The Summer Reading Challenge – WINNERS

The Summer Reading Challenge has finished for 2015 and the winners have been announced.

Congratulations to…

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Isabelle from Cummings Park Library and Elizabeth from Wellington Central Library

These lucky two had their names drawn out as the winners of the challenge. They have received an awesome prize pack full of goodies. Thanks to everyone who challenged themselves over summer. See you next summer!

Missed the Summer Reading Challenge (or just missing all the fun)? You can review books and win prizes all through the year. Find out more.

Four great new Non Fiction for children: Getting set for winter and how to keep safe.

image courtesy of syndeticsWinter bees & other poems of the cold.

It’s a little early for winter but feel free to check out this amazing book on poems about how animals brave the longest and coldest season of the north and discover winter’s safe places for these hardy creatures – how they snuggle warmly and survive until spring’s warmth returns. Beautiful pictures, beautiful poems, who could ask for more.

Also discover….

Freshwater Fishes.

Amber McEwan introduces the physical characteristics, habitat and behaviour of different species of New Zealand freshwater fishes. A great resource to use for projects in biology or New Zealand freshwater life.

Keep safe with….

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsKeeping safe: Online and Friends and Family.

The great thing about these books is they give excellent guidance on how to stay safe in a number of social situations and to assess whether they are in any danger and great for ages 9 years and over.

Keeping safe online takes you through all the tools that will help you stay safe online. Full of advice about how to spot fakes – people who aren’t who they say they are, what to do if you think you are being bullied and how to protect your personal details. This book is an essential guide for any child who uses the Internet, whether you access it on a computer, tablet or smartphone.

While Keeping Safe Friends and Family  will help you stay safe because it is full of advice on what to do if you think you are in danger or have a problem you want to resolve, and also how to avoid or minimise danger in the first place.

 

Have a go at Gymnastics at Johnsonville Library

Johnsonville Library is having a special visit from…

Vivo Rhythmic Gymnastics on Friday 20th February 2015 at 6pm.

Come along to watch gymnasts at all different levels demonstrate their skills.

After this you will be able to have a go on the apparatus yourselves so make sure you come prepared for heaps of fun. See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who loves Pippi?

Have you ever given a shark a good telling-off? Pippi has!

Have you ever caught an escaped tiger? Pippi has!

Do you know of a tree that grows chocolate bars? Pippi does!

Check out these stories of a very spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades. From exploring secret caves, playing marbles with pearls and getting shipwrecked for the weekend the Pippi Longstocking stories are fill of adventure and fun.

 

Top 10 Children’s E-Books for February 2015

Download and read your favourite Children’s books, or explore new titles, wherever, whenever

1.    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Harry Potter Series, Book 1, by J. K.  Rowling

2.    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:Harry Potter Series, Book 2, by J. K. Rowling

3.    Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Pierce

4.    The Emperor’s New Clothes, by Hans Christian Andersen

5.    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

6.    A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond

7.    The Maze Runner, by  James Dashner

8.   Dibs on This Chair, by Lincoln Pierce

9.   The Invasion of the Potty Snatchers: Super Diaper Baby Series, Book 2, by Dav Pilkey

10.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Harry Potter Series, Book 6, by J. K. Rowling

 

 

 

 

New Non Fiction: Made up of heroes, phonies, mammals and the dead.

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Marvel super hero character encyclopedia.

This is a book for all your Marvel fans. Check out this amazing A to Z guide to the Super Heroes of the Marvel Universe – from Ant-Man to Wolverine, and everyone in between! The guide gives detailed descriptions of everyone’s favourite characters including their origins, powers and secret identities. Full of trivia and fun facts on more than 100 heroes, this exciting book is sure to delight Marvel fans, young and old!

 

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Born in the Wild: Baby Mammals and their parents.

