Top 10 children’s fiction February 2016

Diary of a Wimpy kid is still numero uno! Is it the allure of cartoon/comic content? Check out Jeff Kinney drawing his characters here!

The popular Liz Pichon with Tom Gates and Rachel Renée Russel with Nikki Maxwell (dork diaries) have great drawings as part of their stories too

1. Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney

2. Tom Gates series, by Liz Pichon

3. Treehouse series, By Andy Griffiths

4. Harry Potter series, by J.K.Rowling

5. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

6. Dirty Bertie, by Alan MacDonald

7. Dork Diaries, by Rachel Renee Russel

8. Ruby Redfort series by Lauren Child

9. Big Nate series, by Lincoln Peirce

10. Awful Auntie by David Walliams

Drawings as part of the story are a great way to connect with characters and situations in a book. Has anyone checked out The Marvels? This beautiful book (the cover is smothered in gold leaf) tells the grand tale of shipwreck and adventure. Told in pictures, the first part of the book has expressive drawings that lead you through the story.  The written half pieces together the mysterious and wonderful story of the performing Marvel family.

Top 10 Children’s fiction for January 2016

Summer holiday reading has paid off for Liz Pichon who has the potential to knock Diary of a Wimpy Kid out of the top spot with her amazing Tom Gates book series!

Wondering how authors become people who create stories? Lauren Child has a great website with some encouraging notes for those budding authors out there.  Ruby Redfort fans can pit their wits against code cracker for high security info or take the Spectrum test.  And… paper backs, check out the process for the cover shoots for Look into my eyes, Catch your death, Take your last breath and Feel the fear.

Ever redesigned the book cover for your favourite read? Let us know in the comments.


1. Diary of a wimpy kid, by Jeff Kinney

2. Tom Gates, by Liz Pichon

3. Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths

4. Dirty Bertie, by Alan MacDonald

5. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

6. Big Nate, by Lincoln Peirce

7. Ruby Redfort, by Lauren Child

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

9. Demon dentist, by David Walliams

10. Magnus Chase and the sword of summer by Rick Riordan

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Where’s Wally?

Where's Wally?Where’s Wally?, by Martin Handford

This book is about finding Wally in a picture. It is very tricky and tkes a long time. I love doing Where’s Wally books and it is a good book if you are bored.

5 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Where’s Wally?

Where's Wally?Where’s Wally?, by Martin Handford

The Where’s Wally series are pretty good for passing time. Instead of just finding Wally, you can also find his friends and other special items, or just spend ages looking at the page discovering other weird and wonderful things!

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Brooklyn and Brooklyn School , 12 years old

Is there a Sherlock Holmes hidden in you? 6 great children’s cipher books to try today.

Do you have what it takes to go undercover and discover the secret world of espionage?

Well if you can break the following code I think you will have what it takes!

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I    J   K   L   M   N   O   P    Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z

H   I   J    K    L   M  N   O   P  Q   R   S   T    U   V   W   X   Y   Z   A   B   C   D   E    F   G

_        _   _        _        _   _   _   _         _    _    _    _    _    _    _

P        H  T        H        J   V   K   L       I     Y    L   H    R   L   Y

If you managed to work out the code – you are awesome!!!

Did you know Samuel Morse developed a code that could be sent electronically using short dots and long dashes.

It became known as:

_   _   _   _   _                   _   _   _   _

T   V   Y   Z   L                  J   V    K   L

Lord Robert Baden-Powell the founder of the scouting movement used visual codes by sketching details of a fortress on a picture of a:

_    _    _    _    _    _    _    _    _

I    B    A    A    L    Y   M    S     F

Making codes and ciphers is great fun. Why not create your own and test them out on your family and friends.




Kids’ Club Review by mila: Puzzle school

Puzzle schoolPuzzle school, by Susannah Leigh

I was a bit stuck when I was at the page when you have to sort out the lunchboxes to the people. I loved the page where you had to figure out who does what on what day.

5 stars

Reviewed by mila from Central City, 7 years old

Top 10 Children’s fiction June 2015

Tom Gates has two positions in the Top 10 this month! You might know Liz Pichon’s creation has a musical side,  you too can join in with Dog Zombies rendition of Delia’s a weirdo with a score from Tom Gates’ band! Got some of your own tunes inspired by characters from your favourite books? Let us know in the review section.  A new Dirty Bertie is about to hit the shelves, get your library card ready to place your reserve…and…go!


1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

3. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord

4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

5. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

6. Big Nate by Lincoln Pierce

7. Excellent excuses (and other good stuff) by Liz Pichon

8. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

9. Genius ideas (mostly) by Liz Pichon

10. The 26-storey treehouse by Andy Griffiths

Free interactive ebooks for kids

Have you tried Tumblebooks yet? You can get your hands of a large collection of free interactive ebooks through your library membership. The collection is best for young and learner readers and contains many well-known picture book and junior chapter book titles (even some non-fiction too!). The books are animated with pictures and sounds, and you even have the option of reading the book yourself, or having it read to you.  As well as English, there are titles in French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean and German, which is perfect for those that are learning another language.

Prefer comics? Tumblebooks has those too! Geronimo Stilton, Archie, Nancy Drew, Max Finder Mysteries and more.

It gets better – there are interesting National Geographic videos to watch, and puzzles and games you can play. Tumblebooks has everything to keep you entertained for hours!

Top 10 children’s fiction for April 2015

The series books are holding their own in the popularity stake but, classic author, Roald Dahl has a serious fan base out there

1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2. Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell

3. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

4. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

5. Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

6. Matilda by Roald Dahl

7. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

8. The 52-storey treehouse by Andy Grifiths

9. Awful Auntie by David Walliams

10. Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl