Kids’ Club Review by Sravya: The giving tree

The giving tree / Silverstein, Shel

The giving tree.

This story is about a tree who liked a boy.The boy liked the tree too. The tree gave him everything she had. But the boy did not give anything.

I like this story because the giving tree gives everything she has.

I don’t like this story because the boy never gave the tree anything.

I would recommend this book because the tree is very kind.

5 stars

Reviewed by Sravya from Tawa and , 7 years old

Valentine’s Day (for kids) at the Library!

Love is in the air at Wellington City Libraries! Roses are red, violets are blue; come on down to Wellington City Libraries; where we have amazing books for you!

Valentines Day has arrived at the library and has many books on ways and ideas to celebrate love, affection and Saint Valentine.


What is Valentine’s day:

St Valentine is known as the patron saint of lovers. Valentine’s Day is celebrated each year on 14 February by people giving presents of cards, flowers  and gifts. It is a great opportunity to remind loved ones, friends and family how much they mean to you.  Many people choose to do this by giving cards, flowers or gifts.

Did you know: Valentine’s Day got its name from a Roman priest called Valentine who helped couples secretly get married. Read more about it on National Geographic’s page about Valentine’s Day.


Where can I find information about Valentine’s day?image courtesy of syndetics

  • ManyAnswers has a page dedicated to websites, resources and ways to search for information about festivals and celebrations in New Zealand, which includes Valentine’s day.
  • Britannica has a page dedicated to Valentine’s day.
  • Crayola has a free colouring page that is Valentine’s day themed.
  • Read Valentine be mine, which presents  the history of Valentine’s Day as well as its past and present traditions.


    If you’re stuck on ideas on giving presents of cards, flowers (often red roses) and sweets or chocolates, why not come on down to your local library and check out the following books:

image courtesy of syndeticsSew with me : 60 fun & easy projects to make your own fabulous décor and accessories.

Make every day a crafting bonanza with this inspiring and helpful guidebook packed with 60 projects. These accessories, toys and decorations are as easy to create as they are fun to wear and display Grab an adult to help you get started, then you’re off sewing adorable crafts you can personalize with your favorite colors and fabrics.

image courtesy of syndetics10 minute decorative cards.

Using readily available materials, this series is packed full of fun things to make and do. The projects are explained in easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and are perfect for teachers looking for original ideas as well as time-poor parents. In 10 Minute Crafts: Decorative Cards, children can learn how to make a whole range of beautiful handmade cards for celebrations from Christmas and Valentine’s Day to Hanukah, Holi and birthdays. Simple, easy step-by-steps and clear instructions make this the ideal arts and crafts book on making cards for children of 5+.


Also search our catalogue for more gift ideas for Valentines day.


If you’re interested in Valentine’s day themed fiction and comics, these books might interest you:

image courtesy of syndeticsDiary of a wimpy kid: The Third wheel.

A dance at Greg’s middle school has everyone scrambling to find a partner, and Greg is determined not to be left by the wayside. So he concocts a desperate plan to find someone–anyone –to go with on the big night.But Greg’s schemes go hilariously awry, and his only option is to attend the dance with his best friend, Rowley Jefferson, and a female classmate as a “group of friends.” But the night is long, and anything can happen along the way. Who will arrive at the dance triumphantly, and who will end up being the third wheel?

image courtesy of syndeticsNancy Clancy, secret admirer.

Nancy Clancy and her best friend, Bree, have love on the brain-after all, they’re learning about the human heart in science class! But when the girls decide to play matchmaker, nothing works out as planned. So the big question is: Will love conquer all?

image courtesy of syndeticsForget me Nat.

“For the first time in her life, Natalie feels confident. Her talents are being recognized, she has supportive friends, and she’s spending a ton of time with her crush, Derek! But when Derek tells Natalie that he just wants to be friends, Natalie’s self-confidence quickly changes to self-doubt. As she tries to recover from her broken heart, Natalie casts aside her talents and even her friends. With no one to turn to, Natalie will have to pull herself out of this mess on her own” — Amazon.com

image courtesy of syndeticsUncle Scrooge : treasure above the clouds.

In “Treasure Above the Clouds,” Scrooge battles playboy plutocrat John D. Rockerduck for ownership of an awesome Incan treasure Then, it’s Valentine’s Day in Duckburg, and Scrooge faces a firestorm from two dastardly dates–Klondike goldminer Glittering Goldie and brassy business-gal Brigitta MacBridge And in “Money is the Root of Upheaval ,” a duck tale by Jerry Siegel (co-creator of Superman), Scrooge McDuck travels through time to find riches in ancient Egypt, only to wind up stranded in a dystopian future.

image courtesy of syndeticsAphrodite : goddess of love.

A latest entry in the best-selling series focuses on the goddess of love and combines accessible graphic illustrations with thoroughly researched storytelling to recount her dramatic birth from the sea foam, her role in the Trojan War and more. In volume six of Olympians, graphic novel author/artist George O’Connor turns the spotlight on Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Look for the same thoroughly researched and wonderfully accessible comics storytelling as O’Connor tackles the story of the Aphrodite from her dramatic birth (emerging from sea-foam) to her role in the Trojan War. O’Connor has outdone himself with this volume: the story is riveting and the artwork is beyond compare. Greek mythology has never been so vivid!


Search our catalogue for more children’s books about Valentine’s day!

Kids’ Club Review by Yuki: To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from DogfishTo Night Owl from Dogfish, Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

To Night Owl – from Dog Fish
A story about two girls, Bett Devlin and Avery Bloom, whose dads fall in love. The only problem with that, is that at first, their daughters don’t want anything to do with each other. The girls try, try and try to prevent their dads from meeting again, but fail until a motorbike trip in China makes their dads realise that they are not made for each other. But, by then, their children have begun to understand each other very well to the point of becoming very good friends.
This story is written only in letters/Emails, though still very understandable. I like the style of this story, how letters alone can describe an incredibly detailed story to you.
A book for people who want to read something else.

5 stars

Reviewed by Yuki from Newtown and South Wellington Intermediate , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Juliette: Mr. Goat’s valentine

Mr. Goat's valentineMr. Goat’s valentine, by Eve Bunting (1928-)

What will goats like if it’s Valentine’s Day? Mr. Goat wanted to give things that people wouldn’t like for Valentine’s Day to his dear love. Try and give this book a try to find out what he gives his love.

3 stars

Reviewed by Juliette from Wadestown and Crofton Downs Primary School , 6 years old

Valentines Day

Roses are red, violets are blue; You love your library, we love you too! <3

February 14th is Valentines Day, a special day of the year observed around the world to celebrate love; it’s a great opportunity to remind loved ones, friends and family how much they mean to you.  Many people choose to do this by giving greeting cards or gifts.

Encyclopedia Britannica (which you can access through Wellington City Libraries MyGateway Databases) tells us that “according to an old European legend, 14 February is the day when birds pair off each year to start their new families”, awww!  And that “Valentine’s Day got its name from the Roman Catholic church, which honours two saints named Valentine on 14 February.”

For those of you who want to have a go at making your own original Valentines gifts, the library has a great range of books.  How cool would a handmade Yoda origami pressie be?!!  Here’s a few books you might like – happy crafting everyone!