A happy little reader

At the beginning of the year this little person started borrowing at our library when his big sister started in Prep. He was three and a half years old.

You will see him borrowing in our library most mornings before school. He has his own little routine where he posts his library book in the Returns chute and then comes around and takes it out of the box and hands it to me and has a little chat. (I love it!) Then off he goes to find a book.

Recently he has been borrowing information books about sea animals. Our happy reader lines up with the big kids and knows to turn his book to the back so he can scan the barcode. He then puts his book in his library bag and happily wanders out to meet his mum. He has borrowed 22 books so far this year and he isn’t even at officially at our school yet! 

The other week our little reader popped into the library at the end of the day instead and I was teaching a Year 6 class. That didn’t worry him! He returned his book and went over ready to scan his new book. The Year 6s were watching in awe. When I asked if he had enjoyed the octopus book he explained that an octopus has suction cups on its legs. You could hear the jaws of the Year 6 students drop! He confidently scanned his book and went on his way…a happy little reader who feels at home in our library.


The Fall by Tristan Bancks

I am a keen reader of crime thriller novels. I enjoy the mystery, suspense, twists in the plot and the challenge of working out who did it and how the story will end. So a few weeks ago when Tristan Bancks released the first two chapters of his new crime thriller book The Fall, I had to read them. I also read the chapters with our Year 6 classes who were on the edges of their seats and many wanted to know when we would have the book to borrow – that’s what I call a win! You can read the chapter sampler HERE and also read how Tristan incorporated events from his life into the story. We now have two copies of The Fall to borrow! I’m getting ready for a stampede in the library….

In the middle of the night, Sam is woken by angry voices from the apartment above. He goes to the window to see what’s happening – only to hear a struggle, and see a body fall from the sixth-floor balcony. Pushed, Sam thinks.
Sam goes to wake his father, Harry, a crime reporter, but Harry is gone. And when Sam goes downstairs, the body is gone, too. But someone has seen Sam, and knows what he’s witnessed. The next twenty-four hours could be his last.

If you’re in Year 5 or 6 and looking for a book that has a nail biting plot then this is the book for you. I could not put the book down and read it in one sitting until way too late on a school night!

You too will want to know the answers to these questions and more…

What happened to the man who fell from the building?
Where has Sam’s dad disappeared to after saying he was going out to buy milk?
Who is the mysterious Scarlet who lives on the sixth floor?
Will Sam survive the next 24 hours?

Thanks to writing his ‘Harry Garner: Crime Reporter’ comics, Sam already has some great investigative and problem solving skills that will come in handy to solve this crime. As the story unfolds you will be reading as fast as you can and hoping Sam’s knee staples hold together in an action packed 24 hours.

When you’ve caught your breath at the end of the book, spend some time reading ‘Sam Gardner’s Ten Commandments for Life’...there’s some wise advice there for you!

A surprise from author Kate Knapp!

A very excited reader rushed into the library before school this morning to show me a surprise she had received in the mail. She is a big fan of the Ruby Red Shoes series by Kate Knapp and proud owner of her three books. 

Three weeks ago our happy reader wrote a letter to Kate Knapp. She told her how much she enjoyed reading the Ruby Red Shoes books and asked if she might write a new book called ‘Ruby Red Shoes Travels Around Australia’. Imagine our reader’s surprise when her big sister collected the mail yesterday and ran inside to hand her an envelope from Kate!

You can read Kate’s response in her beautiful handwriting. I think she may have been just as excited to have received a letter from one of her fans. Ruby Red Shoes is currently travelling in Austria, but we will be watching closely to see if she has an Australian adventure soon too! 

Our observant reader was very impressed that the inside of Kate’s envelope even has the matching pattern to the endpapers in her Ruby Red Shoes books!

Our reader also discovered that I am the happy owner of a Ruby Red Shoes cup which I chose for it’s lovely reminder…

Thank you Kate for making one of our fabulous readers VERY happy!

Our visit from Kathryn Apel

Our library was excited to welcome author and poet Kathryn Apel for her visit on Monday, May 22nd.

However, four keen students met Kathryn the day before at her Poetry workshop at The Little Bookroom in Carlton where they had fun with 30 other children playing with words and exercising their creativity.


I was very excited to meet Kathryn who I’ve known on Twitter for some time. To celebrate the release of Kathryn’s latest verse novel Too Many Friends, I even managed to make a Ferris Wheel cake!

Kathryn spoke to our Year 3-6 classes. Each session with Kathryn was different and we discovered how important Kathryn’s family and her life on the farm are in helping to shape her writing. 

We also learnt a lot about getting stuck in the mud on the farm and how hard it is to get out!

We enjoyed learning how Kathryn writes her verse novels and were very impressed with her shape poems, especially ‘Duck Dad!’ She has given us lots of ideas for our own writing.

At the end of each session, Kathryn encouraged us to turn off our televisions and devices and be creative. Kathryn showed us lots of ways her sons had been creative over the years and students were amazed that one of her boys had made a chain mail top! When Kathryn returned to our library on Tuesday before school she had a wonderful surprise when two students popped in to show they had heard her message and been creative with boxes that night!

One of our Prep classes was very lucky to listen to Kathryn read her book This is the Mud! before she had to leave. This book is special to our library because Kathryn thoughtfully sent it to us when our library was damaged by flooding and now she has been to our library to read it!

Thank you Kat for showing us how to paint pictures with words and reminding us that playing with words and being creative is FUN!

Wonder the movie

If you have been lucky to meet the unforgettable Auggie Pullman in the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio then you are going to be as excited as I am that this inspiring story has been made into a movie. (I think they may have to give out boxes of tissues at the cinema!)

The movie will be released in November so there’s still plenty of time for you to read the book first!