Top 10 Children’s e-Books January 2016

The new year’s e-books have some really popular titles.  It’s great to know that if you really want o read something you can get hold of a copy through your library, or your library’s online portal. Harry Potter is as strong as ever in this medium (pretty popular since we started the e-book Top 10).  J.K. Rowling has written a play with Jack Thorn and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the cursed child, opening in London in July this year.  It’s great to have an evolving story unfold since the last book came out.

Have you ever written a story or play with some of your favourite characters? Let us know in the comments.

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K.Rowling

2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J.K.Rowling

3. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K.Rowling

5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K.Rowling

6. The Crown of Ptolemy: Percy Jackson & The Kane Chronicles Crossover Series, Book 3, by Rick Riordan

7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K.Rowling

8. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K.Rowling

9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K.Rowling

10. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Top 10 Childrens DVDs for January 2016

Road trips with DVDs? Turns out that it’s now a thing! There are some great DVDs in the Childrens collection to while away the easy summer hours. Our collection has classic series like Scooby-Doo and newer cartoon series following the Lego heroes of Chima, the ponies from the world of Equestria or the Strawberry shortcake gang.  Inside out from Pixar has had some great reviews, from the writer of Monsters, Inc., Wall-E and Up, Pete Docter, the little voices in Riley’s head are brought to life as she struggles with the move to a new city. The animation deserves a mention as Pixar uses a more cartoonish style this time round.  Heading to Tokyo in the next few months? you can catch the Pixar exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Art

1.  My little pony, friendship is magic

2.  Minions

3.  Inside out

4.  Home

5.  Dragons

6 . Cinderella

7.  Scooby-Doo! 13 spooky tales

8.  Strawberry Shortcake

9.  Legends of Chima

10. Paper planes

Summer Reading Challenge is finished!

A huge congratulations to those of you who took part in this year’s Kids’ Club Summer Reading Challenge.

We had heaps of amazing reviews go up on our blog; we hope you enjoyed writing them as much as we enjoyed reading them.

We are busily picking the winners and putting the prize packs together. We’ll let you know who the winners are soon, so keep checking back here.


In the meantime, here are the Top 10 reviewers for the Challenge:

1. Brianna from St Francis de Sales School

2. Caitlin from St Francis de Sales School

3. Luke from Karori Normal School

4. Peehoo from Johnsonville School

5. Molly from Karori Normal School

6. Danica from Korokoro School

7. Alice from St Patrick’s School

8. Anna from Karori Normal School

9. Lachie from St Francis de Sales School

10. Hunter from Miramar Christian School


Remember – you can write Kid’s Club reviews and win prizes all year round, so keep reading and reviewing those books!


Top 10 Childrens comics for January 2016

Summer holiday reading has introduced a lot of children to the popular characters of the comic universe.  Classics and new comers have been celebrated in the first top 10 for 2016. The characters from Peanuts, Asterix and Batman have inspired movie makers.  Take a look in the children’s dvd collection for the latest Asterix adventure, The Mansion of the Gods in French and English, and head to the movies for Peanuts.

1. The complete Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz

2. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce

3. Pokemon, by Hidenori Kusaka and illustrated by Satoshi Yamamoto

4. Garfield, by Mark Evanier and Jim Davis

5. Adventure time, by Ryan North

6. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi

7. Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero

8. Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami

9. The Batman adventures, by Kelley Puckett

10. Warriors, by Dan Jolley


Happy Chinese New year!

Chinese New Year 2016 logoChinese New Year, the most important and longest running celebration in Chinese culture, is just around the corner for 2016, the Year of the Monkey.

Based on the lunar calendar and the moon phases, and sometimes called the Spring Festival for this reason, we can expect to see a new moon in the night sky on Monday 8 February.

It is a time for family, reunion, and giving, and the occasion is celebrated in many different ways. Just before the New Year, families give their homes a thorough clean to sweep away bad luck from the year before and symbolise a new beginning.

This is followed by up to 15 days of special celebrations and traditional Chinese food, decorations and practices that are believed to bring people good luck, wealth and happiness.

Although Chinese New Year is not recognised as a public holiday is New Zealand, Wellington will be celebrating Chinese New Year on the weekend of 13-14 February with a variety of special events including the Asian market, a waterfront carnival and fireworks display, and cultural entertainment.

