Tūhono Returns This October

We have some exciting news to share with you — this October, we will again be inviting Wellington poets aged 5-18 to submit poems to our journal, Tūhono. Next week we will be sharing more details with you, including the new theme, the submission deadline, and other cool stuff — so why not take the time now to get inspired by checking out Tūhono 2020 on OverDrive?

Tūhono is Wellington City Libraries’ very own poetry journal for young poets aged 5-18. Unlike some other poetry journals, having your work accepted in Tūhono is not a competition — as long as you follow the rules of submission, every piece of work that gets submitted will be published. Tūhono first came into being last year, and was a roaring success, with nearly 200 of you submitting poetry on the theme of ‘connection’ during the month of November and being published in the inaugural volume. We can’t wait to see what you create this time.

Once you’ve checked out the original Tūhono, why not check out some of our other poetry eBooks for Kids? We’ve added some of our favourites below!

Overdrive cover Tūhono 2020, Wellington City Libraries (ebook)

Tūhono : connection. This is the theme that binds together all 197 poems you are about to read, which were contributed by young Wellington writers aged 5-18 and collected by Wellington City Libraries throughout the month of November 2020. The year 2020 was challenging for many people. Some had to spend time apart from their friends and the people they love. Some had to find ways to live with uncertainty and the sense that everything might not be okay in the world. But taken together, these poems represent a constellation of thoughts, ideas, worries, anxieties, hopes, loves, and dreams about how we find ways to connect, even in the face of adversity. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover When We Were Very Young, A. A. Milne (ebook)

Composed of dozens of poems by the author who has delighted generations of children and adults alike with characters such as Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, and Eeyore, When We Were Very Young is a warm, whimsical journey through childhood that includes such classic verses as “Halfway Down,” “Teddy Bear” (which introduced Pooh to the world), “At the Zoo,” “The King’s Breakfast,” “Shoes and Stockings,” and “Buckingham Palace,” plus many more. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Poems Aloud, Joseph Coelho (ebook)

Poems are made to read OUT LOUD! Perfect for confident children and shy readers alike, this book teaches all sorts of clever ways to performing poetry. Children will learn 20 techniques for reading aloud by trying out 20 funny and thoughtful original poems by the much-loved and award-winning performance poet, Joseph Coelho. There are tongue twisters, poems to project, poems to whisper, poems to make you laugh. There are poems to perform to a whole class and others to whisper in somebody’s ear. Richly textured, warm and stylish illustration by Daniel Gray-Barnett bring each page to life. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Is This a Poem?, Roger Stevens (ebook)

Do you like poems? Are you sure you know what one is?!
Join popular poet Roger Stevens for a trip through the different types of poetry: from advertising jingles to football chants, and from free verse to rap. Then, why not have a go at writing a poem of your own? (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, T. S. Eliot (ebook)

Cats! Some are sane, some are mad and some are good and some are bad.

Meet magical Mr Mistoffelees, sleepy Old Deuteronomy and curious Rum Tum Tugger. But you’ll be lucky to meet Macavity because Macavity’s not there! In 1925 T.S. Eliot became co-director of Faber & Faber, who remain his publishers to this day. Throughout the 1930s he composed the now famous poems about Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Mr Mistoffelees and many other cats, under the name of ‘Old Possum’. In 1981 Eliot’s poems were set to music by Andrew Lloyd Webber as Cats which went on to become the longest-running Broadway musical in history. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Further Adventures of the Owl and the Pussy-cat, Julia Donaldson (Audiobook)

Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson revisits Edward Lear’s favourite rhyme in this wonderful audio edition of a new story set in a nonsensical land full of adventure. When their beautiful golden ring is stolen, the Owl and the Pussy-cat must travel far from the safety of the Bong-tree glade as their search for the thief leads them across the Sea, to the Chankly Bore and beyond…This lovely audio download features a reading of the poem by Julia Donaldson and a performance of the poem set to music, written and performed by Julia Donaldson (vocals) and Malcolm Donaldson (guitar). (Overdrive description)

Happy 90th Birthday, Nancy Drew!

Happy 90th Birthday Nancy Drew!

