Beyond the Page is back in July 2019!

I know we’re only halfway through the school term, but we had some big news we couldn’t wait to share with you — the Beyond the Page festival is returning from 6-21 July 2019! Beyond the Page is New Zealand’s largest literary festival for kids and their families, and this year we’ve organised over 140 free events at libraries and community centres from Island Bay to Ōtaki!

We’re super excited to be able to introduce our four headline acts to you here. For full details about these events, check out the Beyond the Page website, or follow the festival on Facebook!

First up is Bea Lee-Smith from the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Join her on a magical journey into the world of Hansel and Gretel.  Through music and mime, children will learn simple ballet steps and positions. This interactive telling of an old favourite tale will be a great appetizer for you and your family in advance of the RNZB’s exciting new production of Hansel and Gretel later in the year. Suitable for pre-schoolers and primary school aged children.

Next up we have the amazing New Zealand author Donovan Bixley. Donovan has had over 100 books published around the world — I can’t even imagine what it’s like having one book published! His show will have you laughing with amazement as you dive into a world of letters, words, and fuzzy doodles. Suitable for children aged 5+ with their caregivers.

Our next headliner is the fabulously spellbinding storyteller Tanya Batt. Tanya describes herself as a “green-fingered witch, a word warbler and a story stitcher” — which sounds like just my cup of tea! You can join Tanya in one of her imagined worlds as part of this year’s festival, with amazing costumes, live music, and tantalising tales to boot. Suitable for children aged 4+ with their caregivers.

Last but certainly not least is Toro Pikopiko, New Zealand’s most established puppetry theatre company. Yep, you heard that right — puppets! And over 80 of Toro Pikopiko’s amazing hand-crafted puppets star in their incredible rock-art musical extravaganza, Te Rereka (The Flight). This incredible show is bound to inspire and amaze — so don’t miss out! Suitable for children of all ages with their caregivers.

There will be heaps more info coming out soon about the rest of the festival schedule. There’s everything from zine-making and book-creating workshops to robots, coding, and theatre-making. Keep checking the Beyond the Page website and at your local library as the school holidays draw closer to keep up to date with what’s on in your neighbourhood!

Kids’ Club Review by Luna: The Lion who stole my arm

The Lion who stole my armThe Lion who stole my arm, Nicola Davies ; with illustrations by Annabel Wright

It is an exciting book about a lion who stole a boys arm. The boy is on an adventure on finding “his” lion. This story is held in Africa.
“One day… Pedru told the lion. One day soon I will come and get you.”

4 stars

Reviewed by Luna from Newtown and , 11 years old

Lets Go Lego and Code Club now on at Newtown Library!

Are you looking for something to do after school?

Then come along to Newtown Library for some fun filled creating and innovating with Lets go Lego and the new Code Club!
Let’s Go LEGO is a free, programme recommended for children aged 5+ with parent/guardian supervision. You will use the library’s Lego collections to design and build your masterpieces.

Each session will be held on the 3rd Monday of every month between 3.30pm – 4.30pm. 

The next session will be on Monday 20th May.


image courtesy of https://codeclub.nz/

Code Club Aotearoa is a free coding club for 9-13 year olds. Children will work their way through a range of fun coding projects, using Scratch and Python, under the guidance and support of coding experts. Please contact Newtown Library to register. Code Club at Newtown Library will be held every Friday until between 4pm -5pm.

So what are you waiting for? Head on down to Newtown Library to make, create and innovate Lets go Lego and Code Club Aotearoa!

Special Seaweek Storytime at Newtown Library!

Get those flippers on and dust off your snorkel, we’re helping you celebrate New Zealand Seaweek 2019 with a special Seaweek storytime at Newtown Library! Join us this Wednesday, the 6th of March, at 10.30am, for a shimmering submerged safari of more seaworthy stories than even the saltiest sailor could shake a stick at.

We’d love to see you there! While you’re here, why not check out all the other stuff that’s going on in Wellington for Seaweek this year?

The theme for Kaupapa Mōana NZ Seaweek 2019 is Tiakina i tātou Mōana — Care for our Seas.

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Bad dad

Bad dadBad dad, David Walliams ; illustrated by Tony Ross

My opinion about this book is that it is amazing! Its about a very strong relationship between father and son. A book full of drama , suspense, and adventure will lead you to find out how father and son reunited after Gilbert, (the dad, ) was sent to prison when it was not even his fault. In this book a good dad turned into a bad dad for a good cause. What did he do? Well read Bad Dad by David Walliams NOW!

5 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Oscar the hungry unicorn

Oscar the hungry unicornOscar the hungry unicorn, Lou Carter, [illustrated by] Nikki Dyson

I LOVED this book ( IT HAS A UNICORN)! I’m obsessed with unicorns and I thought that this book was perfect for me. I wish I could keep this book but it was the library’s. The illustrations of this book was amazing! All magical and rainbow. This story is about Oscar The Hungry Unicorn. He basically eats everything , From LED lights to Bridges! I think this would be a great book For Unicorn lovers.

5 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old