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Library: Creating a love of reading and writing

Library staff have some handy hints to help create a positive reading environment at home  and  give details of this year’s Neilson Hays Young Writers Award with some amazing prizes.

Primary School Library

You might remember that we had our used book sale at the end of November. As previously mentioned in the Newsletter, parents donated a huge amount of books, some of them in a perfect condition. We kept a selection for our Library and, as you can see from the picture below, there are some wonderful titles in there! A BIG thank you to those who donated the books!

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Creating a Love for Reading

We all know how important it is for a child to read but it’s also very important that children read for their enjoyment.

Creating a love for reading isn’t easy but there are several things you can do as a parent to encourage it:

  • Set a good example – put your phone/tablet away and read instead.

  • Let your children choose the book they would like to read, even if the book is too difficult for them. Create the love first and the rest will follow.

  • Settle into a Regular Read Routine – choose the time that works for you and your child (e.g. bedtime) to read and try to do this each day.

  • Choose the right environment for reading – quiet, comfortable with no distractions.

  • And finally, surround your child with books – have a bookcase in their bedroom and, if you have the space, in your living room or create a little reading basket.

If you need any help finding a book or have any questions, please come and see me in the Library.

Books of the week

Great for story-time (age 3+):
Brian the Smelly Bear

All the animals are sick of Brian’s stinky stench. How can they get rid of his terrible smell? It’s time to come up with a clever plan to eliminate the rotten pong once and for all!

For younger readers (age 8+):
Little Legends: The Spell Thief by Tom Percival

Meet Jack and his talking chicken Betsy, Red, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and a host of other Little Legends as they have fantastic new adventures! Get to know your favorite fairytale characters like never before in this magical new book series.

Life for Jack is great ― he's got a magical talking hen named Betsy, he lives in a town where stories literally grow on trees, and all his best friends live there with him. That is, until Anansi, the new kid in town, arrives...

When Jack sees Anansi having a secret meeting with a troll ― everything changes. Trolls mean trouble and Jack will stop at nothing to prove that Tale Town is in danger. Even if that means using stolen magi

For older readers (age 9+):

Warriors Super Edition: Tigerheart's Shadow by Erin Hunter

An epic stand-alone adventure in Erin Hunter’s #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series! Also includes an exclusive ten-page Warriors manga adventure!

In this super edition, set during the events of A Vision of Shadows, one of ShadowClan’s most loyal warriors must go on a perilous quest—one that will take him and the ThunderClan warrior Dovewing to the heart of a dangerous territory unlike any they have seen before.

Long one of the proudest warrior Clans, ShadowClan now faces an unprecedented period of darkness and uncertainty. Its deputy, Tigerheart, is determined to help his Clan survive. But a crossroads is fast approaching…and when their medicine cat has an ominous vision, Tigerheart discovers that the only way to save his Clan may be to leave it behind forever.

Join the legion of fans who have discovered the epic adventures, fierce warrior cats, and thrilling fantasy world of the mega-bestselling Warriors series. This stand-alone entry is perfect for new readers and dedicated fans alike.

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) by National Geographic Kids

Presenting the next must-have, fun-filled gift book from the team that created Ultimate Weird But True, 5,000 Cool Facts About Everything treats kids to brain candy and eye candy all rolled into one treasure trove of high-interest fascinating facts.

Lively and information-packed, this book is literally bursting its covers with fascinating, fun-tastic facts on super, sensational topics that kids love. Who knew that there were so many sweet things to learn about chocolate or that a dozen delicious details about peanut butter would show up on a page with a few splotches of jelly to whet our appetites? Keep turning and a terrifyingly toothy shark tells you all about himself, while other spreads lay out tons of tips on toys and games, mysteries of history, robots and reptiles, sports and spies, wacky words, and so much more! A visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.

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Neilson Hays Young Writers Award 2018

The Neilson Hays Library has launched the second “Neilson Hays Young Writers Awards”, where  students aged 10-18 are invited to submit illustrated children’s picture books or short stories in English. Winning entries will be read out loud by prominent figures in the literacy and art world and winning authors will be presented with certificates and a cash prize of 10,000 baht per category. This year, there will be a special Ambassador’s Selection Prize of 10,000 baht, presented by H.E. Ms. Donica Pottie of the Embassy of Canada. This year’s theme is “WONDER” and the deadline for  submissions is 28 February  2018. There are a total of 5 categories by age and school. For more information, please click on this link NHLwebsite or contact the Neilson Hays Library  at

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