What to do when it’s wet outside

It is cold. It is wet. And in some places it’s been flooding. You guys can’t just go outside on an adventure in this kind of weather. Although some of you Wellington kids have had adventures indoors using boats to sail through your school corridors. We don’t think you’ll be able to be an indoor pirate all winter long so here are some suggestions for cool as activities you can get up to at home and series you can read from our collection!

 

101 Dog Tricks: Kids Edition  by Kyra Sundance is a super cool book that has activities you can do with your pet dog! It keeps them out of the kennel and stops you from getting bored. Who knows you could become the next dog whisperer through teaching your pup these cool as tricks. One of my favourites is called Messenger Dog – where you can actually teach your dog to take little notes from you and pass them on to your friends. It’s a brand new book you can find in many of our libraries and on Overdrive our e-library! You could download the book today!

 

 

D.I.Y Kids by Ellen and Julia Lupton  is full of cool crafts you can do. When I was bored on a wet day my favourite thing to do was to make soft toys with my grandma and this book has a whole section devoted to making your own toys, cuddly looking bunnies, kites and dolls. It even has instructions for how you can make clothing for your teddy bears or yourself! Check out this book when you’re feeling crafty.

 

 

Mad about Cartoons by Judith Heneghan. I know after our Comics Holiday Programme last year that there are a lot of Wellington City Libraries kids who are super talented cartoonists! Mad about Cartoons gives you some good ideas of how to make your own comic strips. And it also teaches you how to create digital animations. You could make your own little animated series just like The Simpsons if you wanted to over those wet weekends?

 

 

Molly Moon by Georgia Byng: If you want to curl up with an amazing series of books I reckon you’ll love Molly Moon! We have all six in the series in our library and also on Bolinda Digital  for download to your kobo or e-reader. Here’s the synopsis of the first in the series to give you an idea what’s in store for you: “Molly Moon is treated like dirt in her squat English orphanage, with only her pal Rocky, starry Qube soda ads, and the library stacks to give her comfort. After she discovers Hypnotism: An Ancient Art Explained in her favorite library spot, Molly begins learning the ropes and takes mental control of Petula, the orphanage’s grumpy pug dog, and the nasty staff members. But when Molly finds out that Rocky’s been suddenly adopted in New York, she hypnotizes her way to the city, into Broadway stardom, and — unfortunately — into a wicked professor’s plot to rob a high-security bank. Thankfully, though, she and Rocky finally meet up, and with a few surprises, the two hatch a plan to set things right for themselves and for their orphanage.” Goodreads.

 

 

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is another amazing, actually perfect, series of books for the wet weather. I read them all, last year, over winter and it totally made being inside okay because I was so into finding out what Stephanie and her wacky skeleton detective friend would get up to next. We have all 9 in the series available in our collection – we also have them on audiobook so you can listen while you’re doing cool craft activities if you want! They’re also available for download on Overdrive to your e-reader or Kobo. You can get the first 3 books in one go!  Trust me you’re going to want to have all three out at once, you’ll be so hooked. Here’s the synopsis from the first book to give you an idea of what it’s all about: “Meet Skulduggery Pleasant. Ace Detective. Snappy Dresser. Razor–tongued Wit. Crackerjack Sorcerer and walking, talking, fire-throwing skeleton – as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.” Goodreads

6 new New Zealand and fairy tale non fiction just in time for winter.

Operation Nest Egg Chick.

“Deep down in a dark burrow, a father kiwi snorts and snuffles in his sleep. Underneath him , a large creamy egg lies snug and safe from pilfering predators.” Read more in Operation Nest Egg Chick, a creative non-fiction story about a BNZ Operation Nest Egg chick. Each page features beautiful illustrations, photographs and text boxes about how kiwis are being saved. A must have read!

 

Snow White : 4 beloved tales.

Retells the classic German version of Snow White, together with three similar tales–Marigo of the Forty Dragons from Albania, The unnatural mother and the girl with a star on her forehead from Mozambique, and The magic needle from Turkey

 

 

Rapunzel : 3 beloved tales.

Retells the classic German tale of Rapunzel in the tower, along with the similar tales of Clotilde from the Philippines, and Petrosinella from Italy.

 

 

 

Little Red Riding Hood Stories Around the World: 3 Beloved Tales.

Retells the classic German version of the fairy tale of a girl and a wolf, along with similar tales from Italy and Taiwan.

 

 

 

Alices food A-Z : edible adventures.

