2017 Costa Children’s Book Award Shortlist

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The shortlist for the 2017 Costa Children’s Book award are Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans, The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.

The Times says Sarah Crossan’s powerful story should appeal to anyone over 13 with a heart and a love of storytelling. It is about the impact of the death sentence in America on a convict and his family.

Wed Wabbit is described by The Guardian as a properly funny fantasy adventure, about two troubled children who stumble on a surreal land ruled by a toy rabbit.

The Island at the End of Everything is Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s second novel, which Waterstones calls a tale of deeply inspiring and selfless courage. Ami lives with her sick mother, on an island that is to become a colony for sufferers of leprosy.

The Costa judges say The Explorer is “a masterful, delicious read from start to finish”. It is an adventure story about four children fighting for survival in the Amazon.

All these titles are available to reserve from the online catalogue via http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

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Spotlight on picture books

Picture books are stocked by all of our Wokingham Borough Libraries, and are extremely popular. We have received a lot of new picture books this week, which are all nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. This is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustrations for children and young people.

This is a selection of the titles that we have bought. The nominations were published earlier this month, and the longlist is announced on February 18th 2018.

Michael Rosen, the English children’s novelist and poet, and Children’s Laureate from 2007 to 2009, recently tweeted – “Parents who share hundreds of picture books with their under-5s enable their children to make cognitive leaps through trying to interpret the logic and meanings suggested by the unstated differences between the pictures and the text”.

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10th children’s novel released by David Walliams!

In libraries now…the 10th children’s novel by David Walliams!

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“Bad Dad” is his biggest book yet, and is all about a father and son who take on the villainous Mr Big. It’s a rag to riches story that will have you on the edge of your seat and roaring with laughter.

Here is a little flavour of the new book, in David Walliams’ own words.

“Bad Dad is about a boy named Frank whose Dad is thrown into prison for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery. Frank hatches a daring plan to break his father out of prison for the night so they can put the stolen money back. But will the evil crime boss Mr Big stop them?”

To reserve your copy, pop into your local Wokingham Borough library, or visit the online library catalogue via http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries

 

New Children’s Book Group at Lower Earley Library

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Come along to the new Lower Earley Library’s Children’s Book Group

  • Themed monthly discussion about books
  • Book themed activities at every session
  • For eight to ten years old

Group will meet on the third Monday in every month starting from Monday November 20 from 3.45pm to 4.30pm

Then meeting on the following dates:

  • Monday December 18
  • Monday January 15
  • Monday February 19
  • Monday March 19
  • Monday April 16
  • Monday May 21
  • Monday June 18
  • Monday July 16

50p per child, Parents must accompany children.  Call Lower Earley Library on 0118 931 2150 to book your place.

More new Christmas children’s books in libraries

Take a look at our fantastic Christmas children’s books that have arrived in libraries this week.

“The Christmasaurus” is a magical tale by bestselling author Tom Fletcher.  Featuring a boy named William Trundle and a dinosaur (called The Christmasurus!), this story is about friendship and families, sleighbells and santa, and singing elves and flying reindeer.

For children wanting a giggle choose from “Barry Loser’s Christmas Joke Book!” by Jim Smith, or “Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder – can Doctor Proctor Save Christmas?” by Jo Nesbo.

Celebrate a truly horrid Christmas with “Horrid Henry’s Jolly Holidays” by Francesca Simon. Younger readers will enjoy “Flat Stanley – Stanley’s Christmas Adventure” by Jeff Brown.

Books are available to reserve on the library catalogue http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/search-renew-and-reserve-items/

 

Sign up for Pottery Pals at Wokingham Borough Libraries this November

Pottery Pals at Wokingham Borough Libraries this November

Come and make some unique gifts for Christmas with your child.

  • Wokingham Library Wednesday November 15 10.30am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library Tuesday November 21 10.30am to 12noon
  • Lower Earley Library Tuesday November 28 10.30am to 12noon

To book a slot, please call the relevant library on:

  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150

£4.50 charge plus cost of pottery item to be paid on the day. Cash preferred.

Guide Price: Plates from £10, Baubles from £6 a selection of other items will be available on the day

Pottery Pals at Wokingham Borough Libraries this November

Pottery Pals at Wokingham Borough Libraries this November

Come and make some unique gifts for Christmas with your child.

  • Finchampstead Library Friday November 10 10.30am to 12noon
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday November 15 10.30am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library Tuesday November 21 10.30am to 12noon
  • Lower Earley Library Tuesday November 28 10.30am to 12noon

To book a slot, please call the relevant library on:

  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150

£4.50 charge plus cost of pottery item to be paid on the day. Cash preferred.

Guide Price: Plates from £10, Baubles from £6 a selection of other items will be available on the day

November is National Non-Fiction Month – check out our brand new children’s factual books

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National Non-Fiction November is the Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ annual celebration of all things factual.

The whole month celebrates all the young readers who have a passion for information and facts.

At Wokingham Borough Libraries we have lots of information books, which are sub-divided into sections for youngest children, up to 11 years, and teenage. Library staff will be happy to guide you to the relevant shelves, so you can be sure to find an age-appropriate book for your child or teenager.

Here are some of the brand new children’s non-fiction titles that have arrived in libraries this week.

Books can be reserved by visiting our library catalogue https://wokingham.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/MSGTRN/OPAC/BSEARCH

 

 

Pottery Pals at Wokingham Borough Libraries this November

Pottery Pals at Wokingham Borough Libraries this November

Come and make some unique gifts for Christmas with your child.

  • Spencers Wood Library Thursday November 2 10.30am to 12noon
  • Finchampstead Library Friday November 10 10.30am to 12noon
  • Wokingham Library Wednesday November 15 10.30am to 12noon
  • Woodley Library Tuesday November 21 10.30am to 12noon
  • Lower Earley Library Tuesday November 28 10.30am to 12noon

To book a slot, please call the relevant library on:

  • Spencers Wood Library 0118 988 4771
  • Finchampstead Library 0118 908 8176
  • Wokingham Library 0118 978 1368
  • Woodley Library 0118 969 0304
  • Lower Earley Library 0118 931 2150

£4.50 charge plus cost of pottery item to be paid on the day. Cash preferred.

Guide Price: Plates from £10, Baubles from £6 a selection of other items will be available on the day

 

Guide Dogs Morning at Lower Earley Library on Monday October 23 from 10am to 12noon

Guide Dogs Morning at Lower Earley Library on Monday October 23 from 10am to 12noon

Come along to find out about:

  • how Guide Dogs help their owners
  • how Guide Dog puppies are trained
  • Meet some owners with their Guide Dogs
  • Meet some puppies with their Puppy Walkers
  • Try some blindfold challenges
  • Have a go at reading Braille
  • Colouring

Free event, just drop in between 10am to 12noon.

Lower Earley Library, Chalfont Close, Chalfont Way, Lower Earley, Berkshire, RG6 5HZ Telephone 0118 931 2150 or E-mail libraries@wokingham.gov.uk