Delightful picture books that will have you in stitches

Ponk!

Cuddle up with your kids and share these funny and colourful books!

Syndetics book coverNatalie’s hair was wild! / by Laura Freeman.
“Natalie’s hair is really wild–and she likes it that way! A host of friendly animals agree, and they move right in. At first it’s just butterflies and birds that take up residence atop Natalie’s head, but soon there are zebras, elephants, even a tiger! With all the roaring and squawking and snorting and burping, poor Natalie can hardly sleep. She needs to find someone to help coax those critters out… but who?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPonk! / by Edwina Wyatt ; illustrated by Chris Nielsen.
“Ponk is a flightless bird, but he chooses to live at the top of a tree because of the exciting view. As often as he loses balance and falls, he climbs straight back up again. Ponk’s friends find him a less ambitious place to live, but the lower branches have no view. So Ponk returns to the top and clings on to his twig… and doesn’t fall! Driven by curiosity, his friends follow, with hilarious results!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Grotlyn / Benji Davies.
“A stunningly illustrated picture book full of mystery and suspense. “I know when the Grotlyn’s been slipping through your house unseen…” What is the mysterious Grotlyn? What sort of creature could it be, scuttling across the town, frightening everyone in its path? And why has it stolen PC Vickers’ knickers?! A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about things that go bump in the night for ages four and up.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBlue monster wants it all! / Jeanne Willis, Jenni Desmond.
“Blue Monster loves brand new things. A fancy new hat… a shiny submarine… a fabulous funfair… and a paradise island, all of his own. But he’s still not happy!  What will it take for Blue Monster to realise there are some things that money can’t buy?
An original, humorous and unforgettable fable, perfect for introducing little ones to the idea of materialism and helping them realise the importance of family.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFox and the bike ride / Corey R. Tabor ; photography by Frog.
“Fun-loving, mischievous Fox from Fox and the Jumping Contest is back in this charming and hilarious tale of friendship, adventure–and snacks.
It’s the day of the animals’ annual bike ride, and Fox is not excited. Every year it’s the same old, same old. Fox wants adventure. He wants action-adventure. He wants danger-action-adventure!  (And snacks too, of course.) So he secretly schemes to make this the most unforgettable trip ever–and his friends are coming along, whether they want to or not!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverKnock knock pirate / Carol Heart & Nick East.
“A rhyming pirate counting book that’s full of surprises from award-winning author Caryl Hart, creator of Supermarket Zoo, and bestselling illustrator Nick East. A visit from a pirate might sound like fun… but when the Captain’s whole crew turn up too–causing mayhem and chaos–it’s time for this little girl to panic. What is Dad going to say when he gets home?!” (Syndetics summary)

 

Glorious new picture books to entertain and delight

These great new books are filled with wonder, imagination, and a wild, magical spirit that will thrill young and old alike.

Syndetics book coverA hundred billion trillion stars / by Seth Fishman ; illustrated by Isabel Greenberg.
Did you know there are 37 billion rabbits in the world or that the moon is two hundred and forty thousand miles away? There are numbers galore in this fascinating book about numbers and the world all around us.

Syndetics book coverCake [hardback]
“Cake has been invited to a party. He’s very excited! He’s never been to a birthday party before. And he doesn’t know what to expect. But as the candles on his party hat begin to burn and the other party guests start to sing, Cake starts to think that this is one party he’d rather not be at…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThank you, Octopus / Darren Farrell.
How would a tricky octopus put you to bed? with a lot of word play and egg salad!  This very simple picture books will amuse and delight everyone.

Syndetics book coverGrandma Z [hardback]
“On an ordinary day, in an even more ordinary town, it was Albert’s birthday. When Grandma Z roars into town on her motorcycle, Albert is swept up in a very extraordinary adventure.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe thing Lou couldn’t do / written and illustrated by Ashley Spires.
“‘Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.’ But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: ?Up there! The tree can be our ship!? ?Ummm …’ says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTìa Isa wants a car / Meg Medina ; illustrated by Claudio Muñoz.
“Isa wants a car. A shiny green car the same color as the ocean, with wings like a swooping bird. A car to take the whole family to the beach. But saving is hard when everything goes into two piles – one for here and one for Helping Money, so that family members who live far away might join them someday. While Isa saves, her niece does odd jobs for neighbors so she can add her earnings to the stack. But even with her help, will they ever have enough? Meg Medina’s simple, genuine story about keeping in mind those who are far away is written in lovely, lyrical prose and brought to life through Claudio Munoz’s charming characters.” (Syndetics summary)

Birds of a feather flock together in these new picture books!