Written by Alice Zaslavsky – one-time Masterchef contestant and the host of TV quiz show Kitchen Whizz, this book contains information about all the things you ever wanted to know about food… and some things you probably didn’t. Packed to the brim with funny food facts, clever cooking tips and kidfriendly recipes, this is a book for the fact-hungry, food-obsessed or those who like to mess about in the kitchen. A great book to have on hand, especially with winter around the corner.

 

 

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame : 25 Kiwi champions.

This book features information about 25 famous New Zealand sportspeople across a wide range of different sporting disciplines. Includes a caricature, an action photograph, a profile of the person, timeline, inspirational quote, description of the sport, training regime and trophy board. One book you must read!

4 new non fiction for budding art enthusiasts

Fun things to do with paper plates and cups.

Got a stash of paper plates and cups collecting dust? Put them to use these school holidays by creating some fantastic craft ideas which you can find in this amazing, new book. Contains full-color photos and simple, step-by-step instructions that describe 10 crafts and activities using paper cups, paper plates, and common materials found around the house.

 

 

 

Fun things to do with egg cartons.

When you have eaten all the eggs in your fridge, what do you do with the carton? Throw it away? No way! Put it to good use by creating some fantastic arts and crafts. This book will give you many ideas on how you can reuse egg cartons and turn them into wondrous works of art. This book will keep you amused for hours on end with the eggciting projects featured in this book.

 

 

 

Get into art: Stories.

This explores a fascinating array of pictures that tell stories, from battle scenes to fairy tales to timeless myths, from artists as diverse as Edward Hopper, Matisse, L. S. Lowry and the creators of the Bayeux Tapestry. Perhaps one of my favourite things about is that each picture contains a flap where you can find out more on creating your own picture masterpiece. Overall this book is proof that a picture can indeed replace a thousand words.

 

 

 

Stitched paper art for kids : 22 cheeky pickle sewing projects.

For all you sewing enthusiasts out there, here is your chance to master the art of paper craft with Stitched Paper Art. Perhaps one of the greatest things about this book is the simplicity of the process practically guarantees that kids can finish a project in just one afternoon. And since paper is much more forgiving to work with than fabric, it gives them the confidence necessary to complete project after project after project! Overall this is a fantastic book that will enable you to paper stitch your way into creating works of pretty art that will make paper sewing look like child’s play.

7 new non-fiction holiday boredom busters

It’s the school holidays and it’s raining! Get your hands on these new books to keep the boredom blues away. There’s plenty here – superheroes, computer coding, star wars, cool things to do, and a bit of history.

Marvel Avengers : the ultimate character guide.

With the movie coming out, why not brush up your knowledge on the Avengers by reading this revised edition of the authorised, fully illustrated guide to the characters of Earth’s mightiest Super Hero team. Jam packed full of information about over 60 new heroes and villains in the Marvel universe. Overall, I think it’s a great read and will be enjoyed by all Marvel fans.

 

 

 

Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary.

For all you Doctor Who fans, check out this awesome new book bursting with action-packed images and little-known facts about Doctor Who. Holds information about the latest facts and details, including the Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and Doctor Who season 8 storylines. Also covering every single details about previous Doctors and each of his companions plus unforgettable villains, you’ll have all the tricks and secrets of Doctor Who at your fingertips. So what are you waiting for? Step into the Tardis, battle Cybermen and Daleks, and discover all the Doctor’s secrets in this visually stunning guide to the Doctor Who universe.

 

 

 

Coding for Kids for Dummies.

Check it out, Dummies and Kids rolled into one. Coding For Kids For Dummies is easy-to-grasp introduction to coding concepts for kids, which is broken down into a series of small projects, each designed to teach elementary-to-middle-school-aged students a core concept to build a game, application, or other tool which makes coding for kids look as easy as 1, 2, 3.

 

 

 

More Boredom Busters: Over 50 Awesome Activities for Children aged 7 years +.

Prepare to banish the boredom busters away these school holidays. Check out this amazing book filled with over 50 fun and easy activities that you will love to do all year round, like building a homemade bird feeder, a gym bag sock buddy, potato stamps and so much more. Every activity has easy instructions and uses simple materials found around the home or classroom, so you can get started straight away!

 

 

 

WWE ultimate superstar guide.

For all you WWE Superstars fans, here is the chance to see them like you’ve never seen them before. This book holds information about all the biggest Superstars to ever grace the WWE ring. The Ultimate Superstars Guide is filled with more than 200 illustrations of your favourite WWE Superstars including Hulk Hogan, Triple H and more. You can learn everything you need to know about these amazing athletes with facts, stats, and more.

 

 

 

Lego Star Wars in 100 scenes.

Move over , Lego Movie. Check out this book that retells the complete Star Wars saga…in Lego bricks! Yep, you read right!

