Some great new Kids Fiction for you to try out as Spring time approaches!

The End of the Wild By Nicole HelgetImage courtesy of Syndetics

“Eleven-year-old Fern helps to take care of her impoverished family by foraging for food in the forest, but when a fracking company rolls into town, she realizes that her peaceful woods and her family’s livelihood could be threatened”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

Do Not Open; Marty Pants #1 by Mark ParisiImage courtesy of Syndetics

When middle schooler Marty Pants discovers an alien plot to take over the world, no one, not his best friends Parker and Roongrat or his family or arch-enemy, Simon, believe him, so it is up to Mary to investigate and save the world.

 

 

Bring Me The Head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb CrispImage courtesy of Syndetics

Our magnificently infuriating heroine is on the very brink of her greatest adventure: bound for London and Prospa House to save Anastasia Radcliff and young Rebecca Butterfield from fates worse than death. But there are difficulties at every turn. The devious Miss Always and her devilish Locks are in hot pursuit. Anastasia is gone, taken by her evil sister-in-law Estelle and hidden in a place no one will ever find her. And worst of all, the Clock Diamond is no longer working, blocking Ivy’s route to Prospa. There’s a mystery to be unpicked and if anyone can do it, it’s Ivy Pocket. After all, she has all the natural instincts of a Russian chess master. Ivy Pocket’s tumultuous finale is certain to involve breathtaking adventure, bone-shattering courage and frightful danger. But what price will she have to pay?. Ages 9+

The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster; Polly and Buster #1 by Sally RippinImage courtesy of Syndetics

Who ever heard of a witch and a monster being friends? Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters. Witches are educated, clever, sophisticated. But monsters? Monsters are just uncouth. Some are even dangerous. But Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have been best friends forever. It’s the sort of friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness. Somehow, they’ve managed to keep their friendship a secret. Until one day, when everything changes …

The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin BlakeImage courtesy of Syndetics

“Gertrude is in despair until she encounters George the dancing frog. His fancy footwork and magical moves propel the unlikely duo into the showbiz spotlight. Soon Gertrude and George and hitting the big time, winning fans the world over.”–Back cover.

 

 

Feel Brave Event!

It’s sometimes really hard to be brave especially when you have nightmares or feel all alone but there are wonderful books that can help you to feel brave. Come along and meet Wolfgang the Wolf and Clarissa the Cat who are best friends from the Feel Brave series of books. These books use rhyme and pictures to help make you to feel a little braver, especially when the wonderful author, Avril McDonald, is here to introduce you to them. There are so many feeling and emotions to deal with sometimes it can be over whelming but Wolfgang can help you as he makes discoveries about bullying and kindness, anxiety and fears, loneliness and friendship.

Join UK based Wellington author Avril McDonald as she tells her Feel Brave children’s stories and demonstrates simple games and activities to help you with big emotions and gain confidence! The Feel Brave books are officially for 4 – 7 year olds but all ages enjoy them, I’m always up for learning how to feel a little braver! So come along to this special free Feel Brave event.

Where: Central Library

When: Saturday 26th August

Time: 10.30 – 11.30am

Special Pre-School Storytime and Kids Press Conference!

All systems are go, down at Central Library on Monday the 14th of August as the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults kicks off with a day full of exciting events. These unique awards celebrate the wonderful writers and illustrators from Aotearoa who give us so many great books to read and help to shape our identity as a country. I’m sure many of you have already been reading some of the finalists along with getting clips on your HELL Pizza Wheels!

The day starts with 3 fantabulous Storytime sessions featuring finalists from the Book Awards so come along to hear the stories being read by their very own authors and illustrators.

Storytime sessions

9.30am: “My Grandpa is a Dinosaur” read by Richard Fairgray and “The Day the Costumes Stuck” read by Toby Morris. Both of these books are very funny and destined to become family favourites. What would you do if your Grandpa’s pants needed tail holes? Imagine if you couldn’t get your party costume off and your parents didn’t even notice!

 

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NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults – Picture Book Award Finalists!

Well, the shortlist for the Picture Book Award in this year’s NZ Book Awards is out, and there are some fabulous books on there! We love getting to see all these fantastic new books by New Zealand authors coming in through the library doors, so read on to see what we thought of this year’s batch of finalists. Check out these beautiful, funny, and touching picture books at your local library, or click the link to reserve a copy!

