Book Review: 23 Ways to be a Great Artist


Calling all artists!

This book might be the closest thing to being the “perfect” handbook for beginners, children, and kids at heart. Jennifer McCully offers an easy step-by-step guide to the 23 featured art styles that can be quickly followed using the author’s illustration guides along with its simple directions.

Readers also enjoy the “Artist Fact File”, “Top Tip”, “You Will Need”, and “Think About It” featured boxes of the book that  help readers navigate the book with little effort. Choose different art styles that will definitely tickle your imagination. The book offers a lot of options from Pointillism to Personality Portraits to Stencils to Splatter art and many more. There are so many options to choose from.

It is a sure guarantee that with every turn of the page of the book  readers will be inspired to create their very own masterpiece.

Hurry up and be the first one to borrow this masterpiece!

Book Review: How I Did It!

How I Did It!
by Linda Ragsdale


It’s the start of another school year, and like any new adventure, challenges are bound to come our way. This new book couldn’t have come at a better time – a time when students are also facing new challenges because they have moved up to the next grade level!

Linda Ragsdale’s How I Did It tells an inspiring story of how one should bravely chase after their goals/dreams, no matter how hard it could get.

The main character,  letter I, wanted to do so much more. He wanted to try new things, explore, and go on an adventure—he was excited! However, the other letters insisted that he stick to what he’s supposed to be doing—to just stay the way he is. They got annoyed when I tried; they discouraged from trying. This got to I for a bit, putting him in a slump. He started to believe the others were right about how he shouldn’t have aimed for something that was beyond his capacity. In its slump, I discovered how he was still capable of doing things, and he started to believe in himself again. As his excitement grew, I gained a new believer—the letter U.

Each and every one of us have dreams we wish to bring to life and goals we want to achieve. Whether it takes time or not, we are bound to face hardships along the way. The story ended on an empowering note, How I Did It presents a wonderful analogy of how people should strive and brave through these hardships in order to reach their dreams. It teaches the readers to believe in themselves, even when others don’t.

How I Did It will definitely inspire young Xavierians to work hard(er) to achieve their goals. It’s a wonderful short story that will definitely give the readers a much-needed boost of confidence necessary to get them through the year.

The GS LRC welcomes the fourth quarter with the theme, “Find happiness through books this year of the Earth Pig!” The bulletin board features the 12 zodiac animals in 3d form, with this catch phrase.


A board featuring the different zodiac’s fortune this coming year of the Pig is also placed in the LRC. Students flocked to read what they can expect this year as their fortune.

There is also a massive dragon displayed as you enter the LRC.

Come and visit us this year of the Earth Pig!

Book Review: Outdoor Maker Lab, by Robert Winston


Seldom do we see children nowadays without gadgets in their hands—even adults are busy fiddling with their laptops and cellphones. Unlike in the old days when people would spend time playing outside or simply just connecting with each other through face-to-face conversations.

This has become our reality, given how fast-paced our lives are in this time and day. We often find ourselves reminiscing about how simple things used to be; we would muse to anyone from younger generations about how we used to pass time without gadgets. We live so much indoors nowadays, that we spending time outdoors have become some sort of a fad, a trend, rather than it being a normal thing to be done.

And this is where this book comes in. From making periscopes to air cannons to even ice cream, Robert Winston’s Outdoor Maker Lab promises its readers multiple enjoyable activities. Not only are the materials easily available, the projects are also kid-friendly. It’s simple enough for them to do; it’s also interesting enough that it excites their naturally curious minds.

Of course, the children are still young—accidents might occur if they are not supervised or attended to while they perform the activities. Adults, such as their older siblings or parents, can take this as an opportunity to bond with them. It’s fun to work on projects, but it’s even more enjoyable and memorable when shared with loved ones!

Spending time outdoors is always fun, and Outdoor Maker Lab makes it even more so. With its wide range of projects, it’s a wonderful book that will satisfy kids of any age. Not only will they get to experience the wonders of science for themselves and have a better understanding of it, this activity book also provides an avenue for their family to come together and bond. This will then result into beautiful memories that will stay with them for a very long time—something anyone definitely won’t get if they remain glued to their gadgets.

7 Habits to Practice this New Year


Welcome this New Year by forming new habits for your “New Year, New Me” saying. We are all quite familiar with Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” that has inspired millions of people to follow these methods. This time, kids of all ages can also practice these 7 habits through Stephen Covey’s own success, Sean Covey.

Sean Covey wrote the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, with his own children in mind. He wanted them to have an early understanding of these principles in a way that they can easily understand and enjoy. He created Pokey, Allie, Jumper, Sammy, Lily, Sophie, and Goob, as they teach us how to accept and love ourselves, the importance of listening to what other people have to say, being a good team player, and the significance of friendships.

It’s a sure win-win situation once you get a chance to read these books as it will help you form the habits of a happy kid.


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Christopher Paul Colfer, a Golden Globe Awardee for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel on the TV hit series Glee, is our multitalented author of the month. He released his first novel in 2012. A two-book deal that has now grown into a 10 book (and counting) story about the twins Alex and Connor Bailey as they fall from the real world into a world of fairy tales which is a far cry from what they have read from their storybooks.

As a child, he had trouble reading by himself and so he would often ask his mom to read him fairy tales.  He always wanted the back story and would always ask his mother questions about the characters and their motives, but his mom wouldn’t have the answers and finally told him to write his own fairy tales.

His series opener, The Wishing Spell, is dedicated to his grandmother, whom he considers his first editor and who told him to wait until he finishes elementary school before worrying to become a failed writer.  It was also during his elementary years that he was often left by himself because his younger sister had a very rare form of epilepsy that required majority of his parents’ attention.  Writing or even thinking up stories became a therapy and escape for him.

Chris is currently in active talks of making his first book, “The Land of Stories: the Wishing Spell” into a movie.  But he is being very careful, because he believes that if they were able to make a great adaptation it will immortalize the book but a terrible movie will kill it. 


Below is the list of Chris Colfer’s books that you can borrow from the library :

  1. The Wishing spell
  2. The Enchantress return
  3. The Grimm warning
  4. Beyond the kingdoms
  5. An Author’s odyssey
  6. World’s collide
  7. The Mother Goose diaries
  8. Queen Red Riding Hood’s guide to royalty
  9. Trobella throws a party: A tale from the Land of Stories