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

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!

 

5 New Non Fiction before school starts.

Hey kids!

Another school term is about to start. Why not come down to the library and get some reading out of the way before all the homework piles up. Check out the latest new non fiction at Wellington City Libraries where you will learn all about cooking, animals, cat care and an inspirational woman that defied all the odds and became one of the most influential women in the law profession.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Barbie cookbook.

Join Barbie in the kitchen and whip up delicious meals for you and your friends! In this book, Barbie teaches you to cook over 40 mouth-watering recipes. Each recipe is easy to make and is shown in beautiful color photographs. You’ll find recipes for scrumptious snacks, marvelous main courses and delicious desserts.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsRuth Bader Ginsburg : the case of R.B.G. vs. inequality.

An inspiring true story about a courageous Jewish woman dubbed the unsinkable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who despite countless injustices and discrimination against Jews, females, and working mothers, went on to become Columbia Law School’s first tenured female professor, a judge for the US Court of Appeals, and finally, a Supreme Court Justice. A librarian’s choice all the way!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWho am I? : an animal guessing game.

Check out this book which gives readers clues so they can guess which animal will be revealed in a beautiful, full-spread illustration when they turn the page. Playful nouns, adjectives, and verbs describe the characteristics and movements of each animal. Fun and learning in rolled into one!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsI want a Cat.

A unique combination of an engaging story and information about how to choose, prepare and care for a kitten or cat.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow to play Guitar in 10 easy seconds.

Learn how to play the guitar in 10 easy lessons. This guide covers information such as how to hold a pick, find each chord, and improvise. Also includes exclusive internet backing tracks.

 

7 New Non Fiction full of taste sensations, life hacks and travel destinations.

Hey Kids! Check out the latest new non fiction in the junior collection. Jam packed full of tasty sensations, life hacks and travel destinations.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsLife hacks for kids.

Life hacks for kids comes in the form of this fantastic book based on the Life hacks for kids YouTube show. This book is jam packed full of unique craft projects that have been seen, including feather earrings, melted crayon art, a headband holder, and indoor s’mores, and includes questions answered by Sunny. Ideal for children’s parties and sleepovers. Love the ideas for pet treats and the cool colorful cotton swab bouquet.

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Big Book of How.

The Big Book of How provides answers to a diverse collection of over one thousand commonly asked questions, covering such areas as animals, buildings, transportation, food, the human body, and going green.

 

 

Planning on an overseas trip in the new year? Check out the latest editions from Lonely Planet Kids series that can assist you with your travel plans.

image coutesy of syndeticsLondon : city trails.

“Here’s a book about London that’s seriously streetwise! Let Marco and Amelia, our Lonely Planet explorers, take you off the tourist trail and guide you on a journey through London that you’ll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to London, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city! Discover London’s best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don’t have to be a visitor or armchair traveller to enjoy this– Londoners are sure to learn new things about their very own city too! Find out how an old parrot hit the headlines, where you can purchase a tin of panic or some tasty brain jam, what the weirdest item ever left on a bus was and lots more! For readers ages 8 and up.”– Amazon.com.

image courtesy of syndeticsSydney : city trails.

Features colourful themed trails, from history and culture to food and nature, that reveal amazing facts and intriguing tales that kids won’t find on the tourist routes or inside the average guidebook. We’ll show them where to find haunted pubs, ancient Aboriginal art, the best surfing beaches, and lots more! Join Lonely Planet explorers Marco and Amelia as they hunt for more secrets, stories and surprises in another of the world’s great cities.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsTokyo city trails.

It’s Tokyo like you’re never seen before! Check out all of Tokyo’s best kept secrets including where you can bathe in chocolate, climb Japan’s tallest tower and see human-looking robots and lots more!

 

 

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A treasury of songs.

Twenty-three original songs by children’s author and songwriter Julia Donaldson.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMy first cookie & cake decorating book : 35 techniques and recipes for children aged 7-plus.

35 step-by-step cookie and cake decorating projects for children aged 7-plus.

 

 

 

4 New Non Fiction from the Star Wars Universe.

Hey Kids!

Check out the latest non fiction all related to anything and everything related to the Star Wars universe!

Enjoy!… and may the force be with you!

image courtesy of syndeticsThe last Jedi : the visual dictionary.

This book presents a guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” with details on costumes, weapons, and accessories.

 

 

 

Image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars: Chronicles of the force.

This up-to-date companion to LEGO “Star Wars,” contains detailed information about the latest sets and minifigures and is illustrated with extensive photography. Ideal for Star Wars and Lego fans!

