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Issue 1
Monday 25 May 2020

Kia ora

Welcome to this first issue of Kids Reads and Reviews.

The Youth and Early Learning team have missed being in the Library during Levels three and four. During Level two due to restrictions on gathering numbers we will not be able to host our regular programmes, but the team are working hard on new initiatives to welcome you to in Level one.

During lockdown the Youth and Early Learning team have been working from home to put together a range of online programmes and plan for the July School Holidays. Every week Kirsty and T.A put together fun videos of our preschool Programme He Pī Ka Rere. Check out Kirsty’s latest video below.

There are also a range of activities for children on our website to help keep them busy on these cool Autumn evenings. Find them here.

We have fun activities planned for the July School Holidays and are looking forward to telling you more about them in June. There will be a range of activities that you can do at home using kits we are preparing and some events that may be hosted in the library.
Whaea Kirsty delivers a fun session of He Pī Ka Rere online!
In this issue:
These great new kids books and graphic novels are now available for you to borrow or place on hold. Click on each cover to find this title.
Each month we profile a new children's author, this month being popular children's writer and illustrator, Donovan Bixley.

Donovan Bixley

From: Taupo, New Zealand

Has written: The Flying Furballs series, The Maui series, Mozart: the man behind the music: the life and times of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: a literary picture book and many more.

Biography: Donovan Bixley has published over 100 books and is one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed picture book creators. Bixley always loved drawing and when his family moved to Taupo, he was inspired by his surroundings – “where spiky Cabbage Trees became Dr Suess' Truffala Trees and the stone strewn hills were a perfect stand-in for Bill Peet's Droofus The Dragon.” Another huge creative inspiration was his mother reading The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to him as a child which he describes as having a big influence of his (already) imaginative mind.
Bixley’s career has spawned countless artworks whether for his own books or those of other authors including Margaret Mahy and Barry Crump. Adults and children alike will appreciate Bixley’s enthusiasm for bringing fantastic ideas to life with his drawings and may even be inspired to become an artist like him.

Website: www.donovanbixley.com
 
These great new kids ebooks are now available for you to borrow or place on hold. Click on each cover to find this title.
 
Our children's librarians love reading the same books you do. Here are some they've enjoyed recently.
The Bug Collector
By Alex G Griffiths

George is a budding bug collector who is fascinated with all kinds of creepy crawlies. As his bug collection grows, George learns a valuable lesson from his Grandad about the important jobs bugs have in the outside world. This is a wonderful story about how even small things can play a big role in our world.

In Children's Picture Books (G)
The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls
By Adam Cece

Longlisted Australian Book Industry Award 2019
Kylie enjoyed reading aloud ‘The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls’ to her 8 year old niece via video chat. This story is a great read book to read aloud to primary school aged children and follows the very weird events of the weirdest town in you have ever dreamt of. Every paragraph unfolds a strange new way that this town and its residents are very odd, strange and mildly spooky.
eBook from BorrowBox
The Ghost of Howlers Beach
By Jackie French

In this new adventure series, recommended for readers ten and over, we meet Butter a boy from a wealthy family who meets three children who live very differently and he is determined to help them. Based on the authors own extensive research this book offers insight to what life was like during the great depression.
eBook from Borrowbox
Check out this website to help with your schoolwork and have fun:
Needing help with homework?

Now that the tamariki have started returning to school there may be tricky school work questions that they need assistance with. Rotorua Library is proud to partner with the National Library to assist on the Any Questions website. The site offers an online, real-time chat with a specialist librarian to help step school students to find quality websites to assist with their homework queries. Operators are available on weekdays from 1-6 pm even during the school holidays. Log on one day and try the service to learn tips and tricks to make finding information online easier, and get the answers to your questions.
Whatever's worth doing is worth doing well
For it may be important, you never can tell
So no matter how little it seems at the start
If you do it, then do it, with all of your heart.

(Unknown author)
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