Walker Books Australia have so many fantastic books being released this month. From a tale of Ancient Greece, to a story of a girl who wants to act but suffers from stage fright, and even a new book by David Almond and Dave McKean.
Thanks to Walker Books I have a stack of their latest release novels to give to one lucky school. The pack includes:
- That Boy, Jack by Janeen Brian
- Murder at Mykenai by Catherine Mayo
- In the Wings by Elsbeth Edgar
- View from the 32nd Floor by Emma Cameron
- Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd Jones
- Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf by David Almond and Dave McKean
To get in the draw just enter your name and email address in the form below and tell me why your school deserves a stack of books. These books are suitable for ages 9+. Competition closes Wednesday 19 June (NZ only).
February 14th is only a couple of days away, which means that International Book Giving Day is nearly here. Instead of giving flowers and chocolates to show your love, why not show your love of books and give books to a child who needs them the most. Here are some ways you could get involved in International Book Giving Day:
1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.
Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.
2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.
Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice. The goal here is to spread the love of reading to kids, so choose a fun book, nothing controversial.
3. Donate a Book.
Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. See my posts about donating to New Zealand charities KidsCan or Duffy Books in Homes.
I’ve cleaned out my bookcases of books I no longer need and bought a heap of new books to send to these charities on they day. Along with my library colleagues I’ll also be donating some nice new picture books to the doctor and dental surgeries in our community.
If you’re a school you could hold a special mufti day to raise money or gather books to send to Beckenham School in Christchurch, who recently lost their school library in a fire. A Free Post address is being set up for schools who would like to send books for Beckenham School free of charge.
Whatever you’re planning on doing for International Book Giving Day it would be great to hear all about it. You can join the International Book Giving Day Blog Hop to share your plans.
Let’s get books into the hands of the children in New Zealand who need them the most.
One of the most exciting things about being a book blogger is that some very kind publishers send you review copies of their latest books. You can pick and choose which ones you would like to review and sometimes they send you extras that you haven’t requested. HarperCollins New Zealand are one of my favourite publishers to deal with, especially Bonnie, one of their brilliant publicists. I never seem to run out of books to review and often have several piles that I keep thinking I have to get to. There are times when I feel guilty because I haven’t got to X publisher’s new titles yet, so I find myself trying to read 2 of 3 books from different publishers at the same time. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the amazing free books, but sometimes the ‘to be read’ piles can seem a bit daunting.
My biggest problem is that I still continue to buy books from local bookstores and through Amazon, Book Depository and, one of my favourite bookshops, Goldsboro Books (they have the most amazing selection of signed books, especially children’s). While tidying my bookshelves yesterday I noticed the frightening large amount of books I’ve bought this year but still haven’t read. Here’s just a small selection:
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
- Ashfall – Mike Mullan
- Sweetly – Jackson Pearce
- This Dark Endeavor – Kenneth Oppel
- Game Runner – B.R. Collins
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
- The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean – David Almond
- All These Things I’ve Done – Gabrielle Zevin
- Ashes – Ilsa Black
I keep saying to myself that once December comes around I’ll have 2 months to catch up before the publishing world kick starts for the new year, but I’m not sure how this will work out for me.
Can anybody suggest what I should start on first? What books have you bought this year but haven’t read yet?