The New Zealand Post Children’s Book Festival starts on Monday 17 June (that’s next week) and our committee here in Christchurch can’t wait to bring the Festival to the children of Canterbury. The main part of the Canterbury Festival this year is our Roadshow. We’re taking the finalist books on the road and visiting schools and preschools throughout Canterbury, from Ashburton up to Rangiora. We’ll be reading and talking about the finalists and I’ll be stepping in to Mister Whistler’s shoes each day.
We wanted to have a cool way to promote the books to the kids in each of our sessions so we came up with the idea of reading an extract from some of the books. The kids will then have to guess which book the extract comes from. It’s an easy idea that you could use in your classroom or library too. See if you can figure out which 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards finalist book these extracts come from.
- ‘Then came the long metal howl. In the canyon mouth, Hodie saw a bright blur. Next moment a wind-train shot out of the canyon and snaked above the valley floor towards the Depot. Lamps shone at the front. Four large swivelling wings on the engine made it shift this way and that to catch the currents of wind. Larger wings were spaced along three carriages, one of which looked like a dining car, and a van that must be for luggage. Concertina metal cages linked the carriages.’
- ‘All the time, the song raced round and round his head, and his feet tried to dance him round and round the platform.’
- ‘Gorging grubber, larvae-lover, snail-scratcher, beetle-battler.’
- ‘He looked out to sea. He had never been down here at night and he took a moment to enjoy the strangeness of it. In the patches of light, he thought he made out seaweed in the surging water, and something else, floating out there, waiting. Seals! He stood up and shivered in the wind. He heard it again: ‘The skin. Jake.’ A row of seals, their wet heads dark against the sea, watched him, like a row of sentries guarding the sea. Or the beach.’
- ‘The creatures here have to watch out for other hungry animals looking for a meal. Some dig into the sand to escape. Some hide under rocks. Others have clever ways of protecting themselves.’
- ‘We’re safe where we are, but we don’t wait around to speculate, just run like hell until we’re through the gardens and back in town. It’s chaos there. People packing out of offices. Shops boarding up their windows. Lucinda takes her leave of us, promising she’ll keep in touch. All the frantic activity underlines how stuffed I feel, not helped when Mikey whines about being hungry and tired the rest of the way home.’
I hope you all have a great festival week, whatever you may be doing. I certainly can’t wait until the awards ceremony in Christchurch on Monday 24 June to find out who takes out the awards!
There are heaps of great activity ideas out there to help you celebrate the 2013 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards. These ideas are aimed at teachers but you could try them out at home too.
There are some general Schools Resources on the Booksellers NZ New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards pages – http://booksellers.co.nz/awards/new-zealand-post-childrens-book-awards/2013resources.
Check out these books and their activity ideas:
Young Adult Fiction
The shortlists for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal were announced earlier this week in the UK. There are some impressive titles on the shortlists and I’ll have to get reading to catch up on the ones that I haven’t already read. I’m glad to see some of my favourite books on the lists, including Wonder, Oh No, George! and I Want My Hat Back. Check out the lists below and I’d love to know what your favourites are.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
- The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury
- A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books
- Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
- In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Bodley Head
- Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo
- A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey
About the CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
- Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children’s Books
- Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children’s Books
- Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books
- Pirates ‘n’ Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children’s Books
- King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books
- Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing
- Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books
About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her beautiful children’s illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.