Top 10 Children’s comics October 2015

Charlie Brown and the gang have topped the charts. A winning combination of great characters and cool dialogue this classic comic strip remains a favourite.

Want to find out more about comics and graphic novels? The brother sister team responsible for Babymouse, Matthew and Jennifer L. Holm, have some info and links on their Babymouse website.  If you like their style check out their new title, Sunny Side Up set in Florida.   Jennifer is the writer for Babymouse, and she’s written some great books as well.  She won a Newbery Honor award for a couple of books, we have one of them,  Turtle in Paradise right here.

Jennifer and Matthew Holms’ new comic is really popular so remember its free to reserve on your kids card.  So if you’re looking through the catalogue and you see something you like use your library card number to reserve it to the best branch for you to pick up


Here’s your Top 10:

1.   The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

2.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

3.   Pokemon by Hidenori Kusaka and Satoshi Yamamoto

4.   Garfield by Mark Evanier

5.   Adventure time by Ryan North

6.   Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

7.   Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero

8.  Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami

9.   Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm

10. Sonic saga series by Ian Fynn

Top 10 Children’s fiction October 2015

Did you know that these books are banned in some libraries?!  Dav Pilkey’s ninth Captain Underpants book is filled with familiar characters and great illustrations. See what you think George and Harold’s adventures at Jerome Horwitz Elementary School. Do you have a favourite part of the adventure? Let us know in a review.  Who knows? the next time the books goes out it may be because someone read your review and thought I like the sound of that.  You may even win a prize.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney

2.   Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon

3.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

4.   Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

5.   Big Nate series by Lincoln Pierce

6.   Captain Underpants and the sensational saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot by Dav Pilkey

7.   The 26-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths

8.   The 39-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths

9.   The 52-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths

10. Awful Auntie by David Walliams


Top 10 Children’s DVDs October 2015

My Little Pony has been the most popular Children’s DVD for the last six months! Number two favourite, Shaun the sheep has been involved in a great art trail in London and Bristol called Shaun in the City.  Different artists painted up Shauns that were stationed all over the cities.  There was even a Sherlock Shaun! Have you been inspired to create art from your favourite show? let us know in the comments below =)

1.   My little pony, friendship is magic.
2.   Shaun the Sheep.
3.   Strawberry Shortcake.
4.   Legends of Chima.
5.   Home
6.   Cinderella
7.   Dragons
8.   Paddington.
9.   Scooby-Doo! 13 spooky tales.
10. SpongeBob SquarePants.

Books with Fireworks!

The 5th of November is tonight! All week long your cats and dogs will be ducking for cover as they hear fireworks exploding left, right and centre! If you’re lucky you might be allowed to stay up late and watch the Sky Show Fireworks this Saturday night! If not then maybe you can read a book with fireworks in them. Yes, it’s pretty hard to put fireworks into books. Maybe as you read about the fireworks in these books below you can make loud exploding sounds? Just tell anyone who asks that you’re trying to make the story you’re reading seem as real as possible!


Remember That November! by Jennifer Beck

This is a special book in our collection that was a finalist in the 2013 NZ Post Children’s Best Picture Book Award. What’s even cooler is that we have a version of the story in our collection that is in entirely in Te Reo: Maumahara ki tērā Nōema nā Jennifer Beck. We really encourage you to check them both out!

“It’s almost Guy Fawkes Night, and at the school speech competition, Andy talks about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children cheer, thinking Andy will win the contest. But then, Aroha tells the story of another fifth of November – in 1881, at Parihaka. This is a beautifully illustrated picture book about the passive resistance led by Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi in Taranaki. This is a piece of history that was forgotten for a long time!” (Goodreads)


Secret Seven Fireworks by Enid Blyton

For those avid Secret Seven readers you may want to check out book 11 in the series! It is all about fireworks and adventure.

Jack’s little sister, Susie, is very annoying and the Secret Seven are furious when she forms a rival club. But is Susie wicked enough to have stolen some money?” (Goodreads)


Olivia forms a Band by Ian Falconer

Olivia is one of the coolest characters I’ve ever meet in a book. This picture book is of course ideal for younger siblings in your family! But sometimes us older kids (adults) like to read a picture book too. Fireworks in this story are guaranteed!

Olivia has decided to form a band: a one-pig band, to be exact. And as we soon find out, Olivia is certainly capable of making enough noise to sound like an entire orchestra.” (Goodreads)


Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot by Sarah Ridley.

Because knowledge is power here is a non-fiction book from our collection that gives you a good introduction to the sneaky history of Guy Fawkes. This book is full of gun powder! (Not actually, as that would be unsafe and uncool!)



Late night storytime at Johnsonville Library

PyjamasIt’s Conservation week – and to help us celebrate our storytime theme this month is about saving our environment and helping to protect our native plants and animals.

