Win your height in books

Take part in a competition to celebrate NZ Bookshop day.

NZBookshopDayBookshops are really important – they give you access to a huge range of amazing reading materials that you can fill your house and bedroom with. People who write and illustrate books use bookshops to sell their books and make money, so they can then write and illustrate even more books. So the more often you use your local bookshop, the more books can be created, and that’s an awesome thing.

NZ Bookshop Day is on Saturday 31st October (yup – same day as Halloween). To celebrate and get people involved they are running a photo competition. It’s really easy – just snap a funny and entertaining picture of yourself reading anywhere and any way, and upload it here.

The best photo will win their height in books, and the 2nd best photo will win their knee-height in books. That’s a lot of books!

Get reading, get snapping, and get into your local bookshop.

(Entries close 29th October at 5pm).

Hey Kids! Write a review – win prizes. It’s Easy Peasy.

kidsclub-sidebarCheck out the library Kids’ Club – it’s an online place where you can find out what other kids have been reading and what they think of the books, and where you can write your own reviews. But did you know that every person that has written those reviews received prizes for them? You can too! Each review you write earns you prizes that you can collect from your library. It’s fun, easy and free.

(Keep an eye out for the Kids’ Club Summer Reading Challenge – where there are heaps more cool prizes up for grabs. Starts in December)

Click over to the Kids’ Club webpage to get started.

Win Pixar prize packs for writing reviews

We have 5 ‘Inside Out’ prize packs to give away to this week’s Kids’ Club reviewers. Inside Out is the new Pixar movie being released this month.


Each awesome prize pack contains a tshirt, hard back journal, puzzle, and some stickers. All you have to do is write a Kids’ Club review of something you’ve read recently, and each review written his week will go in the draw to win one of these cool packs!

Looking for something to do?

How does earning prizes for writing book reviews sound? You read that correctly! All you have to do is grab a book, read it, go to our Kids’ Club webpage, write a review of the book, and click on submit.

Your review will be published online for the whole world to see. Even better – you will earn a prize after writing your first 2 reviews, and then for every 5th review from then on. Really thoughtful reviews might be picked to win extra cool prizes. We’ll send you an email when you’ve earned a prize and let you know when it’ ready to be picked up from your local library.

If you’re stuck for something cool to read, why not have a look though all the recently written reviews? These are reviews written by kids, for kids, and about kids books. So you can really find out what people your age think about them.

Give Kids’ Club a go – it’s really fun.

Read books, get pizza.

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We already know that you love to read. We also already know that you love pizza. So we love this idea that combines both reading and pizza, and we think you’ll LOVE it too.

Every year LIANZA picks and awards the best books for children and young adults that has been published in New Zealand (or by a New Zealander) in the last year.

One of the key supporters of the book awards is Hell Pizza…


(In case you’re curious, here’s how it happens: First the judges (a group of librarians from across NZ) receive a copy of almost every book that has been published, and they read them all. Then they pick the best 5 books in the following groups: illustration, junior fiction, young adult fiction, non-fiction, te reo Māori. They release the list of these finalist books and, finally, they pick a winner for each of the groups.)

Recently LIANZA released the list of finalist books. There are some amazing titles on there and we recommend all of them. We’re not sure how they will possibly pick the winners, but they plan to announce them on June 15th.


As part of the book awards the judges want to reward you for reading.

Visit your local Wellington City Library and grab yourself a Hell Pizza Wheel from the counter. Your pizza wheel will get clicked every time you check out and read a library book (one click per book). Once all 7 segments on the pizza wheel have been clicked, you can take it to your local Hell Pizza shop and exchange it for a 333 pizza from their HELLthy menu range. Once you have completed a wheel you can start on another, and another… until we run out of pizza wheels.

Yes, you read that correctly – read 7 books and get a delicious pizza. So what are you waiting for?


Last week of the Summer Reading Challenge

How many have you read?

The Summer Reading Challenge closes on Friday this week – 30th January, so make sure you’ve finished off writing all your book reviews and completing the library challenges.

You’ll need to hand in your Summer Reading Challenge booklet to your local library, before the end of January, so the librarians can count the number of challenge you’ve completed.

The more books you read and review, and the more challenges you complete – the better your chances of winning!


Read, review and win!

We all know you love to win prizes, and here’s a really simple way to do it – write a Kids’ Club review!

All you have to do is read something, write a review about it, and you’ll automatically win prizes. The reviews are published online for the whole world to see too -cool!

You’ll get a prize after writing your first 2 reviews, and then after every 5th review from that point on. We’ll send you an email when you’re due a prize, which are available to pick up from your local Wellington City Library.


We also have extra special prizes for thoughtful and well written reviews.


So what are you waiting for? Get reading, get reviewing and start winning!

Win a New Zealand Post Book Awards prize pack!

The winners of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards will be announced soon, on June 23rd.

We have 2 book packs to give away thanks to Random House. Each pack contains two of the finalist books –

Felix and the Red Rats by James Norcliffe

“When David’s uncle comes to visit he sets off a bizarre series of events. Things become complicated when the pet rats turn bright red. David senses that somehow the red rats are connected to the story he is reading, and he becomes more convinced when the colour red becomes contagious. The parallel story sees Felix and his friend Bella inadvertently shifted into a strange land where they must solve a riddle. But this puts them into great danger. How will they escape and find their way home?” –Publisher information.





The beginner’s guide to hunting and fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson.

“Includes information on the right equipment for the right species, hunting with dogs, and mountain safety and bushcraft essentials. With diagrams, fun facts, a glossary of hunting terms, helpful tips and even some recipes to try out at home … has an emphasis on safety and provides all budding hunters with the basic skills and knowledge for a lifetime of adventure in the great outdoors”–Back cover.





To go into the draw to win… comment on this post and tell us which is your favourite out of the finalist books that you hope wins. Also include the name of your local Wellington Library.

The prize pack includes one each of the above books for you to keep, and maybe some other cool stuff that we want to throw in.

Fine print: You must be a Wellington City Libraries member, aged 5-12 years old, and you need to include the name of your local library so we know where to send the prize pack if you win.