This teen sleuth has been solving mysteries in and around her fictional home town of River Heights since April 1930! 

Starting with The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, and The Bungalow Mystery which were all released on April 28, 1930, there have been over 500 (what!?) books written by a variety of authors under the pen name of Carolyn Keene. 

Since the original 56 tales, there have been multiple rewritings and spin offs including the most recent series of ‘Nancy Drew Diaries’ which can be found as eBooks and eAudio on OverDrive/Libby (and on library shelves when we reopen) These stories are reimagined in the 21st century and have been updated to consider technology and other modernities that didn’t exist when the original series was written. After all, many of Nancy’s original exploits could easily have been solved simply by owning a cellphone!

Nancy has been a strong female role-model on screen as well, with a film series starting in the 1930s, a TV series (with the Hardy Boys) in the 1970s, a film in 2007, and a new series whose first season aired just last year!

There are also cool Nancy Drew computer games by HER interactive – which are full of tricky logic puzzles and mini games. I’m halfways through “The Tomb of the Lost Queen” set in Egypt, where Nancy is working as an intern on an archaeological dig, and I’ll admit it’s a struggle to pull myself away. I’ll also admit I’ve had to Google walkthrough instructions at least twice when I’ve gotten stuck! Sadly, the games aren’t free, but a bunch of them are discounted during lockdown, so if you’re looking for something that will balance homeschool learning, and educational screen time – they’re challenging and fun for adults and kids! 

If you haven’t read and Nancy yet – give her a go, if you like mysteries and strong female characters – she’s still an awesome read – even after 90 years. Here are some of our favourite Nancy Drew titles available now on OverDrive:

Overdrive cover The Secret of the Old Clock, Carolyn Keene (ebook)

A special treat for Nancy Drew fans! Out just in time for Nancy’s 80th anniversary, we’re releasing a limited number of copies of The Secret of the Old Clock, the first book in the series. It’s the exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for 80 years, with a terrific new look and bonus material! Collectors won’t want to miss this.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Baby-Sitter Burglaries, Carolyn Keene (ebook)

Nancy tries to prove that a babysitter is being framed when three houses in River Heights are robbed–and the only connection the police can find is that the babysitter was employed at each.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Puppy Problem, Carolyn Keene (Audiobook)

The Nancy Drew Notebooks enchant listeners with the antics of 8-year-old supersleuth Nancy Drew and her friends George and Bess. Nancy has a new puppy that needs lots of training, patience, and love. But when the chocolate-chip muffins go missing, Nancy’s new puppy is blamed. The girls know that the puppy is innocent and they are determined to find the real thief.

(Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Famous Mistakes, Carolyn Keene (ebook)
Nancy and her friends are out to find a comedian’s saboteur in this seventeenth book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to the classic mystery series. Complex social media charts, undercover outfits, and intense button study send Nancy, Bess, George, and Ned on a wild ride through River Heights to uncover the truth about missing comedian Brady Owens. But nothing is what it seems in this game of comedic timing. Can Nancy find the culprit before it’s too late?

(adapted from Overdrive description)

OverDrive Kids’ Reads – check them out!

Hi everyone! Even though our libraries are closed at the moment, we still have thousands and thousands of books and audiobooks for you to read and listen to online through our Kids’ Reading Room on OverDrive! Awesome new titles are being added all the time, and we even have a special Book Club collection with unlimited loans, so they’re always available, no matter how many other kids have borrowed them! 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.

Here are some of my favourites from the Kids’ Reading Room:

Flunked / Calonita, Jen
Age range 10 to 14 
This is the first book set at the Fairy Tale Reform School, where all the teachers are former villains from classic fairy tales, like Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother, and The Big Bad Wolf. It’s kind of like Harry Potter, but with less of the learning-how-to-use-magic-responsibly, and more of the learning-how-not-to-be-evil. Super funny, absolutely wicked, and with a cast of quirky characters you won’t soon forget, this is not a series you want to miss!

