Woozles Writing Contest Results for 2016!

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The Woozles writing contest has wrapped up for another year. As always, the contest judges enjoyed their task immensely, and were impressed with the writing quality and tremendous story ideas presented by all the young entrants.

The winners of the 2016 Woozles Writing Contest are:

Ages 6-10

1st place Amelia Penny-Crocker for her story Land of Natuena
2nd place Emma Bryson for her story The Missing Mona Lisa
3rd place Isaiah Taussig for his story Secret Powers of Nana

Ages 11-15

1st place Sophia Lindfield for her story A Book of Middles
2nd place Chloe Moorhead for her story Magic Paint
3rd place Aliyah Lailson for her story Lost in the Wilderness

A big thank you from everyone at Woozles to all of the young writers aged 6 to 15 years old who entered the contest.We hope that you are all ready to enter again next year!

Thank you too, to the three judges of the Woozles Writing Contest: Cindy Anstey, Vivien Gorham, and Melanie Mosher. Cindy, Vivien, and Melanie are all writers themselves and have told us how much they enjoyed reading all of the contest entries.

We here at Woozles all look forward to June 2017 when we will kick off yet another Woozles writing contest.

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Woozles writing contest 2016!

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It is time for the Woozles Writes Competition!

If you are between the ages of 6 and 15 years old, and you like to write and tell tales, write down your latest work of fiction and send it to us. Your story will be read by a panel of Atlantic authors who have agreed to judge the competition. You could be the lucky winner of a $50 Woozles gift certificate!

Prizes will be awarded to two winners: one for young writers aged 6-10, and another for storytellers aged 11-15 years.

So, put pen to paper, your fingers to the keyboard, speak into a voice recorder – – whatever helps you get your story down on paper. Then mail it, email it, or drop it off at Woozles. If you do mail or drop off your story, please provide us with four copies of your written work.

The contest closes on July 31, 2016. We look forward to receiving your story entries!

Here’s how you can reach us:
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Woozles
1533 Birmingham Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2J6
frontdesk@woozles.com

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Woozles Writing Contest Winners

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The Woozles writing contest has wrapped up for another year. We had the most entries to date, with forty-three writers taking up the challenge and submitting their work to the judges.

The two winners of the 2015 Woozles Writing Contest, and the lucky winners of a $50 Woozles gift certificate each, are:

Laila Lynk-Graham (age 10) for her story entitled In a Changed World

Griffin Bjerke-Clarke (age 14) for his story entitled The Man of the Thread

A big thank you from everyone at Woozles to all of the young writers aged 6 to 14 years old who entered the contest. You all put so much creativity and effort into your stories, and are always keen to have your original copies back in your hands – a sure sign of pride in your work.

Thank you too, to the three judges of the Woozles Writing Contest: Sam Fisher, Melanie Mosher, and Tom Ryan. Sam, Melanie, and Tom are all writers themselves and have told us how much they enjoyed reading all of the contest entries. They were all impressed with the talent of all the writers, and the diverse range of stories submitted.

We here at Woozles all look forward to June 2016 when we will kick off yet another Woozles writing contest.

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Woozles Writing Contest 2015

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The beginning of June brings the start of a new Woozles Writes Competition. And so we send out this year’s call to young writers out there who have a story to tell!

If you are between the ages of 6 and 15 years old, and you like to write and tell tales, jot down your carefully constructed paragraphs and plot lines and send them to us. Your story will be read by a panel of Atlantic authors who have agreed to judge the competition. You could be the lucky winner of a $50 Woozles gift certificate!

Prizes will be awarded to two winners: one for young writers aged 6-10, and another for storytellers aged 11-15 years.

So, put pen to paper, your fingers to the keyboard, speak into a voice recorder – – whatever helps you get your story down on paper. Then mail it, email it, or drop it off at Woozles.
The contest closes on July 31, 2015.

We would love to read what you have to say!

Here’s how you can reach us:
postman
Woozles
1533 Birmingham Street
Halifax, NS B3J 2J6

frontdesk@woozles.com

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Woozles is having a poetry writing contest!

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April is national poetry month, don’t you know?

Woozles would like to challenge all of you young poets out there, ages 3-15 years old , to send us a poem of your own creation. It can be as short as a haiku or as long as you wish. Your reward for sending us a poem? A 10% coupon off anything that you buy at Woozles.

Our contest closes at the end of the day on April 30th. We will accept one entry per poet. You can pick up your 10% off coupon at Woozles anytime after you have submitted your poem to us.

So, send us your original poems – – email us, fax us, use Facebook or Twitter. Best of all, drop a poem off in person. We will display all word creations in the store for all to appreciate.

We at Woozles will be writing as well and will share our poetic compositions over the coming weeks. Thanks for playing along for National Poetry Month!

We are looking forward to reading
All the poetic verse you send
After that a Woozles coupon
Will be your very best friend!

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International Children’s Book Day 2015

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International Children’s Book Day is celebrated every year on April 2nd, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. This day is promoted by the International Board on Books for Young People, otherwise known as IBBY. The day is meant to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.

Each year, a different member country of IBBY chooses a theme for that year’s International Children’s Book Day. The country chooses a prominent children’s author and illustrator to represent their country and children’s books for the year. The author writes a letter to the children of the world, and the illustrator creates a poster to illustrate the theme for the year. These materials are used around the world in different ways to promote books and reading, through the media, at schools, libraries, whoever chooses to mark the occasion.

We here at Woozles feel like it is Children’s Book Day everyday, so we will just keep doing what we always do on April 2nd, knowing that others in the world are doing the same!

The United Arab Emirates is the ‘host’ country in 2015, and the chosen theme is many cultures, one story. Nasim Abaeian and Marwa Obaid Rashid Al Aqroubi are the chosen representatives for the United Arab Emirates.

You can read Marwa’s letter to the children of the world and see Nasim’s poster here– > IBBY 2015 Letter to the Children of the World

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If you liked the first one…..

A number of books that you have enjoyed from Woozles’ shelves have new titles out that we think you will enjoy. For your reading pleasure, may we present…..?

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If you liked Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, you will be happy to see Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt. In the early days of spring, a child kneels in the dirt with her grandmother, musing about what is going on under the earth, and then what they see above ground. As the days pass, we learn of what is happening now in the garden, up where you can see green shoots and down with the roots too. Lovely wood block type illustrations show garden life through the seasons.
$22.50 in hardcover Ages 3-8

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You may be fans of An Egg is Quiet and A Seed is Sleepy. New in paperback is A Butterfly is Patient. This is a beautifully illustrated book that shows, page by page how a butterfly is creative, helpful, protective, poisonous, and more. Informative text gives the reader much insight into the lives and beauty of butterflies.
$10.50 in paperback Ages 3+

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I Had a Favorite Hat by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Robyn Ng
New from the duo that brought you I Had A Favorite Dress comes a new book about re-using and making over a favourite hat. When the summer is over and a beach hat is set to be put away for the season, a girl tells her Mum that she may well wear it again soon. And so with a little of this and a little of that, the hat is soon ready for Halloween, then the Holiday Concert, and more events throughout the year. The spirit of the girl shines through in every page as she dresses up and gets creative. The illustrations are light, airy and colourful, complementing the story wonderfully.
$18.95 in hardcover Ages 3-9

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Circle Square Moose by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
Many of you enjoyed Z is for Moose and the antics of the zebra and moose trying to act out the alphabet. Well, moose is back, interfering in a book about shapes. Don’t eat that sandwich moose! It is supposed to be a square! Follow moose and zebra as they traipse through the pages of the book to reveal the last shape to everyone.
$21.99 in hardcover Ages 3-8

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Kathryn Otoshi uses very simple numeric images and colour and rhyming text to teach life life lessons: in One she writes about bullying and courage. In Zero, we learn to find value in ourselves and others. In her newest book, Two, we read about friendship, loss, and letting go. You will be amazed at how such complex ideas can be conveyed so simply in the pages of a picture book and using numbers: odds and evens, mathematical operations such as division, addition, subtraction and more.
$25.50 in hardcover Ages 4+

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Bestsellers for the Month of December 2014

Picture Books and Board Books for ages 0 – 7 years:

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Visitor for Bear by Bonnie Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden
Santa is Coming to Nova Scotia by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Robert Dunn
The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose
The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek
Hockey Morning Noon and Night by Doretta Groenendyk
The Toucan Brothers by Tor Freeman

Books for children aged 8-14 years:
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The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
The Dread Crew by Kate Inglis
Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub
Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Books for Young Adults aged 14 years +:
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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

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Bestsellers for November 2014

Board books and picture books for children aged 0-7 years:
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Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak
Santa is Coming to Nova Scotia by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Robert Dunn
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose
Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
Bog Baby by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Gwen Millward
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Once Upon An Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Books for children aged 8-13 years:
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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Gangsta Granny by David Walliams
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
The Magic Half by Annie Barrows

Books for young adults aged 14+ years:
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Althea and Oliver by Cristina Moracho
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore
Endgame: The Calling by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

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Bestsellers for the Month of October 2014

Board books and picture books for children aged 0-7 years:
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Nova Scotia Lullaby by P.L. McCarron, illustrated by Joy Steuerwald
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Peek-A-Who? by Nina Laden
The Toucan Brothers by Tor Freeman
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
The Secret Life of Squirrels by Nancy Rose

Books for children aged 8-13 years:
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The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The Stowaways by Megan Marentette
The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Liesl and Po by Lauren Oliver
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trent Lee Stewart
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
Ranger’s Apprentice #1: Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Books for young adults aged 14+ years:
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Twisted by Lisa Harrington
When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney
Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold
The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan
Dusk by Eve Edwards
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Every Day by David Levithan

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