Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Speed Booking

Pukatea 14 having a go at Speed Booking

Six stations were set up around the library. Some fiction and some non-fiction. The students had  3 minutes at each station to select a book that looked interesting to them. They then wrote a little about that book and answered a few key questions.
Would you read this book?
Would you recommend this book to your friends?
Comment about the book?
Fun was had by all and many students went away with a book they might not have otherwise read or noticed.
A special thanks to Mrs Singleton for the wonderful idea

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Finalists announced for 2017 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults


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Sunday, March 19, 2017

13 storey-treehouse show LIVE in Auckland

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Auckland Live presents a CDP Kids production

The 13-Storey Treehouse

A play by Richard Tulloch
Based on the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse?! Especially a 13-Storey Treehouse that has everything, including a bowling alley, a secret underground laboratory, self-making beds, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry.
Andy and Terry live there, create stories together and have a series of completely nutty adventures.
Andy Griffiths’ and Terry Denton’s best-selling book, the one and only, super-famous, ultra-brilliant The 13-Storey Treehouse has been turned into an incredible play. AND YOU’RE INVITED!
There’s just one problem. They forgot to write it! And where will they find flying cats, a mermaid, a sea monster, an invasion of monkeys and a giant gorilla? Luckily they have a box full of costumes and props, some pretty awesome technology and a truckload of imagination! 
Quote marks One of the cleverest, funniest and most interesting plays I have seen. Quote marks
Armadeep Gill, age 9 - TimeOut
Adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), The 13-Storey Treehouse has sold out at Sydney Opera House and around Australia. The Auckland season is brought to life with a seriously funny cast and magical moments of theatrical wizardry.
Just remember to USE YOUR IMAGINATION!
“It’s got the same feeling as the book, which is all the fun of inventing things and creating them and then them going out of control” says author Andy Griffiths, who has won over 50 children’s choice awards and been on the New York Times bestseller list. “There’s a lot of joy and fun.”
The New Zealand season features an all-Kiwi cast, with Damien Avery as Terry, Ryan Dulieu as Andy and Elle Wootton playing Val the Stage Manager.

Auckland Live would like to acknowledge the support of:

NZ website celebrating children's literature

Check out  The Sapling, the brilliant New Zealand website celebrating children’s literature.

My name is Sarah Forster and I’m one of the editors, alongside Jane Arthur, of, which I’m guessing most of you will know is a brand-new website created to talk about children’s literature. We will cover everything from board books to YA books, in a variety of formats - essays, interviews, reviews and more.
We are already very proud of what we have created, and we hope you have had a chance to look around the site. Here is Kyle Mewburn’s plea for a Children’s Laureate, Nina Powles’ tribute to Hermoine, and Kate De Goldi’s love letter to public libraries as a starter. And an interview between David Elliot and Gavin Bishop for another.

“The Sapling is a website all about children’s books, because books grow humans. We take kids’ lit seriously, and we show it by commissioning essays, interviews, reviews and even crafts from some amazing kiwi writers and illustrators. You can find us at 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Lots happening at the library


WEEK 3 Term 4 2016

Look out for competitions and activities happening in the library over the next few weeks!

Guess how many book worms are in the jar


Guess the children's book from the silhouettes


Banned or NOT banned, guess which children's books that have been banned before.



Colouring in contests

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Dress up as a book character on Friday October 28th!  

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WEEK 4 - Scholastic Book Fair -  Monday  October 31st, Tuesday  November 1st and Wednesday November 2nd 2:30pm - 6pm at the Tamahere School Library.  This is a great opportunity to purchase for Christmas and support the school at the same time.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

An afternoon with Andy Griffith

This is organised by the Auckland Writers Festival


Andy Griffiths is one of New Zealand's most popular children’s authors, best known forThe Treehouse series and the JUST! books, created with illustrator Terry Denton.

Over the last 20 years, Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, adapted for the stage and television and won more than 50 Australian children’s choice awards. Andy, a passionate advocate for literacy, is an ambassador for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and The Pyjama Foundation.
Join us to celebrate the release of Andy's latest book, The 78-Storey Treehouse
Andy and Terry have added 13 new levels, including a drive-thru car wash, a combining machine, a scribbletorium, an All-Ball sports stadium, Andyland, Terrytown, a high-security potato chip storage facility and an open-air movie theatre.
Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up! Take a tour of the new 78-storey treehouse with Andy Griffiths as your guide.

A range of Andy's books will be available for purchase and there will be a book signing after the event.
4:15pm, Wednesday 14 September
Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar
16 Howe Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland
Tickets on sale via eventfinda
Children under 12: $7, AWF Patrons & Friends: $10, General: $15
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