It’s Your Lucky Day: New Collection on OverDrive Kids!

While the country was in lockdown, there was one thing that everyone seemed to be doing an awful lot of — reading! You read the books you got out from the library before we closed, you re-read all the books on your shelves at home, and you borrowed record numbers of eBooks from our OverDrive Kids collections as well. Our hard-working collections team have been working hard to get more books to you faster, so they’ve created a whole new eBook collection for you — the Kids’ Lucky Day collection.

Check out the Lucky Day collection next time you log in to the eLibrary!

What is the Lucky Day collection, you ask? Think of it as a buffet of all your favourite titles — books by Raina Telgemeier, Andy Griffiths, Erin hunter, Dav Pilkey, and more. Because books by these authors are so popular, they have a reduced loan period (14 days instead of 21), and you also can’t place holds or renew Lucky Day items that you have out. Every time you log in to OverDrive, be sure to check out the Lucky Day collection and see what’s available — who knows, maybe it will be your lucky day!


At the moment, there are about 80 different titles on the list, but as with all of our collections we’ll be adding to it as time goes on. For now, though, here are some of our favourites:

Overdrive cover The 13-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths (ebook)

Andy and Terry’s 13-storey treehouse is the most amazing treehouse in the world! It’s got a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of man-eating sharks, a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you’re hungry. Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up! (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Wonder, R J Palacio (ebook)

Auggie wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things – eating ice cream, playing on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside. But ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids aren’t stared at wherever they go. Born with a facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all? (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Rodrick Rules, Jeff Kinney (ebook)

Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer holidays, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it. As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him… and one event in particular. Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother Rodrick knows all about the incident. And secrets have a way of getting out… especially when a diary is involved. (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Poison Jungle, Tui T. Sutherland (ebook)

It’s no secret that Sundew wants to destroy the HiveWings. It’s her life’s mission to exact revenge on the tribe that tried to wipe out the LeafWings and ripped every tree from the surface of Pantala. Every tree, that is, except the wild and dangerous Poison Jungle, where the surviving LeafWings have been hiding since the war. Hiding, plotting, and waiting for a dragon like Sundew, who is uniquely qualified to bring down the Hives. There are dark secrets in the jungle, though – some that Sundew is keeping, and some that she’s only just beginning to discover. And now that a new war is upon them, Sundew and her friends must unearth the oldest secret in the jungle-even if what they find has the power to destroy them all. (Overdrive description)


So what are you waiting for? Check out the Lucky Day collection today — and keep your eyes peeled for more bookish goodies on the way on OverDrive.

Top 10 Children’s fiction in July

Fire up Children’s imaginations over winter with rainy day reading.  Are one of these your favourite?

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney

2.   Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

3.   Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald

4.   Conspiracy 365. by Gabrielle Lord

5.   Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

6.   Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

7.   Captain Underpants and the attack of the talking toilets by Dav Pilkey

8.   Hide and seek things that go by Dawn Sirett

9.   The BFG by Roald Dahl

10. The great city search by Rosie Heywood

Top 10 Fiction for April

The weather is getting colder and wetter, which is perfect for curling up at home (or in the library) with a good book. Here are the most popular for April:

1. Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney (Have you read the latest one –Hard Luck?)

2. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald (Check out NEW title! It’s not in our libraries yet, but make sure you reserve it!)

3. Where’s Wally? series by Martin Handford

4. Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

5. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling

6. The BFG by Roald Dahl

7. Breakaway by Jeff Hirsch (book two in the new 39Clues series!)

8. Doctor Proctor’s fart powder series by Jo Nesbo

9. James and the giant peach by Roald Dahl

10. Judy Moody & Stink series by Megan McDonald (another new book in the series! It’s so new that you’ll have to reserve this one too!)

 

Top 10 of our fiction Top 10 lists

Confused? Don’t be! I’ve just rustled through all our monthly Fiction Top 10 lists for 2013, and have come up with our Top 10 fiction for 2013, based on these monthly lists.

Here’s the final list for our 2013 fiction favourites:

1. Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney (with 2695 issues across the series – a clear winner!)

2. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald (803 issues across the series – a deserving 2nd place!)

3. Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord (625 issues across the series – bronze medal!)

4. Where’s Wally series by Martin Handford (a puzzle book with 536 issues across the series – obviously you know where to find Wally)

5. Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh (another puzzle book with 263 issues – Arrrgghhh!)

6. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone By J. K. Rowling (the first Harry Potter is still popular with 254 issues)

7. Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Dav Pilkey (217 issues – toilet humour is a winner)

8. Judy Moody & Stink by Megan McDonald (with 201 issues this isn’t a stink series)

9. Ruby Redfort By Lauren Child (a mysterious 180 issues this year for this mystery series)
10. Attack of the bandit cats By Geronimo Stilton (150 issues – can I get a GERONIMO!!!)

