It’s Christmas Storytime Time Again!

Deck the Halls with Books of Jolly! Fa la la la la….

Christmas Storytimes are back!

Dust of your jingle bells, catch a sleigh ride, and follow the reindeer footprints into your local library for fun family storytimes to get your into the festival Christmas spirit.

These storytimes will be filled with stories and songs for the Christmas season, and are suitable for families with children of all ages. Come along in a Christmas costume, or your coziest pyjamas!

All storytimes start at 6pm and run for 45mins.

 

When and Where:

Monday 17th December

Brooklyn, Cummings Park (Ngaio), and Miramar Library,

Tuesday 18th December

Central Library, Children’s section

Thursday 20th December

Wadestown, Karori, Khandallah, Mervyn kemp (Tawa) and Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie) Libraries, and Island Bay Community Centre

Friday 21st December

Newtown and Johnsonville Libraries

 

These are free events, and bookings aren’t required.

Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs for Children

Hey Kids!

Brace yourself this week for another round  “Top 5 Must see Christmas DVDs!” to watch over the Christmas break!

Enjoy!

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Home Alone 2. Kevin McCallister is back this holiday season and is embarking on another ‘Home Alone’ journey where he accidentally boards the wrong plane and ends up in New York City instead of Florida, where the rest of his family has gone. He has plenty of cash and credit cards to enjoy a nice stay at a posh hotel and turns the Big Apple into his own personal playground. There he meets up with the Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, who are plotting a huge holiday heist. It is up to Kevin to save the day die-hard style with a battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget.

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Arthur Christmas. On Christmas at the North Pole, Santa’s youngest son looks to use his father’s high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Overall a very humorous and heart-warming story. A great one to watch with the entire family. 
image courtesy of amazon.comMiracle on 34th Street.  The holiday season is in full swing when a cultured gentleman with twinkling eyes, an ample belly and a snowy beard is hired as Macy’s department store Santa. He claims his name is Kris Kringle and soon fills everyone with Christmas spirit… except for his boss, Doris Walker, who’s raising her daughter to not believe in Santa. But when Kringle is declared insane put on trial, everyone’s faith is put to the test as young and old alike face the age-old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?

The Muppets’ Christmas Carol. Based on Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol, The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s named Scrooge’s, (played brilliantly by Michael Caine) path to redemption on Christmas Eve. Another childhood favourite featuring talented actor and the Muppets.

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Sesame Street : Once Upon a Christmas. Travel back to the nineteenth century, when humans and monsters didn’t get along, as Elmo and his friends learn how Christmas and the holiday spirit came to Sesame Street!

As an added bonus and pre-Christmas treat, here’s a trailer of the 2018 movie, The Grinch. Enjoy!

Kids’ Club Review by Eleanor: The fish in the bathtub

The fish in the bathtubThe fish in the bathtub, by Eoin Colfer

Mr Fishy came in a bucket.Then he went into the bath.Now Grandpa Feliks plans to put him in the oven.Grandpa Feliks can’t wait to eat the carp he has bought for Christmas.But little Lucja loves Mr Fishy.It was an awesome story.I loved it.If you read it you will think it all happened!

5 stars

Reviewed by Eleanor from Karori and , 8 years old

New Kids Fiction books for you to kick back and relax with (once you’ve finished your homework!)

School is back! so here’s 10 wonderful new kids fiction books for you to chose from, to help you get back into the swing of things! Grab them today from your local Library! 🙂

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands – the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze’s family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze’s family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatt Millz by Harry Hill

Meet Matt Millz – Britain’s Youngest (and funniest!) Comedian! Matt may be small but he is truly mighty on the comedy circuit. Well, he is in his head anyway. When the school holds a talent show, Matt has the opportunity to demonstrate that he’s got the magical chutzpah quip to take him all the way to the Apollo. With the help of his diminutive manager, Kitty Hope, and his hapless form teacher, as well as the school brute, his heartthrob and Rob his best friend, Matt learns what it takes to be really funny . . . A hilarious new book from National TreasureT and real-life (very) funny man Harry Hill.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer

Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse. Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil. Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsArmstrong & Charlie By Steven B. Frank

“During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s”– Provided by publisher

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWinterhouse by Ben Guterson

Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBah Humbug! by Michael Rosen

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?