From feathers, nests, seeds and knitting these beautifully illustrated books will introduce your children to physics, ornithology and environmentalism in a very gentle way!

Syndetics book coverPlume / Isabelle Simler.
“Introduces a wide variety of birds, their feathers, and Plume, the cat that is stalking them.” (Catalogue summary)

Gorgeous feathers on every page, the illustrations are delightfully detailed but will the mischievous cat catch them all?

Syndetics book coverBird builds a nest / Martin Jenkins ; illustrated by Richard Jones.
“Bird is building her nest. She pushes and pulls twigs into place until she’s made a cosy cup, ready and waiting … can you guess what for?” (Catalogue summary)

This is a great book to introduce your child to science and the world of forces. There are some fun experiments to do too!

Syndetics book coverBird to Bird [hardback]
“Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris team up to bring us a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. A bird drops a seed to the floor of the forest. The seed grows into a sapling, then a tree. The tree is felled and taken to a busy city. Bird to Bird is the story of one bird, one seed, one tree. Award-winning picture book creators Claire Saxby and Wayne Harris have crafted a gentle story of nature, history, recycling and art. The truth behind this story is that the wood used to make bunks on board the convict ships was reused when the ships reached Australia. There was no need for the bunks on the return journey and the wood was a valuable resource. Exquisite paintings by award-winning illustrator Wayne Harris take this story through time. This is a gentle story of nature, Australian history, recycling and art.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFeather / by Cao Wenxuan ; illustrated by Roger Mello ; translated from the Chinese by Chloe Garcia Roberts.
A single feather, blown about by the wind, asks a variety of birds if she belongs to them but is dismissed time and again until she gives up her quest.

Syndetics book coverGranny McFlitter, the champion knitter / Heather Haylock ; (illustrated by Lael Chisholm).
“But did Granny stop knitting? Oh no, she did not! She kept right on knitting . . . like it or not! Granny McFlitter’s family have had enough of her knitting. But when a ship runs aground, spilling oil into the sea, a call goes out for small jumpers for the shivery rescued penguins. It’s the moment Granny has been waiting for! A sparkling environmental story with award-winning illustrations that is sure to warm hearts and feathers.” (Syndetics summary)

Recent Parenting picks

It’s been a little while since our last picks of the parenting books, so we’ve included a few excellent titles we couldn’t go past from slightly further back as well as some wonderful new titles for you to browse. First up, the amazing Emily Writes! Plus the NZ Birthday Cake Book, and Scotty and Stacey Morrison’s Māori at home.

