Punctuation : commas, full stops, and question marks, by Anita Ganeri (1961-)
Awesome book for kids to learn punctuation marks and their importance in reading and writing sentences..must read once.
Reviewed by Aadiv from Johnsonville and Churton Park School , 5 years old
The hunt for the golden book, by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo’s grandfather William shortpaws forces Geronimo to write a book,not just any kind of book a book with a Golden cover a book to how Geronimo got to be writer for The Rodents Gazette.But when the enemy of the Rodents Gazette The Daily Rats editor Sally Ratmousen sends some mice to collect Geronimo’s computer witch had the Golden Book inside it. Will Geronimo get the golden book back?
Reviewed by keya from Johnsonville, 7 years old
Love writing? Love winning? Well a group of New Zealand Authors have figured out a way to combine the two, and the result is Fabo Story.
Here’s how it works…
Every fortnight there is a new story released on the website – but it’s only the first paragraph! Your job is to finish the story by writing the next paragraph.
At the end of the fortnight 2 winning stories will be picked. One winner from those aged 10 and under, and another for those aged 11-13 years. (The maximum age is 13). Previous winners have received books and chocolate – so you can eat the chocolate while you read the books. Awesome!
There are some really cool authors involved – Fifi Colston, Maureen Crisp, Elena De Roo, Tania Hutley, Johnanna Knox, Kyle Mewburn, Michele Powles, Melinda Szymanik, Kathy White
So get writing and get winning! But most importantly… have fun!
The school holidays are here! These are the FREE and fun things you can do at libraries today:
Special Event: Author and Illustrator visit!
Lucas and Jutta Chisholm, Author and Illustrator of the awesome book ‘Meet Mr. Mr Sunny’, are visiting to run fun activities with you. Listen to this cool book being read aloud, find out all about how to write books and even draw and make your own book character. Cool!
Wellington Central Library, 11am. No bookings required, suitable for 5-12 year olds. Free.
Special Event: Kiwana!
Read and act out one of Margaret Mahy’s most popular books – Down the Back of the Chair and more fun-filled Kiwiana activities. The lovely librarians have some fun tricks up their sleeves for this one.
Johnsonville Library, 10.30am. No bookings required, suitable for 5-12 year olds. Free.
Don’t forget our fun and popular storytimes during the school holidays.
Karori Library at 10.30am
Tawa Library at 10.30am
Kilbirnie Library at 10.30am
To celebrate the release of The Crystal Code, book four in Richard Newsome’s award-winning Billionaire series, Text Publishing is running a writing competition for students aged 10–13 years.
The winner’s school will receive a $1,000 credit voucher and the winning writer a $100 credit voucher to spend in one Australian or New Zealand bookshop, courtesy of Text Publishing.
To be part of the competition, you must write a story of no more than 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars.
The competition opened 1 October 2012. A completed entry form must accompany each story, and entries must be received at Text Publishing by Friday 9 November 2012. You can download the entry form from their website.
Richard Newsome is a New Zealander who is living in Australia. He grew up in Wanganui.
Check out the other books in this awesome series:
Neil Gaiman, successful and fantastic Author of great books like:
(both of which are a little bit scary – you have been warned), has offered his 8 rules for writing for those that like to grab a pen and paper and create stories. His rules are:
- Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
- Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
- Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
- Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
- Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
- Laugh at your own jokes.
- The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
There you go -no excuses now! Happy writing.
Enjoy writing? Thinking about being an author? Looking for some school holiday fun? Popular (and award wining) New Zealand author Fleur Beale is running a writing workshop for children.
You can find more info here.
This course will be a sell-out, so make sure you register quickly!
Don’t miss out on this! Karori Library is hosting a creative writing workshop during the school holidays. Learn how to write stories like a pro. Places are limited so make sure you book soon. Here’s the details:
Where: Karori Library
When: 10th July 1pm – 4pm
Who: 7-12 year olds – no experience required
How much: $30 – all proceeds go to the Wellington SPCA to keep the animals happy
Booking: Limited spaces. Email your details to email@example.com
Karori Library’s popular creative writing workshops are back!
Helen and Mary’s workshops will help you build confidence, take pride in your work, develop creativity, improve literacy, increase general braininess and just a lot of fun.
For 8-12 year olds
18th october 1-4pm at Karori Library
Places are limited and will fill up quickly. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a writer? Karori Library is hosting a children’s Creative Writing Workshop during the July School Holidays.
Where: Karori Library
When: 26th July, 1-4pm
Who: The workshop is presented by Helen Fletcher and Mary Dennis especially for 8-12 year olds.
How much: $30
Places are limited, bookings required. For more information and to book please email email@example.com.
Check out other cool activities during the holidays here.