 

Top 10 Fiction for October

Here are the most popular children’s fiction for the month of October:

1 Diary of a wimpy kid series by Jeff Kinney

2 Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

3 Where’s Wally? series by Martin Handford

4 Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

5 Hang on to your whiskers! by Geronimo Stilton

6 Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

7 Attack of the bandit cats by Geronimo Stilton

8 A hidden enemy by Erin Hunter

9 Nicki the Holiday Camp Fairy by Daisy Meadows

10 Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling

 

Top 10 fiction for September

Here are your most popular fiction books for September. These would make great school holiday reading!

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

2. Where’s Wally by Martin Handford

3. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

4. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord

5. Puzzle Pirates by Susannah Leigh

6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

8. The Great City Search by Rosie Heywood

9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

10. Hide and Seek Things That Go by Dawn Sirett

Epic mysteries are fun!!!

Have you ever been wandering around an old castle or a crumbling mansion? Did you hear the stories of the past told by  its ruins or its demolished walls? Did anything odd happen to you that you felt you were going on an adventure?

If so, here is a bunch of medieval-royal-epic mysteries you might enjoy… !

The water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy living an ordinary life. But all that changes when his father suffers a stroke, and his family moves to the Water Castle – their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs, Maine.

Mallory Green’s ancestors have always been the caretakers of the Water Castle – and the guardians of its magic. She’s been raised to protect the legend of the Fountain of Youth, rumored to exist on the grounds. But ever since her mom left, she’s stopped believing in magic.

When Ephraim learns of the fountain, he’s sure finding it can cure his dad. With Mallory and Will’s help, Ephraim embarks on a mission that brings them deep into their families’ shared history, through every mysterious room in the Water Castle, and on a quest that will blur the lines between magic and science, creativity and discovery, leaving you to wonder: DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE UNBELIEVABLE???

8 and +

Story’s end, by Marissa Burt

Long ago, a King ruled the land of Story… During his reign, Heroes, Villains and characters of all kinds lived out tales filled with daring quests and epic struggles.

Then the king disappeared, and over the years, nearly everyone forgot that he had ever existed. Now an evil Enemy has emerged, determined to write a new future for Story that he will control. And an ordinary girl named Una Fairchild is inextricably tangles up in his deadly plan…

9 and +

 

Thrice upon a Marigold, by Jean Ferris

Once… Twice… Thrice the fun!

There’s always trouble on the way to happily-ever-after in Zandelphia-Beaurivage, but don’t tell King Christian and Queen Marigold. They’ve just welcomed little Princess Poppy to the royal family. Life at the palace seems happier than ever- until the princess is kidnapped by the kingdom’s ex-torturer-in-chief and ex-poisoner-in-chief as an act of revenge!

Rescuing the princess from the bad guys won’t be easy- it might take the king, the queen, the royal guards, a librarian, a blacksmith, a retired wizard, a white elephant, and a fire-breathing dragon! Can this royal kidnapping caper finally end in a happily-ever-after for all?

8 and +

 

 

Top 10 fiction for August

The most popular fiction for August! The top three series have been there for a while now – can we knock them down the list a bit for September…?

1.  Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney (series)

2.  Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald (series)

3.  Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord (series)

4.  Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford

5.  Attack of the bandit cats by Geronimo Stilton

6.  Four mice deep in the jungle by Geronimo Stilton

7.  Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Dav Pilkey

8.  Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

9.  Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

10.  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

 

Top 10 fiction for July

Here are the most popular fiction books for July. How many have you read?

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

2. Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord

3. Dirty Bertie series by Alan MacDonald

4. Where’s Wally series by Martin Handford

5. Judy Moody and Stink series by Megan McDonald

6. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling

7. Puzzle Holiday by Susanah Leigh

8. James and the giant peach by Roald Dahl

9. The enormous crocodile by Roald Dahl

10. Puzzle Pirates by Susanah Leigh

 

Top 10 Fiction for June

Here are the most popular children’s fiction titles for June:

1. Diary of a wimpy kid by Jeff Kinney (series)

2. Dirty Bertie by Alan MacDonald (series)

3. Conspiracy 365 by Gabrielle Lord (series)

4. Where’s Wally? by Martin Handford (puzzle book series)

5. Ruby Redfort by Lauren Child

6. Puzzle pirates by Susannah Leigh

7. Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone by J. K. Rowling

8. Judy Moody & Stink by Megan McDonald (series)

9. Captain Underpants and the big, bad battle of the Bionic Booger Boy by Dav Pilkey

10. The mark of Athena by Rick Riordan