Syndetics book coverRants in the dark : from one tired mama to another / Emily Writes.
“Popular blogger Emily Writes gives words of encouragement to sleep-deprived parents everywhere. With two small boys, both non-sleepers, Emily finds herself awake in the wee small hours night after night. Her writing is often done then, and she offers her own often hilarious and always heart-warming experiences to other exhausted parents. She describes the frustrations as well as the tender moments of real parenting, as opposed to what you thought it was going to be like, or what well-meaning advice-givers tell you it should be like. A must-have for all new parents and parents-to-be. A lovely gift package.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe great New Zealand birthday cake book / cake designer Jazmine Nixon ; recipes Dean Brettschneider ; project editor Wendy Nixon.
“The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book features 80 memory-making cakes with a stunning range of creations to suit any occasion. From bears, boats and ballerinas to pigs, pirates and princesses – and even the latest in emojis – The Great New Zealand Birthday Cake Book has the perfect cake for everyone. The book is designed to guide you step-by-step through all the basics with plenty of practical design and decorating tips. A laminated A1 template sheet tucked into the back cover of the book will help you create any cake you desire. We’ve even created some spectacular looking cakes for adults to further broaden appeal, so with 80,000 birthdays celebrated each week in New Zealand there is sure to be a cake to delight everyone.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMāori at home : an everyday guide to learning the Māori language / Scotty and Stacey Morrison.
“An introduction to the Mori language … covers the basics of life in and around a typical Kiwi household.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThings that helped : essays / Jessica Friedmann.
“Through the tide of hormones ebbing and flowing my body, and the little runnels of blood and the sour tang of my breasts, I lay awake, listening, and thinking of breath and of water. I had broken my relationship with sleep. In this stunning collection, Jessica Friedmann navigates her journey through postpartum depression after the birth of her son, Owen. Drawing on critical theory, popular culture, and personal experience, her wide-ranging essays touch on class, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as motherhood, creativity, and mental illness. Occasionally confronting, but always powerfully moving and beautifully observed, Things That Helped charts Jessica’s return into the world- a slow and complex process of reassembling what depression fractured and sometimes broke.” (Syndetics summary)

Overdrive cover How to DAD, Volume 2, Jordan Watson (eBook)
“OK, hurry up and grab me. We don’t have long before the publishers realise I’m not one of those fancy parenting-help people. In here, you’ll find some sort-of helpful tips, some pictures, some words and a few crack-up dad tales. I might not be a fancy parenting person, but I am a black belt in Dadding. Yes, that’s a thing. It’s totally a thing. I’m still making silly parenting videos, I’m still non-PC and I’m still a DAD. This is How to DAD: Volume 2. Back of book bit: DONE.”(Overdrive description)

Syndetics book coverThe single dad’s guide to the galaxy : parenting in the real world / Roger McEwan.
“‘I’ve experienced all the different roles you have to play when there’s nobody else around: a parent, a dad, a father, a stand-in mum, a confidant, always a butler or maid, a teacher and, most crucially, a friend.’In this enlightening but also very practical book, Roger McEwan shares the lessons he’s learned from years as a solo dad.It is not, he insists, a self-help book. But amidst the rich, always fascinating, often hilarious experiences of his times with his two children are dozens and dozens of useful pieces of advice for parents – from developing a great relationship with your ex (if you can) to letting the children pick the clothes they want to wear, teaching them to cook, and acknowledging that changing a toilet roll is too complex for anyone under the age of eighteen to understand” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting through the storm : find help, hope, and strength when your child has psychological problems / Ann Douglas.
“Raising a child or teenager with a psychological condition is a “perfect storm” of stress, sadness, and uncertainty. How can you find the best treatments and help your child overcome emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges–while keeping yourself and your family strong? As a parent, you may feel isolated and alone, but the reality is that a lot of families are in the same boat. Ann Douglas knows firsthand just how daunting it can be. In this compassionate and empowering guide, she combines the vital lessons she has learned with vivid stories from other parents and advice from leading psychologists. The book cuts through the often-confusing clinical jargon and speaks from the heart about what matters most: the well-being of your child.” (Syndetics summary)

July Sustainable Living Series @ WCL

This July, together with Love Food Hate Waste, Boomerang BagsBirth Wise Wellington, NappyMojoKaicycle and the Sustainability Trust and in support of Plastic Free July, Wellington City Libraries will be hosting a series of educational talks around sustainable living.

Join us at Central, Karori and Newtown libraries as we discuss some small and easy changes that you can make to your everyday life to help reduce your waste to landfill, minimize your carbon footprint and help to protect the environment.

For the first talk in our Sustainable Living Series, join Wendy Bertholet, from the Wellington City Council Waste Minimization Team & Pip Cameron from Boomerang Bags for a lunchtime talk on Tuesday, 25th July at Wellington Central Library.

Wendy and Pip will be on the ground floor in the Young Adults area starting at 12 pm to talk about some simple ways to make changes to your lifestyle and reduce your waste to landfill, from making the most out of your food to reducing your use of plastic!

