Peak School Library News

October 2014

celebrating festivals

Mid Autumn Festival

Books are a fantastic way of explaining different cultural celebrations. Last month, as the school celebrated the Mid Autumn Festival, we invited author Christina Matula-Häkli to come in and read her festival story - The Shadow In The Moon: How The Mid-Autumn Festival Began - to the children in Year 2 and 4. As always, the children relished the chance to meet an author and bombarded her with interesting questions!
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Other festivals to celebrate in October include...


Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival signifies the victory of light over darkness and is an important festival for Hindus. On Diwali night, people dress up in their best clothes, light up lamps and/or candles inside and outside their home, and gather for a meal and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

Student librarians

First Meeting held in Library

We held our first Student Librarian meeting on Tuesday 23rd September at lunchtime and came up with our mission statement: 'Our goal is to encourage Peak School students to read, take care of the Library and keep the Library a place to enjoy and read.' We have made up a lunchtime Duty Roster to take responsibility for helping fellow students find books and to keep the shelves tidy. Our Student Librarians have also come up with a plan for a Monthly Book Club... but more on that later! It's been a great start to this student leadership role and we are so impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment from the kids.

How A Picture Book Is Made

The Year 4's were exploring how cultural beliefs can be expressed through the arts. During a library lesson, we showed them a video of how one of our favourite picture book illustrators creates his books. We thought we would share it here with you too... it gives a fresh and funny insight into his books - Lost And Found, How To Catch a Star, This Moose Belongs To Me, Stuck - just to name a few that you can find in our Library.
Oliver Jeffers Picture Book Maker

... and speaking of Oliver Jeffers... this news HOT off the press!

A sequel to the ever-popular, never-in-the-library-because-it-is-always-on-loan, wait-list-as-long-as-your-arm picture book THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT is in the pipeline!

Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers will collaborate again to tell the story of those overworked and often underrated crayons. Published by Philomel Books (Penguin) the sequel is due to be in bookstores by September 2015. The first book has been translated into 15 languages and sold more than 1.1 million copies worldwide!

Publisher Michael Green said “It’s gratifying to see the Crayons finally getting their due, yet many revealing tales remain untold. I have a feeling every child, crayon, and crayon activist will be inspired by this latest tale of artistic heroism.”

Did You Know?

Information about Peak School Library can be found on the Peak School website.

A treasure trove of online resources that will REALLY help with homework can be found on our Peak School Library Netvibes Page.

You can get tips, information and news from the publishing world if you "like" our Peak School Library Facebook page.

Before you go out and buy a book, you can search our library catalogue to see if we have it at school.

News, new books, information and learning tools can be found on our library page onPlanet Peak.