Winter Reading Challenge at Wokingham Borough Libraries

It’s fun, it’s FREE, it’s at your local Wokingham Borough Library this winter.

Open to all library members aged 4 to 16 years old. Sign up in the library and get a free collectors card, Borrow and read any three books and you will receive a certificate on completion.  skisquirrel

We would encourage you to write a book review to add to our Winter Reading Challenge wall too. Once complete you can enter out book themed prize draw.

We have chosen some of the best books published this year to recommend as part of our Winter Reading Challenge.   All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk

Recommended book titles for children aged 4 to 7 years old  http://wp.me/p5mHbU-ek

Recommended book titles for children aged 7 to 9 years old http://wp.me/p5mHbU-ei

Recommended book titles for children aged 9 to 11 year old http://wp.me/p5mHbU-eg

Recommended book titles for Teens http://wp.me/p5mHbU-ed

Join the challenge from today at any Wokingham Borough Library.  The Challenge will run until January 8, 2016.

Britannica Spotlight on Christmas and Santa Claus

In this festive Spotlight, we are highlighting TWO articles from Britannica – Christmas and Santa Claus – providing relevant topical information for children.

Find out about the different ways that Christmas  is celebrated around the globe and the many  traditions that are practiced at this time  of year.
The Activity Centre is packed full of fun and  educational things to do to keep children entertained in the run up to Christmas.
We offer free online access for library members to Encyclopaedia Britannica you just need your library card and pin number. You can access this and other resources from here: http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-online/online-reference/

Alice in Neverland Today Monday 21st December 2015

ALICE IN NEVERLAND performed by The Enchanted Players Theatre Company

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Alice is a happy girl who loves to sing & read, alas she does get bored fairly easily and finds herself in many muddies on her wondrous adventures.  In The Enchanted Players Theatre Company’s musical version of Alice in Neverland, Alice comes across an unusual White rabbit whom she follows, leading her to fall down a hole, getting lost yet being saved by a particular fairy who loves to tinker around, Tinkerbelle tries to lead Alice home but gets her fairy dust muddled & is captured by the mean Captain Hook!

How does Alice save her new good friend Tinkerbelle? Will you help her become a swashbuckling pirate and defeat the Pirates?   Pirate FACEPAINTING after with the team!

Performance will be held at Woodley Library  Monday December 21, 2pm to 3.15pm

The show is suitable for all the family.  Tickets are £5 per person, Under 2’s free.  Face painting available after the performance for an additional charge. Tickets are available on the door.

Next performance will be at Wokingham Library on Wednesday December 23, 2pm to 3.15pm

Christmas Round Robin

This special Christmas Round Robin was written by Jean Hill of the Wokingham Library Poetry group. It should strike a chord with everyone who opens their Round Robin missives with dread each year!

 CHRISTMAS ROUND ROBIN

Do you get those Christmas missives

From folk you hardly know

That relate their year in detail

Step-by-step and blow-by-blow

Thank you for your Christmas message

I’m relieved that you are free

From the trials and tribulations

That affect the likes of me

I’m glad to hear your family

Has talent oozing out its pores

With your wet-room and your au-pair

And your Georgian style front doors

To know your husband’s made a million

In the banking world is mega

It brings a gladness to my heart

‘Cos mine’s a lazy beggar

My old man don’t fancy working

The dole money don’t go far

Nice you’ve got a new Mercedes

We had the wheels nicked off our car

So you’ve cruised the Caribbean

And you’ve skied off-piste in Jackson

Us – we had a wet and windy week

In a boarding house in Clacton

To learn that your son Tristram

Has nine straight A’s in Latin

And Lucinda expelled triplets

In the birthing pool she sat in

Our Kylie’s had a baby too

Funny looking – but a big ‘un

Its Dad’s a traffic warden

Some bloke she met in Wigan

I’m thrilled your cousin’s grandad

So bravely looped-the-loop

In a glider made of balsa wood

Without a parachute

It’s nice your sister Zara

Flies the world in a jet plane

Our Mavis is a hostess too

With punters – on the game

Our Wayne’s well into gardening

He’s ordered lots of seed

Now we’ve a hot-house in the yard

He’s growing his own weed

Grandad’s no longer with us

A heart-attack – dropped dead

When the stripper sat upon his lap

In our local – The Nag’s Head

Our Norman’s doing pretty well

From petty crime he’s risen

With his extended education

In the young offenders’ prison

As for me – I’m not complaining

But life’s become no joke

And if I don’t win at Bingo

I’m always stony broke

But I can’t remember who you are

I just can’t place your name

I don’t think our paths will ever cross

But Merry Christmas just the same

Dear All

By Jean Hill

Author of:  The Sting In The Tale

All characters are of the writer’s bizarre imagination

 

Winter Reading Challenge book recommendations for Teens

winter reading challenge logoWe have chosen some of the best books published this year to recommend as part of our Winter Reading Challenge.