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars: Graphics.

Unravel the secrets of the Star Wars universe with this illustrated infographic book. Explore the final battles and explore the new planets. Read about the characters’ journeys and learn the hierarchy of the First Order.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars, the last Jedi : incredible cross-sections.

Illustrations peel back high-tech layers to reveal the cockpits, engines, hyperdrives, and construction secrets of twelve vehicles from the Star Wars feature film, “Star Wars, Episode VIII, The Last Jedi.”

 

 

Latest Top 10 Childrens Non-Fiction

Now that the Guinness World Records 2018 is all official and on the shelves you can see which record you want to go for! There are some impressive Christmas world records.  If you were going for a record breaking number of lights for a home Christmas display you would have to top 601,736!

If your family force you to go to the beach you can take a world of interest with you! (The Star Wars books are still some of the most popular.) We’re waiting to see what will go on to the library shelves with the release of the new movie!

  1. Minecraft : Guide to exploration, by Stephanie Milton
  2. The LEGO books, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  3. First readers in Māori. various authors, published by Huia
  4. Minecraft : redstone Handbook, by Nick Farwell
  5. Harry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K.  Rowling
  6. Guinness world records 2018.
  7. Star Wars: The visual encyclopedia, by Patricia Barr
  8. Star Wars character encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft
  9. Terraria, by Daniel Roy
  10. Pokemon : Classic collectors handbook, from Scholastic

Top 10 Children’s non-fiction September 2017

Empire vs Rebel Alliance… with the next episode just around the corner Star Wars fans are gearing up for another adventure with epic space battles, heroes and villains and new worlds. People, creatures, robots, space travel and planets are such a great source of material that it’s no wonder we have books and comics in every section of the library that delve into this galactic war, and… 3 spots in this Top 10!

Online builders are finding more ways to apply their skills with Terraria.  With books offering you tips and tricks to make the most out of crafting in 2D or 3D =)

This top 10 includes real life heroes – 100 of them! Good night stories for rebel girls, features wildlife advocates, early computer programmers, sports people and an astronaut!

 

  1. Minecraft : guide to the Nether and the End, by Stephanie Milton
  2. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  3. Harry Potter and the cursed child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
  4. Minecraft, by Nick Farwell
  5. Terraria, by Daniel Roy
  6. Star Wars : the visual encyclopedia, by Patricia Barr, Adam Bray and Cole Horton
  7. Pokemon deluxe essential handbook, published by Gosford, N.S.W. : Scholastic Australia
  8. Good night stories for rebel girls, by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
  9. Star Wars : The Force Awakens in pictures, by Ryder Windham
  10. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft and Pablo Hidalgo

6 New Non Fiction just in time for the school holidays.

Hey Kids! The last few weeks have been full on with Elections 2017, Day Lights Savings, and now school holidays and sunny days! Whoohoo! Time to bring on the sunscreen and sunnies finally! While you’re at it, come on down to your local library and check out the latest releases of new junior non fiction. This blog post will feature new books to awaken and enhance your creativity in the minecraft world, real life stories about influential women that changed the world and a impact on the people around them and back to school read – I know, early at this stage – to help improve your grammar and punctuation.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of sydneticsMinecraft: Guide to Creative.

Get into Creative Mode with this official Minecraft book from Mojang. Learn the finer points of architecture, art and other creative disciplines with Minecraft Guide to Creative, and put theory into practice to build incredible constructions in Minecraft. Find out how to combine colours and textures to create different themes, devise intricate plans for complex builds, and discover secret hacks to use blocks in clever ways. With insider info and tips from the experts at Mojang, this is the definitive guide to creating in Minecraft.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMinecraft: Guide to the Nether & the End.

“Survival is difficult in the perilous Nether and End dimensions, and you’ll need to up your game if you want to make it back to the Overworld. The official Minecraft : Guide to the Nether & the End will teach you how to navigate the alien terrain, battle the native mobs and find rare blocks and items. With insider info and tips from the experts at Mojang, this is the definitive guide to survival in the Nether and the End”–Back cover.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMinecraft: Guide to Exploration.

The mysterious world of Minecraft is just waiting to be explored. But danger lurks around every corner and survival can prove difficult for even the bravest adventurer. The official Minecraft Guide to Exploration from Mojang will help you to survive and thrive. You’ll learn how to find resources, craft equipment and protect yourself from hostile mobs. Discover which biomes to avoid when starting out, how to build a mob-proof shelter and where to look for naturally-generated structures laden with loot. With insider info and tips from the experts at Mojang, this is the definitive guide to exploration and survival in Minecraft.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWho says Women Can’t be Doctors?

