Kids’ Books newsletter

Girl reading in a chair made of books

Whether you're looking for something educational, creative or fantastical, our latest Kids' Books newsletter has titles that will excite young minds and foster a love of reading. Be first in the know: subscribe to receive the newsletter directly in your inbox. Included in this month's newsletter are:    For more great reads for kids, check out our […]

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Harry Potter: a personal history

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

When I was 7, a substitute teacher read the class the first two chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. I thought it was a bit rubbish and told my mother so when I got home. "I think I've heard about it on the radio," she said. "It's meant to be quite good." Oh. […]

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Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter

Harry Potter

"Happee Birthdae Harry" as Rubeus Hagrid so aptly said twenty years ago. Yes, its hard to believe, but this year, 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone' celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its first publication, and my generation of twenty-somethings can now, finally, feel old. Together we and Harry Potter went through school (admittedly with less owls […]

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Fun with Farts – Old MacDonald heard a fart

Old Macdonald

Miss Manners would probably be spinning in her grave*, but seriously, I don't know when I've laughed so hard as when I read Old MacDonald Heard a Fart! I took it home the other night, to read it to the Beecrafty family, but it seems not everyone enjoys a fart book as much as I do! Maybe I shouldn't […]

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Hamlet: The Video Game (The Stage Show): Q&A with Kathleen Burns

Hamlet

Shakespeare with tentacles, teenage sex, dead bodies galore, and nerf guns. Yup, you heard right. Hamlet: The Video Game (The Stage Show) is on now at The Court Theatre until June 24, and it is nothing like the Shakespeare you learnt at school. Kathleen Burns is one of the cast, and we had a chance […]

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Finding Gobi

Finding Gobi

I was so glad I got the chance to read Finding Gobi as I have been following Dion and Gobi’s story via the news and social media for some time. Written in the third person, the story almost has a fiction feel, even though you know it is true. It is a light and easy read, suitable […]

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Be in to win tickets to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

Hungry caterpillar

We are running two exciting competitions during June and July this year. Express your creativity and be in to win 1 of 10 family passes to The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the beautiful Isaac Theatre Royal. Craft Yourself a Creature - A Family Challenge! (all ages) Entries open Thursday 1 June and close Friday 30 […]

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KidsFest 2017

KidsFest is full of winter holiday fun for kids in Christchurch and Canterbury. It runs from 8 to 22 July. KidsFest is always popular and many events book out quickly, so have a look and book your spot! Tickets are on sale NOW. See KidsFest events at Christchurch City Libraries. Browse the KidsFest website for all KidsFest […]

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