Top 10 Children’s eBooks March 2017

Dowloading popular titles is great way to read though your favourite authors, or make sure you get to read all the books in a series.  You can reserve an eBook – just like a regular shelf one.  So when someone has finished their loan or returns the eBook you can read it.  Books that are movies are really popular at the moment with the likes of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, being enjoyed by library e-users.

Do you have a favourite? if you had to choose the book or movie as the best which would pick?

  1. Harry Potter eBook series, by J. K. Rowling
  2. The Hunger Games eBook Series, by Suzanne Collins,
  3.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
  4.  The Mortal Instruments eBook Series, by Cassandra Clare
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
  6. The Twits, by Roald Dahl
  7. Rodrick Rules: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney
  8.  James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
  9. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, by Roald Dahl
  10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J. K. Rowling

ComicFest is here!

Who likes comics? I do and I know where I’m going to be on Saturday the 6th of May from 9.30am to 5pm, at Wellington Central Library for ComicFest!

We have all sorts of fun activities on offer. Learn how to create your own comic book character, dress up as your favourite comic book character and enter the Cosplay competition, hear about how the new “Thunderbirds Are Go” movie was re-imagined for todays audience and lots of other exciting stuff.

Best of all there are free comics being given away and lots of exciting prizes to be won!

Don’t forget to check out all the wonderful comics and graphic novels that we have at the libraries. One of my favourites has to be Tintin by Herge. This comic hero has his faithful dog Snowy by his side and is aided in his adventures by a cast of colourful characters (see if you can spot Snowy at ComicFest.)

 

 

Syndetics book coverAsterix by Goscinny and Underzo of course is an all time classic and the names of the characters still make me laugh! Set in a little village in Gaul the comics tell the story of Asterix and his best friend Obelix and their numerous adventures through the ancient World. This comic series is one of the most popular all over the World.

 

 

 

Image from SyndeticsBut comics can also have little or few words and really focus on the story through the pictures. Polo: The Runaway Book by Regis Faller, tells an exciting story through colourful pictures taking you on an adventure over the sea and flying through the sky as the characters make friends with each other while searching for the stolen book.

 

 

Image from SyndeticsLittle Robot by Ben Hatke uses very few words to tell the story of a friendship between a lonely child and a small lost and confused robot. They both show initiative and courage to overcome another evil robot and save the day.

So why not try reading some of our fabulous comics here or better still try writing and illustrating your own!

School Journal Exhibition & ComicFest!

Imagine being 110 years old! Well that’s how old the School Journal is turning in May and to celebrate Wellington Central Library is having an exhibition about the School Journal as part of the cool ComicFest 2017.

The School Journal was first published in May 1907, the same year New Zealand became a dominion and it has been going ever since. It’s packed full of stories, cartoons and articles by New Zealanders and many of the people who write and illustrate it are now famous all over the World! The School Journal has helped New Zealanders to find their own voice and has given us an opportunity to show who we were and what it is like to live in Aotearoa.

Over last 40 years comics have been a big part of the School Journal and many comic writers and illustrators have made there “bread and butter” through its pages.

Ask your parents or grandparents what they remember about the School journal and chances are they will have fond memories to tell you. Why not bring them down to Central Library to help prompt their memories.

The exhibition is on now and will run until the 9th of May. Better still come down for ComicFest on the 6th of May, grab some free comics and join in with the many free activities on offer. So hurry on in and find out more about the School Journal and all the amazing people who have contributed to it.

Come along to a fancy book launch this week

cabbage tree in spider web cover imageHave you ever been to a book launch before? No? Here’s your chance.

 

Author Jonathan Harrison and Illustrator Jared Carson will be launching their latest book ‘A Cabbage in a Spider Web’ at Wellington Central Library (Children’s Area) on Friday 16th December at 1.30pm.

 

 

A Cabbage in a Spider Web is a children’s book aimed at 3 to 6 year olds about a little girl named Annabella and her outings and activities with her friends, her family, her pre-school, and her cat.

Each topic is covered in poem form with fun and colourful illustrations. With about 6 verses to each poem in words easily understood by children, this book is designed to be read to children by Mummy, Daddy or a pre-school teacher. There’s a little bit of naughtiness in some of the poems that will make children laugh…  and also the adults.

Written by Otaki locals Jonathan Harrison and illustrated by Jared Carson, A Cabbage in a Spider Web is loosely set in Waikanae with a little research done at Castle Kids Pioneers pre-school for 4 year olds.

Bring yourselves along to the launch of this lovely local book that is sure to delight and entertain. Jonathan and Jared will entertain youby reading aloud and illustrating for 20-30 minutes, followed by discussion and QnA with interested adults.  Book signing and cash book sales will be available following the launch.

This is a free event, bookings are not required – just turn up!

Happy Birthday C. S. Lewis!

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on the 29 of November 1898 (that’s nearly 120 years ago now). His mother died when Lewis was just 10 years old, and he received his education in boarding schools and with private tutors.

As a small child, Lewis played a lot with his older brother Warren, and the two boys created an imaginary land called ‘Boxen’, which they continued for many years. Perhaps these early experiences were the inspiration for Narnia?