The inspiring and highly recommended story, life and achievements of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor – and certainly not the last- doctor in America. This book also describes the limited career prospects available to women in the early nineteenth-century, the opposition Blackwell faced while pursuing a medical education, and her pioneering medical career that opened doors for future generations of women. A Librarian’s choice all the way!

 

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing. Another Librarian’s choice all the way!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsVisual guide to grammar and punctuation.

Get to grips with grammar and punctuation with this simple clear visual guide. Supports curriculum teaching for ages 6 and up.

 

 

 

Rise of the Robots: Doing it Gangham Style!

Wellington City Libraries are embracing the following trends: technology, coding and robots. To support the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) learning platform, we now have two new team members to assist library staff in this process in the form of Nao Robot twins: Blue and Red.

Blue and Red are fully automated Nao, (pronounced ‘now’) humanoid Robots. They are 58cm tall, autonomous, and fully programmable. They walk, talk, listen to you, and even recognise your face. Blue and Red can even whip out a few dance moves to Thriller by Michael Jackson, Gangnam style by PSY and more! Like most humans, if the robots fall down they manage to get themselves back up again, along with a few grunts and groans, and touch wood without any broken limbs or bones.

The robots made their official debut at Wellington Central Library on Monday 10th of July, at the ‘Meet the Robots’ event, part of the Beyond the Page literary festival for children during the school holidays. Apart from a few technical difficulties and performance anxiety issues, for both the librarians’ and robots the event proved to be a success. Blue and Red were the main attractions and stole the show. Parents and kids were whipping out their cell phones to photograph and film the robots paparazzi style! Everyone was mightily impressed with what the robots could do. They loved the performances and there were a lot of ‘ooohs’, ‘aaahs’ and giggling, and a huge round of applause at the end! Overall Blue and Red are a welcome addition to the library, as well as an ideal learning platform for teaching STEAM subjects. With the robots on our team, Wellington City Libraries can continue to work alongside organisations, such as schools, businesses and Information Technology Institutes.  Together we’ll ensure the STEAM platform is promoted and taught to the wider community – Gangnam style!

6 New Non Fiction on gaming, animals and improving your memory.

Hey kids! More hot new junior non fiction for your reading pleasure. This blog post features books where the gaming theme continues, books that can help improve your memory and heart-warming stories about inspirational animals and humans that have made their mark on the world. Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsGame on! : video game history from Pong and Pac-man to Mario, Minecraft, and more.

The gaming theme continues. This book is your one stop shop to the gaming culture and history of video games that ranges from Pong and Pac-Man to Mario, Minecraft and much more. “A middle-grade nonfiction book about the history and impact on pop culture of video games”– Provided by publisher.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHow to remember (almost) everything ever.

Can you remember the names of every player on your favorite football team, yet still manage to forget what day it is? This book reveals how your memory works, explaining cool tricks and skills that can help to train your memory to remember everything–ever!

 

 

http://www.wcl.govt.nz/easyfind/?hreciid=|library/m/wellington-carl|0001220245 Big book of animals : a LEGO adventure in the real world.

Lego and animals rolled into one fun book! Go wild in the animal kingdom with a host of LEGO minifigures. Young readers will meet the coolest creatures out there and watch the minifigures put the fun into facts. You’ll find great building and play ideas as well. Ideal for lego fans.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsRadiant child : the story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.

image courtesy of syndeticsSwimming with sharks : the daring discoveries of Eugenie Clark.

An inspiring true story about Dr. Eugenie Clark aka the “shark lady”, who despite discrimination, became one of the most inspiring scientists in the world and whose revolutionary thinking and research changed the way society viewed marine wildlife.  Overall a fantastic read and ideal for marine biology projects and homework. Great for children aged 5 to 8.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMoto and me : my year as a wildcat’s foster mom.

If you have a weakness for cats and baby animals – like I do, then this is the book for you! This is the story of an orphaned serval cat named Moto. Determined to nurse the kitten back to health and help him learn, grow, and return to the wild, Suzi did everything she could think of to be the best serval mom she could be. She had a little bit of help from a couple other people who had some experience with orphaned wild animals, but for the most part, it was just her and Moto out there, figuring things out based on Suzi’s experience observing animal rescues and her instincts about the animal’s needs. Overall a heart warming story with a happy and satisfying ending!