If you would like to learn more about Chinese New Year, head over to our catalogue to see what books we have available. Here’s a selection of some cool things to read:


5 Books for Cool Guys

Hey cool guys! Sometimes it’s true – you just don’t feel like searching for a book to read. It’s hard to find books that are funny, or full of adventure! It’s hard to find books that are about cool guys like you. And since school is starting soon the last thing on your mind is trying to raid the library for a sweet read or two. So here’s an easy suggestion: if you want to find some great books with a click of a button, check out this list! All of the books are available to download from our eLibrary. And of course they’re all super funny, full of adventure and about cool guy characters. As cool as you.


The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

This is a series about origami, star wars, having to deal with school and also finger puppets who can predict the future. Need I say more? “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda” is book one in the Origami Yoda series. You can find a copy in most of our libraries and also borrow an eBook from our eLibrary.

“Meet Dwight, a sixth-grade oddball. Dwight does a lot of weird things, like wearing the same T-shirt for a month or telling people to call him “Captain Dwight.” This is embarrassing, particularly for Tommy, who sits with him at lunch every day. But Dwight does one cool thing. He makes origami. One day he makes an origami finger puppet of Yoda. And that’s when things get mysterious. Origami Yoda can predict the future and suggest the best way to deal with a tricky situation. His advice actually works, and soon most of the sixth grade is lining up with questions … This is Tommy’s case file of his investigation into “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.” Goodreads.



There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar is the author of Holes, that film you probably like and that book that you should totally read because it’s awesome! There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom is another of Sachar’s hilarious books! You can find a copy of this book in our libraries or an eBook version on Overdrive.

“Give me a dollar or I’ll spit on you. That’s Bradley Chalker for you. He is the oldest child in the class. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has ‘serious behaviour problems’. No one likes him – except Carla, the new school counsellor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren’t afraid to try. Sometimes the hardest thing in the world is believing in yourself. ” Overdrive.



Billionaire Boy by David Waillams

I know you guys love David Walliams but because so many people love his books they’re pretty darn popular and sometimes it’s tricky to get your hand on a copy from your local library. BUT you can get pretty much ALL the David Walliams books on Overdrive straight to your device. It’s pretty cool. Check out what “Billionaire Boy” has in store for you from the synopsis below:

“Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. You see, Joe’s rich. Really, really rich. Joe’s got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orangutan. He’s the wealthiest twelve-year-old in the land. But Joe isn’t happy. Why not? Because he’s got a billion pounds… and not a single friend. But then someone comes along, someone who likes Joe for Joe, not for his money. The problem is, Joe’s about to learn that when money is involved, nothing is what it seems.” Goodreads.



The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

This is book one in the epic and funny adventure series The Hero’s Guide . If you’re looking for a new series of books to conquer this is definitely the series for you! We have copies in our libraries and also on our eLibrary.

“A fast-paced and hilarious fantasy quest in the grand tradition of Shrek and The Princess Bride, starring four very unlikely, but likeable, heroes. Prince Liam. Prince Frederick. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? But you’ve probably heard of Prince Charming, the guy who rides in at the last minute to save the girl. Well that’s them, all four of them … Only in reality, they are a little less heroic than you might expect. One day, cast out of their castles for one reason or another, the four Prince Charmings stumble upon each other, then shortly afterwards, upon an evil plot to bring about the downfall of the kingdom. Can the princes stop their bickering, overcome their failings and become the heroes the stories always said they were?” Overdrive.



The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

This is book one in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series. It’s a great series for wild boys! Especially if you like a mystery to solve. There are copies of “The Mysterious Howling” in our libraries and also on our eLibrary.

“Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels … Mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?” Goodreads.









Great new kids fiction for the new school year!

Image courtesy of SyndeticsCrowns and Codebreakers by Elen Caldecott (The Marsh Road Mysteries #2)

Minnie’s Gran picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport. Then Minnie’s house is burgled and the only thing taken is the suitcase. The suitcase was full of boy’s clothes. Who was the boy? What has happened to him? Minnie knows there is a mystery to be solved here and reassembles her gang to solve it.


Stop Those Monsters! by Steve ColeImage courtesy of Syndetics

The Wizard of Oz meets Monsters Inc in this MONSTROUSLY funny stand-alone story from bestselling author phenomenon, Steve Cole. I’m Bob, a human boy stuck in a land of MONSTERS. I’m trying to get out with the help of three – count them, three – incredible creatures. There’s Verity, who looks like a giant hamster. Alfie, who’s about as scary as a bag of crisps. And Zola, a gorgon who can’t turn people to stone (though she can manage cardboard at a push). We’re on a crazy, death-defying quest to escape with our lives. And all around us, the cry goes up: STOP THOSE MONSTERS!!!


