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Children's reading resources

Randwick City Library has a wonderful range of resources for children of all ages. We are also committed to running events designed to promote and enhance literacy learning and development − with an emphasis on fun, of course!

Our children's collection is packed with gorgeous picture books (we call them easies), fabulously factual picture books (we call them first facts), as well as a range of junior fiction, non-fiction, spoken word, readers, magazineslaunchpads, music, DVDs, Spark! discovery kits and theme kits too.

Reading offers children (and grown-ups) the opportunity to enjoy a rich inner world as the stories we hear − and the stories we tell − help us to make sense of our world and encourage us to use our imaginations. But don't just take it from us: enjoy some book reviews penned by some of our talented junior Randwick City Library patrons - look for Children's Book Reviews below. And find out all about our fabulous children's book clubs.

Children's Book Clubs

Undercover Book Club for kids in school years K-2

Come along to hear great new stories, chat about what you're reading, make cool stuff and be the first to borrow our hottest new books! Choose from two locations most convenient to you: Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra or Margaret Martin Library, Randwick.

When: This free book club is held monthly. We meet between 4pm - 4:45pm on the second Monday of the month at Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra, or on the second Tuesday of the month at Margaret Martin Library, Randwick.

Bookings: Bookings are essential via Eventbrite. For specific dates or to make a booking, please click on the links below:

Totally Random Book Club for kids in school years 3-6

Come along and find out about the hottest new books and series being released. Each month we'll feature a new book and as a member you'll have exclusive access to our new books! Choose from two locations most convenient to you: Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra or Margaret Martin Library, Randwick.

When: This free book club is held monthly. We meet between 4pm - 4:45pm on the third Monday of the month at Lionel Bowen Library, Maroubra, or on the third Tuesday of the month at Margaret Martin Library, Randwick.

Bookings: Bookings are essential via Eventbrite. For specific dates or to make a booking, please click on the links below:

Children's Book Reviews

Auggie & me

by R.J. PalacioAuggie and Me R.J. Palacio

Auggie & Me is not a sequel to the book Wonder, also by R. J. Palacio, but it is a book about how Auggie and the "Boy War" affected other people.

This book focuses on the perspectives of Julian (A bully), Christopher (Auggie's oldest friend) and Charlotte (A classmate) and how they react when Auggie comes into their lives.

The moral of Julian's story is that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, even if it scares you. Christopher has always been like a brother to Auggie and his story shows the power of friendship can overcome everything. In Charlotte's story we learn that many people have a facade and that you have to get past it to really get to know them.

This book showed that there is another side to every story, often more than one. It made me feel for all the characters and I enjoyed getting to know why they did what they did. I recommend this book to all Wonder fans and any boy or girl aged 8+ who likes fiction.
I give this book 10 out of 10 stars!

Review by Grace Franco, aged 9

The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (eAudiobook)

by Liz PichonThe brilliant world of Tom Gates (eAudiobook) Liz Pichon

I give this book 10 out of 10. It's so funny and makes you go ha ha ha when you are listening to it. I'd say that the book for really smart people maybe for age 7 or 8 year olds but the great thing is the audiobook is for every age.

The book is about this boy named Tom who goes to Oakfield School and his teacher is Mr Fullerman, who has beady eyes. Funnily enough Tom has to write a review about his camping trip in which everything goes wrong. Firstly they set their tent up next to the lake and they end up soaking wet. Secondly, Tom was climbing a tree and broke his arm. His luck turned around while he was at hospital. Delia his annoying sister, threw a massive party and when Tom got home she was grounded.

My favourite character is Tom because he's so funny and he always does crazy stuff with his best friend. When you are finished listening or reading this book you should read all the Tom Gates books. They are brilliant.

Review by Claire Franco, aged 7

Kookaburras Love to Laugh

by Laura BuntingKookaburras love to laugh Laura Bunting

This book is extra, extra, extra, and extraordinarily funny.

The funniest part was where one of the kookaburras fell over because it laughed so hard.

I think this book is good for young kids.

Review by Serge Winters, aged 6

The Periodic Table Book

by Tom JacksonThe periodic table book: a visual encyclopedia of the elements

I am introducing you to a book titled The Periodic Table Book. The reason I chose this book is because this book has interesting facts about elements. It is perfect for element lovers. The book is written by Tom Jackson.

I learned a lot of things from the book. I learned about different elements, their forms and uses. The book was very interesting to me because it had all the elements in the Periodic Table as well as the minerals they form in.

I liked a part which said that the diamonds which has a colour normally has tiny amounts of other substances. For example, boron makes the diamond appear blue. Strangely pink diamonds have no impurities, and no one knows why they are pink.

I also like the information about gold. Gold has interesting uses. One of its uses is the astronaut's visor. The gold visor protects the astronaut from the Sun's heat. Another of its uses is gold foil which keeps a type of car called McLaren F1's engine at stable temperature.

Review by Phan Thanh Tung Nguyen (Tom), aged 8

Sunset

by Erin HunterSunset Erin Hunter

Sunset is about a cat named Brambleclaw who saves all the clans from a cat named Hawkfrost as he tried to kill Firestar Brambleclaw’s leader so Brambleclaw killed Hawkfrost in revenge.


Review by Mia Presland, aged 8

Tiny Timmy: On Holiday!

by Tim CahillTiny Timmy: On Holiday Tim Cahill

It's near the holidays and Tiny Timmy can't wait. He'd been planning to go to soccer camp or playing soccer all day with his friends (Ricardo and Mike). But instead, his Mum and Dad have different ideas. His dad announced that they were going to the Beach Island on holidays. How can he practice his soccer skills on an island with no place to even kick a ball around? Will Tiny Timmy still be a soccer superstar or will he die down on his awesome soccer skills?

In the book, he went to the island with his family and met a boy with a soccer ball. And they played soccer there. He can also go snorkelling, sliding on the sand and dribbling with a coconut. He even had an 11 people soccer match on the beach! At the end of the holiday, he even thought it was the best holiday, even better than the soccer camp.

Review by Dino Zhang, aged 9

Uranus, Neptune and Pluto

by Giles Sparrowhttps://randwick.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/randwickcitylibrary/search/results?qu=Uranus%2C+Neptune+and+Pluto&qf=AUTHOR%09Author%09Sparrow%2C+Giles.%09Sparrow%2C+Giles.&qf=ITEMCAT2%09Audience%091%3AJUNIOR%09Junior

I am introducing you a book titled Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The reason I chose this book is because it has lots of interesting facts about the planet Uranus and Neptune and also the dwarf planet Pluto. It is perfect for space lovers. The book is written by Giles Sparrow.

I learned a lot of things from this book. I learned about Uranus, Neptune and Pluto’s atmosphere and their moons. The book is very interesting because it has a lot of facts about Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

I liked a part which said an astronomer named Clyde Tombaugh who discovered the planet (but now a dwarf planet) Pluto when astronomers saw Neptune’s orbit was disturbed by gravity which is a sign that there is a planet (or dwarf planet) beyond Neptune. Pluto was classified as a planet in this book but it is not. Later on scientists decided Pluto was too small to be a planet so they decided that Pluto was a dwarf planet in 2006.

I also liked the information about Uranus. Uranus’s rotation is like a ball rolling. Its rotation does not spin like a top like other planets. Uranus also doesn’t generate internal heat like other planets. Uranus’s disability to generate internal heat might be due to what happened when Uranus get its unusual orbit.

The pictures are really cool plus the artist’s impressions looks really realistic. I hope you enjoy reading the book if you have the book.

Review by Phan Thanh Tung Nguyen (Tom), aged 8

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