Wellington City Libraries

Te Matapihi Ki Te Ao Nui


Welcome to the Kids section of Wellington City Libraries' website. You'll find heaps of fun and interesting stuff here. Content changes all the time so bookmark us and visit often!

Kids' Club

Kids' Club logoWhat is Kids' Club? Find out here! Join other 5-12 year olds online to review books, find out what everyone else is reading, and win prizes. All book reviews are published online for everyone around the world to see - wow! Start writing your first review now.

Kids' Blog

New Zealand children's comics and stories from our guests at Comicfest

Earlier this year Wellington City Libraries and the National Library of New Zealand hosted the biennial Comicfest, featuring panels and workshops with New Zealand comic artists such as Roger Langridge, Katie O'Neill, and Michel Mulipola.

Now you can check out their books (and more!) at the newly-opened He Matapihi Molesworth Library, in the National Library.

Check This Out

Google Christmas Village and Santa Tracker Watch vids, do some Christmas coding, play games, and (most importantly) track Santa has he travels around the world on Christmas eve.


Kōhunga Kōrero: Storytimes in
te Reo Māori - at a library near you!

Listen to The Seven Stars of Matariki by Toni Rolleston-Cummins

He nui ngā taupānga Māori hou papai rawa! There are so many cool new Māori apps! Try these ones:

Kupu Download from iTunes. Take a photo of an object and the app will tell you the te reo word for it.

Te Reo Māori A te reo Māori language dictionary app right in your hand. Very handy!

Tipu te Reo Māori A fun learning game app for te reo Māori. Download from iTunes.

He aha tēnei? A useful app to introduce simple everyday words. Match each part of the word to hear it pronounced, and complete the word to hear it in full.


Recent Addition

Gardening with Emma : grow and have fun : a kid-to-kid guide
by Emma Biggs with help from her dad, Steven Biggs, illustrated by Rob Hodgson

Visit the Kids Blog for more new things.


Check out the eLibrary where the collection is free and available to download 24/7. Choose from eBooks, eAudio, comics and magazines:

Overdrive: eBooks and eAudio

BorrowBox: eBooks and eAudio

RBdigital: eMagazines to download and keep

TumbleBooks: online books and comics with read-alongs, games and activities

Story Box Library: A video library of stories to read along to

Kanopy: streaming movies, including Kanopy Kids

Beemafilm: streaming movies, with Australian and New Zealand content

Star Review

Star Review

The bridge home
by Padma Venkatraman, reviewed by Hi'ilani from Miramar, 12 years old.

I cried, my teacher cried and my classmates cried. the details and the love put into this book stands out and the amount of thought and dedication inspires with every sentence I read. I loved how instead of just writhing it as a story , the author wrote it as a letter which is an element I have never come across through books and I liked reading in a different type of style. 5 stars!

(More kids' reviews!)

Special Notice

Go visit Waitohi!

We are so excited that our new library in Johnsonville has opened. Not only does it have a huge collection of books and things to borrow, but it also has a Makerspace, cafe, and swimming pool! Come and visit and try out the 3D printers, robots, recording studio, or just relax in the cushions with a good book.

Find out what's on at Waitohi. Select Johnsonville Library from the locations list.

What's On

Summer Reading Challenge

That's a warp!

The Summer Reading Challenge has finished. Thanks for all your reviews - they're awesome! Winners announced soon...

Keep reading, reviewing and earning prizes all year with our online Kids' Club.Click through to find out more and get started!


Did you know we have lots of great Booklists? You can find them over on our Booklists page, or browse one below!

  • Adventure booklist
  • Animals booklist
  • Comics booklist
  • Fairytales booklist
  • Fantasy booklist
  • Historical booklist
  • Mysteries booklist
  • Reluctant Readers booklist
  • Spooky Stories booklist
  • World Stories booklist

Kids' Databases

Language Nut: a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll be adding to your vocabulary without really realising it! (To get started, type in your library card number into the box on Language Nut labelled "barcode".)

Oddizzi: a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research? Just login by typing "Wellington" and "oddizzi"

TumbleBooks: TumbleBooks offers picture books, chapter books and non-fiction books, which you can read, or have read to you! There are educational videos and games, animation, sounds and music.

Encyclopaedia Britannica: Britannica Junior edition contains thousands of short articles on subjects for school and for fun. From countries, to animals and sports; it also includes pictures, videos, and links to other websites.