Wendy will be talking about the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign and will be sharing lots of winter tips and tricks on how to reduce your food waste! Check out the Love Food Hate Waste website and Facebook page for tonnes of info on storage, recipes and easy ways to reduce your food waste. You could also check out the Wellington City Council Rubbish & Recycling page for info as well.

Pip’s main area with Boomerang Bags is “Waste Diversion and Logistics” for Wellington and she helps to organize the Mt Vic and Aro Valley based volunteers group. She’s mainly interested in resourcefulness and efficient systems so the project can be self sustaining. Pip will be talking about easy ways to reduce the use of plastic and plastic bags. For more info, check out the Boomerang Bags website and Facebook page.

Also, take a look at the Plastic Free July and Plastic Free Tuesday Websites for other useful information on how to reduce your use of plastic and waste to landfill.

The second talk in our Sustainable Living Series will be with Shannon Unka, Owner and Operator of NappyMojo, Neonatal Nurse and Mum, at Karori Library after Baby Rock & Rhyme at 11:15 am on Thursday July 27th July.

Shannon will be there to talk about some small and easy changes that parents can make to help minimize waste and  bring sustainability into parenting. Come and have a chat about a range of things from wipes, breast pads and reusable sanitary products to lunch wraps, un-paper towels to cloth nappies and making it work in real life. To read a bit more about Shannon and NappyMojo, check out their website and Facebook page.

Courtesy of Birth Wise Wellington, there will be a giveaway of Sustainable Parenting Packs to help you make sustainable parenting choices and reduce the environmental impact you and your new family makes.

For more information about Birth Wise Wellington, their classes, meet ups and more resources for parents, take a look at their website and Facebook page. Also, check out their ‘Top 10 Tips for Sustainable Parenting‘ as well!

We also have a tonne of resources for parents and families on our Parenting page , including our monthly recent book picks, shelf help, educational information and resources and more!

If you can’t make it, don’t worry! Come along to Wadestown Library on Monday July 31st at 11:15 am right after pre-school Story Time Session, where Shannon will be giving this talk to another group!

Heading to the Newtown Farmers Market on a Saturday? Swing by the Newtown Library on July 29th July at 11 am for the 3rd talk in our Sustainable Living Series!

Join Sheldon Levet, one of the Kaicycle Facilitators, as he talks about composting and how easy it can be for individuals and communities to reduce their waste. With support from the Sustainability Trust, learn more about composting and different ways to reduce your waste. Sheldon will also be talking about the Kaicycle, what they do, their volunteers and the urban farm based in Newtown. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information.

Kaicycle and other community projects are supported by the Sustainability Trust, an organization working to help people in Wellington create warmer homes and reduce their impact on the environment. Laura-Kate Howells, the Sustainability Trust Educator will also be there on Saturday to talk briefly about what Sustainability Trust is up to! For more information about the Sustainability trust, take a look at their website and Facebook page and even better to get involved check out their ‘what’s on in your community’ page!

Other Resources 

Keep up to date with new books, magazines and online databases with our Environment and Sustainability popular topics page.

Parenting Recent Picks for June

Some really interesting, new parenting books for this month’s picks, covering all ages and stages. My pick would be Calmer, easier, happier screen time – a bit of a struggle in our house so this book will be useful (especially heading into the wet winter’s days!)

