Archive for January, 2014

Kids’ Books: picks from our January newsletter

Princesses, pirates, explorers, mysteries and tyrannosaurs – check out some of the great picks from our January Kids’ Books newsletter:

Cover of Princess TalesCover of Secrets at the Chocolate MansionCover of Explorer: The Lost IslandsCover of Tracking TyrannosaurusCover of It's Raining Cats and DogsCover of Magic Marks the SpotCover of Nick and Tesla's High Voltage Danger LabCover of The London Eye MysteryCover of The Twistrose Key

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For more great reads for kids, check out our Fun to Read page – it links you to reading lists, if you likes, interactive quizzes and lots more.

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What’s your favourite place to read?

Jacob reads at the beachThe 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 last competition for the Summertime Reading Competition is the funnest! Just leave a comment on this post, or submit a video or picture telling (or showing) us ‘Your favourite place to read’.  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. If you’d like to send us a picture or video, you can email it to competition@christchurchcitylibraries.com Competition closes Thursday 23 January 2014.

Thanks to everyone who entered our Summertime Reading Club competitions here on the Kids Blog.  The winner of this week’s competition is Laura.  We thought we would also share Ewen’s favourite place to read too:

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Battle Bunny

Have you ever got a book as a present that is a little bit too young for you? Alexander did. His Gran Gran got him Birthday Bunny, and a story about a cute bunny who receives thoughtful gifts from his friends is not exciting enough for Alex. So he decides to make some modifications to turn Birthday Bunny into Battle Bunny!Battle Bunny

Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett (and Alex!) have created a book where cute Birthday Bunny, through Alex’s drawings and changes to the book, transforms into Battle Bunny, an evil genius who wants to rule the world! Featuring appearances from Barack Obama, megatron bombs, the Robot Police Force and a monster zombie rocket, Battle Bunny is an awesome book! One of the best things about it is that once you’ve read it, you can print out your own copy of Birthday Bunny to scribble over and change into whatever story you want.

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Which book character would you like to take on holiday with you?

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 third competition is super easy to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post telling us ‘Which book character would you like to take on your Summer holiday with you?’.  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 16 January 2014.

See below for terms and conditions

  • To enter this competition you must be between 5 and 12 years old and live in Canterbury. We may ask for proof of your address and your age.
  • If you are a winner, you consent to your name, photograph, entry and/or interview being used for reasonable publicity purposes by Christchurch City Libraries.
  • Staff of Christchurch City Libraries and their immediate families are not able to enter.
  • The competition ends on Thursday 16 January 2014 at 6pm.
  • We will notify the winners by telephone and/or email on Friday 17 January 2014.
  • The Christchurch Kids Blog judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Join the Great Summer Reading Adventure!

Our annual Summertime Reading programme is about to get underway again for kids between 5 and 12 years old.  Pick up your Summertime Reading Club map from your local library or Paper Plus store from December and be in to win some great prizes!

Read six books of your choice between 20th December 2013 and 24th January 2014, then take your map back into the library to receive your sticker and a $5 Paper Plus voucher. The librarian will also enter you online for the prize draw and the major prize this year is an iPad mini.

For a further challenge, you can complete the Science Alive Reading Adventure by reading four different books and spotting the science feature in each of those books. Take the map back into the library and the librarian will enter you into the draw for some more great prizes.

We’ll also have a weekly Summertime Reading Challenge here on the Kids Blog that you can enter to win PaperPlus vouchers.

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Which book setting would you like to visit on your Summer holiday?

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 second competition is super easy to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post telling us ‘Which book setting would you like to visit on your Summer holiday?’.  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 9 January 2014.

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