Brace yourself for cuteness! This book is filled with information about every baby mammal, from a tiny harvest mouse ‘pinky’ to a fierce lion cub, needs food, shelter, love, and a family. Also filled with illustrations of some of the most adorable babies in the kingdom and goes into full detail of the traits that all baby mammals share and proves that, even though they’re born in the wild, they’re not so very different from us, after all” Overall a very enjoyable read.

 

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Famous phonies : legends, fakes, and frauds who changed history.

“Famous Phonies: Legends, Fakes, and Frauds Who Changed History is the first in a new nonfiction middle grade series that will explore the underbelly of history, making you question everything you thought you knew about history’s finest. It’s perfect for the history buff, the reluctant reader, or that kid who loves the strange and unusual.”

I never thought I would see this day where they finally publish a book on all the famous legends, fakes and frauds who changed history. If you are in the mood for a little controversy, then check out this amazing book which allows you to see a different side of the famous historical figures you know and admire and all the gory details of their dirty secrets and scandals that shape their phoniness.

A must read book!

 

The day of the dead = El dia de los muertos.image courtesy of syndetics

This book tells the story of two children as they celebrate their ancestors on the vibrant holiday: The day of the dead. With sugar skulls, sweet-smelling marigold petals and joyful songs, Hispanic families welcome back ancestors on this holiday. Complete with lush college and lyrical text in both English and Spanish, this wonderful picture book creates the perfect introduction to this festival (and perhaps also to the Spanish language)

Another must read book!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe beach they called Gallipoli.

Many books have been written about the battles of Gallipoli; the men who went to war and what they faced, the letters, and the tears of those left behind. But this is a book about Gallipoli, the place, and what happened on Gallipoli Beach from April – December 1915. Created by the award winning duo, Australian Children’s Laureate, Jackie French, and renowned artist and illustrator, Bruce Whatley, this powerful and moving book highlights an almost forgotten aspect of Gallipoli: the land itself. This is more than a book about ANZACS; this is a book about and for all of the nationalities who fought at that cove, not matter what side they were on. This is one book to get your hands on and read just in time for ANZAC day.

 

 

 

Top 10 Children’s non-fiction for January

There are some truly dedicated fans out there - Star Wars, Lego, Minecraft people I’m looking at you!

1.   Star Wars, by David West Reynolds

2.  The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz

3.  Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton

4.  Lego Star Wars, by Simon Beecroft

5.  Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft

6.   Minecraft, by Nick Farwell

7.   Horrible Christmas, by Terry Deary

8.  Minecraft, by Matthew Needler

9.   Star wars, the clone wars, by Jason Fry

10. Star Wars rebels, by Adam Bray

New Non Fiction: Back to School, Part 2.

101 Hidden Animals.image courtesy of syndetics

Read this book and discover the amazing ways 101 animals hide in plain sight and defends themselves from predators. Overall this book is a very enjoyable read. There are some fantastic images and amazing facts about how animals hide themselves. For example, bullfrogs rest in shallow water to look just like rocks and zebras’ stripes confuse predators.

 

Ballet Spectacular.image courtesy of http://www.roh.org.uk/

Ballet, spectacular? You bet! Hands down, this is one of the most amazing, beautiful and captivating books I have ever come across in the junior non fiction collection! Grab this book today and get a full and unique insight into the magical world of ballet seen through the eyes of The Royal Ballet!

 

 

Discovering Dinosaurs.image courtesy of syndetics

Check this ultimate, most up to date guide to the age of dinosaurs and discover over 165 fascinating prehistoric creatures from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, including every major dino discovery made to date.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow to be a space explorer.

Ever wanted to go into space? This book gives you the lowdown on everything young explorers needs to know to travel in space, covering what life in zero gravity is like, how to find your way around the solar system, and the all-important question of how to pee in a spacesuit! (Hee, hee, still tickled pink over that one!) Overall a fantastic read, complete with unique illustrations take kids to the heart of the action and amazing photos show what the universe is really like. Not to mention, incredible stories of real-life space exploration for kids aged 8 and up, by author and astrobiologist Professor Mark Brake.