Syndetics book coverSewing dress-up : 35 cute and easy costumes for kids / Emma Hardy.
“If you want to add to your dressing-up box without spending a fortune, Emma Hardy has designed 35 magical costumes that will satisfy every child. Two pull-out sheets are included with all the full-size patterns you will need, and there’s a techniques section so you can brush up on your sewing skills. Your children will love these costume makes, and when the party’s over, you can add them to your dress-up cupboard at home for many more hours of fun.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe silenced child : from labels, medications, and quick-fix solutions to listening, growth, and lifelong resilience / Claudia M. Gold.
“In The Silenced Child, Dr. Claudia Gold shows the tremendous power of listening in parent/child and doctor/patient relationships. Through vivid stories, perceptive insights, and new research, she shows the way children grow from these relationships and how being heard actually changes their brains. She helps both parents and caregivers make the time and space for listening.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first six weeks : the tried-and-tested guide that shows you how to have a happy, healthy, sleeping baby / Midwife Cath [Cathryn Curtin] ; foreword by Dr. Len Kliman.
“Experienced midwife Cathryn Curtin has delivered babies for 40 years, and now she is sharing with parents everywhere the knowledge that they need to lay the best foundations for a child’s life. From teaching babies how to sleep and eat, to advice on how parents can cope, this book will ease the worries of new parents and help them with all the key aspects of their baby’s life. Unlike many other books, this will focus on the first six weeks of a babies life.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNurture the wow : finding spirituality in the frustration, boredom, tears, poop, desperation, wonder, and radical amazement of parenting / Danya Ruttenberg.
“Rooted in Judaism but incorporating a wide-range of religious and literary traditions, Nurture the Wow asks, Can ancient ideas about relationships, drudgery, pain, devotion, and purpose help make the hard parts of a parent’s job easier and the magical stuff even more so? Ruttenberg shows how parenting can be considered a spiritual practice–and how seeing it that way can lead to transformation.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCalmer, easier, happier screen time : for parents of toddlers to teens : a guide to getting back in charge of technology / Noël Janis-Norton.
Do you constantly find yourself battling to stop your kids spending hours in front of a screen? Whether it’s a TV, an iPad, a PC, or a Playstation children are spending more and more time absorbed in the digital world and for most parents it’s a cause for concern. For parents of toddlers to teens, a guide to getting back in charge of technology.” (Adapted from Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe gentle parenting book : how to raise calmer, happier children from birth to seven / Sarah Ockwell-Smith.
“In The Gentle Parenting Book, Sarah Ockwell-Smith provides a trustworthy combination of what-to-expect information and gentle-parenting solutions to the most common challenges faced by parents with young children. And for those parents who have previously used a more authoritarian style of parenting, there’s plenty of advice – and reassurance – on making the transition to a gentler approach.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHolding tight, letting go : raising healthy kids in anxious times / Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D.
“When to hold on; when to let go–a constant dilemma of parenthood. This timely book examines the balance between these powerful dynamics. Includes down-to-earth descriptions of family systems and identity development and guidance on remaining an emotional anchor in children’s lives as they launch toward independence.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s Book Pick:

Syndetics book coverSuper Happy Magic Forest: Slug of Doom
“Welcome back to the Super Happy Magic Forest, a super happy, super magical place filled with picnics, dancing, and fun. That is until the super slimy SLUG OF DOOM threatens to drink a magical potion that will give him the size and strength to eat the entire forest. Five heroes – a fairy, a unicorn, a faun, a gnome, and a talking mushroom – must go on an epic quest to find the potion before the Slug of Doom can drink it, but their quest won’t be easy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for April

Here’s another fantastic and diverse selection of parenting books for this month. I’m particularly interested in Pirates and Pompoms – autumn seems to have finally arrived so it’s a good time to think about some inside crafty activities!

