9 Non fiction books to help you get ready for NZ Dance Week

From April 21 – 29 is NZ Dance Week!

New Zealand Dance Week (NZDW) is annual event, organised by Dance Aotearoa New Zealand, to celebrate and promote dance in every form ranging from ballet, hip hop, swing and dance fitness. And this year Wellington City Libraries is joining in on the dance act for hosting some awesome events at the library! But why should grown ups have all the fun?

So for all you young budding dance enthusiasts out there, We have an amazing selection of books in our junior non fiction collection that will help improve your dance techniques, inspire your creativity and help get New Zealand dancing… just in time for NZDW!

Enjoy!

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Top Dance Tips.

Jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop-there are so many different sides to dance. Learn the ins and outs of dancing all sorts of styles like a pro!

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsBallerina : a stepbystep guide to ballet.

Leap into the world of ballet with this beautiful guide and accompanying DVD!

 

 

 

The Book of Dance by Lorrie Mack.
The world of dance is yours to explore! Read all you need to know about dance and its history in this great and exciting book! This book allows you to discover the excitement of dance with all its magical rhythm, steps, costumes, music and dancers. You will also gain information on various types of dance, like ballet and ballroom. Also learn about popular productions from classical favorites, (The Nutcracker), Broadway (Singin’ in the Rain), Bollywood and even fresh dance styles that were inspired from the streets and clubs (Disco and Break dancing) and famous dancers of all time like Michael Jackson.

 

IMAGE COURTESY OF SYNDETICSStreet dance : the people, the music, the moves.

This book contains information about how and why stress dance began and expert advice from street dancers and choreographers.

 

 

 

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Street Dance.

Using step by step photographs, this book will show you how to put together street dance moves and routines.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsLearn to speak dance.

Exposes every aspect of the world of dance — from different dance styles from around the world to tips on choreography, costume design, performance, staging, and even managing a potential career.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsDance.

“Discover the many kinds of dance around the world — from the magic of ballet to the drama of flamenco” — Cover.

 

 

 

image courtesy of sydneticsModern Dance.

Introduces the history and basic concepts of modern dance. Easy-to-read text, vibrant photos, and dance tips will make readers want to get up and dance.

 

 


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Haka.

“This is the story of the haka “Ka Mate,” composed by Te Rauparaha who was a chief of Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha is pursued by his enemies and fears for his life. At Lake Rotoaira, he is hidden in a potato pit, and Te Rangikoaea, a woman of great power, sits in front of its entrance. As he listens in the dark, Te Rauparaha hears his enemies, but they cannot find him, and he climbs back to the sunlight. As he recounts this adventure to his people, his words are repeated and the haka rings out, passed down from generation to generation”–Publisher’s information.

6 New Non Fiction: Buzzing Bio’s about extraordinary women.

Hey Kids! Check out the latest and greatest new biographies about extraordinary women who defied the odds and changed the course of history forever. These are fascinating reads for both girls and boys to enjoy.

image courtesy of syndeticsFlorence Nightingale.

Read all about Florence Nightingale and her work during the Crimean War. Find out how she changed the face of nursing from a mostly untrained profession to a highly skilled and well-respected medical profession with very important responsibilities. Ages 7+

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThree Cheers for Women!

A celebration of inspirational women from all over the world and throughout history, told in Marcia Williams’ much-loved comic-strip style. Featuring Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I, Jane Austen, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, Cathy Freeman and Malala. Ages 7+.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsAlabama Spitfire : The Story of Harper Lee and to Kill a Mockingbird.

Read all about famous author, Harper Lee from her childhood in Alabama, to becoming a bestselling author of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the popular books of Literature today. A great inspiring read for young girls.

 

 

 

image coutersy of syndeticsAda Lovelace.

Read all about Ada Lovelace from her childhood in England and her studies in mathematics to her development of the first computer programming language. A great biography for younger children that celebrates coding, computer programming and international women’s day.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMarie Curie.