 

IImage courtesy of Syndeticsvy by Katherine Coville

A young girl helps her grandmother care for magical creatures.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsGoodly and Grave in a deadly case of murder by Justine Windsor

The second page-turning adventure in this sharp-witted, magical mystery series. When reports come in that valuable magical objects are being stolen, Goodly and Grave are on the case, but just when they think they know whodunit their prime suspect turns up – murdered! Will Lucy be able to track the real villain without putting herself in deadly danger…? An page-turning mystery with a magical twist.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsGrover’s New Friends by Claire Garth

Grover McBane is a lucky dog. He has a new family, and he’s making friends at the park. But Grover’s owner, Annie, needs his help. A puppy called Peanunt has arrived at the animal shelter and is scared and confused. Thank goodness Grover and his new friends from the dog park are there to help! What will happen to Peanut? Where will he go?

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: On angel wings

On angel wingsOn angel wings, by Michael Morpurgo

Grandpa always told these stories about how he experienced the first Christmas day and how all his family went to see baby Jesus while he was left behind to guard the sheep. Does he get the baby? This is a picture book which would be popular around Christmas.

4 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by kate: The lost reindeer

The lost reindeerThe lost reindeer, by Sally Rippin

The lost reindeer by Sally Rippin was very interesting because jack and billie are off to a show called carols by candlelight by their favorite singer asha but then jack needs to go to the bathroom and gets lost will he get back to his parents or not? I really like the pictures and the way the important words are in bold I recommend this book to 5 6 7 and 8 year olds it was to easy for me but i really like it .

4 stars

Reviewed by kate from Kilbirnie and Roseneath School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: On angel wings

On angel wingsOn angel wings, by Michael Morpurgo

This is a religious book about the Christmas story. A grandfather is telling his grandchildren how he met Jesus when he was a young shepherd boy. This book was easy to read and would be enjoyed by children who like reading about the Christmas birth of Jesus.

3 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: On Angel Wings

On Angel Wings, by Michael Morpurgo

On Angel Wings is about four shepherds who see an angel. The angel tells them to go see Jesus. They leave behind one shepherd to guard the sheep. Will he get to see baby Jesus? I found this book a bit boring which is why I only gave it two stars. I recommend this book to 5 plus.

2 stars

Reviewed by Molly  from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tyler: Puzzle Christmas

Puzzle ChristmasPuzzle Christmas, by Susannah Leigh

I thought the book was really cool how they had detailed pictures and there was objects you had to find, it was challenging. It all started when a little reindeer called Rio lost his magical bell so without it the bell Rio couldn’t fly back to Christmas land and Rio thought he could pull the sleigh on Christmas Eve. Then they went looking for Rio’s bell. Then Kira helped Rio aboard the boat but it set sail before she could jump off again. Kira got worried if she would be able to come back. Then they hid in some green barrels and after the boat ride then the barrels got loaded on an aeroplane and then on to a train. Then after the train ride they had to pass the broken iceberg path in order to go to Christmas land then they passed the icebergs then they saw some magical lights and then Rio said they are not far from Santa’s house. Then they started to walk among tall pillars of ice and then Kira could see some pillars moving and that was when they were surrounded by polar bears. Then the polar bears came closer and Kira was getting scared but one of them said “Hello Rio”. The polar bears was pleased to see Rio and then Kira and Rio hoped on the polar bears backs and then they slid all the way down to Snowman village. Once they got to snowman village Kira’s Christmas present was there except it wasn’t it wasn’t nearby home. Then they got into teams for the big snowball fight. After the snowball game Kira was breathless and it seemed like she thoroughly enjoyed the game. Then when they were getting close Santa’s house they spotted a small cosy house then Kira and Rio peered through a window and Kira heard that the boy (inside) wanted a seashell for Christmas. Then they came across an elf who has lost his Christmas tree decorations and Kira and Rio helped him find the decorations. Then at the edge of the forest they found a little red train waiting for them. Then they hoped on the train and made their way to Santa’s house. After a while they hoped off the train. Rio said I’ll take you to meet my family before you meet Santa. When they got into the stable everyone was worried about Rio. Then one of the reindeers asked “are you going to see Santa”? Then Kira and Rio went to see Santa then Rio told Santa how he flew off and lost his bell. Later it was one of the best nights of Rios life he got to pull the sleigh. They could see the whole world from where they were and they were on their way to Lucas’s house to give him a shell. Then Santa took Kira home like Rio said but when Kira woke up it was Christmas morning and she spotted a special present from Rio.

4 stars

Reviewed by Tyler from Johnsonville and West Park School , 10 years old