Virtual Storytime: Straight from the Librarian’s Living Room

With our libraries currently closed, are you missing your regular storytime fix? Don’t worry, we have you covered in more ways than one: check the options below!

Virtual Storytimes
During the lockdown, your favourite librarians will be bringing you livestreamed storytimes directly from their living rooms on the Wellington City Libraries Facebook page. Storytime will be streamed live Monday-Friday at 10:30am, and on Saturdays at 2:00pm, to match the times when Preschool Storytime would normally be happening at your local library. You can join us live as we stream, or watch the video afterwards.

Story Box Library
Tired of waiting for your next storytime livestream? Did you know that you can enjoy a read-aloud storytime ANYtime?! All you need is your Wellington City Libraries card and a device to watch on — PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Log in with your library card number and PIN, and enjoy stories being read aloud by fantastic, predominantly Australian and New Zealand, storytellers.

Stories Online
If those options aren’t enough, over on the Kids’ Downloads page we have a whole raft of digital storytime content that we have been curating over the years. This page is stuffed full of videos of New Zealand books being read by their authors at the library, links to awesome resources such as TumbleBooks and Kanopy Kids, and plenty of other bits and pieces to keep your mind busy!

While you check out all these awesome resources, why not watch our first livestreamed Virtual Storytime below? Straight from my living room (with Velvet Elvis looking down from above!) I bring you I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, published by Walker Books.

Kids’ Club Review by Connor: Bad dad

Bad dadBad dad, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

This is one of the best, funny and interesting books I’ve ever read. I just couldn’t stop reading this book. I couldn’t wait to see what the next sentence was. The author has done a amazing job making it so interesting. I recommend this book to everyone. In my opinion, this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

5 stars

Reviewed by Connor from Tawa and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Dominic: The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise

The remarkable journey of Coyote SunriseThe remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise, Dan Gemeinhart

The remarkable journey of Coyote Sunrise is a incredible story about a girl who had been named Coyote since the death of her two sisters and Mum. After the incident, Coyote and her Dad Rodeo set off in a never ending trip on their new home Yager (an old school bus). Rodeo has a list of ‘no goes’ and one of them is going back to their old home but after Coyote’s weekly chat on the phone with her Grandma, her Dad’s Mum tells her the local park is being taken down to become buildings. Coyote remembers that 5 days before the deaths, her sisters and Mum buried a box that they would come back and and dig up ten years later. But luckily Rodeo and his daughter had invented an acronym; Drop Everything And Drive (DEAD) meaning they had a craving they really wanted to come true even if it was on the other side of the US. Coyote lied saying she needed a pork sandwich made around her birthplace. Needing the box, Coyote decides to do the impossible: travelling 3000 miles in a week without Rodeo noticing her plan. Picking up strangers to help her case along the way, she attempts her feat.

This is a very heartfelt and emotional story, but I loved every second of it and never wanted it to end.

5 stars

Reviewed by Dominic from Brooklyn and , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Wonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures

Wonderstruck : a novel in words and picturesWonderstruck : a novel in words and pictures, Brian Selznick

It all starts when Ben’s mum gets in a car crash and he has to live in his cousin’s house.
He decides to run away and look through his mother’s things – that’s when he discovers that he has a dad, which his mum has never spoken about. He decides to look for him.

I thought this novel was extremely fascinating because it includes black & white pictures too.
I also found out that there’s a film about Wonderstruck – which I found out from the internet, is entirely different from the book.

I rate this 5 stars, and I look forward to reading more of Brian Selznick’s books.

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Johnsonville and , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sophia L: Pete the Cat’s trip to the supermarket

Pete the Cat's trip to the supermarketPete the Cat’s trip to the supermarket, by Kimberly & James Dean

It’s about getting the right things in the supermarket. It all started when Pete and Bob were hungry when they after had a lot of fun. So Pete and Bob and their dad went to the supermarket. But before the three cats went to the supermarket they wrote a list of things to get in the supermarket. when they just came Pete and Bob’s and the dad’s list blew away but Pete and Bob remembered what was on the list. So they went in the supermarket. In aisle 10 was dairy so in aisle 10 they got milk and stinky cheese. Then the three cats went to aisle 9 and they got bacon and chicken even if bacon was not on the list they got it because Pete’s dad wanted it. In aisle 8 Pete remembered eggs so Pete asked his dad” what kind of eggs” and Pete’s dad said “Jumbo” so they got it. In aisle 7 there was nothing on the list but the three cats got some stuff in aisle 7 they got the food called bow ties. In aisle 6 it smelled fruity and Pete remembered apples and Bob remembered raspberries so they got it. In aisle 5 Pete’s dad tasted a hot dog and it was free and in aisle 4 Pete tasted a cupcake. In aisle 3 there was nothing on the list again but Pete’s dad allowed Pete and bob a tasty treat. Pete chose crackers that were shaped like fish and Bob chose popcorn. In aisle 2 it felt cold because it had the things that had to stay cold and again there was nothing on the list in that aisle but they got some stuff Pete’s dad got mango flavoured popsicles. In aisle 1 there was beautiful flowers and again there were nothing on the list that was in aisle 1 but the three cats got one flower that was a tulip for the the three cats grandma. then they went back home with out the fish that was on the list but the car was full of stuff so the three cats will get the fish next time the three cats come to the supermarket.

4 stars

Reviewed by Sophia L from Tawa and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isabella: The haunting

The hauntingThe haunting, Margaret Mahy

As 8 yr old Barnaby is continuously being spooked he and his older sisters head out on a mission to uncover the truth of the ghosts and their family. This book is definitely suited for older children

3 stars

Reviewed by Isabella from Miramar and Seatoun School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Isabella: The house with chicken legs

The house with chicken legsThe house with chicken legs, Sophie Anderson

This book is amazing! As Marinka and her grand mother baba guide the dead. Marinka wants so much more than this life she has. But when her grand mother suddenly disappears Marinka must guide the dead on her own otherwise things could go horribly wrong…

5 stars

Reviewed by Isabella from Miramar and Seatoun School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Jasmine: Wonder

WonderWonder, R.J. Palacio

I love this book it is just a wonderful storyline and I like how it tells it from different people’s perspective. At some points of the book it just super sad and others it really happy. I can really tell R. J. Palacio put so much emotion into writing it.

4 stars

Reviewed by Jasmine from Island Bay and Island Bay School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: The curse of the Werepenguin

The curse of the WerepenguinThe curse of the Werepenguin, Allan Woodrow ; illustrated by Scott Brown

Bolt is an orphan who wants to find his family. A 12-year-old baron wants Bolt to come an while Bolt thinks his is on his way to find his family, The baron is not who Bolt thinks he is and he bites Bolt. Bolt becomes a half boy, half penguin and there is worse to come…..I enjoyed this book as it was funny, easy to read, and enjoyable.

4 stars

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

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: The bridge home

The bridge homeThe bridge home, Padma Venkatraman

This book is based in Chennai. Two sisters called Viji and Rukku runaway to Chennai but discover that it is very dangerous. They find shelter under a bridge and become friends with two boys. They make a fun life even though they have to search in trash. However, when illness strikes, Viji must decide whether to risk asking strangers for help or keeping the new life they have. I LOVED this book. It is well written and very hard to put down. The characters are well developed too. I recommend this book to children 9+ .

5 stars

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