Come along for some fun stories and games to Johnsonville Library on Friday 6th November at 6.30pm.

Wear your pyjamas or better still dress up as your favourite animal.

This is a free event for 4 – 10 year olds.

7 new children’s non fiction to make learning fun

Chess Endgames For Kids.

Master the art of chess by reading this book and learn vital skills and a few key endgame techniques will dramatically increase your confidence, as you  will understand what positions to aim for and which to avoid.



Guinness World Records 2016.

Contains thousands of records that span every field of human and non-human endeavors, including science and technology, animals, sports, geography, arts and entertainment, education, hobbies and pastimes, unusual rituals, and many others. Guinness World Records 2015 is crammed with new and updated records, and never-before-seen photography.


LEGO minifigure year by year : a visual history.

Check out this amazing book jam packed full of visual history, fantastic photographs and profiles of more than 2,000 minifigures and other Lego characters.





Welcome to the museum! Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial. As you wander from room to room, explore the magnificence of what civilisations have left behind over thousands of years of human history! Great for ages 8 to 12 years old.



Neil Armstrong and travelling to the moon.

Fly to the moon and back with Neil Armstrong and travelling to the moon. Read all about hoe Armstrong trained for his mission, what he found on the moon and what astronauts eat in space.




The World’s Craziest records.

Feel like a change from Guinness World Records or Ripley’s believe it or not, then check this exciting book  that describes some of the craziest, silliest, and most extraordinary records achieved by people around the world.



The World’s Oddest Inventions.

Describes some of the oddest, strangest, and most bizarre inventions from around the world




Late night storytime at Tawa Library

TawamusicAt this month’s late night storytime we are helping to save our environment as we celebrate Conservation week.

Come along to hear some fun stories and try your hand at some interesting puzzles at Tawa Library on Thursday 5th November at 6.30pm.

Make it special by coming along dressed in your pyjamas or even better as your favourite animal.

This is a free event for 4 – 10 yr olds.

Top 10 Children’s non-fiction October 2015

The magnetic allure of Minecraft has infected the Top 10 this month, it’s claimed half of the leader board! The gaming and computer and technology resources in the children’s areas are being matched with maker kits.  The Lego and mechano can take a while to build so treat yourself to some project time at the library.  Coming in at number 10, Ninjago fans are using their ninja skills to scale to popularity heights, where will they be next month?

1.   Minecraft by Stephanie Milton
2.   Minecraft  by Nick Farwell
3.   Minecraft hacks master builder by Megan Miller
4.   Minecraft by Matthew Needler
5.   The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz
6.   Minecraft blockopedia by Alex Wiltshire
7.   Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft
8.   Star Wars by David West Reynolds
9.   Frozen by Julie Ferris
10. Secret world of the Ninja by Beth Landis Hester

Top 10 children’s comics for September 2015

The comic collection in children’s collection and young adults is exploding with great new titles!

The comic artists bring out the great storylines with their individual styles.  Kazu Kibuishi pens the Amulet series and Copper.  Number seven of the Amulet series is due to be released in spring 2016, take a look at the new cover here.

Do you have a favourite comic that doesn’t show up in the Top 10? Let us know in the comments or write a Kids’ Club review and you may inspire a fellow reader.

1. Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

2. Pokemon by Hidenori Kusaka

3. The complete Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

4. Garfield by Mark Evanier

5. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

6. Chi’s sweet home by Kanata Konami

7. Adventure time by Ryan North

8. Tintin by Herge

9. Warriors by Dan Jolley

10. Asterix omnibus by Goscinny and Udzero


Hey! Chi’s sweet home number 12 is headed to the library, a couple enterprising fans have already put reserves on! get cracking and order your copy to be in early when the new copy arrives





Top 10 Children’s non-fiction September 2015

Minecraft and Star Wars have been the most popular of the children’s non-fiction. But! an entry that I’m sure will rise through the ranks is the new Ripley’s believe it or not! These books were spawned by the manic genius of Robert L. Ripley who traveled the world in search of the strange and unusual.  Before the books there were exhibition spaces or Odditoriums, still going strong with locations worldwide.  Don’t have one near you? they also have travelling shows!  Any ideas for your own oddity collection? Let us know in the comments.

1. Minecraft by Stephanie Milton

2. Minecraft by Nick Farwell

3. Star Wars by David West Reynolds

4. Minecraft hacks master builder by Megan Miller

5. The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz

6. Cat by Juliet Clutton-Brock

7. Minecraft blockopedia by Alex Wiltshire

8. Star Wars by Ryder Windham

9. Ripley’s believe it or not! edited by Rosie Alexander

10. Dog by Juliet Clutton-Brock