Reserve the new Harry Potter book

Yes, you read the title right – there is a new Harry Potter book being released soon.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set 19 years after the last book in the series, and is about Harry and his Son Albus Severus as dark forces from the past and present intertwine.

This book is not actually written by J. K. Rowling, but is instead based on a popular stage show written by Jack Thorne. The stage show script has been turned into a novel with J. K. Rowling’s blessing.

The book is due to be released on July 31st. Until then you can reserve your copy through our library catalogue. We will also have a eBook version of the novel.

You can find out more about the novel’s plot at Pottermore.


Top 10 Children’s DVDs for June 2016

The Good Dinosaur is officially a favourite for DVD for this month and it’s great to see the awesomely funny ‘Inside Out’ making the list too.

If you’re looking for some great movies to watch on these cold wintery days, than look no further than this list!

Here’s your Top 10 list for June:

1. My little pony, friendship is magic

2. Inside out

3. Strawberry Shortcake

4. Minions

5. Snoopy and Charlie Brown : The Peanuts movie

6. Legends of Chima

7. Hotel Transylvania

8. Geronimo Stilton

9. PAW patrol

10. The good dinosaur

Top 10 Children’s eBooks May 2016

The Star Wars back stories are a great place to find those little tendrils that become the storylines for some of our favourite space faring epics.

Everyday obstacles can be just as epic.  The journal keepers of this world know how school, family and friends can be the source of trials and tribulation that can fill pages with intense action and adventure.

The diary of a wimpy kid ebooks let you keep up with the all the events with Greg and co.  You can take part in the adventures in  another form of online entertainment too try these Wimpy kid games out.


Here’s your Top 10 eBooks for May:

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

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

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

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

5.  Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy: Collecting The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith, by Patricia Wrede

6.  The Ugly Truth: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, by Jeff Kinney

7.  Star Wars: A New Hope: The Life of Luke Skywalker, by Ryder Wyndham

8.  Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader, by Ryder Wyndham

9.  The ACB With Honora Lee, by Kate de Goldi

10. Dog Days: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, by Jeff Kinney

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If you’re ever stuck for something to read, you can check out the books that others have written reviews about and find one that grabs your interest.

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Top 10 Childrens DVD’s May 2016

Monsters and dragons and minions, oh my! There are some great favourite movies amongst the DVD listings for May.

Adventures abound for Geronimo, the popular mouse hero of middle fiction continues on his world wide escapades.  Fancy writing your own article for The Rodent Gazette?  What adventure would you report to the editor? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Here’s your Top 10 for last month:

1. My little pony, friendship is magic

2. Inside out

3. Strawberry Shortcake

4. Minions

5. Hotel Transylvania

6. Dragons

7. Geronimo Stilton

8. Legends of Chima

9. Home

10. The new adventures of Peter Pan

Matariki: What is it all about?

iStock_000002751348SmallMatariki, the Māori New Year, means ‘tiny eyes’ or ‘eyes of god’ and is celebrated in June when a small group of stars called Pleiades rises above the horizon, bringing the old year to a close and starting a new year.

According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.

Various Māori tribes celebrated Matariki at different times. Some held festivities when Matariki was first seen in the dawn sky; others celebrated after the full moon rose or at the beginning of the next new moon. The full moon was celebrated in Wellington on June 6 this year, making the start of Matariki.

iStock_000008775653_SmallMatariki is celebrated for the rest of month, and different tribes and Iwi celebrate the New Year in a variety of different ways. Traditionally, Matariki was a time to finish storing food for the winter, weave new clothing and baskets, listen to the stories of our ancestors, and learn about the natural world.

Nowadays, New Zealanders are more likely to get together with family and friends, talk about Māori myths and culture, look at the stars through telescopes, and watch kapa haka performances.

If you want to learn more about Matariki, head on over to our catalogue, or check out the Kiwi Families website for heaps of cool ideas and craft activities.

You can find out about Matariki events in Wellington at the Matariki Wellington website.


5 new children’s fiction at your local library

These winter days and nights are great for getting stuck into a book and being swept away on countless adventures. Here are 5 new books that have just hit our libraries. Grab them while they’re hot!

The Curse of the Cairo Cat by Dan Metcalfe

Welcome to the British Museum, home to Lottie Lipton: nine-year-old investigator extraordinaire! Lottie loves living in the museum with Great Uncle Bert but, when the Golden Cat of Cairo disappears at the launch of a new exhibition, Lottie’s home is under threat. Can Lottie, Great Uncle Bert and Reg the caretaker follow the clues and find the cat in time, or will Lottie lose her home forever?



The Parent Problem by Anna WilsonImage courtesy of Syndetics

Skye Green’s mum is driving her insane! When she’s not posting EMBARRASSING pictures of Skye online or experimenting with BIZARRE clothing, she’s forever taking up new hobbies – and her latest obsession is ballroom dancing! It’s only a matter of time until she waltzes down the street in spandex and sequins – and to make matters worse, Skye’s younger brother is wildly (and irritatingly) enthusiastic about Mum’s new hobby, and about wearing Mum’s sparkly new outfits! As if this wasn’t HORRIFIC enough, Skye’s mum has also enlisted the new neighbour’s son to come and ‘babysit’ when she’s at dance class, and he’s only a year older than Skye! Talk about MORTIFYING in the EXTREME! At least Skye’s best friend, Aubrey is there to help Skye cope with her family’s madness. They’ve been friends since before they can remember, and nothing will ever, EVER change that …right?