Women who dared : 52 stories of fearless daredevils, adventurers, & rebels / Skeers, Linda
Age range 8 to 14
There’s some awesome nonfiction (books about true stuff!) to be found on OverDrive if you know where to look, and this is one of them! Take a deep dive through history and learn about some of the amazing women who have made the world turn, but that you might not have heard of. Learn about the first woman to go into space (Valentina Tereshkova), the first woman to become a professional stuntperson (Helen Gibson), and many, many more. Go to the OverDrive Kids nonfiction browser here to find more books like this!

P is for pterodactyl : the worst alphabet book ever ; all the letters that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce / Haldar, Raj
Age range 6 to 12
This isn’t your average alphabet book, that’s for sure. In this book, we explore the wonderful world of the silent letters — the “k” in “knight,” or the “g” in “gnat” — that make spelling so, erm, fun. Pair it up with some beautiful illustrations and great wordplay, and you have the perfect concoction to soothe any word nerd as we all spend some more time indoors.

The witches / Dahl, Roald
Age range 8+
OverDrive is full to the brim with classics as well as brand new books, and this is definitely one of the classics! This audiobook version of Roald Dahl’s hilarious tale of magic, defiance, and a top-secret plot to unravel the plans of the Grand High Witch is sure to frighten and delight. Follow this link to find nearly 2,000 more children’s audiobooks to read and enjoy.

While we’re all staying inside, Wellington City Libraries has you covered for online entertainment with books, audiobooks, activities, games, learning resources, streaming video and movies, and more. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates on our awesome range of eResources, and visit MyGateway to explore them for yourself!

Kids’ Club Review by Eve: The magic school bus. In the time of the dinosaurs

The magic school bus. In the time of the dinosaursThe magic school bus. In the time of the dinosaurs, by Joanna Cole ; illustrated by Bruce Degen

This book we are talking about is in the Magic School Bus series. The series are about an imaginary and adventurous book. The book starts off that they want to find a Maiasaura. The thing I do not like about it is that there are too many speech bubbles. The thing I like about it is that it has a CD.

4 stars

Reviewed by Eve from Karori and Karori West Normal School , 7 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Gaurav: The bridge home

The bridge homeThe bridge home, Padma Venkatraman

This book is just amazing. This was written so well by Padma Venkatraman and really got me imagining the story like it was true. Althrough it was like a letter written to Rukku from Viji (the main characters) and was very detailed. The story line was just too good and I loved reading it. This book needs to be read by every single person on the world.

3 stars

Reviewed by Gaurav from Johnsonville and Raroa Normal Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: the girl who drew butterflies: how Maria Merian’s art changed science

Syndetics book coverThe girl who drew butterflies : how Maria Merian’s art changed science / Joyce Sidman.

Back in the 17th century, it was really hard for a woman to succeed. This was not the case for Maria Merian who was considered to be the first ecologist. Maria was really talented at drawing bugs and her work documented the life of butterflies. I am not a huge fan of non-fiction books but this was really interesting and the book had beautiful illustrations.

4 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: the girl who drew butterflies: how Maria Merian’s art changed science

Syndetics book coverThe girl who drew butterflies : how Maria Merian’s art changed science / Joyce Sidman.
This is an interesting non-fiction book about an amazing person called Maria Merian who drew bugs from a young age. this is about her life and her contribution to science. She was amazing. I am a huge fan of this book as it is fascinating how a woman back then managed to achieve so much.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Small spaces

Small spacesSmall spaces, Katherine Arden

When Ollie saves a book from being thrown into a stream, she does not realise she is about to become part of a mysterious adventure. The book is about a farm and a girl who has two boys in love with her. when Ollie goes on a school trip to a farm, she discovers that the woman who was throwing away the book actually owns the farm and the graves of the girl and two boys are there. I really enjoyed this book as it was well written and engaging.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Small spaces

Small spacesSmall spaces, Katherine Arden

This book is about an 11-year-old girl called ollie. She finds a woman who is going to throw a book in the river so she takes the book. The book is called Small Spaces which is a about a farm. On a school trip. Ollie discovers that the owner of the book owns the farm they are visiting and that the graves of the people in the book are the characters she is reading about…….This is a very enjoyable read that is gripping. I rated it 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old