Pride festival books for families and children

Pride Festival week is here! Celebrate diversity and differences: Saturday 24th February 2018 to Sunday 4th March 2018.

This week celebrates people and families in our communities. Not all families are made up of a mummy and a daddy – there are lots of different types of families out there, and the Pride Festival is for everyone to celebrate families in all their forms. These different families are often called Rainbow Families.

Would you like to find out more about rainbow families? Here’s some good books to start with:

Heather has two mommies by Leslea Newman

This is about a young girl who has two mummies. Heather at first struggles with not having a daddy, and then she finds at playgroup that there are lots of different kinds of families. This is a book for younger children.



One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine

This is a story about 2 children who compare families. One comes from a traditional family and the other comes from a family with 2 blue dads and they try to figure out what the differences are with having 2 blue dads.


And Tango makes 3 by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

This is a true story about two male penguins in New York city zoo. They fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg.
Some people when they come from families that are different sometimes get teased or picked on for being different from others. Some people are picked on and teased because they seem different to us. I The next two books are about characters who are in that situation and how they triumph over it.


The sissy duckling by Harvey Fierstein

This is the story about Elmer the duck who is teased because he is different from others. He proves himself by surviving the harsh winter and saving his dad.
This book is aimed at younger children.


The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This is the story of a gentle Bull named Ferdinand who is forced to fight in the bull ring in Spain.






Event! Event! Event!

Celebrate Pride festival with us! There is a special storytime in Wellington Central Library celebrating Rainbow Families.

This special storytime event will be presented by the fabulous Drag Queen LaQuisha St Redfern and friends featuring books from our library collection. These Rainbow Storytime events help to teach children about acceptance with themes of family, love and friendship, being different and belonging, being unique and accepted and are for children, families and anyone who likes a good story!

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2-2.30pm

Rainbow Storytimes!

Come and listen to some wonderful Rainbow Stories at Wellington Central Library presented by Wellington’s favourite Drag Queen, the fabulous LaQuisha St Refern and friends. Celebrate our Rainbow Families with this special fun storytime  event for children, their families and anyone who likes stories!

What: Rainbow Storytimes

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2 – 2.30pm

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the DressThe Boy in the Dress, by David Walliams (1971-)

The story was about a boy. He meets a girl called Lisa. They become friends and then he wore an orange dress because he wanted to pretend he was a girl. He got the dress from Lisa. He also put on makeup.

Lisa was my favourite character because she was a girl and she was pretty. It was funny when she encouraged Dennis to wear the dress.

It was a funny book. It had funny picture as well. One particular funny part was when Dennis went into the girls’ bathroom and there were loads of girls talking in there and maybe taking selfies.

I really liked the ending when his dad told the headmaster off for getting Dennis expelled for wearing the orange dress rather than the school uniform.

I love David Walliams’ books. His books remind me of Roald Dahl’s because they are really funny.

This was one of the funniest books in the world because what kind of boy wears a dress.

I learnt that if you get expelled and you still play soccer and your mum is away your daddy will tell the headmaster off. It’s all about being yourself and not copying other people like a sheep.

I would recommend this book to all readers including girls because they would love the story.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Petra: The Lotterys plus one

The Lotterys plus oneThe Lotterys plus one, by Emma Donoghue (1969-)

At the start it was a bit confusing because there was 12 names to remember but after that it was a great story. There is 1 grumpy grandfather, 7 Lottery children, 4 parents, a 3 legged dog, some cats, a rat, and one bird. It is a truly great book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Petra from Khandallah and Other , 10 years old