Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Top 5 books that will change your life for parents of children with special needs

List by Sonia

"Autism is cool. When *I* like something, I like it a whole lot more than my friends like their things."
- Anonymous

Our first October post is courtesy of Sonia, one of our teen librarians. Sonia writes: "I thought it might be good to have a Top 5 List for parents to read about other parents or siblings with special needs/Autism or Aspergers Syndrome. I have enjoyed these titles and I even shared one with my son called, "Rules," in an attempt to help him understand his brother and talk about some of the mannerisms that drive him to distraction at times!"

Thank you Sonia for this absolutely fantastic list :)

Top 5 helpings of 'Kiwiana Kwisine'

List by Danielle

One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.
~Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, Pavarotti, My Own Story

Inspired by Natalie's recent catch from amongst our newly received titles, Fish 'n' chips: the great New Zealand feed, here is a list of some of the great titles that celebrate the various culinary traditions of our country. Here in our reference collection alone we have some real gems, including Betty's Old Curiosity recipe book (remember homemade hokey pokey from school fairs?) and Aunt Daisy (not only tips for pickled mutton and milk puddings but also advice on ironing smocking or addressing parcels). I can also recommend the colourful and inspiring Lift the lid of the cumin jar : refugees and immigrants talk about their lives and food for a glimpse of some of the wonderful flavours and food traditions coming to New Zealand in recent years, from places like Bosnia, Cambodia and Afghanistan.

I hope you find something new (or old!) to try in one of these wonderful books!