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The Best and Worst Children’s Books of 2014

Cover of the song of the kauriThe end of the year is approaching and that means it’s time to evaluate the best and worst of 2014’s crop of children’s books. Hosted by Christchurch City Libraries, in conjunction with the Canterbury Literacy Association, the Best and Worst Evening is a Christchurch literary tradition. 2013’s event was so popular the event has been moved to the larger venue of Upper Riccarton Library.

Speakers include Bob Docherty (children’s book guru and renowned promoter of reading and literacy for kids), Kirsten Smith (Kaitakawaenga – Ngā Ratonga Māori at Christchurch City Libraries) and a kids-eye-view from Briana.

Our annual Holiday Reading list will also be officially announced on the night. Holiday Reading is a recommended selection of new titles added to Christchurch City Libraries in 2014 and includes picture books, chapter books, young adult and non-fiction titles.

Come along this Wednesday night (19 November) to Upper Riccarton Library, 7pm. Bring a gold coin for refreshments and early Christmas raffles.

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Join the Summertime Reading Club

Join the Summertime Reading Club in 2012. This very popular summer activity starts again on 21 December and runs to 18 January 2013. Complete the Summertime Reading Club challenge and you’ll be in to win some awesome prizes including Paper Plus vouchers, an iPod, a digital camera and an iPad!

Simply take a challenge card, complete four of the challenges and then return the card to the library to be in to win.
There are two levels to choose from:

  • Easy (for 5 – 8 year olds)
  • Hard (for 9 – 12 year olds)

Each week on the Christchurch Kids Blog we’ll also have a Sumertime Reading Club Challenge.  You can enter each week for your chance to win Paper Plus vouchers and Hoyts movie vouchers.

Keep your eyes peeled next week for the Summertime Reading Club challenge card that you can download from the Kids page of the library website.

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What are you reading for Summertime Reading Club?

It’s great to see so many Christchurch kids entering our Summertime Reading Club.  There are so many great books you can choose to read and all you have to do is read any 6 books to go in the draw to win awesome prizes.  We would love to know what you’ve been reading over the holidays and why you liked (or didn’t like) the books that you read.  You can leave a comment on this post and tell us all about the books you’ve been reading:

  • What’s your favourite book you’ve read in the holidays?
  • Why did you like this book so much (or why didn’t you like it)?
  • Who was your favourite character?
  • What was your favourite part of the book?
  • How many books have you read in the holidays?

If you don’t know what to read next check out our If You Like… book lists and our Holiday Reading Guide.

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