This fun Lego Star Wars book retells the six Star Wars films in 100 iconic scenes using LEGO Star Wars sets and minifigures. You Star Wars (and Lego) fans will have the chance to relive the amazing Star Wars adventure in miniature form with this humorous retelling of the LEGO Star Wars complete saga. As an added bonus, you will also learn fascinating LEGO Star Wars facts and behind-the-scenes information about the Star Wars films and rediscover your favourite LEGO Star Wars minifigures, such as the LEGO Darth Vader and LEGO Luke Skywalker, and LEGO Star Wars sets as part of the epic Star Wars story. LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group.

Overall a fantastic read! You can’t go wrong with Lego and Star Wars.

 

 

 

My Gallipoli.

Get your hands on this beautiful picture book and read all about the place where thousands of men from sixteen nations fought, suffered, endured or died during the eight months of occupation in 1915. For each of them, their families and their nurses, Gallipoli meant something different. Their voices emerge from the landscape and across the decades with stories of courage, valour, despair and loss. A must have read just in time for ANZAC day!

8 New Non Fiction for children: Facts and Myths

Childrens book of mythical beasts & magical monsters.

This is a very captivating introduction to the wonderful and infamous world of beats and magical monsters that dwell in mythology. This is your chance to read and discover the fantastical tales and amazing worlds that these beasts and monsters inhabit, from Grendel’s attack on Beowulf to Aztec legends and the fall of Atlantis. With epic tales of brave heroes and evil deeds the Children’s Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Monsters unravels the mythical world.

 

 

Children’s Book of Philosophy.

Dive into the minds of the world’s most famous philosophers and discover the answers to the world’s big questions – the perfect introduction to philosophy for younger readers. From Socrates and Aristotle to Kant and Confucius, meet the thinkers and theories which shaped our world. Find answers to life’s big questions such as ‘Who am I?’ or ‘Should I ever tell a lie?’ and what philosophy is. How do you know whether you’re awake or dreaming? Is the world real? Why do we need rules?

 

 

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Why?

Why am I special? Why do I have dreams and nightmares? Why does my skin wrinkle in the tub?

Find out all the answers and more by reading this amazing book of Why?

 

 

Creaturepedia.

Welcome to this collection of best-loved animals from all over the world, chosen for their special talents and characteristics, with fun illustrations. Meet ‘the architects’, the ‘noisy neighbours’, the ‘homebodies’, the ‘forever faithfuls’, the ‘champions of forgetfulness’ and more in this alphabetically ordered encyclopedia. With fascinating facts, curious creatures and characterful cartoons, this book will keep young explorers busy for hours.

Ten of the best myths

Read the fantastic books: Giant Stories, Mythical hero stories, Animal Stories and Gods and Goddesses that each hold ten wonderful retellings of ancient world myths and legends, such as the battle between David and Goliath, Theseus battling the minotaur, the epic race between the tortoise and the hare, Pandora and the forbidden box and believe or not, famous Marvel hero, Thor in a dress! These stories are bound to  fascinate and educate young readers. Great for ages 9+.

7 New Non Fiction for children: House of Horrible and… play Disney infinity without limits!

Horrible Science: Frightful Flight.

In this brand new version of Frightful Flight, discover (and laugh yourself silly) over all the dreadful (and horrible) details that your teacher won’t tell you and information about some seriously silly flying stunts, find out which scientist was blown up in a balloon, and learn how to build a world-beating plane. With fantastic fact files, quirky quizzes and crazy cartoons, this text is a real high-flier! Great resource to use for science homework.

 

 

 

Horrible Science: Body Owner’s Handbook.

This book is a must read book for all you Horrible Science fans out there! You will enjoy discovering how their auto-repair function works and where their top-of-the-range sensory equipment is in the guide that nobody can do without. With a new cover look and extra horrible bits at the back of the book, this title is sure to reach a new generation of readers.

 

 
A Little ABC Book.

Forget C is for Cookie, start thinking A is for Alpaca. This gorgeous book is filled with poems and pictures for ‘little people’, picked by ‘little people’ Over 26 weeks, littlies in the community voted on a little animal for all 26 letters of the alphabet. A great resource to introduce littlies to animals and the alphabet. Defiantly a Librarian’s choice read!

 

 

 

Horrible Science: Killer Energy.

Prepare to be shocked, amazed and horrified! In ‘Killer Energy’ readers discover why space loos spray out frozen pee and ‘Shocking Electricity’ exposes how Hammerhead sharks use electricity to track its victims. These two titles contain fantastic fact files and quirky quizzes, teacher tests and crazy cartoons. Great resource to find facts on electricity.

 

 

 

Disney Infinity: Play without Limits.

