On Thursday, 6 August Kathy White, a local author, came and talked to the senior school students. Kathy was born in England in 1966 and came to live in New Zealand when she was 5. Kathy went to school at Hilltop Primary School, Taupo Intermediate and Taupo-nui-a-tia College. Kathy became a full time writer in 2010. Kathy has had 13 books and approximately 130 short stories, plays and magazine articles published in her writing career. We have two of Kathy’s books in the Library Muffin Magic and A Hairy Tale and lots of stories and articles in our Journals. Kathy spoke to the students about how she gets her ideas for writing and also read some of A Hairy Tale and there was an interesting question/answer session at the end of her talk.
Then on Friday, 7 August we had Donovan Bixley talk to the middle and senior school. Donovan was born in Perth in Australia in 1971. He came to live in New Zealand when he was a young boy and lives here in Taupo.
Apparently Donovan loved the Lorax by Dr Seuss as a child and one of his favourite authors is Roald Dahl. Upstart Press state that he has illustrated over 80 books. The Listener stated that Donovan is a “one man, award gobbling, illustrating machine”. This year he has eight nominations in three of this year's book award contests. We have some of the books Donovan has illustrated and written in the Library and they are very popular with the students.
Donovan read Margaret Mahy’s Dashing Dog, which he illustrated, to the students. He also talked about the books he has written and the process he goes through to illustrate a book. At the end of his talk there was a very lively question/answer session.
We held our annual Scholastic Book Fair during the week beginning 11 August. We had some fantastic books for sale. I was completely blown away by the massive support I received from our School community and the sales far exceeded my expectations. We sold approximately $3500 of books which enabled me to buy 65 new books for our Library. These will be on the shelves early in Term 4. Thank you all for your continued support of this event.
I have purchased the New ZeaUploads/blog/Room-01/land Book Award for Children and Young Adults finalist books which are relevant to our age group. Donovan Bixley won the Junior Fiction category with Monkey Boy. Jim’s Letters written byGlynn Harper and illustrated by Jenny Cooper won the Picture Book category and the Non Fiction winner was Motiti Blue and the Oil Spill written by Debbie McCauley and Tamati Waaka.
What a great term. Term 4 looks as though it is going to be very busy too with Pet Day, Production, stocktakes in the Library and then final assembly.
The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” Dr Seuss "I can read with my eyes shut"