Last week we took part in National Simultaneous Storytime, joining schools around the world to hear NASA astronaut Dr Shannon Walker read Give Me Some Space! by Philip Bunting, live from the International Space Station.
And we celebrated all things space, stories set in space and facts about our universe, in the library.
Baby-Sitters Little Sister. Karen’s Worst Day by Ann M. Martin
One day Karen was having a bad day so she decided to cut her brother’s hair. Dad got very grumpy at Karen. Yesterday Karen was taking her lunch tray to sit and Karen’s friends laughed at her, then Karen got very mad.
Karen has two families: Karen’s Mum’s side and her Dad’s side. Andrew is her little brother and the people on Karen’s Mum’s side are her Mum, Karen’s step-dad, a dog called Rocky and a cat Midgie. On Karen’s Dad’s side are her Dad, three step-brothers, one step-sister, step-mom and a dog called Shannon and a cat called Boo-Boo.
Since Karen has two houses she has two of everything and this week when Karen was at her Mum’s house one of her teddy’s called Goosie was lost for two whole days. That night Karen was rustling and tossing and turning to get to sleep but Karen couldn’t get to sleep so she called out ‘Daddy! Daddy!’ Then Karen’s Dad came in and asked Karen what was wrong. Karen said, “I can’t go to sleep and I have been lying here for hours and hours.” Dad said, “Kristy just put you to bed twenty minutes ago.” Karen said, Really! It seems like hours!
I liked this book because it had lots of great illustrations and Karen is an interesting character.
By Ella Aldridge
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is a good book series for children around the age of 8-10 years.
It has a lot of mixed feelings of sad, happy and nervous.
While being enjoyable reads, I wouldn't recommend it
for children under 7 years old.
It will make you feel like you're running from Count Olaf
with the Baudelaire children because of its a
amazing descriptive writing.
I would give it a 4.5 star rating.
Reviewed by Audrey
This week in the library check out the student librarian's favourite books. They are a bunch of diverse readers with everything from picture books and novels to graphic novels (the favs of the entire school at the moment are the Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey and the Sisters series by Raina Telgemeier).
All of these books are ready to be issued and taken home to read.
Keep reading this summer with the CCC Summertime Reading Club!
Events include story times at Riverside Market and CCC swimming pools as well as the Summertime Reading Challenge. For kids and Teens - ages 0 to 18 - tell CCC libraries about your summer reads in three words and be in to win! Summertime Reading Challenge is on from Tuesday 1 December 2020 to Sunday 28 February 2021.
More details including online forms here
The wonderful WORD Christchurch festival is back! Running from 28 October - 1 November, this year WORD celebrates the diverse and talented writers of Aotearoa. Best of all there are many many free events!
Children, Youth and Whanau events will be held at Tūranga held on Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November.
Check out the programme here
Nau mai, haere mai ki te Whare Pukapuka o te Kura o Hato Opani
This week, and every week, we are celebrating te Reo Māori across Aotearoa and in our
We have an exciting collection of
non-fiction, fiction and picture book
titles available in our library including
some of my favourite Māori fiction writers -
Patricia Grace, Steph Matuku,
and Witi Ihimaera.
Who are your favourites?
For more information on how you can join inthe celebrations, and bring more te Reo into
your life, check out the Christchurch City Libraries , Te Wiki o te Reo Māori website, and
The Māori Language Commission.
Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman by Dav Pilkey
Captain Underpants is a series of funny comics written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey. This is a book about a wicked wedgie woman. That woman tried to attack George and Harold but was no match for Captain Underpants, our wacky and funny hero.
This is a very good book for new readers because it has simple words and sentences. It also has drawings which makes it fun to read!
By Nick, Student Librarian
PSHH. HO. It's me bookworm. Would you like to read more books? Just come to the library.
The Day the Plants Fought Back by Belinda O'Keefe
Finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults
This book is about 2 boys being very naughty
so the plants fought them.
It was interesting and funny.
By Sam and Ollie, Student Librarians