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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Roverandom: J. R. R. Tolkien


I thought I'd read all of Tolkien's works. I even have the Children of Hurin. Then I discovered this little gem. Roverandom Written for children, Roverandom is the story of a naughty little dog and a grumpy old wizard. When the Wizard takes his ball, Roverandom bites him on the bottom and... ...Roverandom is magicked […]

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Review: Dear Ijeawele

Dea Ijeawele

I first came to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's work via The Thing Around Your Neck. I like short story collections for discovering new authors because there's so much less commitment -- I read a couple of stories and if I like them I continue; if not, I've only lost a few minutes of my time. The former, […]

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Podcast – Discussing Autism

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. Broadcast during Autism Awareness Week, this panel discussion touches on the following topics - Part I: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? What do we know about the […]

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Primary science week : Stay safe on our roads with science

car and pedestrians

This year, Primary Science Week will be on 15th to 19th May. The theme is 'Stay safe on our roads with science'. The New Zealand Association of Science Educators is asking our young scientists to participate in this year's national experiment. The aim this year is for classes to carry out road safety related experiments and […]

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Mr. Bunny’s Chocolate Factory – a timely tale

Mr Bunny's chocolate factory

Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory couldn't be a more timely tale for Easter! The publication of this picture book just happens to coincide with the announcement of the closure of the Cadbury chocolate factory in Dunedin, a decision prompted by profit motives. And factory farming is not far from the news either. This story is surprisingly […]

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Knights and Princesses Day

Knights and princesses

Hear ye, hear ye! The populace of Central Library Peterborough invite one and all for an afternoon of medieval entertainment, to take place from 1-3pm on Saturday the 25th of March. There will be crown decorating for those of royal blood, and shield making for any knights in need of armour. Catapults will be created […]

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Boss Baby – based on a book

Boss Baby

Before Boss Baby the movie there was ... Boss Baby the book! The film Boss Baby (2017) is loosely based on the 2010 book by author and illustrator Marla Frazee. Many a parent has thought that their little ones seem to rule the roost ... sometimes they are downright tyrannical with a temper tantrum or […]

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Murray Ball finds a Slice of Heaven

Murray Ball

It is with great sadness that I write a tribute to one of New Zealand's best cartoonists. Murray Ball (26 January 1939 – 12 March 2017) was from my home town, Feilding. Stanway I'm pretty sure, or at least Halcombe. Proud as punch they are - because he also made the All Blacks. Murray Ball was […]

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Science Alive Under 5 Fest – Hands-on science fun for kids

Under 5 fest

Science Alive's annual Under 5 Fest gives kids under the age of 5 (and their parents and caregivers and educators) a heap of hands-on science fun. It's on from Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm at Table Tennis Canterbury stadium, 294 Blenheim Road Riccarton.  Library staff will be there from 11am to 12pm […]

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