Wellington City Libraries

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Welcome to the Kids section of Wellington City Libraries' website. You'll find heaps of fun and interesting stuff here. Content changes all the time so bookmark us and visit often!

Kids' Club

Kids' Club logoWhat is Kids' Club? Find out here! Join other 5-12 year olds online to review books, find out what everyone else is reading, and win prizes. All book reviews are published online for everyone around the world to see - wow! Start writing your first review now.

Kids' Blog

New Zealand children's comics and stories from our guests at Comicfest

Earlier this year Wellington City Libraries and the National Library of New Zealand hosted the biennial Comicfest, featuring panels and workshops with New Zealand comic artists such as Roger Langridge, Katie O'Neill, and Michel Mulipola.

Now you can check out their books (and more!) at the newly-opened He Matapihi Molesworth Library, in the National Library.

Check This Out

Google Christmas Village and Santa Tracker Watch vids, do some Christmas coding, play games, and (most importantly) track Santa has he travels around the world on Christmas eve.

Tamariki

Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in
te Reo Māori - at a library near you!

Listen to The Seven Stars of Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins

He nui ngā taupānga Māori hou papai rawa! There are so many cool new Māori apps! Try these ones:

Kupu Download from iTunes. Take a photo of an object and the app will tell you the te reo word for it.

Te Reo Māori A te reo Māori language dictionary app right in your hand. Very handy!

Tipu te Reo Māori A fun learning game app for te reo Māori. Download from iTunes.

He aha tēnei? A useful app to introduce simple everyday words. Match each part of the word to hear it pronounced, and complete the word to hear it in full.

New!

Recent Addition

Fearless and fantastic! : female super heroes save the world
by Sam Maggs, Emma Grange, and Ruth Amos.

Visit the Kids Blog for more new things.

eLibrary

Check out the eLibrary where the collection is free and available to download 24/7. Choose from eBooks, eAudio, comics and magazines:

Overdrive: eBooks and eAudio

BorrowBox: eBooks and eAudio

RBdigital: eMagazines to download and keep

TumbleBooks: online books and comics with read-alongs, games and activities

Story Box Library: A video library of stories to read along to

Kanopy: streaming movies, including Kanopy Kids

Beemafilm: streaming movies, with Australian and New Zealand content

Star Review

Star Review

Race to the end of the world
by A.L. Tait, reviewed by Molly from Karori, 11 years old.

When Quinn gets selected to be a trainee mapmaker, his worst nightmare comes true. Suddenly he is sailing the world looking for evidence that the earth is round. Will he and his crew be able to do it? I really enjoyed this book because it was an adventure. I recommend it to children 9+. 5 stars!

(More kids' reviews!)

Special Notice

Arapaki and He Matapihi - our new pop-up libraries

Following the closure of the Central Library we are excited to invite you to visit our first two pop-up Libraries in called Arapaki (in Manners Street) and He Matapihi (in the National Library). Come check out the great range of children's books and say HI to the librarians.

Click through for the latest updates about the Central Library

What's On

Summer Reading Challenge

Read, review, and win!

1 Dec 2019 to 31 Jan 2020, free for all 5 to 12 years olds. Pick up a booklet from your local library, or download and print.

Click through to find out more and get started!

Christmas Craft and Storytimes

They're back! Head along to our free special festival events for the whole family. Happening in all libraries between 12 - 21 December.

Find out when and where

Booklists

Did you know we have lots of great Booklists? You can find them over on our Booklists page, or browse one below!

  • Adventure booklist
  • Animals booklist
  • Comics booklist
  • Fairytales booklist
  • Fantasy booklist
  • Historical booklist
  • Mysteries booklist
  • Reluctant Readers booklist
  • Spooky Stories booklist
  • World Stories booklist

Kids' Databases

Language Nut: a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll be adding to your vocabulary without really realising it! (To get started, type in your library card number into the box on Language Nut labelled "barcode".)

Oddizzi: a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research? Just login by typing "Wellington" and "oddizzi"

TumbleBooks: TumbleBooks offers picture books, chapter books and non-fiction books, which you can read, or have read to you! There are educational videos and games, animation, sounds and music.

Encyclopaedia Britannica: Britannica Junior edition contains thousands of short articles on subjects for school and for fun. From countries, to animals and sports; it also includes pictures, videos, and links to other websites.