Saturday, November 18, 2017

15th October Worm Day

Last week Australia made a momentous decision to allow same-sex marriage and we were talking in the library about what books we could put out on display to celebrate this. We thought of Worm Loves Worm and the lovely conversation in it about who will be the bride and who will be the groom. Then we went off on a tangent and started chatting about how many picture books had worms as main characters or as the topic. I then thought surely there is a 'worm day' and looked it up. It was on the 15th October and we missed it! So here I am writing it up so that next year we will be well prepared to celebrate it.

These books are in our library and they are perfect for celebrating worms. Firstly picture books:
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin and  Harry Bliss
The Worm Who Knew Karate by Jill Lever and Terry Denton
Worm  by Nicki Greenberg
Worm Weather by Jean Taft and Matt Hunt
I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt
Noodle and Lou by Liz Garton Scanlon and Arthur Howard
•  I Won't Eat That by Christopher Silas Neal
Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Rooting For You by Susan Hood and Matthew Cordell
Yucky Worms by Vivian French and Jessica Ahlberg
•  The Worm by Elise Gravel

Then there's all the chapter books:
Snail and Worm by Tina Kugler (series)
Boobela and Worm by Joe Friedman and Sam Childs (series)
Marty McGuire Digs Worms by Kate Messner and Brian Floca
Dirty Bertie Worms by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts
Yuck's Pet Worm by Matt and Dave
They Didn't Teach Me This in Worm School  by Simone Lia
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Now add some great non-fiction with amazing worm photographs, a book with instructions for making a worm farm, some books on compost and you'll have a great display.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

11th November Origami Day

Origami Day was first observed in Japan. It honours the ancient art of creating objects from square pieces of paper.

The origami crane is one of the most recognized origami models around the world.

Amazing objects have been made that are indeed works of art, but at school we will be celebrating by making much simpler animals and having the children who are adept at origami teach their peers. When they have made a recognisable animal there is such a sense of achievement. 

We have a large number of books in the craft section of the library which give students ideas about what is possible, but we also have books where origami is central to the story or poetry in the book. Of course we have Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes  in picture book format but there are other picture books as well. See these:
Origami Heart by Binny
Wild Weather  by Thomas Kingsley Troupe (this is one book in a series called Origami Science Adventures)
Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O'Connell George and Lauren Stringer
• The Paper Crane by Molly Bang
Yoko's Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells 
Little Oh by Laura Krauss Melmed
Tree of Cranes by Allen Say (just perfect for the run-up to Christmas)
• Peace Crane by Sheila Hamanaka
More-igami by Dori Kieber
Butterflies for Kiri by Cathryn Falwell
Float  by Daniel Miyares
The Fog by Kyo Maclear and Kennard Pak
Mole and the Newspaper by Laurence Bourguignon

Origami, Poems and Pictures  by The British Museum would make a wonderful present as it comes with the paper and it becomes a family reading, viewing and doing activity.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

4th November World Numbat Day

What is a numbat? It is a small marsupial that is now only native to Western Australia. It was once found across most of Southern Australia, but now it is in threat of extinction. So on World Numbat Day we celebrate Western Australia's unique mammal emblem and are encouraged to conserve the species. Like many of Australia's smaller marsupials it is threatened by foxes, feral cats and loss of habitat. Project Numbat works tirelessly to promote community awareness. Tomorrow in the library I will put these books out on display to remind the students about this interesting marsupial and its place in our unique fauna.

Friday, November 3, 2017

3rd November Jellyfish Day

Jellyfish Day is  not  a day many people will be celebrating, I'm sure, but at school the Kindergarten classes spend the term exploring things that live in the sea and one of the Kindergarten teachers really has 'a thing' about jellyfish and wanted her class to do some 'jellyfish art'. There is so much on pinterest and the web suggesting art projects for young students and she had decided what she wanted to do, but we had very few books in the library that she could use to research jellyfish with her class. So three years ago I was on a quest to find some. Now the library has these four and all are worth having. The photos in Jellies: The Life of Jellyfish by Twig C. George are superb. Jellyfish  by Mari Schuh has just the right amount of reading for Kindergarten and the the other two Jellyfish by Louise Spilsbury and Jellyfish by Valerie Boden are good examples of information texts for young children.

While looking for jellyfish books though I was surprised to find the library already had five books where a main character was actually a jellyfish. Who would have thought to choose a jellyfish as a character? Not me!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

28th October Hug a Sheep Day

What a wonderful creature a sheep is...certainly huggable. We need to thank them for wool, cheese and lanolin among other things. The last Saturday in October is Hug a Sheep Day so head off to a farm or petting zoo to thank a sheep. In Australia we won't have a wooly jumper on, but we may have a fine merino singlet top or t-shirt.

There's some very endearing sheep in children's picture books, besides Shaun and the Green Sheep and a few dictatorial ones too!
Look for:

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
Baa Baa Smart Sheep  by Mark & Rowan Sommerset
• The Sheep Who Hatched an Egg by Gemma Merino 

Louis 1 King of the Sheep by Olivier Tallec

Elfrida by Klara Fall & Heide Stollinger  
• Bea Rocks the Flock  by Victoria Jamieson   

Prince Charming and Baabarella by Angela Glitz  
Funny Machines for George the Sheep by Geraldine Elschner & Remi Saillard   

Saturday, October 21, 2017

21st October Apple Day

Yesterday was Apple Day which is celebrated in Australia and it was the day of the Granny Smith Festival here in Sydney. This festival is held on the third Saturday of October to commemorate 19th-century pioneer Maria Ann "Granny" Smith, credited with producing the Granny Smith apple.  So last week we had 'apple' picture books, including stories, information books and even some apple craft books on display and I enjoyed reading and acting out Mr Brown's Magnificent Apple Tree with some preschool classes.

A new apple book that was added just recently is Enough Apples  by Kim Kane and Lucia Masciullo. It is a good book to add to your collection because it not only deals with apples, apple pies and cooking with apples.  It  also is one to add to your list of sustainability resources. Here is the booksellers blurb:

'When an orchardist's apple trees are crowded out by looming development, he learns how to transform his altered world so he can continue to bake the perfect apple pie. An inspiring story about urban greening and creative adaptation to change.'

  I have written about Apple Day before  so to see more of the books we displayed look here. And something to be happy about Apple Pigs  by Ruth Orbach is back in print and easy to buy once again.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

10th October Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October. This is not her birthday. That is on 10th December, too close to school holidays and Christmas to celebrate then. Today is a day to celebrate inspirational women in science, technology, maths and engineering, in the hope that by shining a light on such people and increasing their visibility, they can inspire future generations. 

There is so much written about Ada's personal life. She has been the subject of novels, plays and now a large number of picture book biographies.This means that a large number of young children get to know about her 'mathematical genius' and she has become quite a mentor for young girls who enjoy STEM subjects.If you are looking to add books to your library for children as young as eight, these are perfect.

Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Hallmark & April Chu 

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley & Jessie Hartland
and look out for these which will be here early in the new year

Who Says Women Can't Be Computer Programmers  by Tanya Lee Stone & Marjorie Priceman

Ada Lovelace by Isabel  &   (part of the Little People Big Dreams series)

And there is a new series of bridging novels just available about an eight year old, third grade  student with a knack for maths, science and solving mysteries with technology.  Written by Emily Ada Lace, On the Case is book 1 in the series.