The Summer Reading Challenge is coming…

You’ll be excited to hear that the annual children’s Summer Reading Challenge is on again this year! It starts on 1st December 2016, and finishes on 31st January 2017 – that’s 2 months of reading, reviewing and winning prizes.

The Challenge is open to all 5-12 year olds with  their own library card. It’s free to do, and you don’t have to register.

Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements about the Challenge. We’ll be posting information here and on our Kids’ home page.

You’ll be able to pick up a Summer Reading Challenge booklet from our libraries from later November onwards, or print from our website. Inside the booklet is the Challenge booklist.

Your mission over December and January is to read and review as many titles from the booklist as you can. Each review will earn you rewards, and will also gain you an entry into the main prize draw (Which is drawn in the first week of February).


More details soon! Watch this space…

Summer Reading Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners for the 2015-2016 Summer Reading Challenge. These lucky ones had their names drawn from all the entries received over December and January and won a prize pack stuffed full of goodies.

Book Review Winner: Sophia from Kilbirnie

Sophia Winner photo









Library Challenge Winner: Hunter and Helena from Miramar

Hunter and Helena Winner Photo










School Prize Winner: Miramar Christian School and Clifton Terrace Model School  These two schools were first equal in having the most students doing the Challenge. Each school has received a $250 book voucher to put towards their school library collection.


Thanks to everyone who participated in the Challenge and make sure to look out for it again next Summer. In the mean time you can continue to read, review and win prizes through out the year in the Wellington City Libraries’ Kids’ Club.

Summer Reading Challenge is finished!

A huge congratulations to those of you who took part in this year’s Kids’ Club Summer Reading Challenge.

We had heaps of amazing reviews go up on our blog; we hope you enjoyed writing them as much as we enjoyed reading them.

We are busily picking the winners and putting the prize packs together. We’ll let you know who the winners are soon, so keep checking back here.


In the meantime, here are the Top 10 reviewers for the Challenge:

1. Brianna from St Francis de Sales School

2. Caitlin from St Francis de Sales School

3. Luke from Karori Normal School

4. Peehoo from Johnsonville School

5. Molly from Karori Normal School

6. Danica from Korokoro School

7. Alice from St Patrick’s School

8. Anna from Karori Normal School

9. Lachie from St Francis de Sales School

10. Hunter from Miramar Christian School


Remember – you can write Kid’s Club reviews and win prizes all year round, so keep reading and reviewing those books!


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!