Pirate Day Storytime at Wokingham Library
Pirate themed stories and rhymes for parents and children to enjoy together.
Wednesday September 19 3.30pm to 4pm
For children aged 7 and under. Free to attend, just drop in!
Why not try a new book this Summer from Woodley Library….?
The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams
“Whatever you’ve lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He’s retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He’s so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen’s crown?”
Molly Mischief Saves the World by Adam Hargreaves
“She’s Super Molly! And with great powers comes great mischief! Molly‘s super powers help her to complete her chores in record time, lift the family car over all the traffic jams, rescue a stranded whale, capture criminals in the big city, and save the world from an asteroid. But will Molly finally want to go back to her old life after all that super action?”
A T-wit for a T-woo by Charlie Farley and Layn Marlow
“Little owl Twoo feels like something is missing. While all the other owls in the wood have a beautiful t-wit–t-woo call, Twoo only has half of his song. So the brave little owl sets off on a quest to find his true owl song – and a true friend to sing with him. On his journey, he discovers that when you believe in yourself, anything is possible.”
Come and meet Charlie Farley and Layn Marlow at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/charlie-farley-layn-marlow/
Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho
“Gazing at the stars from five storeys up, smelling the bins from five storeys below. Overheard arguments, overheard laughter. A disappearing father and a Mermaid-Queen mother; statues that sing for flesh and blood; bullies who kick you under the table; perfect red trainers – and the things that lurk in the library. Award-winning poet Joseph Coelho’s new collection is a powerful and moving poetic narrative about growing up in the city.”
Wishing for a Dragon by Becky Cameron
“The sun has almost set, but Olive, Barney and Ella are wide awake and ready for adventure! Ella wants to go to the jungle, Barney hankers to be a pirate, but Ella has a secret wish – to see a dragon! So off they clamber into a hot-air balloon and are whisked away to magical lands. They see pirate teddybears and unicorns and tigers, but will they ever see a dragon?”
Time to Shine by Tom Eastman
“Dad’s weird and wonderful extended family are coming to stay at Christmas, and in preparation the Deal house is finally going to be redecorated. Dad’s taken a job in Germany to pay for it, but as the builders start work they uncover more serious problems with the house. Will Dad ever be able to move back home? Chloe has landed a starring role in her school play, but Imogen is the lead, and being as insufferable as ever. She even has a stage-kiss with Thomas. Can Mum and the kids pull off two school plays, a house refurbishment and a supersize Deal family Christmas?”
Come and meet Tom at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/tom-eastman/
Survival Tales – Titanic by Katrina Charman
“When loyal dog Mutt discovers that his owner and best friend Alice is set to board the RMS Titanic without him, he is determined to follow her across the ocean. With the help of King Leon the rat, Mutt sneaks aboard, but it isn’t long before the Captain’s cat, Clara, discovers the stowaway. Reluctantly, Clara agrees to help Mutt find Alice, on the condition that he help her look after a trio of abandoned kittens she found in a lifeboat. But when the unthinkable happens and the so-called unsinkable ship hits an iceberg, Mutt and his new friends have to race against the clock to reunite with their humans – and to survive.”
Come and meet Katrina at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/katrina-charman-2/
Listen To the Birds by Marion Billet
“Adults and children alike will be enchanted by this charming board book, which is distinguished by the exceptional quality of the sounds that bring every picture to life.”
Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman
“Once upon a time, a thief committed a crime. Everything he stole was replaced with a RHYME! Packed with the silliest of rhymes and wordplay, this original, hilarious, and interactive tale from Jon Burgerman will have the youngest children in fits of giggles!”
Planet Stan by Elaine Wickson
“Stan loves a calming, ordered environment. His dinosaur-loving younger brother Fred is the opposite: chaotic, messy, prone to leaving snails under Stan‘s bed. As Stan struggles to cope with his high maintenance brother and his hair-brained schemes he charts all the ups and downs of his life in a series of hilarious infographics.”
Come and meet Elaine at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/elaine-wickson/
Black Powder by Ally Sherrick
“England, 1605. Twelve-year-old Tom must save his father from hanging. He falls in with a mysterious stranger, the Falcon, who promises to help – but can he be trusted? Soon, Tom faces a terrible mission: secure his father’s release and stop the assassination of the king.”
Come and meet Ally at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/ally-sherrick/
Battle of the Beetles by M.G. Leonard
“Darkus and his friends continue their unforgettable adventure in this final instalment of the Beetle trilogy. Arch-villainess Lucretia Cutter has a secret Biome hidden in the Amazon rainforest: can Darkus and his friends, human and beetle alike, find it before it’s too late? If they can’t stop Lucretia, she will release her hoard of giant Frankenstein beetles, and the planet will never be the same again.”
Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin and Illustrated by Steve Antony
“Inspired by Tim Minchin’s hit song ‘When I Grow Up‘ from Matilda the Musical, the book takes a humorous yet moving look at adult life from a child’s perspective. Grown-ups surely have all the fun as they must eat sweets every day, climb the biggest trees and watch cartoons till their eyes go square. But do they really?”
Otter Loves Halloween! by Sam Garton
“Get in the Halloween spirit with Otter-the irrepressible picture book character from I Am Otter and Otter in Space, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama. Halloween is Otter‘s favorite holiday.”
Come and meet Sam at the Wokingham Children’s Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/sam-garton/
Living Shadows by Cornelia Funke
“Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He’s tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother’s legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father’s mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox. But there they hear of one last possibility an item so legendary that not even MirrorWorlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him.”
The Bad Bunnies Magic Show by Mini Grey
“When the great magician, Hypno, goes missing just before a show, his rabbits Abra and Cadabra step in to save the day. But are they all that they seem? Or is there more to their sleight of paw than meets the eye?”
Bee Boy – Attack of the Zombees by Tony de Saulles
“Half bee. Half boy. Melvin Meadly is Bee Boy! The highly entertaining story of an unlikely superhero, full of fantastic bee facts, and illustrated in black and yellow!”
Come and meet Tony at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/tony-de-saulles/
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Philip Ardagh
“Sally loves nothing more than investigating a good mystery – and her shaggy canine companion Fetch loves nothing more than to be at her side when she does. There’s just one small problem: they always gets the wrong end of the stick! The hapless pair remain undeterred, however, dashing from one crime scene to another on their bicycle, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake – yet always emerging blissfully unaware.”
Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa
“Giraffe is bored, as usual. He’d love a friend to share things with. So he writes a letter and sends it as far as possible across the other side of the horizon. There he finds a pen pal – called Penguin. Giraffe knows nothing about penguins and his letters are full of questions. What does a penguin look like? Where is a penguin’s neck? And so the letters begin to fly from horizon to horizon.”
You’re Safe with Me by Chitra Soundar
“When the moon rises and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can’t sleep. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them ‘You’re safe with me‘.”
Come and meet Chitra Soundar at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/chitra-soundra/
Running on Empty by S.E. Durrant
“AJ’s grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. AJ is worried about his parents but they don‘t really seem to notice. In order to deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running. Round and round the Olympic Park, aiming for the nationals, running to escape, AJ only seems to be heading ever closer to disaster.”
Finding Gobi for Little Ones by Dion Leonard
“Bring home the incredible true story of a friendship so strong that it crosses the globe! Families everywhere will be delighted by the tale of Gobi and Dion – a little lost dog and the ultramarathon runner who saved her.”
The Orchard Book of Greek Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean
“This collection of Greek myths catches all the magic of the stories for today’s readers with its lively retellings and appealing illustrations.”
In the summer of 1723, 8 boys and 3 men were marooned on a rocky stack in the middle of the sea at the edge of the Outer Hebrides. This book tells the story of how they survived nine months of deadly storms, madness and starvation with only a few ropes and baskets, and their own fortitude and endurance to save them.
Come and meet Geraldine McCaughrean at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/geraldine-mccaughrean/
Why not try a new book this Summer from Finchampstead Library…?
The Uncanny Express by Kara LaReau – “Jaundice and Kale are back from their adventure on the high seas, and they are settling back into a quiet life in Dullsville, just the way they like it. The tea is tepid, the oatmeal is tasteless, and the socks are ripe for darning – until Aunt Shallot shows up and reveals herself to be anything but the dull relation they were expecting. Instead, she tells her nieces she is Magique, Queen of Magic, and she’s on her way to a big show and in need of two willing assistants.”
Salty Dogs by Matty Long – “Set sail with the Salty Dogs on an adventure through the Pirate Islands in search of treasure. Their journey won’t be easy. They must outwit rival pirates, navigate stormy sea, and keep the poop deck clean if they are to become pirate legends.”
Goodnight Mr Panda by Steve Anthony
“Mr Panda and his friends are getting ready for bed. But some won’t brush their teeth, others won’t have a bath, and one won’t even wear pyjamas! It’s down to Mr Panda to show them how to do bedtime properly.”
Come and meet Steve Antony at the Wokingham Children’s Book Festival in October, more information about the festival and how to book tickets can be found here: http://wokingham-tc.gov.uk/bookfest/steve-antony/
Write a poem or short story in less than 500 words on the theme of “Change”.
The competition is open to children aged 4 to 18.
First and second prizes within each category;
Children aged 4 to 6, 7 to 9, 10 to 12, 13 to 15 and 16 to 18.
Hand into your local library, with book themed prizes.
Closing date Sunday September 2
The judges’ decision is final and winners will be announced during National Poetry Week in October 2018.