Saturday, June 25, 2011

'KIA ORA' - to all our international viewers of the KNS Library Blog

'Kia ora' to you all from us at Kaiapoi North School, New Zealand. We would love for you to comment on anything you see on our blog or recommend any books from your own countries.

We have had people from the United States, Malaysia, Canada, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, Thailand, South Korea, France, Russia and our neighbours - Australia, visit our blog.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

BOOTSIE THE KING written by Mike James

For all of you who have enjoyed reading the first three 'Bootsie' books, I have good news! The fourth book is now available from Australia and on it's way to us here at KNS. Reserve it now!

ROOM ON THE BROOM written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Another wonderfully witty story written by Julia Donaldson (creator of The Gruffalo)

The Witch had a cat and a very tall hat, And long ginger hair which she wore in a plait.

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.

Click on the play button below and hear the story (audio version)

HARRY'S HAIR written by Jane Buxton and illustrated by Jenny Cooper

I was lucky enough to attend the book launch for the new picture book 'Harry's Hair' last night in Christchurch. I met the author and illustrator who signed our copy for the library :-)

Harry wouldn't brush his hair, young Harry Brown just didn't care. When Harry refuses to brush his hair, it's not long before a family of birds moves in - then a couple of chinchillas, some lizards and who knows what else?

Mrs Lynskey

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

CHINESE CINDERELLA, The Mystery of the Song Dynasty Painting. By Adeline Yen Mah

Feng Jie (Chinese Cinderella) has a very bad fall and is whisked away to hospital. While she is recovering she sees a copy of an ancient painting, ‘Along the River at Qing Ming’. This causes her to have vivid dreams as she goes in and out of consciousness. During hypnotherapy she talks of a time many years ago and the adventures of another girl. Is she dreaming, or has Feng Jie a lived a previous life?

About the author from
"Adeline Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, China. She lived in Shanghai as a child and moved to Hong Kong at age eleven. At fourteen, she won a writing competition, which convinced her father to send her to study in England. She attended London Hospital Medical School, graduated as a physician and established a thriving medical practice in California. She worked as an anesthesiologist at West Anaheim Community Hospital and became chief of anesthesia."

Mrs Greenfield

Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah

In this book Adeline Yen Mah (her Chinese name is Jun-ling) describes her life in China during the Second World War. She was born into a rich and privileged family but was thought to be bad luck due to the death of her mother during complications in giving birth to her. She was neglected by her father, Joseph Yen, a successful businessman, and her brothers and sisters. When her father remarried, "Niang" (Mother) treats her and her siblings coldly while spoiling her own children and Jun-ling's older sister. Eventually she is sent to live at a boarding school in Hong Kong, where she is really happy. Her friends become suspicious because no-one visits her or brings her gifts.
A very interesting and informative read.
Mrs Greenfield

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Hi everyone,

Our 'Book Fair' which is during book week, is fast approaching!

We will have special guests coming to KNS, who will be reading to our students, competitions, fun activities and we will finish the week off with a 'book character' parade with a sausage sizzle fundraising lunch - yummy!

There will also be refreshments for all adults who visit our book fair after the parade.

Please let all your family and friends know about our 'book fair'. The more books that are purchased, benefits our school library which is used by all the students here at KNS.

Start thinking about what you will wear to the parade!

Mrs Lynskey :-)

Monday, June 13, 2011

ERIC written by Shaun Tan

Eric is eternally curious and effortlessly charming - a house guest whose approach to the world will capture your heart.

About the Author
Shaun Tan's stunning picture books and illustrated fiction have delighted readers of all ages around the world. His multi-award winning titles include Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Lost Thing (also mentioned on our blog) The Red Tree and The Arrival.


Don't forget to get your book reviews in, which have been signed by a parent.

I will supply the photo.

If your parent/caregiver does not want your photo included in the review, that is ok. Just return the signed form which states NO PHOTO.

Thanks, Mrs Lynskey


A huge thank you to all the amazing students and in particular, the student librarians, who were so calm when we had to leave the library today. You all showed fantastic 'leadership' skills under pressure. Well done!

I am very proud :-) from Mrs Lynskey

Friday, June 10, 2011


The winner of the mystery question prize draw is HAMISH CURRIE from room 18. Congratulations Hamish, and thanks to all students who entered.


The series, based on the diaries of 'Georgia Nicolson', are hilariously funny and suited for our senior students. Along with 'Angus, thongs and perfect snogging' we also have 'It's OK, I'm wearing really big knickers!', 'Knocked out by my nunga-nunga's', 'Dancing in my nuddy-pants', 'Luuurve is a many trousered thing...', 'Stop in the name of pants' and 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?'

Have you seen the movie? Watch the trailer..

Thursday, June 9, 2011


We have a 'Korean' stand in our library which includes books and information about the country of Korea.

As you will all know, we have many Korean international students throughout the year here at KNS. This stand is to ensure that our students feel included and gives our 'Kiwi' students a chance to learn more about Korea.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


One of the most popular books in the library (for boys and girls) would have to be the Geronimo Stilton series. I have purchased two new graphic novels - 'The Coliseum Con' and 'The Great Ice Age'. Both will be processed and available to borrow soon!

Click on the title: 'Geronimo Stilton' and it will link you to a trailer.


I found this cool new book in Australia. It is a junior picture book, but would also be fun for our older students. Flip the pages and see what dinosaur you can make!

Monday, June 6, 2011


Hi everyone. I am having a great time here in Sydney. I have bought some cool books that I haven't seen in New Zealand - so come on in to see them and be the first to reserve them. I will be back Wednesday!

Mrs Lynskey:-)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET written by Brian Selznick

Mr Marriott (RTlit) has just shown me this amazing book. Watch the trailer and reserve it now for when it arrives in our library.


Layton is our first student librarian to publish a book review on our blog page.

Layton's favourite book is 'The Cheese Pyramid' by Geronimo Stilton.

Layton really likes this books because "It is interesting and it has a lot of comedy. The rest of the series are also funny".

Layton would recommend this book to "year 5 and over"

Thank you Layton for your review. If this sounds like a book for you, reserve it now!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


For the 'Freak Street' fans - we have four new Time Machine books - Aliensons, Zombiesons, Wizardsons and Humansons - reserve your copy now!

MADE BY ME - A stitch-by-stitch guide to knitting, sewing and embroidery

This is a lovely new book which guides you through the techniques of knitting, sewing and embroidery.

I am sure this book with be very popular with the 'crafty' students at KNS. Reserve it now!

I would like to run some sewing classes during lunchtimes. Let me know if you would be keen to take part:-)

This is certainly one of my favourite non-fiction books in our library!

Mrs Lynskey