If you’re a sporty person you’re probably in heaven right now with all the Olympic Games coverage on TV. There are heaps of different types of sport to watch, from swimming and rowing, to gymnastics and athletics.
We have heaps of sporty books in the library for you to enjoy. Why not try these:
We also have a great page all about the Olympics, where you can find out about Canterbury Olympic Athletes and visit some interesting websites with information about the Olympic Games.
With only 3 weeks to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off, we want to share some rugby reads with you. If you love rugby and reading, then these books are for you. This week’s Rugby Read is Sitting on the Fence by Christchurch author, Bill Nagelkerke.
It is 1981 and Martin senses big trouble brewing at home. The South African rugby team has been invited to tour New Zealand. Martin’s sister, Sarah, is out to stop the tour in protest against South Africa’s racist apartheid system. His rugby-mad dad is equally determined that the tour should go ahead. Martin wishes the whole thing would simply go away.
“You just fence-sit like a dumb bunny,” Sarah tells him. But Martin would just rather not take sides.
Then a new school leads to a new friendship, and Martin is faced with a choice. He can walk away, or he can become involved in something that will end up being bigger than anybody could have predicted. The story is based on the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand in 1981 when the nation was divided between pro and anti tour supporters.
Recommended for 9+
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.
Get reading and join the Reading Crusade!
My family is going to have square eyes by the end of the weekend. On Friday the Phoenix play the Gold Coast. As it is comng from Oz it isn’t on until 11pm. It is usually replayed so check the guide. Saturday Canterbury meet Otago at Carisbrook, 5.25 pm. Lion Foundation netball is on from 12.30. There is also the replay of the AFL final. You will have to check the guide for the time.
Sunday is the big one for us. NRL grand final and the UK Super league final. At Old Trafford St Helens meet Wigan, 6 am our time.
Coverage of the NRL Grand Final starts after that with shows like the Footy Show until 4 pm when the Junior Warriors take on South Sydney in the Toyota cup final. That promises to be a great curtainraiser. Both teams play with alot of flare and are not scared to throw the ball around. Then the big one the Grand final. The safe methodical Dragon who slowly strangle the life out of their opponenents with the best defence in the NRL against the Roosters. Last years wooden spoon winners and written off by many early this season. They have a shocking defence and win games by out scoring the opposition. They have flare and speed and are a dream to watch. I’m backing the Roosters to win.
Our wonderful Star Author Brian Falkner has written a wonderful book about league. It is called Henry and the Flea. Daniel wants to play for the Warriors. The problem is he is only 12. How does he do it? It’s a great book about friendship, loyalty and sport. It is also very funny.
The world seems much quieter now that the Football World Cup has finished and everybody has put down their vuvuzela’s, but I was really enjoying watching the games on TV even though I’m not a very sporty person. If you’re missing the World Cup too you can always get outside with your football and boot it around, or you could borrow one of the sensational new football books that we have in the library.
The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia has lots of information about playing the game, football legends (including some famous women footballers), the various football clubs, and the major football competitions including the European Championships and the African Nations Cup. There are heaps of photos of players in action and the best part is that it has statistics about New Zealand teams and players and Australasian football websites that you can visit in the back of the book. For presentation and the information that it has in it. 7 out of 10
The Football Book published by Dorling Kindersley is one of the coolest football books I’ve seen. It’s brand new so it has up-to-date information and just looks cool. It has information about playing the game, particular skills that you need to know, statistics of different teams (including New Zealand), and information about the World Cup and other football tournaments. There are also diagrams of the best football stadiums in the world, photos of different football trophies, diagrams to help you learn skills like goalkeeping and taking penalties, and even a photo of Ryan Nelsen. This is the best book if you want to know anything about football and a great book even if you don’t like football. 10 out of 10
Who would have thought it? The All Whites one game away from reaching the World Cup quarter finals. We have attracted a lot of international media attention. Have a look at stuff.co.nz for this article and more. With any luck some of our players may get decent international contracts.
Are you staying up for the game? Do you think we can beat Paraguay and even make it to the quarter finals?
Sammy goes to the World Cup is the latest book about football fan Sammy and her team the Shooting Stars, by New Zealand author Michele Cox. In the latest book, Sammy wins a competition to go to the World Cup in South Africa to meet some of the world’s best football players. Not only are these great stories, but Michele, who is a former New Zealand football representative and member of the FIFA Committee for Women’s Football, includes playing and fitness tips to help you improve your football skills.
If you would like to win a copy of this exciting new book from Michele Cox, news website stuff.co.nz is giving away 5 copies of Sammy goes to the World Cup. Just go to the Stuff website and enter to win.
Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a rock, you’ll know that the Football World Cup in South Africa has started. There’s soccer all over the news and on the TV and even somebody like me who isn’t really a sporty person can’t help but be excited.
There are lots of books in the library on soccer, from books teaching you how to play to stories about kids who love the game. New Zealand author Michelle Cox, a former New Zealand representative soccer player, writes books about a girl called Sammy who loves playing soccer. Check out our selection of soccer books, magazines and DVDs:
You could also check out these cool websites:
Are you watching the World Cup? If you are, what do you love about it?