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Book Week Activity with English classes

During the last two weeks we have run an activity with our Year 9 and 10 English classes where the students get together in pairs to read each of the books in either the Early Childhood and Picture Book of the Year categories.

Here are some of their responses to the books:

The book I liked best was Kissed By The Moon. I liked it because it had very interesting illustrations and the reflected the words on the page to a good standard. A nice read all ’round. A peaceful story with a happy ending. I like happy endings.

The book I liked best was King Pig. I liked it because it was about greediness and that will always be a huge problem.

The book I liked best was Granny Grommet and Me. I liked it because it had great illustrations and a fun storyline with descriptive words.

The book I liked best was The Swap. I liked it because it made sense and it wasn’t repetitive. The crocodiles were funny.

The book I liked best was Rules of Summer. I liked it because it had very nice and detailed illustrations to impart the story, and with enough text to explain the entire story.

The book I liked best was Banjo and Ruby Red. I liked it because it led me through a series of emotions and left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

The book I liked best was The Treasure Box. I liked it because it showed that no matter what you do or don’t have you can be happy with it, and love it and what it means to you.

The book I liked best was Silver Buttons. I liked it because the whole book is set within a time space of one minute, however you don’t realise this until the end, making the child’s first step seem insignificant.

The book I liked best was Parachute. I liked it because it demonstrated the change in grown yup. When he was young everything was exaggerated, until he grew older and then he towered over the elephant.

The book I liked best was Baby Bedtime. I liked it because it was really cute and it had good colours and storyline, The words were interesting and it had a lot of meaning in it.

The book I liked best was I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. I liked it because it flowed really well, it was fun to read and the illustrations were really unique.

The book I liked best was The Windy Farm.  I liked it because it is about hardships and forgiveness, and the book’s ending is enjoyable.



The students had three minutes to read each book, discuss it and then score it out of 10. Then, once six books had been read, the students had to pick their favourite title and write down why. We used an idea from the Ipswich Teacher-Librarian network Book Week activity book, and the booklets were designed by our Junior Teacher-Librarian, Mrs Ross.

The winner of the Early Childhood Category was Banjo and Ruby Red, with The Snap and Granny Grommet and Me as Honour books

The winner of the Picture Book Category was Rules of Summer, with The Windy Farm, King Pig, and The Treasure Box as Honour books.

This activity was heaps of fun for the students and teachers, and we recommend it to teachers to use with all age groups.


Why read?

An Epic Chart….

LOVE this post from Epic Reads, linking 162 YA retellings of various well-known fairytales, myths, Shakespeare and Classics.



Summer Reading infographic

I really love this info graphic because it has some really great suggestions for fantastic summer reads.


The Young Adult Summer Reading Flowchart

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Unweathered Words

Dear: Valued Patrons, VIPs and Friends

of Mentone Public Library,

We are very proud to present our Spring Season of;

Unweathered Words: 

A Community Writing Group Showcase.

This Coming Season Mentone Public Library Brings you;

Spring Into Wordplay with 

The Mordialloc Writers Group

Featured Local Author  Shirley Randles 

and Local Illustrator-Writer Lois Jessop


“Recipes for a Poem”

· 11am-12.15pm: The Mordialloc Writers Group will be sharing excerpts from

their published anthologies and new works.

· 12.30-1.30pm: Author Shirley Randles and Illustrator-Writer Lois Jessop

will be dishing up literary soul food and irresistible illustrations to match as their collaborative book makes its debut in the City of Kingston.

Time and Date:

11am – 12.15pm: Mordialloc Writers Group

12.30-1.30pm: “Recipes for a Poem” Book Launch

 Saturday 7th September 2013

RSVP Date: Thursday, 5th September 2013

 Venue: Mentone Public Library

Address: Rear of the CAB Building

Opposite Australia Post,

36 Florence Street,

Mentone. VIC 3194

MEL REF: 86 K6

The power of words!

The Library Staff in both the GFL and FAL are passionate in their belief about the value of reading!

Without a doubt, reading has a positive impact on our ability to write.

The more you read ….. The more you will be able to write!

Reading feeds into our ability to learn how to arrange words in sentences to more clearly express what we are thinking. If you doubt that – stop and look at this short video.

Pick up a book today and read ….. read ….. and read some more!!

Why read?!


I’m Not Stupid – National Year of Reading

Book Week in Eblana

Book Week Display

Book Week in Eblana is bigger than Texas, and always moves far beyond the boundaries of ‘classroom’ or ‘library’. Many classes enjoyed the fantastic Book Week weather by heading outside as part of the Book Week program – designed by John Nolan and Rhonda Deed, and supported by the Eblana staff and students. Here are some great photos of the outside activities.

Bobble Heads!Creating and Learning

And a small part of the great displays around the campus…

Inkys LONGLISTS announced


The Inkys are the only awards for Australian awards for books for young adults that are judged by young adults. The Inkys Longlist was announced today and includes:


(Australian titles)

  • Pigboyby JC Burke (GFL F-BUR)
  • Good Oil by Laura Buzo (GFL F-BUZ)
  • Just a Girl by Jane Caro (GFL F- CAR)
  • The FitzOsbourne’s in Exile by Michelle Cooper (Coming Soon!)
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Coming Soon!)
  • This is Shyness by Leanne Hall (GFL F- HAL)
  • Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick (GFL F- HER)
  • Silvermay by James Moloney (GFL F- MOL)
  • The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling (GFL F- STI)
  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield (Coming Soon!)


(International titles)

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Coming Soon!)
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (Coming Soon!)
  • No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (GFL F- VIG)
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (GFL F-FOR)
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (GFL F- GOD)
  • The Agency: The Body in the Tower by YS Lee (Coming Soon!)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (GFL F- PER)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (GFL F- STE)
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (GFL F- STO)
  • Violence 101 by Denis Wright (GFL F- WRI)

Wow! Such a strong field.

Also, keep your eyes on the Inside A Dog website for details of a Readers Competition for the Inkys.

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