Syndetics book coverSewing for your girls : easy instructions for dresses, smocks and frocks / Yoshiko Tsukiori
“Yoshiko Tsukiori’s sewing books provide elegant casual designs for women and children and have made her one of the most popular names in the sew-it-yourself craze. Tsukiori provides easy-to-follow instructions (in English) and shares the basic techniques for creating all the classic elements of little girls’ clothes.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNot in your genes : the real reasons children are like their parents / Oliver James.
“Using a mixture of famous and ordinary people, Oliver James drills deep down into the childhood causes of our individuality, revealing why our upbringing, not our genes, plays such an important role in our wellbeing and success. Not in Your Genes will not only change the way you think about yourself and the people around you, but give you the fuel to change your personality and your life for the better.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe busy parent’s guide to raising super healthy kids / Nicole Monteforte and Shane Byrne.
“In the busy world we live in, families are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain a healthy lifestyle, schedule time for the family to exercise, and on top of that, cook healthy and nutritional meals at home within a budget. The Busy Parent’s Guide to Raising Super Healthy Kids will explain how you can interact with your child and lead by example. Follow the easy daily exercises that can be done either in the home or garden, and use the food plans to help you structure your day and your week, and be able to provide tasty, healthy food for your kids.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPirates & pompoms : how to make children’s toys and costumes / Stella Bee & Jemma Bell.
“Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you’ll keep children entertained with make-believe pirate, forest-animal and circus worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking and sewing skills are required. Perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverTalking Baby: How To Help Your Child Discover Language.
“This book starts by describing a baby’s language development alongside their physical development in the first 18 months. It also explores childrens’ very early acquisition of words, and how they use them, and it covers the exciting development when a child can put two words together and talk about more complicated things. Lastly it looks at the variety in children’s progress with language which can involve particular stages, such as saying “no” and asking lots of questions.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverUnmumsy Mum.
“The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality, how there is no “one size fits all” approach and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she’s learnt while grappling with two small boys “from birth to teething, 3am night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training” will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it’s definitely not just you.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBringing Baby Home.
“Mothercraft Nurse Christine Minogue’s philosophy of time, space and getting to know your baby has empowered thousands of families to trust their parenting instincts. Bringing Baby Home brings together the detailed information from her 30 years of experience, including: clear and concise ‘cheat sheets’ on feeding and sleeping for every age, with suggestions for daily rhythms; practical advice on connecting with your baby, and nurturing relationships between siblings; simple and encouraging tips for diverse modern families, including information on adoption, surrogacy, fostering, babies with special needs, and older first-time parents.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s picture book pick:

Syndetics book coverLittle One
“Spring is here and new life is stirring. There is so much for Big Bear to teach her new cub as they step out into the forest. With Big Bear’s help, Little One grows more and more confident, until winter comes once more and it’s time to head home. With gentle text and stunning black and white illustrations, Jo Weaver reveals the wonder of nature, the first steps of independence, and the strength of parental love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for February

Back to school time and hopefully that means more time for you to check out the library’s latest parenting books (whilst sitting in the sun of course!) This month has more of a focus on older children and teens, but still covering a wide range of topics.
Also don’t forget about the free coding workshops being held for kids, in the mezzanine room at the library, at the end of February. Read about them here.

Syndetics book coverNurture by nature : understand your child’s personality type–and become a better parent / Paul D. Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger
“Every parent knows that children, even babies, have distinct personalities.  In Nurture by Nature you’ll learn which of 16 distinctly different types best matches your child’s personality; how this personality type affects your child in each of the three stages of development – preschool, school age, and adolescence; how other parents, whose experiences are recounted in scores of case studies, deal with a wide array of challenging situations you may encounter.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSleepy magic : a magical step-by-step night-time ritual for calm, connected and conscious children / written by Danielle Wright.
“This beautiful book is a gift to banish those sleepless nights, strengthen your relationship, while nurturing stillness and self-worth in your children. Perfect for children aged 3 to 10, Sleepy Magic is a simple step-by-step night-time sleep ritual that combines:  Meditation, Affirmations, Imagination, and An essential breathing technique.  It calms your child, creating a loving and safe place for connection.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe happy kid handbook : how to raise joyful children in a stressful world / Katie Hurley
“With all the parenting information out there and the constant pressure to be the “perfect” parent, it seems as if many parents have lost track of one very important piece of the parenting puzzle: raising happy kids.  Katie Hurley…shows parents how happiness is the key to raising confident, capable children.  By exploring the differences among introverts, extroverts, and everything in between, this definitive guide to parenting offers parents the specific strategies they need to meet their child exactly where he or she needs to be met from a social-emotional perspective.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHow to be the big person your little person needs / Claire Broad.
“How to be the big person your little person needs is a guide for parents with toddlers who are seeking a calmer life with improved behaviour from their children.  It provides step by step instructions for having: · Peaceful households. · Long restful nights. · Finished meals. · Tranquil babies. · Sibling harmony. · Fantastic little listeners. · Big people time every evening. · A solid support network. · Being able to look after you, and them too. This book is different to other books about childrens behaviour because it has a strong focus on the big people too.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGirl bullying : do I look bothered? / Dr Sam.
“The world of modern day girl bullying is multi–faceted, complex and something every school, youth worker and parent wants to overcome.  Girl Bullying takes a detailed look at these complexities, together with both proactive and reactive strategies for intervening, managing and teasing out the intricacies that are present when girls bully, and fall prey to those bullies. The aim is to help adults working with girls develop a toolbox of strategies and understanding that can help to provide bespoke approaches.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGeneration Z : their voices, their lives / Chloe Combi.
“Today’s teenagers are growing up in a world of widening social inequality, political apathy and economic uncertainty. They join gangs, are obese, have underage sex, watch porn, drink and are a menace to society.  But they are also curious, kind, creative and worried about the future.  Told in their voices, Generation Z is a shocking, enlightening and funny portrait of how it feels to be young and what it takes to survive and thrive on the journey to adulthood.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSpeed learning for kids : the must-have brain-training tools to succeed at school / Bill Handley.
“Proven strategies to help kids learn faster and better, from bestselling author Bill Handley.  Kids who succeed at school aren’t necessarily smarter than other kids. Often, they’re simply better at learning. Speed Learning for Kids helps you teach your child how to thrive at school by learning more in less time with less effort. The brain-training techniques in this book will enable kids to not just learn faster, but enjoy their learning, memorise as they go, and absorb as much in ten minutes as they normally would in two hours of study.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

