Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the upcoming Summer Reading Challenge.
The Challenge starts on 1st December. There are lots of prizes up for grabs, simply for reading and reviewing books, and doing fun activities at the 12 Wellington City Libraries.
Any 5-12 year old with their own Wellington City Libraries card can participate. It’s free, and you don’t have to register to join in.
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
On Cape Cod in 1972, eleven-year-old Naomi, known as Chirp for her love of birds, gets help from neighbor Joey as she struggles to cope with her mother’s multiple sclerosis and its effect on her father and sister.
A Wonderlandiful Life by Shannon Hale.
“When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen; Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio; and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Haberdashery & Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school–and their lives–a very unhappy ending”– Provided by publisher.
The Girl who Walked on Air by Emma Carroll
Louie, was abandoned at Chipchase’s Travelling Circus as a baby and dreams of becoming a ‘Showstopper’. She secretly practises the tightrope and dreams of being the Girl Who Walked on Air. Mr Chipchase reluctantly lets Louie perform. She is a sensation, and gets an offer from the sinister, opposition, Mr Wellbeloved to perform… over Niagara Falls. But nothing is quite as it seems and soon Louie’s bravery is tested not just on the highwire but in confronting her past and the shady characters in the world of the circus.
Angels in training by Karen Mccombie
Riley’s life has changed a lot since she discovered the Angelos sister’s secret. You see her new neighbours are a little bit …magical. They know things that no-one else does and that’s why she thinks they can help her find out about mum. But just as she’s about to get some answers, mysterious events start happening at school. As things get stranger and stranger, Riley begins to suspect that they’re the only ones who can work out what or who is behind them.
The Winter Wolf by Holly Webb
Amelia is exploring the huge, old house, where her family are spending Christmas when she finds a diary hidden in the attic. It was written by a boy struggling to look after an abandoned wolf pup. Before she knows it, Amelia is transported into the wintry world of the diary…
The Crafty Kyle Competition is now over. The participants had to come up with a new imaginary story by Kyle Mewburn and design a book cover for it. We got heaps of entries… Well done everyone!
The winners of the Crafty Kyle Competition have now been announced.
Amelia Major won the 5 to 7 years old category. Well done for such a poetic and light-hearted drawing…
Katie Chu-Fong won the 8 to 10 years old category. Very colourful and dynamic scene that you created for the “Vegetable Choir”.
The champion of the 11 to 13 years old category is Matthew Yang. The character Andy looks so fun and real in his cardboard boxes castle!
The winners will be collecting their library prizes this week. Books signed by Kyle Mewburn will be one of the treats in the prize pack! Maybe your drawings will inspire Kyle Mewburn for one of his future books…
Keza the Chimpanzee, who lives at Wellington Zoo, has given birth to a baby Chimpanzee. The zoo keepers aren’t sure of the baby’s gender yet, so it hasn’t been named. Mum Keza will carry her baby around for the next few months until they are able to get around on their own. Chimpanzees grow at around the same rate as humans, so you’ll be able to see the little baby grow and learn over the next few years.
Before you visit the Wellington Zoo to see the baby, you might like to read up all about Chimps:
Have you meet Stick Dog and his crazy canine crew? There is a Dalmatian named Stripes, a Dachshund named Karen, a mutt named Mutt and a Poodle named Poo-Poo.
Make sure you check out all their fun adventures in these three great titles.
There is also a Stick Dog website that you might like to visit. There is heaps of information about the books, characters and the author Tom Watson. I also found videos and a blog and there is a fun page that has games and a quiz so check it out.
New Art Books from Usborne!
Prepare to be dazzled and amazed when you read all about Western painting. From Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to modern art, your head will explode from all overload of knowledge!
To accompany this book, read:
This will overload your brain with even more knowledge about anything and everything to do with art. This fascinating book covers it all – from Ancient Egyptian tomb decorations to great masters of European painting right up to the present day.
Frogs are funny. Yep, that book definitely spells that out. For all you Muppet fans, check out this new amazing book that if full of laugh out loud jokes from all the Muppet Movies and shows. Readers beware, hilarity will ensue!
Who would have thought poetry could be beautiful? This book is certainly living proof and is busting with wonderful NZ poems by writers, such as James K. Baxter, Margaret Mahy and Kyle Meburn, that will make you laugh, cry, jiggle and ponder. A treasury of NZ poems for children makes poetry sing for a new generation.
Saved the best for last…
Girls and boys…be prepared to discover your inner (Disney) Princess!
What girl doesn’t dream of being a Disney Princess? Once upon a time I was one of those girls. (Ok, every now and again I still dream) Well girls, your dreams are about to come true. Check out this newly updated Disney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide and prepare to be transported into the enchanting world of Disney princesses where dreams really do come true. This book helps you discover the magical and enchanting world of Disney princesses. You can get to know each beautiful Princess and read their magical story, meet their best friends and worst enemies, plus find out fascinating facts about your favourite Disney Princess. From Snow White and The Little Mermaid to Sleeping Beauty and Merida. After reading this book, I swear I had been transported back to my childhood. Princesses, glitter, this is a book that every girl will love and perhaps may have to fight and claw their way to ensure they get their hands on this precious treasure.
The Khandallah Halloween Storytime was lots of spooky fun. On Thursday, 30th October, before trick-or-treating we celebrated All Hallows’ Eve with a special Storytime at Khandallah Library. Witch-Librarian Raissa read spooky stories which among other things taught us how our animal friends celebrate Halloween and what werewolves do when it’s not Halloween. Silly Monster songs to familiar tunes got us wiggling and roaring like goblins! We also got crafty! The Devilish Librarian Grace taught us how to make skulls out of The Witch’s Handbook. After a fun evening we took home lovely decorations for our rooms.
Today is the 10th anniversary of Guinness World Records day – one of our most popular library books!
Around the world people will be trying to break and create records to celebrate the day. For a special event the world’s tallest and shortest men met and shook hands in London. The tallest man is Sultan Kosen from Turkey (who’s 2.51m tall), and the shortest is Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal (at just 55cm tall). There’s a difference of almost 2m between them – wow!
Did you know that the Guinness World Records was created by the Guinness beer company to help drinkers solve disputes and arguments over facts? The first book of records was published in 1955 and has been going ever since.
1. Pokemon by Hidenori Kusaka
2. Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce
3. The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
4. Asterix by Goscinny and Udzero
5. Amulet by Kibuishi Kazu
6. Garfield by Mark Evanier
7. Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami
8. Adventure time by Ryan North
9. Red Rackham’s treasure by Herge
10. My little pony by Katie Cook
Lego, Star Wars, Lego StarWars! This top ten has a definite theme going on. Minecraft is proving popular as you all go building your worlds out there. There are even Minecraft libraries!
1. The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz
2. Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft
3. Star Wars by David West Reynolds
4. Lego Star Wars by Simon Beecroft
5. Star Wars rebels by Adam Bray
6. The LEGO movie by Hannah Dolan
7. Ripley’s believe it or not! Edited by Rosie Alexander
8. Minecraft by Nick Farwell
9. Moshi Monsters by Steve Cleverley
10. Minecraft by Stephanie Milton