Syndetics book coverFuzzy Doodle / written by Melinda Szymanik ; pictures by Donovan Bixley.

A gorgeously illustrated book whose wonderfully whimsical doodly protagonist will whisk you up and take you on a journey through the world of words and your own imagination. The poetic text puts us somewhat in mind of Margaret Mahy. This is a book that will give you something new to think about each time you pick it up. And, it’s a favourite in library storytimes!

Syndetics book coverGwendolyn! / Juliette MacIver ; Terri Rose Baynton.

This brightly-coloured, uplifting book about friendship and learning to find your place in the world puts us right inside the jungle home of Gwendolyn the penguin. Hold on — a penguin in the jungle?! Each page gives us a fresh new world of colours, textures, and places to explore. We’d recommend it for ages 2 and up!

Syndetics book coverMy grandpa is a dinosaur / Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones.

What do you do when your grandpa’s footprints attract palaeontologists to your door? Anyone in need of a good laugh will love this hilarious story about Wanda and her somewhat unconventional family. We loved the stylised illustrations and the laugh-out-loud twist at the end — we’re sure you will too!

Syndetics book coverThat’s not a hippopotamus! / written by Juliette MacIver ; illustrated by Sarah Davis.

The wonderfully clever and deft wordplay in this rollicking tale of a school trip gone awry had us hooked from the very beginning. The character we most identified with was the teacher, for reasons that will become increasingly obvious as the book pulls you towards its hilarious conclusion!

Syndetics book coverThe singing dolphin = Te aihe i waiata / by Mere Whaanga.

Award-winning author Mere Whaanga’s new book, The Singing Dolphin/Te aihe i waiata, is the only book in te reo Māori to make it onto this year’s shortlist, and it certainly is fantastic. This enchanting story, told in Māori and English side-by-side, weaves a touching story of family, acceptance, and transformation. The evocative illustrations, particularly towards the end of the book, make this a really satisfying read.

That’s it for the Picture Book Award shortlist! Let us know in the comments what your favourites were 🙂 Keep an eye on the blog for more upcoming book reviews for NZ Book Awards finalists! We can’t wait to share them with you!

Top 10 Children’s Non-Fiction May 2017

Taking centre stage in the month of May… screen-plays and scripts galore!

We are heading towards the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book reaching the shelves! Delve back into the magical world of Harry Potter with the scripts for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the new original screen play of Fantastic Beasts and where to find them.

 

  1. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  2. Minecraft Annual 2017, by Stephanie Milton
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
  4. Minecraft : Redstone handbook, by Nick Farwell
  5. Terraria, by  Daniel Roy
  6. Awesome LEGO creations with bricks you already have, by Sarah Dees
  7. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft and Pablo Hidalgo
  8. Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy, by Vesa Lehtimäki
  9. Master builder : Hack for Minecrafters, by Megan Miller
  10. Minecraft : the survivors’ book of secrets, by Stephanie Milton.

Top 10 Children’s Fiction May 2017

So the Heffley family are taking over the internet! And the movie theatre! And the Library… well they can be found everywhere, you can even make your own Heffley family!

Here’s one I created earlier =)

Do you want to become the expert on Diary of a Wimpy kid? Right here, you can find quizzes, crosswords and activities all based on Greg Heffley! (Find out the answers first and then impress your friends =) It’s not cheating – it’s research!)

So how are the other favourites looking? Fun, dramatic fantasy and clever detecting all play a part in this May list.

 

  1. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon
  2. Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney
  3. Storey treehouse series, by Andy Griffiths
  4. Harry Potter series, by J K Rowling
  5. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford
  6. The Secret Seven, by Enid Blyton
  7. Fantastic beasts and where to find them, by J K Rowling
  8. Gangsta Granny, by David Walliams
  9. Dirty Bertie series, by Alan MacDonald
  10. Demon dentist, by David Walliams

 

 

How do you think these measure up? Let us know in the comments =)

Winter is officially here so no excuse needed to grab a blanket and read one of these great new kids fiction books from your library!