CImage courtesy of Syndeticsentaur School by Lucy Coats

Demon has always counted on his magical medicine box to help him cure the sick beasts on Mount Olympus. But Chiron, his new healing master, insists Demon learn to find the cures on his own. Demon’s new skills are soon put to the test when he must save an ailing phoenix–or face the wrath of its fiery guards.





Nancy Parker’s Diary of Detection by Julia LeeImage courtesy of Syndetics

On this day 24th June 1920 I turned fourteen. I plan to have a very exciting future now that I have thrown off the SHACKLES of SCHOOL! A detective is what I would most like to be. I cannot think of any reason why I could not be one. Except perhaps I am too young. And I don’t like blood. Nancy Parker has recently been engaged in her first position – as a housemaid for the very modern Mrs Bryce. It’s not Nancy’s dream job (she’d rather be investigating crimes like they do in her beloved six-penny thrillers) but as Mrs Bryce starts to entertain her new neighbours with lavish parties, it becomes clear that something strange and interesting might be afoot. Local burglaries, a cook with a deep, dark secret – and Mrs Bryce’s own glamorous but murky past. Will Nancy solve the mysteries while still keeping on top of her chores? A hilarious and energetic middle-grade mystery, narrated part in the third person and part through Nancy’s journal.



Chaos in CluckbridgeImage courtesy of Syndetics by Jennifer Gray

Danger is looming over Cluckbridge Town. A cobra has escaped from the local zoo and is after the local birdlife. And if that isn’t bad enough, the dastardly Most Wanted Club are back and causing trouble, too. Can Agent Cluckbucket and the Elite Chicken Squad vapourise the cobra’s venom and keep the birds of Cluckbridge safe?




Top 10 Children’s Comics for May 2016

Join Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy and the rest of the gang in their crazy adventures in and out of school and throughout the baseball season.  Come fly with Snoopy and Woodstock as they battle the Red Barron once again!  Other school capers in Big Nate’s adventures are ready for winter adventures. Prepare your snowball skills online

1. Tintin, by Herge

2. Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz

3. Big Nate series, by Lincoln Peirce

4. Pokemon series by Hidenori Kusaka

5. Garfield, by Jim Davis

6. Adventure time, By Ryan North

7. Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi

8. Chi’s sweet home, by Kanata Konami

9. Babymouse, by Jennifer M. Holm

10. Asterix omnibus, by Goscinny and Udzero





Teddy Bear mischief at Johnsonville Library!

Teddy Bears had more fun than a picnic when they got to have a sleepover at the Johnsonville Library last Friday night.

Parents of the teddy bears enjoyed a fun night of teddy bear adventures and then left their teddies to enjoy a night on their own in the library.

As you can see from the photos our teddy bears got up to lots of mischief and mayhem. Watching TumbleBooks, playing with the lego blocks, reading books, parachute jumping and oh no – playing with the photocopier.

Make sure you keep an eye on your own teddy bear – you never know what they get up to!



Finalists for the NZ Children’s Book Awards announced

Early this morning the finialst titles were announced for the 2016 Children’s Book Awards. These awards seek to find the best books written fro children in New Zealand in the last year. There are 6 categories – Young Adult, Illustration, Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Te Reo Māori. There are also children’s choice awards for each of the 6 categories – finalists that are voted for by children rather than the book award judges.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 8th August. You can find out more about the awards at the Booksellers website.

Have you grabbed your pizza wheel yet? Hell Pizza are one of the big sponsors of the awards. Until stocks last, you can grab a pizza wheel from the library. Get each section clicked for each book you read, and once you have completed a wheel (7 clicks) you can exchange the wheel for a pizza. Yum!

Here are the 2016 finalists:

Junior Fiction:

Enemy Camp by David Hill

From the cutting room of Barney Kettle by Kate De Goldi

Lily Max – Satin, Scissors, Frock by Jane Bloomfield

The bold ship Phenomenal by Sarah Johnson

The girl who rode the wind by Stacey Gregg



ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill

Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper by Bob Kerr

See what I can see: New Zealand photography for the young and curious by Gregory O’Brien

The beginner’s guide to adventure sport in New Zealand by Steve Gurney

Whose beak is this? By Gillian Candler


Picture Book:

Allis the little tractor by Sophie Siers

Finding Monkey Moon by Elizabeth Pulford

Haka by Patricia Grace

The house on the hill by Kyle Mewburn

Little Kiwi’s Matariki by Nikki Slade Robinson



Changing Times: The story of a New Zealand town and its newspaper Illustrated by Bob Kerr

Finding Monkey Moon Illustrated by Kate Wilkinson

Hush: a Kiwi lullaby Illustrated by Andrew Burdan

Much ado about Shakespeare Illustrated by Donovan Bixley

The house on the hill Illustrated by Sarah Davis



Te Reo Māori:

Tamanui te Kōkako Mōrehu o Taranaki by Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington

Te Hua Tuatahi a Kuwi by Kat Merewether

Whiti te Rā! by Patricia Grace