A race car match between Lightning McQueen and Davy Jones?! Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Zurgbots?!,  and Wreck-it-Ralph a closet chess player?! Yep believe it or not, all this is happening in the wonderful (alternate) world of. Disney Infinity: Play without Limits. This book is amazing, not mention features all your favourite Infinity characters from Disney Infinity, a unique video game with infinite possibilities for imaginative gameplay in Toy Box mode and amazing locations in Play Set mode. Join Woody, Captain Jack Sparrow, Lightning McQueen, Hiro and Baymax, Maleficent and more Disney characters as they interact in the wonderful world of Infinity… and beyond!

Hands down, a fantastic read!

 

 

 

Horrible Science: Microscopic Monsters.

This text features science with the squishy bits left in! What makes your guts a brilliant home for bacteria? Which creature lays its eggs between your toes? Why is your toothbrush covered in germs? Get the answers in this book!

 

 

 

Murderous Maths: The Brain Bending Basics.

Ready for Maths like you have never seen it before? Read this book and discover how dominoes can be deadly, who would win an impossible race and how numbers can have superpowers and much 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.

 

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.

 

Back to school with New Non Fiction.

image courtesy of syndeticsRipley’s Believe it or not: Special Edition 2015.

Yep, Believe it or not, The fascinating files of Robert Ripley are back and jam packed with more creepy facts and crazy feats than ever before, which proves there’s nothing stranger than the truth. Don’t believe me? Read the book and read all about how a pygmy goat likes to take pony rides, a parrot who refuses to take off his jumper and a 14 year old girl who has run marathons on seven continents.

 

Inventions in 30 seconds.image courtesy of syndetics

Ever wanted to know things in just 30 seconds. Brace yourself… because there is a book that tells you everything and anything you need to know about inventions in just 30 seconds. Read Inventions in 30 seconds and discover fast-track facts and information about 30 inventions it’s hard to imagine living without. Best back to school read you must get your hands on!

Epic Rubber Band Crafts.image courtesy of syndetics

Who would have thought a simple item like a rubber band could be such an innovative craft idea when creating headbands, bracelets and so much more. Read this book and check out 15 amazing projects for sensational rubber band accessories which will allow you to take your rubber band skills to the next level with more bands, more techniques, more looms and more awesome! A fantastic book to keep you entertained during the summer holidays.

Moses : the true story of an elephant baby.image courtesy of syndetics

If you have a weakness for baby animals, then this is one book (and Librarian’s Choice!) you must read. Read and learn all about elephants, how to protect them and read all about (and meet) Moses, an orphaned elephant baby from Malawi, Africa, who is curious, loving, and full of mischief! Overall a beautiful, heart warming story that can be enjoyed by everyone!

New Non Fiction for the new year.

image courtesy of syndeticsAnimalium.

Welcome to Animalium. The book or museum as they call it is open all hours. This book is amazing because it houses an astonishing collection of more than 160 animals for visitors of all ages. The sky’s the limit when it comes to information about animals. You will also learn how animals have evolved, see inside the dissection laboratory, and discover the amazing variety of habitats on Earth. One book you definitely must read!

 

Creature Features.image courtesy of syndetics

Ever wondered why animals look the way they do? This book explains why. Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty five humorous and very true explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world. Another awesome read!

 

image courtesy fo syndeticsChildrens book of magic.

Looking to unleash your inner magician? This book will help you in achieving that goal. Childrens book of magic will help you learn the secret of magic and put on your own astounding magic show with these 20 step-by-step magic tricks to try at home. In addition, you will also learn about the history of magic from ancient Egypt to the present day exploring the secrets behind some of the greatest magicians from Harry Houdini to Albertus Magnus. From coin tricks to sleight of hand The Children’s Book of Magic explains the best magic tricks for kids through engaging step-by-step sequences helping you master the perfect trick.

 

image courtesy fo syndeticsLittle Red Riding Hood.

Hopefully many of you know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the story where you to learn valuable lessons about trusting sweet-talk and talking to strangers in her treak across the woods. However I don’t think you have had the privilege and the pleasure of checking out this new edition, translated by Anthea Bell and illustrated by Sybille Schenker. This book is in a word, beautiful! Complete with intricate die cuts, patterned prints, bold lines and basic colors to create a haunting journey through the familiar Grimms tale, the combination of Schenker’s illustrations/design and Bell’s graceful translation simply takes my breath away.

 

 

 

Encounters with the past.

Check this amazing series that will take you into the past and learn anything and everything you have always wanted to know about the Ancient Romans, Ancient Greeks and Medieval Folk. Ideal books to use for history projects and great for ages 8 years and over.

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