This is the second of our weekly Summertime Reading Club challenges. Each week we’ll set you a challenge and you have to comment on the challenge post to go in the draw for the weekly prize, a $50 PaperPlus voucher and a Hoyts movie pass. We’ll draw the winner on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday when the next challenge is posted.
Congratulations to last week’s winner – Ben.
Week 2 Challenge
Leave a comment telling us:
Which author would you most like to meet?
If you could ask them one question what would it be?
Make sure you leave your name and email address as well so that we can contact you if you win.
Join the Summertime Reading Club in 2012. This very popular summer activity starts again on 21 December and runs to 18 January 2013. Complete the Summertime Reading Club challenge and you’ll be in to win some awesome prizes including Paper Plus vouchers, an iPod, a digital camera and an iPad!
Simply take a challenge card, complete four of the challenges and then return the card to the library to be in to win.
There are two levels to choose from:
Easy (for 5 – 8 year olds)
Hard (for 9 – 12 year olds)
Each week on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’ll also have a Sumertime Reading Club Challenge. You can enter each week for your chance to win Paper Plus vouchers and Hoyts movie vouchers.
Keep your eyes peeled next week for the Summertime Reading Club challenge card that you can download from the Kids page of the library website.
Hi there folks (waves). I am feeling very honoured to be this month’s Star Author here at the Christchurch Kids Blog. I’m going to be around all July talking about books, reading and writing. If you have any questions at all about me, about writing or about my books please ask. I write for children of all ages, from picture books through short stories to novels. I love to write even though it can be brain twistingly difficult at times, but I also love to read and I think one of the reasons I became a writer was because of how reading books made me feel.
Reading a book is something I can do by myself but I never feel alone when I read. I can travel anywhere, meet new people from different countries, cultures or worlds and learn more about myself doing it. Some of my favourite books when I was younger include The Outsiders, The Little House on the Prairie Books, The Dark is Rising series, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (I think I read that at least 12 times), Paddington Bear Books, Famous Five and Secret Seven Books, The Wizard of Earthsea, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Anne of Green Gables, Flambards, The Swing in the Summerhouse, and many, many more. I loved I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sellew, The Cat in the Hat, and Where The Wild Things Are. I adored Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes. As you can see I liked books that blended magic with the real world. I still own many of my favourite books from my childhood. And I still read children’s books now. Recent favourites include Super Finn, Hill and Hole, The Hunger Games, White Cat, The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight, The Chicken Thief, Olivia, There’s a Monster at the End of this Book, Love That Dog and The Changeover. What are some of your favourite books? And what is it you loved most about them?
Winter Reading Club is a fun reading challenge that you can take part in throughout the June and July. From Monday 18 June you can visit your local library and pick up your challenge card. Just complete four challenges and you will get a mini prize pack.
I’m very excited to be your Star Author for the month. (Well, who wouldn’t be? Doesn’t everyone want to be a star from time to time? And yes, I did get to be a star on a Hollywood Red Carpet once with my friend Nim, though I’ll tell you more about that later . For now, here’s the Red Carpet video of what a true Hollywood star and I think about reading: Wendy Orr and Jodie Foster MS Readathon CSA
Although I’ve never been to New Zealand, I have a dog-walking friend who’s from Christchurch, and every time we walk the dogs together I learn a bit more about it, and especially on how her family and friends are coping after the earthquake. I think that’s why I feel so proud and excited to be on your blog, and it’s making me even more determined to get across there one day!
Books, reading and writing have always been a huge part of my life.
You know when people ask you where you read, or when you read? Anywhere and all the time, is my answer. At breakfast, when I’m brushing my teeth, when I’m waiting somewhere…
By the way, what’s the craziest place you’ve ever read a book?
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.
If you love rugby and reading then you should join the 2011 Reading Crusade. If you’ve never done the Reading Crusade before it’s a fun reading promotion run by Christchurch City Libraries and the Crusaders rugby team.
All you have to do is read six books, fill out a reading log and get a parent, teacher or librarian to register your reading. Once you’ve registered you’re in the draw for heaps of cool prizes. Find out more on the Reading Crusade website.
Each week we have a Reading Crusade Challenge for you to try and we’ll be giving away some great new books each week to Christchurch kids who comment on the blog.
The school holidays are the perfect time to lay around and read. The warm, sunny weather we’ve had lately means that you can even go and sit out in the sun or under a tree and read.
What books are you reading in the holidays? Are they really good stories with lots of interesting characters? Is it a book by one of your favourite authors? Is it a non-fiction book or a graphic novel? Add a comment and tell us all about the books you’re reading.