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

The Timaru District Library can give you access to all of their books and Ebooks, you just have to be a member. This link will take you to their Ebook collection, and this link takes you to their main catalogue. Ask Mrs Bamber for a registration form if you are not already a member or go into the library and ask one of the friendly librarians for help. To become a member you will need a parent or caregiver to help sign you up and they will need some form of ID with them (like a driver’s licence) and some proof of address (like a rates notice).

Here is a new website  I  found belonging to a New Zealand author David Riley. We have some of his books about successful New Zealand sportsmen in the library. He has been a teacher in South Auckland for a long time and is passionate about helping young people, particularly boys, discover the benefits of reading.

This website is called Reading Rockets and contains all kinds of ideas for kids, teachers and parents. This link will take you to a interview with Jeff Kinney, the writer of the Wimpy Kid books.

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.

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.

Anyone who is preparing for the Aoraki Reading Quiz in Term 4 should be looking at these websites for ideas of what to read and some quizzes.

LIANZA 2015 Children’s Book Awards

SPORCLE Literature Quizzes

New Zealand Children’s Book Awards 2015

If you want to borrow one of these award winners, search the Timaru Library website first. You can always ring and reserve them before you go.

You will love testing yourself with this Scholastic Book Club Quiz website!

How well do you know your Classics? Test yourself here!

Can’t get enough quizzes? Here is another website full of them. Especially good for Harry Potter fans.




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