutiae of the expedition. Children will love examining the diagrams of the peculiar provisions and the individual drawings of each sled dog and packhorse. This book takes the academic and historical information behind the expedition and reinterprets it for a young audience.
High School Fiction: Tales of the peculiar
By: Ransom Riggs
A companion to the New York Times bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, now a major motion picture directed by Tim Burton.
Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar—the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops—first introduced by Ransom Riggs in his #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.
Riggs now invites you to share his secrets of peculiar history, with a collection of original stories in this deluxe volume of Tales of the Peculiar, as collected and annotated by Millard Nullings, ward of Miss Peregrine and scholar of all things peculiar. Featuring stunning illustrations from world-renowned woodcut artist Andrew Davidson this compelling and truly peculiar anthology is the perfect read.
Book cover and review source: Amazon.com