Summer Reading Challenge leader board

With less than 10 days of the Summer Reading Challenge to go, you’ll have to hurry-hurry to get as many books read and reviewed before the Challenge ends on January 31st.

Remember – each book you read and review will get you an entry into the main prize draw. So the more reviews, the more entries.

We’ve crunched some numbers and done some maths, and have found out who the top 10 reviewers are so far:


  1. Peehoo, Johnsonville School: 55 reviews
  2. Luke, Karori Normal School, 50 reviews
  3. Molly, Karori Normal School, 40 reviews
  4. Danica, Korokoro School, 33 reviews
  5. Alice, St Patrick’s School. 24 reviews
  6. Anna, Karori Normal School, 22 reviews
  7. Hunter, Miramar Christian School, 18 reviews
  8. Brianna, St Francis De Sales School, 17 reviews
  9. Helena, Miramar Christian School, 14 reviews
  10. Maarama, Karori West Normal School, 13 reviews

Awesome reading by these 10!


Don’t forget about the library challenges – visit each Wellington City Library and complete the fun Summer Reading challenge Activity to enter the second prize draw. Each activity completed gains you another entry!



How many can you read? Find out with the Summer Reading Challenge.

Summer is approaching, which means school holidays, beaches, Christmas, warm weather, ice creams, and lots of amazing books for you to get stuck into.

Booklet cover imageReading’s not just for school you know, it’s a fun year-round activity where you can let your imagination loose, have an adventure, solve a crime, and be anything (and anyone) you want to be!

And the Summer Reading Challenge is the perfect way to explore the possibilities.

Starting on December 1st, and running for 9 weeks, the challenge is to read and review as many titles as you can from the Summer Reading Challenge booklist (available soon from your local library and online).

You’ll receive prizes for your reviews, and each review you write is an entry into the main prize draw – so the more you read and review, the better your chances at winning!

Each of the Wellington City Libraries also has a fun activity for you to do. Pop into your local library, complete the Summer Reading Challenge activity, and have your booklet signed off by the librarian. Each activity you complete is an entry into another prize draw.

Make sure you hand in your booklet to the library at the end of the challenge to have your activities counted.

The Summer Reading Challenge is FREE, and you don’t have to register. It’s open to all Wellington City Library members aged 5-12 years old. So what’s stopping you!?


Click through to the Summer Reading Challenge.

Hey Kids! Write a review – win prizes. It’s Easy Peasy.

kidsclub-sidebarCheck out the library Kids’ Club – it’s an online place where you can find out what other kids have been reading and what they think of the books, and where you can write your own reviews. But did you know that every person that has written those reviews received prizes for them? You can too! Each review you write earns you prizes that you can collect from your library. It’s fun, easy and free.

(Keep an eye out for the Kids’ Club Summer Reading Challenge – where there are heaps more cool prizes up for grabs. Starts in December)

Click over to the Kids’ Club webpage to get started.

January’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

Some of these great books were in the Summer Reading Challenge.  Are any of them your favourites? Let us know what you think of the books you read on the reviews page and help someone find a new favourite.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney

2.   Where’s Wally?, by Martin Handford

3.   Dirty Bertie, series, by Alan MacDonald

4.   Dork diaries, by Rachel Renée Russel

5.   Ruby Redfort, series, by Lauren Child

6.   Big Nate series, by Lincoln Pierce

7.  Conspiracy 365 series, by Gabrielle Lord

8.   The 52-storey treehouse, by Andy Griffiths

9.  Awful Auntie, by David Walliams

10.Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Last week of the Summer Reading Challenge

How many have you read?

The Summer Reading Challenge closes on Friday this week – 30th January, so make sure you’ve finished off writing all your book reviews and completing the library challenges.

You’ll need to hand in your Summer Reading Challenge booklet to your local library, before the end of January, so the librarians can count the number of challenge you’ve completed.

The more books you read and review, and the more challenges you complete – the better your chances of winning!


Santa Parade

Christmas is coming… and so is Santa! In fact he’ll be taking part in the annual Santa Parade through the city centre.

The parade is happening on December 14th, starting at 2pm. Make sure you get to Lambton Quay early to get a good spot!

After the parade there is a big Christmas party for kids in Frank Kitts Park (hey- that’s really close to the Central Library!), where there will be carol singing, entertainment, and stalls for buying those last minute Christmas presents.


The Central Library is open 1pm – 4pm on Sunday afternoons. Make sure you pop in and grab some holiday reading and DVDs. You can even take part in the Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer Reading Challenge starts today

Summer Reading Challenge bookletGrab the Challenge booklet from your local library, or download and print yourself, and get started on the Summer Reading Challenge!

You have between now and January 30th to read an review as many books as you can from the challenge booklist and complete fun activities in our libraries. There are lots of cool little prizes to earn along the way, and you can earn entries into the Challenge’s main prize draws.


Everything you need to know about the Challenge can be found at our Summer Reading Challenge page.


What are you waiting for? Get started today – the more you read the more you win.

The Summer Reading Challenge – WINNERS

The Summer Reading Challenge has finished for 2015 and the winners have been announced.

Congratulations to…

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Isabelle from Cummings Park Library and Elizabeth from Wellington Central Library

These lucky two had their names drawn out as the winners of the challenge. They have received an awesome prize pack full of goodies. Thanks to everyone who challenged themselves over summer. See you next summer!

Missed the Summer Reading Challenge (or just missing all the fun)? You can review books and win prizes all through the year. Find out more.