New Picture Books on Overdrive Kids

Hey kids! If you like picture books, why not give our picture book collection a try by browsing our Kids’ Reading Room on Overdrive! Check out titles such as:

image courtesy of syndeticsGoodnight Peppa Pig (Peppa Pig).

It’s time for bed but Peppa and George are absolutely, definitely, not even a little bit tired in this delightful brand new picture book. A bedtime story from Granny Pig, Grandpa Pig, Daddy Pig AND Mummy Pig should send them to sleep . . . Shouldn’t it? This picture book story is perfect for reading at bedtime, playtime and over and over again! 

image courtesy of syndeticsMore would you rather by John Burningham.

Would you rather have breakfast with bears, lunch with a lion or dinner with ducks? Would you like to fly with the pelicans or swim with the fish? Would it be worse if an elephant made a terrible smell or you fell over in a field of cows? Ask – and answer – these questions and many more in this funny, imaginative game of a book from John Burningham.

image courtesy of syndeticsMaisy Goes on a Plane.

Join Maisy the mouse as she checks in at the airport, finds her seat (by the window!) and makes some new friends on her flight. From the whoosh at takeoff to waiting in line for the bathroom, from buckling seat belts to arriving in a whole new wonderful place, flying is more fun with a friend like Maisy on board.

Mr Men and Little Miss series by Roger Hargreaves.

Roger Hargreaves’ classic series of Mr Men and Little Miss comes to life on Overdrive Kids.  We have available Mr Happy, Mr Grumpy, Mr Tickle, Little Miss Scary and Little Miss Inventor.

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image courtesy of syndeticsLittle Robot Alone by Patricia MacLachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest.Little Robot’s life is peaceful—yet maybe it’s a little too peaceful. But wait! He has an idea. With a little hard work, perseverance, and resourceful thinking, can Little Robot build his way to the perfect cure for loneliness?

image courtesy of syndeticsAngelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig.

Angelina is a pretty little mouse who wants nothing more than to be a ballerina. She dances all the time—at home, at school, even in her dreams! In fact, she’s so busy dancing that she forgets all about the other things she’s supposed to do, like cleaning her room and joining her family for breakfast!

image courtesy of syndeticsRonan the Librarian.

This humorous picture book from sister duo Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie and illustrator Victoria Maderna follows Ronan the Barbarian as he he grows from being just a rough-and-tumble warrior to Ronan the Librarian—a rough-and-tumble warrior who loves books.

If you want to borrow these amazing picture books and more from our collections, all you need is a Wellington City Libraries membership — click here if you don’t have a library card and would like to join online.

Kids’ Club Review by Molly Morgan: The hobbit : or, There and back again

The hobbit : or, There and back againThe hobbit : or, There and back again, by J. R. R. Tolkien ; illustrated by David Wenzel ; adapted by Charles Dixon with Sean Deming

The Hobbit is about a journey of a hobbit called Bilbo to kill a dragon. He joins a band of dwarves and a wizard. On the way they have many adventures. I found this book a little bit hard to read but will try again when I am older. It is a classic.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly Morgan from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Aishath: Peter Pan; Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington gardens

Peter Pan; Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington gardensPeter Pan; Peter and Wendy and Peter Pan in Kensington gardens, by J. M. Barrie (1860-1937)

This is an adventurous story. Its about if Peter Pan ran away from Kensington Gardens. And, instead went to Neverland. This book was written in 1904. The year 1904 was when James Barrie did a play.
This fun-filled book is for children. From this book children will learn many things.
This is a fiction book. It tells a story about a flying boy called Peter Pan ad hero. He leaves his home because he never wanted to grow up to be a man. So he went to Neverland.

4 stars

Reviewed by Aishath from Central City, 8 years old

April Holiday Events

Hey guys!


The school holidays are almost here. Whew! We’ve got some great events planned to celebrate and give you guys something fun to do!

Pop along to your local library to rediscover some old adventures. We’ll be dusting off the classic stories that have inspired movies and children all around the world. You’ll be surprised at how many of them you know!


We’ve got heaps of stories and activities to keep you entertained, and it’s all free! Don’t forget to bring your library card too! Here’s where they’re at:


Khandallah Library

‘Where the Wild things Are’

Wednesday 15th April, 10.30am


Karori Library

‘Peter Pan’

Wednesday 15th April, 11am


Ruth Gotlieb library (Kilbirnie)

‘Peter Pan’

Wednesday 15th April, 2pm


Wellington Central Library

‘Alice in Wonderland’

Monday 20th April, 11am


Mervyn Kemp Library (Tawa)

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’

Monday 20th April, 11am


Brooklyn Library

‘Treasure Island’

Tuesday 21st April, 10.30am


Newtown Library

‘Treasure Island’

Wednesday 22nd April, 10.30am


Miramar Library

‘Puss in Boots’

Wednesday 22nd April, 11am


Cummings Park Library (Ngaio)

‘Peter pan’

Wednesday 22nd April, 11am


Island Bay Library

‘Treasure Island’

Thursday 23rd April, 10.30am


Johnsonville Library

Fairy Tales – Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm

Thursday 23rd April, 11am




Wadestown Library

‘Peter Pan’

Thursday 23rd April, 11am