Image courtesy of SyndeticsA Horse Called Dora ; Knight in Training #2 (by Vivian French and David Melling

Sam J. Butterbiggins’ only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem he’s been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and annoying cousin Prune while his parents are away. But Sam’s discovered an ancient scroll listing the six quests to be completed in order to become a knight, and he’s already completed the first one! Now he’s found his True Companion (Prune), next on the list is to track down a Snow White Steed. But when Aunt Egg orders Sam and Prune to journey to Weasel’s Hill to deliver Horace the warthog back to his owner, it looks like the young knight-in-training looks will have to put his quest on hold. Or will he?


Under Suspicion by R.A. SprattImage courtesy of Syndetics

Since Friday Barnes was arrested after cracking the case of Highcrest academy’s swamp-yeti, she is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice! And there’s a new boy at school who’s take a shine to her to deal with. Can Friday navigate the school grounds and decipher a decades-old mystery without getting caught in an unexpected love triangle?


Image courtesy of SyndeticsNancy Drew; The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

‘Nancy Drew arrives in Phoenix, Arizona, eagerly looking forward to a fun-filled vacation at Shadow Ranch, but abruptly finds herself involved in a baffling mystery.  The ranch is being haunted by a phantom horse and maliciously damaged by an unknown enemy.  Local people believe that the ghostly animal is carrying out the curse of Dirk Valentine, the romantic outlaw who was killed many years ago at Shadow Ranch, where he had gone to fulfill a promise to his sweetheart’…. -taken from inside book cover.



On this week – Late night storytimes at Johnsonville and Tawa Libraries



After a bit of family fun on these long summer evenings? Come along to the first of our monthly late night Storytimes for the year at Johnsonville and Tawa Libraries.



This month our theme is Chinese New Year. Come along for some fun New Year stories and activities.
Thursday 4th February at 6.30pm.
Why not wear your pyjamas or an animal costume?
This is a free event for 4 – 10 year olds.



Enjoy a 30 minute session of silly stories and games. Come in your pyjamas or wear something silly.
Friday 5th February at 6.30pm
This is a free event for 4 – 10 year olds.


Tawa and Johnsonville Libraries hold free storytimes on their late nights in the first week of each month. Check out the library Event Calendar for future dates and times.

3 new non fiction for the new school year

Back to school already! The holidays always go so fast. But it doesn’t have to mean there are boring days ahead. heck out these new non-fiction titles that have just arrived in the library. Nothing boring here!


image courtesy of syndeticsKindy Kitchen.

Are you a fussy eater? This book will show you how to love your fruit and veges.  In Kindy Kitchen you’ll meet – and eat! – a rainbow fruit serpent, a pineapple crocodile and a cucumber frog, and you’ll discover a new flavour of fun with this amazingly entertaining and seriously adorable cookbook! With its delicious combination of illustrated rhymes and 30 juicy fresh fruit and vegetable recipes, Kindy Kitchen will keep those rumbling little bellies full of what nature intended!


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Travel Book.

Planning your next overseas holiday? Check out this amazing new travel book from Lonely Planet kids that will give you ideas on where to plan your trip. From amazing animals and super sights to fun festivals and fabulous food, this book is packed with hundreds of facts about very country on our planet.



image courtesy of syndeticsTreasury of Norse Mythology.

Check out all the amazing stories of intrigue, trickery, love and revenge in this amazing treasury of Norse mythology, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia.







Comicsplus – new kids comics added!

There are heaps of free comics to read online at website! Comicsplus is the library’s new online comic streaming service, and we’ve just added lots of new titles for you to feast your eyes upon.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end!


Here are some of the new titles just added:

  • Transformers
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • My Little Pony
  • Angry Birds
  • Astro Boy
  • Ben 10
  • Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War
  • Dexter’s Laboratory
  • Garbage Pail Kids
  • Littlest Petshop
  • Mr Peabody and Sherman
  • Popeye
  • The Powerpuff Girls
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle
  • Skylanders


There are so many more titles (like Adventure Time and Peanuts…) - these are just the newest additions! Enjoy!