Image courtesy of Syndetics

A Boy called Bat by Elana Arnold

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises — some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBig & Little Questions by Julie Bowe

“Fourth grader Wren Jo Byrd questions lots of things–both little and big–when her parents decide to get a divorce, and learns a lot about the true meaning of family, home, and friendship”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatylda bright & tender by Holly McGhee

After a trip to the pet store, fourth-graders Sussy and Guy bring home a spotted lizard, and they name her Matylda (with a ‘y’ so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. Eventually Sussy must discover what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsNuggets; Dave Pigeon #2 by Swapna Haddow

Dave Pigeon is back and so is his side-kick Skipper. But trouble is afoot. When their Human Lady leaves to go on a ‘holiday’ (whatever that is), Dave and Skipper are horrified to find that their food supply quickly runs dry. With delicious biscuits on their minds, they set off in search of a new owner, but is Reginald Grimster all he seems? Why is he so keen on feeding them? And why does he have so many books about cooking?

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Enemy by Sara Holbrook

“Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. The war is over, but the threat of communism and the Cold War loom over the United States. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret, and getting along with her new older “brother”, the teenager her family took in after his veteran father’s death. When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette, by writing in a slam book that spreads rumors about Inga. Marjorie seems to be confronting enemies everywhere–at school, at the library, in her neighborhood, and even in the news. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are.”– Amazon.com.

 

Some exciting new kids fiction books for you to enjoy!!!

Here’s an exciting selection of the newest Kids Fiction books to hit the shelves at your local library!  Get your homework done and snuggle up warm with your duvet and one of these!

The Lost Staff of Wonders by Raymond ArroyoImage courtesy of Syndetics

When the storied Staff of Moses responsible for summoning the plagues of ancient Egypt vanishes from the museum in Perilous Falls, Will Wilder is suspect number one. As the river runs with blood, sharp-toothed frogs surround his home, and clouds of swarming gnats choke the streets, Will must rely on his supernatural ability, everything he learned from his training, and help from his friends, siblings, and Great-Aunt Lucille to find the missing staff and unmask the hidden evil before time runs out for all of them.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBattle of the Heroes by Kate Forsyth

The quest comes to an end as Tom, Quinn, Elanor and Sebastian return to Wolfhaven with their four magical beasts and the gifts they bear. Will they be in time to stop Lord Mortlake’s deadly plot?

 

 

The Worst Years of My Life by James PattersonImage courtesy of Syndetics

Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he’s got an ace plan for the best year ever, if only he can pull it off. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school’s oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class – 5,000 points! Running in the hallway – 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm – 50,000 points! But when Rafe’s game starts to catch up with him, he’ll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he’s finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he’s been avoiding.

Image courtesy of SyndeticsChitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce

When Big Ben takes off like a rocket after the World Cup, it takes a visit to the moon and the help of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s previous owners, the Pott family, to save Chitty and Little Harry.

 

 

Stick Cat by Tom WatsonImage courtesy of Syndetics

While admiring the view of the city from his friend Edith’s apartment, Stick Cat notices that Hazel, the bagel maker, is in danger across the alley, and he devises a plan to rescue her.

 

Wonders of the World!

There are so many awesome things to discover about our world.

The land we live on, the animals that share it, different cultures, ancient times, volcanoes, earthquakes and World Wars. Not to mention us!  Now that is a very interesting and complicated topic.

The National Geographic Kids website is a great place to visit and just have fun discovering all sorts of interesting things about our planet and everything on and in it.  We can even go a little bit further and explore space and beyond. For instance I discovered that there are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. That’s at least a billion trillion. Wow – amazing.  I also learnt that a new skyscraper goes up in China every 5 days and that all the blood in my body travels through my heart every minute.

I love this website – there are so many great and interesting things to discover.

You also might like to check out these great books on some of the very special places and interesting things about our world.

 


 

 

Top 10 Children’s Non-Fiction March 2017

Great books to get your brains tingling! If you’re building a Minecraft empire or brushing up your acting skills with the Harry Potter script the top issuing non-fiction books have something you’ll love.

Batman and Lego fans are loving the new movie, The Batman movie : the essential guide, by Julia March and The Batman movie : the making of the movie, by Tracey Miller-Zarneke will give you inside knowledge into creating the new Lego legend.  Want to build your own Lego Batman? Minecraft may be the creative space you’ve been looking for!

  1. LEGO series, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  2. Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton
  3. Hacks for Minecrafters, by Megan Miller
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
  5. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell
  6. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft
  7. Minecraft : Construction Handbook, by Matthew Needler
  8. The Batman movie : the essential guide, by Julia March
  9. Dog, by Juliet Clutton-Brock
  10. Guinness World Records 2017, Craig Glenday editor in chief