QBS Learning Centre News

Week beginning 25th February

Apps and Digital Reading

Our Learning Centre is so much more than what is on the shelves! Check out our Qoodle pages and you will realise that we are an entry way into a  world of digital entertainment and educational opportunities. Take a look at our free ebooks, sites such as Storyline on line, Tumble books and Biguniverse. All this ensures that your child can always access information and good quality literacy 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Become a famous illustrator

Become a famous illustrator! Cosmos the baby humpback whale wants to know all about the world and the creatures in it. He sets off to find polar bears and penguins and has many exciting adventures along the way! To illustrate her 3rd book, Cosmos the Curious Whale, Gail Clarke invites all primary school students to draw and colour a tropical fish. More than 300 of the most original and colourful entries will be included in the book! The young artists whose pictures are chosen will receive a printed certificate and will be acknowledge on the inside book cover and in Gail’s brand-new website (www.gailclarkeauthor.com). The illustration competition is open to all primary school students (Y1 to Y4). Participants are invited to draw ONE colourful tropical fish on an A4 sheet using any medium they like: colour pencil, water colour, pastels etc To enter please email  your artwork in a jpeg format to gail@gailclarkeauthor.com (maximum size 1MB, A4 size and please make sure to mention your first and last name, your age, your email and mailing address as well as the name of your school and country).

App of the Week. Tacky the Penguin.

Don't forget to keep reading... even after the readathon finishes!

Super Book lists from Seattle Public Libraries

Splendors and Glooms by L. A. Schlitz

The master puppeteer, Gaspare Grisini, is so expert at manipulating his stringed puppets that they appear alive. Clara Wintermute, the only child of a wealthy doctor, is spellbound by Grisini’s act and invites him to entertain at her birthday party. Seeing his chance to make a fortune, Grisini accepts and makes a splendidly gaudy entrance with caravan, puppets, and his two orphaned assistants. Lizzie Rose and Parsefall are dazzled by the Wintermute home. Clara seems to have everything they lack — adoring parents, warmth, and plenty to eat. In fact, Clara’s life is shadowed by grief, guilt, and secrets. When Clara vanishes that night, suspicion of kidnapping falls upon the puppeteer and, by association, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall...   A challenging read for good readers. Winner of a Newbery Honor award 2013

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