Our favourite children’s books (and a quiz!) at Kensal Library

Children's area at Kensal Library
Children’s area at Kensal Library

Here at Kensal Library we boast a colourful and friendly area for the many children that come through our doors on a daily basis. The library has a range of fiction to suit the demands of these young people, and our reservation shelves are often filled with exciting stories about pirates, fairies, spies, talking bears, crime fighting cows and more. (If you’d like to reserve a book – just speak to a member of staff).

I was thrilled at the chance to showcase some of my childhood favourites, alongside some of the most popular junior fiction in recent days. We are particularly proud of our collection and, as the Summer Reading Challenge commences, felt now was the perfect opportunity to introduce our readers to some of the best-loved characters and stories around.  Therefore we have a vibrant new display with facts and pictures introducing books to suit all tastes and ages. We’re sure any young visitor will find something to sink their teeth into in the summer sun.

Kensal Library would love to hear what your most cherished children’s stories are, so feel free to drop by and fill in one of our display cards so that other young people can read about the heroes and adventures that you hold dear.

Quiz time!

Quiz time
Quiz time

To celebrate the wealth of stories available in Kensal and local libraries across the nation I’ve compiled a quiz. Below I have included some quotes from the most well-liked children’s books of the last few centuries.

Do you recognise them?  Answers are at the bottom of the page!

  1. “We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.”
  2.  “Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished; persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot. BY ORDER OF THE AUTHOR G.G., CHIEF OF ORDNANCE”
  3.  “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
  4.  “Grab a chance and you won’t be sorry for a might-have-been.”
  5.  “I stopped believing there was a power of good and a power of evil that were outside us. And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.”
  6. “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
  7. “Where’s Papa going with that axe?”
  8.  “In an old house in Paris That was covered with vines, Lived twelve little girls In two straight lines . . .”
  9. One, two! One, two! And through and through, The vorpal blade went snicker-snack! He left it dead, and with its head He went galumphing back.
  10. ” . . . and he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.”
  11. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.”
  12. “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

 Quiz answers….

  1. Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame
  4. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
  5. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  7. Charlotte’s Webb by E.B White
  8. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  9. The Jabberwocky from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carrol
  10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  11. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A Milne
  12. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone (Albus Dumbledore of course!)

Sophie Rose, Customer Services Assistant

Kensal Library

Mystery Book Bags at Brompton Library

Mystery Book Bags
Mystery Book Bags at Brompton Library

For the whole of September Brompton Library experimented with trying to tempt our readers into taking a “mystery” bag of 3 books. After a quiet summer we wanted to inspire our readers to discover something new. A colleague kindly supplied some sturdy paper bags and Customer Service Assistant at Brompton Library, David Bushell designed an eye-catching label- the idea for which was of love hearts emanating from a human head, to show how reading and learning can release endorphins in the brain. David said: “I’m not sure if this has been scientifically proven but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is true! It certainly releases endorphins in my brain, in the same way that exercise, music and good company does”.

Choosing what to put in the mystery bags was a great challenge: the fun was trying to select books which our readers might not necessarily pick up from the shelf. This could be a book set in another country or in another culture entirely. Within the fiction section at Brompton Library there are a range of genres, so I felt that mixing those up was a good idea. Sometimes I think we all like to stick to just one type of author or series of books, so all in all I think the mystery bag offered new worlds for our readers to explore!

Stephanie Webb

Stephanie Webb – Lending Librarian