Escape to Everywhere – Book Week 2017

The Book Week parade… Every year it thrills kids but sends a ripple of fear through parents, when elaborate costume plans are announced the night before the parade!

Despite the costume-making-mayhem that no doubt goes on, our Book Week parade is always brilliant and 2017 was no exception. Ruth Woolven recaps –

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First book, then movie

bookfiend-etsyAs is always the case during school holidays, a bunch of new movies were released. This year, the main offerings were Pete’s Dragon, The Secret Life of Pets and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. My kids, being a little older, were plugging for Miss Peregrine, until I said “But have you read the book?” Cue massive eye-rolls from children (because I always say ‘first book, then movie’).

I miss lots of new-release movies because I haven’t read the book. In fact, my chief-movie-going-pal often gives me advance warning of movies she wants to see with a simple “Read the book now because the movie is out in a month.” Considerate friend!

Although I usually prefer the book to the movie, it’s not always the case, particularly when it comes to kids books/ movies. In some cases, films are PERFECT translations of the book, the characters and scenes unfolding just as you imagined. And sometimes a movie not only does a book justice but makes it better. Yes, really.

So here are the books that I think rocketed into awesomeness thanks to a fabulous film – Continue reading

Our treasured library and our valuable librarian

library-6Many things come to mind when I think about my primary school librarian – she was the first port of call when we had a project to do; she was recommender of new books that I might like (hello Judy Blume); she was maker of amazing displays (I never knew I wanted to learn so much about the solar system until I saw her arrangement of books, foam balls hanging from the ceiling to represent the planets and a paper black hole); she was auditor of the MS Read-a-thon; she was driver of the microfiche; and she was also keeper of Where Did I Come From? (a book that only the grade six students were allowed free access to!). Continue reading

Next stop, Comprehension Station

reading-train-1When my eldest son (now in high school) began Prep, he could hardly read the alphabet. The learning-to-read process began in the standard way – ‘golden words’, readers selected from the boxes in the classroom, and lots and lots of practice. And then it all just ‘clicked’- suddenly he couldn’t get enough to read.

He was mad about footy and while some might think that the Herald-Sun’s weekly 92-page AFL lift-out is a little too ‘comprehensive’, my son devoured it – best-on-ground performances by Judd, hamstring issues for Fremantle, off-field antics at Collingwood and poor umpiring decisions in the thirds at Fitzroy Reds – it didn’t matter what it was about, he read it. As well as the footy pages, he was tearing through books at a crazy rate. Continue reading

The word is not versing

versing-is-not-a-wordThings that kids say that make me crazy:

  1. Who is Kew Comets versing this week?
  2. How much minutes until lunch?

Yes, this is a post about choosing the correct words (and giving the occasional thought to grammar and punctuation)*.

My kids think I’m pedantic, I know I’m right. On more than one occasion I’ve pointed them in the direction of the dictionary or grammar guides and said that if they find ‘versing’ or their peculiar use of ‘much’ in any of the books, they’re free to go wild. Continue reading

Books Light Up Our World

This week’s post comes from Ruth Woolven, our school librarian (but it introduces some of my favourite events – Book Week and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation Book Swap – so expect to hear more about these things over the coming weeks).

childrens-book-week-2015Every week in the Library we recognise and encourage the joy of reading. In Term 3 the excitement escalates with the celebration of Book Week (Saturday 22 August – Friday 28 August) and the awarding of the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year. All classes will explore the nominated books in the coming weeks. Continue reading