Fendalton Open-Air School Library Blog

Welcome to the Fendalton Open-Air school library blog. This is the place where reading for fun is our main focus. There are heaps of reviews, author and illustrator links, and book trailer links. There are games to play on the homework page and ideas for parents as well. Feel free to leave a comment on any of the posts.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Book lists - Junior

Books to engage readers emerging from picture flats to junior novels.
  • Aussie Nibbles very first chapter books with large fonts.
  • Some titles are; The Monster Hole, Susie the Lifesaver, Pop up Fox, When Anna slept over
  • Too Cool series
  • Little Horrors series
  • Animal Crackers series
  • Rascal (popular dragon series)
  • Chain Gang series incl. Block Busters, Muddy Mayhem, Cheat Challenge
  • Monty, The Dog Who Wears Glasses/Monty Must Be Magic Colin West books
  • Girlz Rock series incl. Girls Sleepover, Hair Scare, Horsing Around
  • Boyz Rule series incl. Olympic Champions, Pirate Attack
  • Rainbow Magic Daisy Meadows
  • Books to engage independent readers.


Homework Help

Online literacy games

Multiplication cloud click game: This is great for learning the times tables - beat the clock or get hit by lightning.

Pop-up books for fun: Create your own pop-up books. Write your own story using pop-ups. This is Robert Sabuda's creative place for making pop-ups.

Links to other sites relating to maths, science, literacy and technology. There's also a range of quizzes to test kid's knowledge and help them practise new skills.

Christchurch City Libraries: Kids' Stuff
. The children's section of the Christchurch City Libraries website contains short stories by, and interviews with, New Zealand authors. The site also includes an interactive fantasy section, lists of recommended books, Internet links arranged by topic, factsheets on famous New Zealanders, and answers to frequently asked homework questions.

Fact Monster: 
 People, sports, the world, fun facts, science, and more. Included are links to a Homework Centre, Word of the Day, Today in History, a dictionary, encyclopedia, almanac, and atlas. 

Invercargill City Libraries' website contains a homework helper, links to other libraries and information sources.

www.wordcentral.com - a wonderful dictionary site for kids. Mark it as a favourite:

Math Goodies: 
Interactive lessons, homework help, worksheets, and forums for students, teachers, and parents. A variety of topics are covered including statistics, algebra, number theory, and probability. There are also crossword and wordsearch puzzles to support each topic. Suitable for upper primary and lower secondary school level. 

Search Engines
"The web guide for kids" - a fantastic portal site

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Parents' Page

We have a small selection of books available for parents to borrow on your child’s card. These books can be borrowed for two weeks.
  • Planning to Move, Moving to Plan: Living with Developmental Dyspraxia in New Zealand by Judy Davies 
  • The Anti-bullying Handbook by Keith Sullivan
  • Bully Busting: How to help children deal with teasing and bullying by Evelyn Field
  • Going to hospital: A book for children. 
NB This is a Christchurch based book which is well worth reading with your child if they are going in to hospital. Highly recommended.

  • The Reading Bug and how you can help your child to catch it by Paul Jennings 
A great easy read which inspires you to encourage your kids to read. Highly recommended by many educationalists
  • Brainy parents - brainy kids by John Joseph. Deals with brain stimulation, learning and the psychology of the child.
Raising boys by Steve Biddulph. The psychology of boys.
  • The gift of dyslexia: why some of the brightest people can’t read and how they learn
  • Rocket your child into reading by Jackie French
  • My friend has dyspraxia by Nicola Edwards
  • The parent’s homework handbook by Christine Ward
  • Dyspraxia by Geoff Brookes
Web Sites of Interest:
Dyslexia - www.davislearn.com, www.dysadd.com symptoms www.ddapacific.co.nz, wwww.picture.thinkers.co.nz

Visual Memory - jigsaw puzzles www.jigzone.co.nz eye exercises. www.eyecanlearn.com I spy www.scholastic.com/ispy/play/index.asp

Auditory memory - www.masteringmemory.co.uk, www.kidscanlearn.net.

ABC's - Learn to read phonic and comphrension www.starfall.com. This is a great site to play and learn


Authors and illustrators

New Zealand

Joy Cowley -

Margaret Mahy

Gavin Bishop

Brian Falkner

Beatrix Potter

Julia Donaldson

Morris Gleitzman

Emily Gravett

Anthony Horowitz
Dave Pilkey Captain Underpants

Rob Scotton

Jacqueline Wilson

Jack Stalwart series

Zac Power Series

Lots of Suess games for readers

World of Peter Rabbit
Beatrice Potter games, ideal for younger readers

Go girl series

Eric Carle

Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson)


About Our Library

Borrowing: Children may borrow up to 5 books.

Overdue library books: Children will be suspended from borrowing until overdues are returned. If there are any concerns please contact the librarian as we really do want children to enjoy our library and reading.

Types of books:
  • Fiction: All types of genre,
  • Humour, Realistic, War
  • Science fiction, Mystery
  • Adventure - and heaps more!
  • Blue dots: First chapter books
  • Green dots: Puzzles, Graphic novels, Where’s Wally, Asterix, Choose your own endings and plenty more.
  • Non-fiction: All the facts you need or want!
  • Reference: Facts in a hurry. Ready information just when you need it.
  • Picture books: Picture books for younger children but great at any age.
  • Sophisticated picture books: these are picture books for the discerning reader.


Dewey Decimal

Dewey Decimal is a 'Classification System'. This is a special system which helps us locate books about different topics.

The great thing about the Dewey Decimal system is that you can go into any library in the world and still find items based on what area they come under!

Here is what each part of the Dewey system stands for:

General Works (encyclopedias etc)
100-199 Psychology & Philosophy
200-299 Religion & Mythology
300-399 Social Sciences
400-499 Languages
500-599 Natural Science & mathematics
600-699 Applied Science & Technology
700-799 Fine Arts & Recreation
800-899 Literature & Poetry
900-999 Geography & History

Click here to go to the site Dewey and the Alien.