On Wednesday we celebrated The Big Read in Christchurch as part of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards. Ms. Hill (the fabulous librarian at Queenspark School) and I joined the children at Thorrington School to share some of the finalist books in this year’s awards.
With Year 5 and 6 Ms. Hill and I read some of the finalist picture books, including one of the most popular books, Baa Baa Smart Sheep by Mark and Rowan Sommerset. If you haven’t read this hilarious (and gross) picture book, make sure you get a copy from the library. We also tested how well the children at Thorrington knew their book characters by challenging them to a book quiz.
After lunch, the Year 1-4 children were in for a treat. As well as listening to the librarians reading the finalist picture books, they were also lucky enough to have Margaret Mahy come and tell some stories. She told her fantastic story, Down the Back of the Chair and read her latest book, The Moon and Farmer McPhee, which is also a finalist in the book awards this year.
How did you celebrate The Big Read?