 

How to handle low self-esteem.image courtesy of syndetics

If you feel under pressure or having trouble dealing with what ever life is throwing at you, then this book can help. How to Handle Low Self Esteem is an essential guide that can help you understand how and why you might hold a low opinion of yourself and  what you can do to improve things for yourself. The book highlights areas that may trigger these feelings, such as bullying or peer-pressure. Perhaps you are under pressure because of your sexual orientation, your race or religion or because you simply don’t fit the mould. This book will help you confront your issues and offers solid advice based on the experiences of real people. A great book to read to calm those ‘

 

How to handle bullying and gangs.image courtesy of syndetics

No one should ever have to cope with bullying. Inside this book you will find: Practical advice for dealing with bullies, suggestions as to where you can find support, advice on how to feel positive about yourself.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow Maui found his father and the magic jawbone.

An oldie but a goodie. Check out this this new addition Peter Gossage’s classic tale about how Maui found his father and the magic jawbone. Perfect timing with Waitangi day around the corner.

 

January’s Top 10 Children’s fiction

Some of these great books were in the Summer Reading Challenge.  Are any of them your favourites? Let us know what you think of the books you read on the reviews page and help someone find a new favourite.

1.   Diary of a wimpy kid series, by Jeff Kinney

2.   Where’s Wally?, by Martin Handford

3.   Dirty Bertie, series, by Alan MacDonald

4.   Dork diaries, by Rachel Renée Russel

5.   Ruby Redfort, series, by Lauren Child

6.   Big Nate series, by Lincoln Pierce

7.  Conspiracy 365 series, by Gabrielle Lord

8.   The 52-storey treehouse, by Andy Griffiths

9.  Awful Auntie, by David Walliams

10.Matilda, by Roald Dahl

Back to school!

So long holidays, hello school. We hope you had a great summer holiday and managed to read heaps of awesome books.

But now that you’re back to school, you’ll need to know about where to go for homework help. Here’s some great starting places:

AnyQuestions.co.nz and ManyAnswers.co.nz

These two NZ websites are designed to help school students find online information for their school work. AnyQuestions is a live service – which means you chat live with a librarian who will help you find helpful websites with the information you need. AnyQuestions in open Monday – Friday from 1pm to 6pm.

ManyAnswers is open 24/7 and has lots of great tips about where to find online info for heaps of topics.

 

Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

In Māori, Te Ara means ‘the pathway’. The Te Ara Encyclopedia will take you on a journey of discovery! Constantly being updated, this site will eventually be a comprehensive guide to New Zealand – its peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.  The site also includes New Zealand’s last official encyclopedia from 1966. It is published here in full, with all the original drawings, maps and photographs — and there are some very neat illustrations!

 

The following info sources can be found on the Library’s My Gateway page.

ZooWhizz

ZooWhiz is a great site for learning maths, spelling and reading, with a neat twist — when you complete an activity, you earn “coins” to spend for your online zoo! Activities are aimed at the full range of levels — from ages 5 to 15. Choose a zookeeper avatar, and then a type of activity, and get started earning “coins” to build your zoo!

Encyclopedia Britannica

This online encyclopedia has more than 73,000 encyclopaedia articles, both short and book-length — and is a great place to start looking for information for all kinds of projects. It also includes a world atlas, thousands of images and videos, an online dictionary and thesaurus and links to helpful websites.

LanguageNut

LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you’ll be adding to your vocabulary without really realising it! The non-English languages you can learn include te reo Māori, Indonesian, Mandarin (Pinyin and Hanzi), Italian, Arabic script and many others. There is also an option to learn English if you speak another language.

Oddizzi

Oddizzi site is a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. It includes weather, climate, rainforests, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, food and farming, animals, transport, jobs, schools, festivals, religion, and more. Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research?