It’s Book Week! Saturday 16 to Friday 22 August

CBCAThe Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced this year’s Children’s Books of the Year.

rules of summerPicture Book of the Year:
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan – A story about two boys, one older and one younger, and the kind of ‘rules’ that might govern any relationship between close friends or siblings. Rules that are often so strange or arbitrary, they seem impossible to understand from the outside…

the-swapEarly Childhood Book of the Year:
The Swap by Jan Ormerod – Caroline Crocodile’s baby brother dribbles. But all Mama crocodile Ever says is how Gorgeous he is. Caroline is very jealous. So she goes to the Baby shop and tries to swap her dribbly brother for a new baby. The trouble is, there’s just something not quite right with any of them…

very unusual pursuitYounger Readers Book of the Year:
City of Orphans: A very unusual pursuit by Catherine Jinks –  Monsters have been infesting London’s dark places for centuries, eating every child who gets too close. That’s why ten-year-old Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, the bogler. With her beautiful voice and dainty looks, Birdie is the bait that draws bogles from their lairs. One  day, Alfred and Birdie are approached by two very different women. Both of them threaten the only life Birdie’s ever known.

wildifeOlder Readers Book of the Year:
Wildlife by Fiona Wood – In the holidays before the dreaded term at Crowthorne Grammar’s outdoor education camp two things out of the ordinary happened. A picture of me was plastered all over a twenty-metre billboard. And I kissed Ben Capaldi… Boarding for a term in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sibylla expects the gruesome outdoor education program – but friendship complications, and love that goes wrong? They’re extra-curricula.

jeremyEve Pownall Award for Information Books:
Jeremy by Christopher Faille – A tiny kookaburra, only a few days old, falls out of his nest and is brought home by the family cat; the family name him “Jeremy”. Luckily, Jeremy is a fighter and as the weeks go by he grows stronger and stronger, until the time comes when he must say goodbye.

All of the CBCA winners are available from the Library, you can find them on our catalogue.






Why Linda loves the Library

This month Tea Tree Gully Library farewells Linda, our latest Work Experience student, who deserves a big thanks for her hard work and enthusiasm.

The lovely Linda, our latest work experience student at the Library.

The lovely Linda, our latest work experience student at the Library.

During her time here, Linda authored a post for the blog – it seems she’s a big fan of libraries, including the Tea Tree Gully Library!

In Linda’s words:
The first impression I took away from Tea Tree Gully Library is the strong commitment staff bring to ensuring visitors to the library have what they need and enjoy their experience in the library. Fostering an environment where people feel welcome, valued and important is obviously core business in this library.

One of the areas where the library is preparing a fertile ground for the readers and learners of the future is their children’s program. The Storytime, Toddler Time and Baby Bounce sessions in the library are hugely popular. Parents and children arrive well before the session times and are clearly excited to be there. The children love being in the library and these regular visits to the library encourage a confident attitude to reading and the development of important relationships with library staff.

One of my favourites:
One of my current favourites for reading aloud with younger readers is “I’m a Dirty Dinosaur” written by Adelaide author Janeen Brian.

The illustrator, Ann James, used mud from the dam near her home to create the fabulous illustrations for this book. This video shows her creativity at work.

The cheeky little dinosaur in this story reminds me of people I know and the rhyming text leads the reader through an action-packed journey filled with the joys of stomping, splashing, sliding and rolling in glorious mud. This book is a real joy to read aloud and younger listeners can’t help but join in by chanting the refrains and miming the actions.

Children and adults alike will relate to the fun that just oozes from this book. “I’m a Dirty Dinosaur” has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Book of the Year Award in the Early Childhood category.

Libraries make our lives better:
Libraries enrich our lives in so many ways, and Tea Tree Gully Library is a fine example of this.

It’s not just the wide range of resources and programs available that makes Tea Tree Gully Library such an important part of life for the local community. The friendly library team consistently foster a positive and welcoming atmosphere that reaches out to all. Thank you for the time and efforts devoted to ensuring I thoroughly enjoyed my placement and gained a greater understanding of the role of librarians in public libraries.

Ed’s note:
We’d also like to say a big thank you for bringing in two amazing cakes today to celebrate and share with staff. You’re the best Linda!

The amazing Fig Cake Linda brought in to share!

And then there was the lemon and ricotta one...

And then there was the lemon and ricotta…