The Summertime Reading Club is on now and throughout the Summer holidays you have lots of chances to win on the Christchurch Kids Blog. Each week we’ll have a competition that you can enter to win book vouchers from PaperPlus, one of our fantastic sponsors. Did you know that you get a $5 PaperPlus voucher when you’ve completed your reading log?
Our first competition is super easy to enter. Just leave a comment on this post telling us about a book that you’re reading for the Summertime Reading Club. Make sure you put your name and your email address or phone number so that we can contact you if you win. We’ll draw one lucky kid who will win a $40 PaperPlus voucher. So get commenting and you’ll be in to win. Competition closes Thursday 2 January 2014.
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Now that you are free from school what plans do you have for the summer holidays that stretch before you? (I am so jealous!) I have a few suggestions that you may want to try if you start to get a bit bored. They are free, enjoyable and all for you!
- BusyThings: Fun games and activities for 3 to 7 year olds that include creating music and art.
- TumbleBook Library: Animated books which include games, quizzes, videos and puzzles.
- Literacy Planet: Create characters and earn rewards in return for completing fun tasks.
- OverDrive: Over 1200 children’s fiction and non fiction e-books and downloadable audiobooks for your enjoyment!
Far be it from us to encourage you to play online more, but there will be wet days when playing outside will not be an option. This is where we can help. All you need to access any of these online resources is an imagination and a library card number and password / PIN.
Oh and don’t forget to come and visit us at your local library this summer!
One of the great things about the Christchurch City Libraries Catalogue is that you can add your own book reviews.
One of the great things about South Christchurch Library eBook Club is that the kids in it LOVE to do book reviews. Can you see where this is going?
Recently we read some fantastic animal books and recorded some quick video reviews using Mojo Masks, an app that lets you wear a virtual mask while you record videos.
To see these awesome videos, click on the catalogue links, scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “Videos” under Community Activity. Why not make your own video reviews of books and add them to the catalogue?
ABC Zooborns by Andrew Bleiman
Top 10 Minibeasts: deadly and incredible animals by Jay Dale
Manukura: the white kiwi by Joy Cowley
Foxes by Sally Morgan
Birds by Terry J. Jennings
Killer Pets by Tony Hyland
And if you do add a video review to the catalogue, let us know in the comments below, so we can check it out!
Did you know the Library has lots of book lists that we’ve made especially for you? There’s nearly 50 lists of books that we’ve chosen from our catalogue about different subjects. So if you like spy stories, animal stories or ghost stories, you can find some good reads on here. As well as HEAPS of others.
We’ve also got a whole lot of “If you like…” lists. These are lists that tell you some more good books to read if you like a particular series or author. Some of our lists are Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Jacqueline Wilson and Geronimo Stilton. Check out our lists to see if we’ve got some good suggestions for your favourite book or author.
If you’re looking for suggestions for the Science Alive Reading Adventure challenge of the Summertime Reading Club, we’ve made some lists for that too! Check out ALL of our kids lists on our Catalogue.
“OK, let’s get a few things settled right from the start. People with Asperger syndrome are not broken, or damaged, or somehow less than ‘normal’ people… Sure, we may think and act and learn differently from others, but different can be a good thing.”
These are the opening words of Inside Asperger’s Looking Out by Kathy Hoopmann. It is a book all about what it is like to have Asperger’s Syndrome.
This book is packed with cute photos of animals to help explain the feelings and ideas in the text. The text is also put on the page lots of different ways. Chimpanzees hold up signs with the text on them, it shows up in speech and thought bubbles from the animals and it spirals around the page.
Inside Asperger’s Looking Out is a fast, fun read that can help you learn more about what it’s like to have Asperger’s Syndrome, and has lots of cute, funny and thoughtful animal pictures.
The Library has lots of kids; books about Asperger’s Syndrome. Click to see them all on our catalogue. One of my favourites is The Asperkid’s (Secret) Book of Social Rules. This book is divided into heaps of categories like school or friends, and it tells you the social rules about that situation that you might not know. EVERYONE can learn a lot from this book.