CHILDREN’S BOOK PICK:

Syndetics book coverFinding Audrey / Sophie Kinsella.
Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.

 

Parenting Recent Picks for December

An eclectic assortment of books this month, covering all sorts of topics. I think you’ll certainly find something to keep you interested and occupied over the Christmas holiday break!

Syndetics book coverStitch, wear, play : 20 charming patterns for boys & girls / Mariko Nakamura.
“Hop, skip and jump your way through over 20 practical and stylish clothing designs for children ages 3-8. This year-round collection was designed with active boys and girls in mind, and includes shirts, dresses, skirts, pants, jackets and charming accessories. The cuts are classic and the fabrics are kid-friendly cotton, linen, knits, and fleece. Delicate details and impeccable finishing complete the look, making all sewing projects look like they were purchased from a trendy boutique.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAwesome cakes for kids / editor Pamela Clark.
“The Australian Women’s Weekly is world-famous for its colourful, easy-to-create, imaginative and crazy kids’ birthday cakes, with generations having fond memories of eagerly selecting their chosen cake before each year’s birthday celebration. Continuing this tradition, Awesome Cakes for Kids brings the magic to a new generation eager to festoon their parties with fondant creepy crawlies, exploratory spacemen, fire-breathing dragons and cuddly cats.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlanet parent : the world’s best ways to bring up your children / Mark Woods.
“In his unique, witty and informative style, Mark Woods sets off on an international adventure to discover if any country has found the secret to great parenting (or at least found out how to make the little ones eat their broccoli) and if we can learn a little something from each other. Planet Parent explores whether mums and dads elsewhere have better potty training techniques than us, if the twos are terrible everywhere and whether all parents feel this knackered.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMama tried : dispatches from the seamy underbelly of modern parenting / Emily Flake.
“New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake relates the hilarious horrors of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting in this funny, poignant, and beautifully illustrated book. With incredible honesty, Flake tackles everything from morning sickness to sleep training, shedding much needed light on the gnarly realities of breastfeeding, child proofing, mommy groups, and every unrealistic expectation in between.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Why do toddlers throw food on the floor again and again so that they can watch you pick it up? What’s the best way to help a child learn to walk? When does a child understand the word ‘no’? Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverParenting Made Easy: The Early Years
Parenting Made Easy: The Early Years provides ideas for your bag of tricks that have worked for thousands of families to foster children’s positive self-identity. The strategies advocated promote positive nurturing relationships while equipping parents with skills to manage problem behaviour. Children, by virtue of being children, will make behavioural errors and so it is the job of parents to love and believe in them and to model and teach respectful communication. Such authoritative parenting is characterised by firm, warm, expectations with clear limit setting while encouraging independent thinking and displaying unconditional love.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChanging our secondary schools / Bali Haque.
“This is a powerful critique of two decades of educational reform in New Zealand, from an educator who was deeply involved. It is also a provocative call for action. Bali Haque has been both a secondary school principal required to implement reform and a senior public servant in the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) tasked with pushing through changes. In a final future pathways section, the author sets out his proposals to address the problems and concerns raised throughout the book. With clearly defined topics and summaries in each chapter, this is an accessible and absorbing read.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverClick, clack, ho! ho! ho!.
“Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series. It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a…duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready. Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas?” (Syndetics summary)