 

C. S. Lewis married once to an American writer named Joy Davidman. Joy sadly passed away from cancer only four years later. Lewis died in 1963 after suffering a heart attack, exactly one week before his 65th birthday.

Lewis was most famous for writing poetry and novels, but also worked as a university teacher. He was very spiritual as an adult, and wrote a lot about Christianity. C. S. Lewis published a total of 74 books in his lifetime for both children and adults, his most famous series being ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, which were published between 1949 and 1954 when Lewis was in his early 50s.

 

Since his death, C. S. Lewis’s stories have continued to be very popular and are considered to be classics in British literature. Some have even been made into movies! If you would like to read or listen to a book by C. S. Lewis, head over to the catalogue to check whether any are available in your local library, or place a free reserve.

What Lies Beneath Exhibition

You’re invited!

Pop into the Central Library in October to view the exhibition “What Lies Beneath” which features displays about children’s books about war that have been written and illustrated by New Zealanders.

Many of your favourites are there – ‘ANZAC Heroes’ by Maria Gill (voted best children’s book of 2016), the classic ‘The Bantam and the Soldier’  by Jennifer Beck, the beautifully illustrated ‘Gladys goes to war’  by Glyn Harper, and many more.

Each display features information about a war book, how the author and illustrator researched and created the story, and has lots of beautiful pictures and snippets of information to get lost in.

The complete list of books featured:

  • Gladys Goes to War by Glyn Harper, illustrated by Jenny Cooper
  • ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill, illustrated by Marco Ivancic
  • 1915: Wounds of War by Diana Menefy
  • Enemy Camp by David Hill
  • The Red Poppy by David Hill, illustrated by Fifi Colston
  • The Bantam and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, illustrated by Robyn Belton
  • Armistice Day: The New Zealand story by Philippa Werry
  • The ANZAC Puppy by Peter Millett, illustrated by Trish Bowles
  • Evie’s War by Anna Mackenzie
  • A winter’s day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik

 

As part of the exhibition you can come along to the Central Library one evening to meet the Authors and Illustrators:

 

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What Lies Beneath Panel Talk

Tuesday 18th October, 6-8pm, Wellington Central Library

Free event for adults and older children.

Come and hear the exhibition award winning Authors and Illustrators talk about writing and illustrating children’s war books. Bring along any books you want signed.

Click on the picture for RSVP information.

New ‘The BFG’ movie traliers

We know you’re as excited as us about the upcoming release of the movie The BFG. So we thought you’d appreciate watching the latest movie trailers.

 

 

You can grab a copy of The BFG from your local library as a book, eBook, an audiobook on CD, and an animated TV movie from 2012.

Keep your ears and eyes tuned to Wellington City Libraries as we will have some exciting news soon about a BFG event that we know you won’t want to miss out on.

Top children’s fiction authors for May

Here’s a joke: Why did the librarian slip over? Because she was in the non-friction section!! Get it?

No one like falling over, so we aren’t going to talk about non-fiction today. This post is all about FICTION.

We love fiction, you love fiction, everyone loves fiction! So here are the most popular children’s fiction authors for this month, based on how many of their books have been borrowed from the library.

 

1. Daisy Meadows (Rainbow Magic, Magic Animal Friends series)

2. Geronimo Stilton (Geronimo and Thea Stilton series)

3. Enid Blyton (classics stories of adventure and bad behaviour)

4. Erin Hunter (Warriors series)

5. Sally Rippin (Billie B Brown and Hey Jack series)

6. Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)

7. Adam Blade (Beast Quest series)

8. Jacqueline Wilson (amazing stories about different lives and adventures)

9. Liz Pichon (Tom Gates series, and picture books)

10. Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson series)

11. Roald Dahl (Charlie and the chocolate factory and other funny tales)

12. Andy Griffiths (Storey-treehouse series)

13. Megan McDonald (Judy Moody and Stick series)

14. Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants series)

15. Francesca Simon (Horrid Henry series)

16. Alan MacDonald (Dirty Bertie series)

17. H. I. Larry (Zac Powers series)

18. David Walliams (Hilarious stories)

19. Jacqueline Harvey (Alice Miranda series)

20. Rachel Renee Russell (Dork Diaries series)

Special Event! New Zealand Festival Children’s Story Reading.

ACB Poster medium Mar 16To celebrate the New Zealand festival, and the stage production of Kate De Goldi’s “The ACB with Honora Lee”, Wellington Central Library will be hosting a special one-off children’s story reading event.

Join us for a morning of Kate De Goldi’s stories at Wellington City Library. Jane Waddell, director of “The ACB With Honora Lee” reads ‘Uncle Jack’ and there will be live excerpts from the NZ Festival production.

This event is free, bookings are not required, and is suitable for children aged 8+

Don’t miss out!

Happy Birthday Harold!

Many decades ago an Author wrote a book that has become a much loved classic, and this year his book turns 60 years old! That’s old enough to be your grandparent.

Harold and the Purple Crayon is a picture book about a small boy who goes on an evening adventure, drawing everything he needs with a purple crayon as he goes. Many people were inspired by this simple story, and it quickly become a much loved book found in many homes and libraries across the world.

Get to know Harold; grab a copy from your local library and have a read.

Happy Birthday Harold!