Escape into a good book these holidays

The school holidays are the perfect time to come to the library, grab a stack of books, find a nice comfy spot and loose yourself in a story.  Whether you are going away on holiday or staying home there is no better companion than a good book.

Whether you prefer the touch, feel and smell of a paper book or the ease of an ereader loaded with books we’ve got something for you.  These books are some of the books that I have really loved recently so they come highly recommended.

Mango and Bambang: Tapir all at Sea by Polly Dunbar, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy

Cover of Mango & Bambang

This is the second book of stories about a girl called Mango Allsorts and Bambang, an Asian tapir, who is learning all about life in the big city.  These stories follow the antics and mishaps of Bambang, from discovering his perfect hobby to trying to keep out of the clutches of his nemesis, Cynthia Prickle-Posset.  The books are illustrated throughout and these add to the humour of the stories.  The are very funny stories, perfect for ages 7-10.

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright by Christopher Edge

Cover of The many worlds of Albie Bright

Whether you love science or just a funny adventure story, The Many Worlds of Albie Bright is for you.  The story follows Albie, whose mum has recently died.  His parents were both scientists, and when Albie goes hunting through his mum’s research he finds everything he needs to be able to travel between dimensions.  With only a computer, a box, and a banana, Albie sets off to find his mum in another dimension.  He knows that there will be small changes between dimensions but he isn’t quite prepared for the crazy situations he finds himself in.  This is a funny, inter-dimensional journey, perfect for ages 9+.

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels

Cover of The Adventures of Mis Petitfour

Meet the utterly irresistible Miss Petitfour. She loves baking and making and dancing with her cats, but most of all she loves to fly. All she has to do is pick up a favourite tablecloth (preferably the one with the paisley print), catch the breeze and she swooshes off on an adventure with her many cats (Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutarde, Hemdala, Earring, Grigorovich, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Clothespin, Your Shyness and Sizzles) dangling paw-to-tail behind her.  These stories are delightfully silly and you’ll love the antics of the cats.  I really loved the illustrations and the authors love of words that shines through in the writing. Perfect for ages 7-12, especially anyone who is cat mad.

Anzac Heroes by Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic

Cover of Anzac heroes

Anzac Day is coming up later this month and this is a great new book that highlights some of the heroic men and women who fought for their country.  Anzac Heroes features 30 courageous Anzacs who served in World War One and Two.  There is a profile on each of the heroes, including when they fought, how they were involved and what medals they were awarded.  There is also a background on each of the wars, with a detailed map and a timeline.  One of the things I love about this book is the Hall of Medals at the back of the book, that has information about each of the medals that were awarded to the Anzacs.  This is a book to get lost in.  It will keep you entertained for hours. It’s perfect for ages 9+.

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Te Kupu o Te Wiki – Makawe (hair)

Kia ora. To encourage the use of Te Reo Māori we are publishing weekly kupu (words) and phrases that can be used with children.

Kupu (word)


Ka heru i ō makawe, e te tau.
Brush your hair, my darling.

Whāngahia te Reo