Parenting Recent Picks for November

This month’s selections see the reprint of some classic parenting titles – Celia Lashlie’s He’ll be ok and the original Save our sleep.  My children’s pick is also a classic of sorts, a Hairy Maclary treasury with all your favourites in one book!  Along with the other great new books,  these additions are well worth checking out.

Syndetics book coverBecoming a mother : a journey of uncertainty, transformation and falling in love / Leisa Stathis.
“Throughout the first difficult year of their babies’ lives, many women secretly doubt that they will emerge as the loving, confident mothers they long to be. Here, Leisa Stathis explores this emotional journey. Through shared stories, women learn that they are not alone and that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHe’ll be OK : growing gorgeous boys into good men / Celia Lashlie.
“The 10th anniversary edition of the iconic book that takes parents into the mysterious world of boys, with new foreword, introduction and tribute to the author. In this new edition of her honest, no-nonsense and best-selling book, Celia reveals what goes on inside the world of boys. With clarity and insight, she offers parents – especially mothers – practical and reassuring advice on raising their boys to become good, loving, articulate men.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSave our sleep : a parents’ guide towards happy, sleeping babies from birth to two years / Tizzie Hall.
“The bestseller that answers that all-important question for parents – how can I get my baby to sleep? Tizzie Hall is an internationally renowned baby whisperer who has been working with babies and their parents for over 24 years. Her customised sleep routines have helped thousands of restless babies sleep through the night.  Save Our Sleep is the must-have book for all parents who want to save their sleep.”  (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe intuitive parent : why the best thing for your child is you / Stephen Camarata.
“In The Intuitive Parent , Vanderbilt University child development specialist Dr. Stephen Camarata debunks the claims many of these ‘brain development’ programs make. Using accessible, down-to-earth language he explains how parents can intuitively support their child’s brain development by simply paying attention. Babies and children develop at their own pace; what’s more, they are hardwired to signal to caregivers when they’re ready for the next step.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSewn together : 25 fun projects to sew with kids / Jenny Doh.
“It’s always better when you sew together! The art of sewing should be shared, and these delightful child-centered projects are made for parents to do with their kids aged 6 to 12–or for tweens to try alone after they’ve learned the basics. From simple nesting dolls and a cute plush fox friend to a drawstring game board, pennants, pillows, patchwork throws, scarves, and stuffed animal sleeping bags, there’s something fun for everyone. Contributors include : Mollie Johanson, Heather Jones, Cal Patch, Mary Rasch, Aimee Ray, Cynthia Shaffer, and others.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe first five years : from birth to primary school, understand and encourage your child’s development / Philippa Kaye.
“Babies and toddlers are fascinating and changing all the time. Each month brings with it a breakthrough in new skills and abilities. Each chapter explores the developmental areas for each age band, checklists for development and ways to stimulate these skills. There are suggested activities for each topic making this a truly practical book.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe angst of adolescence : how to parent your teen (and live to laugh about it) / Sara Villanueva, PhD.
“The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It , written in a conversational, informative, humorous and relatable style, promises to deliver trustworthy resource for parents of teens who are searching for answers and guidance about how to maneuver their way through this tricky developmental period.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Children’s book pick:

Syndetics book coverHairy Maclary treasury
“Ever since Hairy Maclary first trotted out of the gate and off for a walk, he has been adored by millions of children and adults all over the world. For the very first time, Lynley Dodd’s ten classic stories starring Hairy Maclary are brought together in this treasury. It also includes a CD with each tale specially introduced by Lynley Dodd herself.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)