This book explores the childhood of Marie Curie, who overcame adversity to become one of the most respected scientists in the world.

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsBefore she was Harriet.

A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.

 

 

Top 10 Children’s Non-Fiction Summer 2018

So favourite reads over summer? Minecraft and LEGO top the billing!

Did anyone go to see the Brickman exhibition at Te Papa? Were you inspired? If you were we have the perfect creative outlet for you Let’s Go LEGO

Karori Library: First Saturday of each month, 2:30-3:30pm
Cummings Park (Ngaio) Library: First Thursday of each month, 3:30-4:30pm
Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library: Second Thursday of each month, 3:30-4:30pm

Where you can create with others like yourselves =)

  1. Minecraft, by Stephanie Milton
  2. Minecraft, by Craig Jelley author, Ryan Marsh illustrator
  3. LEGO, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  4. Terraria, by Daniel Roy
  5. Guinness world records 2018.
  6. Harry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling
  7. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  8. Good night stories for rebel girls, by Elena Favilli
  9. Star Wars, by Adam Bray
  10. Star Wars, by Patricia Bray

Autumn has arrived!

March is here and Autumn has begun.  In New Zealand Autumn starts on the 1st March through until 31st May.  You might start to notice the change of seasons as the weather begins to cool after our hot Summer, and the days gradually become shorter.  The Maori term for Autumn is Ngahuru which refers to the 10th month of the Maori calendar and is traditionally the time for crop-lifting and the kūmara harvest in March.  While New Zealand’s native flora is evergreen, the leaves on our deciduous trees (ones that shed their leaves each year) turn bright yellows, oranges and reds for Autumn.

Want to learn more?  Check out our homework help page for useful databases and resources to help with topics like this.  AnyQuestions and Encyclopedia Britannica will be particularly helpful.  (Encyclopedia Britannica is available at MyGateway).

Here’s some seasonal books to enjoy.  Happy Autumn!

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Parks Week 2018

Who loves going to the park?  I do!  And I bet you do too!  We are very lucky to have an abundance of wonderful parks, gardens, walkways, tracks, reserves and sports fields to enjoy in Wellington.  There are parks for every occasion you can think of.  Where is your favourite park, and what do you enjoy doing there?

Wellington City Council’s Parks Week 10 – 18 March is an annual celebration of our parks and there’s lots going for the whole family to enjoy including Bike Krew Rodeo and the great annual Mt Victoria Treasure Hunt!  These events are both free and family-friendly so make sure to bring mum and dad, and your friends along too!

Parks are so important for our communities, they provide us with lovely green outdoor areas to play in, and they help keep us and our environment healthy.  Show your appreciation for our cities’ great parks by heading along to a Parks Week event or by simply enjoying your favourite local park.

2016’s Parks Week video is a cool clip worth a look too!  And here are some outdoor activity books:

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Kaupapa Moana – Sea Week 2018

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2018 is on! Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018. The theme this year is  “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”. 71 percent of the world is covered with ocean! So this week is a great time to find out more about it.

We are so lucky living in a coastal city where the sea is right on out doorstep, or not too far away.  There’s heaps of things to do in Wellington for sea week . To take a look at exciting creatures under the sea head to the behind the scenes trips at Te Papa and Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab in Island Bay.  How about on top of the water? A boat show!

Keen to investigate some of Wellington’s sea life yourself? How about some great books about our sea and shore life:

 Rock pool secrets, by Narelle Oliver.

Narelle Oliver has created some great illustrations to show you who could be hiding in the tidepools.  Fish, sea snails, shrimp, crabs and sea slugs. Some of the pages fold out to show you the creatures inside.

 

The new ocean : the fate of life in a changing sea, byBryn Barnard.

Want to know about how environmental changes are affecting sea life? Then this book has some facts and information for you, some of the information is challenging as it deals with  oil-well accidents, litter, and pollution.  Looking at different ocean dwellers: blue-green algae, coral, jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, and tuna.