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk
  • Looking glass girl by Cathy Cassidy
  • One by Sarah Crossan
  • These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
  • Dangerous lies by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  • Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman
  • Demon road by Derek Landy
  • The rest of us just live here by Patrick Ness
  • An Island of our own by Sally Nicholls
  • My true love gave to me: twelve winter romances written by 12 amazing authors including Holly Black and edited by Stephanie Perkins.
  • Silence is Goldfish by Annabel Pitcher
  • The shepherd’s crown by Terry Pratchett
  • Last of the spirits by Chris Priestley
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve
  • Fuzzy mud by Louis Sachar
  • Five children on the western front by Kate Saunders
  • Thirteen chairs by Dave Shelton
  • All Wrapped Up by Holly Smale
  • Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine
  • The Art of being normal by Lisa Williamson
  • Iccle bit by Alex Wheatle

 

Winter Reading Challenge book recommendations for 9 to 11 year olds

winter reading challenge logoWe have chosen some of the best books published this year to recommend as part of our Winter Reading Challenge.

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk
  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell BoyceThe boy at the top of the mountain by John Boyne
  • The Snow sisters by Emma Carroll
  • Life is sweet: six fabulous chocolate box stories by Cathy Cassidy
  • Knightley and son: K-9 by Rohan Gavin
  • The Imaginary by A. F. Harrold and Emily Gravett
  • The Christmas star: a festive story collection by Eva Ibbotson
  • How to speak spook (and stay alive) by Ally Kennen
  • Judy Moody and Stink: The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald and Peter H Reynolds
  • Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norris
  • The fish detective by Chris O’Dowd & Nick Vincent Murphy
  • Magnus Chase and the sword of summer by Rick Riordan
  • The wolf wilder by Katherine Rundell
  • Puppy love by Rachel Renée Russell with Nikki Russell and Erin Russell
  • The map to everywhere by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis
  • The hundred and one Dalmatians by Dodie Smith and Alex T Smith
  • Arsenic for tea by Robin Stevens
  • The sound of whales by Kerr Thomson
  • Grandpa’s great escape by David Walliams
  • Little Star by Jacqueline Wilson
  • Atlas of adventures by Rachel Williams and Lucy Letherland
  • The mystery of the clockwork sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

Winter Reading Challenge book recommendations for children aged 7 to 9 years old

winter reading challenge logoWe have chosen some of the best books published this year to recommend as part of our Winter Reading Challenge.

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk
  • The Grunts on the run by Philip Ardagh
  • Creaturepedia: welcome to the greatest show on Earth by Adrienne Barman
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • An illustrated treasury of Scottish mythical creatures by Theresa Breslin and Kate Leiper
  • Animalium by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott
  • My head teacher is a vampire rat! by Pamela Butchart
  • The Jolley-Rogers and the cave of doom by Jonny Duddle
  • Demolition dad by Phil Earle
  • Hercufleas by Sam Gayton
  • Fizzlebert Stump and the girl who lifted quite heavy things by A.F. Harrold
  • Dixie O’Day and the great diamond robbery by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy
  • Adventures of the Steampunk Pirates: Attack of the giant sea spiders by Gareth P. Jones
  • Mister Cleghorn’s seal by Judith Kerr
  • Snow! (Dirty Bertie) by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts
  • The adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels
  • Clare and her Captain by Michael Morpurgo
  • My father is a polar bear by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Brockenspectre by Linda Newbery
  • The pop star pirates by Maggie Pearson
  • Goth Girl and the wuthering fright by Chris Riddell.
  • Cakes in space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
  • Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Winter Reading Challenge Recommended Book Titles for Children aged 4 to 7 years old

winter reading challenge logoWe have chosen some of the best books published this year to recommend as part of our Winter Reading Challenge.

All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk
  • The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty by Beatrice Alemagna
  • Lucy’s Secret Reindeer by Anne Booth
  • The Fish in the Bathtub by Eoin Colfer
  • Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers
  • The magical snow garden by Tracey Corderoy
  • The day the crayons came home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
  • Fabulous pie by Gareth Edwards and Guy Parker-Rees
  • Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star by Petra Horacek
  • Blue Penguin by Petr Horáček
  • The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes
  • Lost in the Snow by Linda Jennings
  • Squishy McFluff – Secret santa by Pip Jones
  • The Snow Beast by Chris Judge
  • When, When, When will it be Christmas? by Cathy MacLennan
  • Snow Bear by Tony Mitton and Alison Brown
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore
  • A journey through space by Steve Parker
  • The Christmas truce: the place where peace was found by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey
  • A great big cuddle: poems for the very young by Michael Rosen and Chris Riddell
  • Santasaurus by Niamh Sharkey
  • Dear Father Christmas by Jeanne Willis
  • The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski