Books and Reading

Explore some of these websites here, they are all about BOOKS! Of course. This is a library blog after all.

For some ideas about books to read first of all have a look at one of the Blogs I Follow which you can see to the right of this page – people who love reading children’s books and spend a lot of time doing it have some great reviews for you to read. Libraries (like ours) use these reviews to help us decide which books to buy so some of them you might find in our library, or if you like the look and sound of a book then you can ask Mrs Bamber to buy it for for the library.

If you want to see if we have these books or want to reserve a copy, look at the top of this website on the right hand side for a link to our Library Catalogue.

For our older readers, this teenreads website is kept very up to date with great ideas for you if you are looking for a new book to read. Try Wellington City Libraries to see if they have a copy if we don’t have them.

Common Sense Media is a great place to go if you are not sure if a book is suitable for your age group. Read some reviews left by both parents and children to help you decide.

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For students in the Kids’ Lit Quiz team or anyone who likes to test themselves on book knowledge have a look at these questions – choose a year and have a go.

For more Book Knowledge, have a look at the site for the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 

Another useful one for old classics that some of our keen readers might enjoy is Here you will find some full editions of some old classics like The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Tarzan and the Apes.


Click on this image above to enter the world of David Walliams. We love his books, he is funny and writes great stories full of adventure and huge characters.


If you like the Mr Gum books (and if you don’t know them, try them, they are under STA in the fiction section, we have them all), you might just like his website. Click on the image.

Take a look at Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant website – full of information about his books and it seems the story is not finished yet!

Penguin Books NZ – here are some teaching resources for a good selection of books. Some of these we have in the library, like those by Maurice Gleitzman, David Hill and the My New Zealand Girl books.

The Daily Telegraph in the UK has some great articles about children’s books – interviews with authors, selections, the best books of the year, books not to miss, etc etc.

Tin Tin graphic novels are popular at the moment, particularly with boys.

Guys Read is a website dedicated to trying to motivate boys to become lifelong readers.

Here’s another page for ideas for books for boys. There is a menu at the side of this article with some suggestions. We have a good selection of these books in the library.

Mem Fox has written some gorgeous books for young children and perhaps her greatest passion is the advocacy of reading aloud to children, and not stopping when they become independent readers themselves. Take a look at her 10 Commandments for reading to children. Please feel free to call in to the library to find a great read aloud for your children.

And page from the National Library of New Zealand about creating readers. This page is helpful for parents who might be trying to help their children get into reading. Explore the different links around the page.

We have a lot of Michael Morpurgo books in our library. This link will take you to his website where you can find out more about him and his books. There are some great teachers’ resources there too.

We love Roald Dahl stories, they are usually very funny and show lots of imagination. Have a look. We have all of these books in the library.

Good Reads is a great website dedicated to great books and the people that read them. Anyone over 13 can sign up to be able to link up with people you know who love reading, add reviews and create “To Read” lists, but you don’t have to sign up to search for books to see what other people have said about them or do their quizzes. If you sign up, link up with me, Wendy Bamber.