 

Shark lady : the true story of how Eugenie Clark became the ocean‘s most fearless scientist, written by Jess Keating ; illustrations by Marta Álvarez Miguéns. 

Ever wanted to train a shark? Then you have something in common with Eugenie Clark.  This ichthyologist – a fish scientist discovered sharks were not just eating machines, but could be trained.  Clark also discovered new species of fish in her underwater studies.

 

Fish Girl / by David Wiesner & Donna Jo Napoli.

This is a strory about captivity, friendship and greed.  Fish Girl is an exhibit set up on the wharf like other sideshows. But why is this aquarium set up like a house?  David Wiesner has written and illustrated some great books. A couple of them, Flotsam and Neptune rising have explored stories of the sea before.

 

 

20,000 leagues under the sea / by Jules Verne ; illustrated by Stephen Armes.

This classic underwater tale has inspired so many stories and re-tellings.  Written nearly 150 years ago the story included some amazing ideas for the time.  Not only in exploring under the sea, but also in submarine technology.  Discover the original for yourself!

 

New Zealand Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2018!

Seaweek 2018 has begun!  Running from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th March Kaupapa Moana is a dedicated time to celebrate our wonderful seas and learn more about our waterways, oceans and sea habitats.  It’s also a perfect time to gather your friends and family and head out to the beach or to one of the many Seaweek events being held in your region.  There is so much going on you’ll be spoilt for choice!  This year the theme for Seaweek is “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.  Let’s all make it our mission to learn a bit about how we can help keep our seas healthy and sustainable.  The library has some helpful books all about New Zealand sea and marine life.  Here’s a few below!  Happy Seaweek everyone!

 

 

4 Science Non Fiction: The Magic School Bus Collection

Check out The Magic School Bus collection, written by Joanne Cole and published by Scholastic.  This series is rated “the bestselling science series ever”, and “the freshest, most approach to science for children”, by the New York Times.  Join Ms Fizzle and her students on gripping and unorthodox adventures where kids will be introduced through storytelling to the basic concepts of science in all areas such as biology, astronomy, and  paleontology.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsIn the time of the dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs, adventure, science  and time travel all rolled into one in this book. The magic school bus turns into a time machine and transports Ms Fizzle and her class back into the prehistoric times, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Highly recommended!

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsLost in the Solar System.

Take a special field trip in the magic school bus with Ms. Frizzle and her class, where they go into outer space and visits each planet in the solar system. Includes narrated version on audio disc.

 

Also check out the nonfiction companion to the original Magic School Bus series.

 

The Magic School Bus presents…

images courtesy of syndeticsThe Human Body.

This is a book about the human body (combined with facts and a story) that makes learning and science more fun, interactive and innovative.This book is packed with incredible photographs, amazing facts and everything you have ever wanted to know about your brain, bones, lungs, muscles and much, much more!

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsSea Creatures.

Join Ms Fizzle and her class on another special field trip on the magic school bus where they take a journey to the ocean where they learn about the different creatures that live there. This week is Sea Week – Dive into some fishy books! Glub glub!

 

 

 

Pride festival books for families and children

Pride Festival week is here! Celebrate diversity and differences: Saturday 24th February 2018 to Sunday 4th March 2018.

This week celebrates people and families in our communities. Not all families are made up of a mummy and a daddy – there are lots of different types of families out there, and the Pride Festival is for everyone to celebrate families in all their forms. These different families are often called Rainbow Families.

Would you like to find out more about rainbow families? Here’s some good books to start with:

Heather has two mommies by Leslea Newman

This is about a young girl who has two mummies. Heather at first struggles with not having a daddy, and then she finds at playgroup that there are lots of different kinds of families. This is a book for younger children.

 

 

One Dad, Two Dads, Brown Dad, Blue Dads by Johnny Valentine

This is a story about 2 children who compare families. One comes from a traditional family and the other comes from a family with 2 blue dads and they try to figure out what the differences are with having 2 blue dads.

