Library News | Preparatory School

Library News | Preparatory School

Author Talk – Gus Gordon

On Thursday last week, Gus came to speak to the students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. He shared some of his wonderful stories with us and explained the journey he went on to become a published author and illustrator. Gus has always been reading, daydreaming up new ideas for stories and sketching in his sketchpad. He suggested that if boys would like to follow in his footsteps, they should start now and always practice!


As it is getting closer to the end of Term One we need to finalise all borrowing, students have been receiving notes to make parents aware of overdues on their son’s account. Students have until the end of Week 9 to return their overdue library books. Once their account is cleared, they are welcome to borrow for the holidays. Any outstanding overdue library books at the end of the term will be forwarded onto finance for payments to be added to school accounts.

Author Spotlight – Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children’s literature. For over forty years her picture books have enchanted generations of children in Australia and overseas and many of her titles have won prestigious awards and commendations. She has earned classic status through the enduring popularity of her stories with the very young.

Among her many awards, she has won the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Award for Who Sank the Boat? and Bertie and the Bear; the Ethel Turner Prize for Mr. Archimedes’ Bath and  Who Sank the Boat?; and the Russell Clark Illustration Award for A Lion in the Night.

In 2004, Pamela won the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, New Zealand’s top children’s literature prize; and in 2005 was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to children’s literature.

Pamela’s books are full of the music of language; they are ‘fragments of theatre’, designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Eight of Pamela’s titles were adapted for the stage by Patch Theatre Company and performed at the Sydney Opera House.

Mrs Abi Nel | Inquiry Learning Integrator

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