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!

Win your height in books

Take part in a competition to celebrate NZ Bookshop day.

NZBookshopDayBookshops are really important – they give you access to a huge range of amazing reading materials that you can fill your house and bedroom with. People who write and illustrate books use bookshops to sell their books and make money, so they can then write and illustrate even more books. So the more often you use your local bookshop, the more books can be created, and that’s an awesome thing.

NZ Bookshop Day is on Saturday 31st October (yup – same day as Halloween). To celebrate and get people involved they are running a photo competition. It’s really easy – just snap a funny and entertaining picture of yourself reading anywhere and any way, and upload it here.

The best photo will win their height in books, and the 2nd best photo will win their knee-height in books. That’s a lot of books!

Get reading, get snapping, and get into your local bookshop.

(Entries close 29th October at 5pm).

Rainy day activity: Watch ‘Mrs Mo’s Monster’ online

Love the book? Now you can listen and watch Author and Illustrator Paul Beavis read aloud Mrs Mo’s Monster.

 

(This video was filmed inside Wellington Central Library with the generous permission of Paul Beavis and Gecko Press)

 

Mrs Mo’s Monster is also available as an eBook. Check out the further adventures of the Monster in the sequel ‘Hello World!

You can find more video storytimes at the Stories Online page. Enjoy!

 

Mrs. Mo’s Monster visits Johnsonville Library

Author and illustrator Paul Beavis visited Johnsonville Library during the school holidays for a storytime and a live drawing session.

Paul read his book Mrs. Mo’s Monster to us and then he taught us some actions that go with the book so we were able to act out the story when he read it for a second time.

Paul also showed us how he draws monsters so we were able to go home and create our own special monsters with what he had shown us.

Check out our photos. We loved having a chance to be little monsters ourselves!

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