 

And Tango makes 3 by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

This is a true story about two male penguins in New York city zoo. They fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg.
Some people when they come from families that are different sometimes get teased or picked on for being different from others. Some people are picked on and teased because they seem different to us. I The next two books are about characters who are in that situation and how they triumph over it.

 

The sissy duckling by Harvey Fierstein

This is the story about Elmer the duck who is teased because he is different from others. He proves himself by surviving the harsh winter and saving his dad.
This book is aimed at younger children.

 

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This is the story of a gentle Bull named Ferdinand who is forced to fight in the bull ring in Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

Event! Event! Event!

Celebrate Pride festival with us! There is a special storytime in Wellington Central Library celebrating Rainbow Families.

This special storytime event will be presented by the fabulous Drag Queen LaQuisha St Redfern and friends featuring books from our library collection. These Rainbow Storytime events help to teach children about acceptance with themes of family, love and friendship, being different and belonging, being unique and accepted and are for children, families and anyone who likes a good story!

Where: Wellington Central Library

When: Saturday 3rd March, 2-2.30pm

New Kids Fiction books for you to kick back and relax with (once you’ve finished your homework!)

School is back! so here’s 10 wonderful new kids fiction books for you to chose from, to help you get back into the swing of things! Grab them today from your local Library! 🙂

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan

When Sunflower, a young city girl, moves to the countryside, she grows to love the reed marsh lands – the endlessly flowing river, the friendly buffalo with their strong backs and shiny round heads, the sky that stretches on and on in its vastness. However, the days are long, and the little girl is lonely. Then she meets Bronze, who, unable to speak, is ostracised by the other village boys. Soon the pair are inseparable, and when Bronze’s family agree to take Sunflower in, it seems that fate has brought him the sister he has always longed for. But life in Damaidi is hard, and Bronze’s family can barely afford to feed themselves. Will the city girl be able to stay in this place where she has finally found happiness?

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMatt Millz by Harry Hill

Meet Matt Millz – Britain’s Youngest (and funniest!) Comedian! Matt may be small but he is truly mighty on the comedy circuit. Well, he is in his head anyway. When the school holds a talent show, Matt has the opportunity to demonstrate that he’s got the magical chutzpah quip to take him all the way to the Apollo. With the help of his diminutive manager, Kitty Hope, and his hapless form teacher, as well as the school brute, his heartthrob and Rob his best friend, Matt learns what it takes to be really funny . . . A hilarious new book from National TreasureT and real-life (very) funny man Harry Hill.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsMez’s Magic by Eliot Schrefer

Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse. Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil. Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsArmstrong & Charlie By Steven B. Frank

“During the pilot year of a Los Angeles school system integration program, two sixth grade boys, one black, one white, become best friends as they learn to cope with everything from first crushes and playground politics to the loss of loved ones and racial prejudice in the 1970s”– Provided by publisher

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsWinterhouse by Ben Guterson

Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsBah Humbug! by Michael Rosen

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of ‘A Christmas Carol’, the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it’s likely his father won’t stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story’s message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father’s distracted heart?

 

IImage courtesy of Syndeticsvy by Katherine Coville

A young girl helps her grandmother care for magical creatures.

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsGoodly and Grave in a deadly case of murder by Justine Windsor

The second page-turning adventure in this sharp-witted, magical mystery series. When reports come in that valuable magical objects are being stolen, Goodly and Grave are on the case, but just when they think they know whodunit their prime suspect turns up – murdered! Will Lucy be able to track the real villain without putting herself in deadly danger…? An page-turning mystery with a magical twist.

 

Image courtesy of SyndeticsGrover’s New Friends by Claire Garth

Grover McBane is a lucky dog. He has a new family, and he’s making friends at the park. But Grover’s owner, Annie, needs his help. A puppy called Peanunt has arrived at the animal shelter and is scared and confused. Thank goodness Grover and his new friends from the dog park are there to help! What will happen to Peanut? Where will he go?