Top 10 Children’s non-fiction February 2017

Lego has always been a favourite in the Children’s non-fiction collection, but have you ever considered using your own lego collection to make history?  Not only is the 2017 Guinness World records in the Top 10 but, they are also accepting bids for the largest Lego pyramid ever… with teams of unlimited size! So round up your mates, and their mates and their… so on and so on and who knows, Guiness World record 2018 could contain your name!

  1. Minecraft : the survivors’ book of secrets, by Stephanie Milton.
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J. K. Rowling
  3. Minecraft : Redstone handbook, by Nick Farwell
  4. The LEGO ideas book, by Daniel Lipkowitz
  5. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, by Simon Beecroft and Pablo Hidalgo
  6. Master builder : Hack for Minecrafters, by Megan Miller
  7. Minecraft : Construction Handbook, by Matthew Needler
  8. Small scenes from a big galaxy, by Vesa Lehtimäki
  9. Lego DC comics Super heroes character encyclopedia, by Simon Hugo and Cavan Scott
  10. Guinness World Records 2017, Craig Glenday editor in chief

Dear Alien, let me tell you about Earth!

A UFO has just landed outside your bedroom window.  Out steps an Alien.  He’s green with a bright red ball glowing on the top of his cone shaped head.

He walks towards your window.!

He can see you.!

You’re scared!

You can’t move!

What does he want?

He speaks and blue bubbles come out of his mouth – but you can hear his question inside your head.

“Tell me about Earth?”

WOW, what are you going to do? Jump out of your bedroom window and talk to it or turn tail and run away as fast as you can.

What do you think about Aliens. Do you think there are other beings living out in space? It’s a really interesting question and lots of people have different thoughts about it.

If you would like to learn more about Aliens you might like to check out some of these non-fiction books at the library.


 

 

 

 

 

Or maybe you like reading fiction stories about Aliens so why not take a look at these really spacey reads.


 

 

 

 

 

Is something out there!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Become an inventor!

If you could design and make something, what would it be? Something so amazing and fantastic that your friends are going to be sooooo jealous.

What about a robot that cleans your room or hover shoes that you could zoom around on. Maybe  a small pill that has all your vegetables hidden inside (even broccoli) and when you swallow it, it tastes like chocolate or strawberries and cream.

This website has some  great inventions that kids have designed and they have been turned into real products.  I really like the scooter.

So get your thinking caps on and start creating. You might like to check out some of these great books to get you started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favourite children’s toy?

Everyone loves toys – yes even adults love them. I bet a lot of mums and dads out there have a special toy from their childhood tucked away in the cupboard somewhere.

If you had to pick a favourite toy, what would it be? Do you love lego, or Star Wars toys. Maybe you are a Barbie or a My Little Pony fan. Perhaps you have a drone that you fly around or do you prefer to ride on your bike or scooter.

Whatever it is you might like to learn some funny and interesting facts about toys.

Did you know that:

  • The word “toy” comes from an Old English word meaning “tool”.
  • Dolls are considered to be the oldest toys in history.
  • The Yo-yo is believed to be the second-oldest toy in the world. It was used in 500BC in Ancient Greece.
  • Barbie was introduced in 1959 and cost $3. Every second, two Barbie dolls are sold in the world.
  • The first toy advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head.
  • Play-Doh was originally used to clean wallpaper.
  • Kermit the Frog is left-handed.

And last but not least did you know that LEGO is the world’s No. 1 tyre manufacturer. It produces 318 million tyres every year. That is 870,000 tiny tyres in a day. Wow that’s amazing!

There are heaps of cool books in the library about the history of toys as well as books that teach how to build and construct them.

So have some toy fun!

 

 

 

                    

 

Bamboozle your mind with optical illusion books!

I love optical illusions – I love the way they trick your eyes and amaze your brain.

There are images that seem to jump right out of the page or patterns that seem to move by themselves.

How can colours appear different when they are actually the same or objects that appear to be different sizes but are really equal in size.

There are some great optical illusions on this website. I love the rotating pink dots that change to green and then disappear and see how fast it takes you to find the man in the coffee beans.

Don’t forget there are heaps of great books on illusions in the library so make sure you check them out and get ready to be bamboozled.

Top 10 Children’s non-fiction September 2015

Minecraft and Star Wars have been the most popular of the children’s non-fiction. But! an entry that I’m sure will rise through the ranks is the new Ripley’s believe it or not! These books were spawned by the manic genius of Robert L. Ripley who traveled the world in search of the strange and unusual.  Before the books there were exhibition spaces or Odditoriums, still going strong with locations worldwide.  Don’t have one near you? they also have travelling shows!  Any ideas for your own oddity collection? Let us know in the comments.

1. Minecraft by Stephanie Milton

2. Minecraft by Nick Farwell

3. Star Wars by David West Reynolds

4. Minecraft hacks master builder by Megan Miller

5. The LEGO ideas book by Daniel Lipkowitz

6. Cat by Juliet Clutton-Brock

7. Minecraft blockopedia by Alex Wiltshire

8. Star Wars by Ryder Windham

9. Ripley’s believe it or not! edited by Rosie Alexander

10. Dog by Juliet Clutton-Brock

Maker Kits at Johnsonville Library

Alec1Make sure you come along to your local Library and start creating with one of our Maker Kits. We have Lego and Mecanno plus rocket ships and wooden blocks.

Alec from Tawa was one of the first to make up one of our Lego Star Wars Kits which took him just under an hour to make.

You can play with the Maker Kits in the library for free. Ask about the Kits at the Library counter and have some creative fun.

Star Wars Reads Day – 10th October

Did you know there is special day just for reading Star Wars books!?

Star Wars Reads is a chance for you to bury your nose in books about Jedi’s, Rebels, Sith Lords, good vs evil, the dark side and space battles.

There are some really cool activity sheets you can do, including some from the new movie The Force Awakens.

Have a hunt in your local library for Star Wars books, there are heaps of them!

 

 

Yes, even Storm Troopers read – so you should too! May the Force be with you, young padawans!

 

Silly Season

Christmas books, films and other things can be awfully serious. And there’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I’d say it’s downright necessary. But Christmas is also a silly season, so I’ve made a short list of silly books and films that will make you want to dress up as an weird-looking elf and dance around the living room.

 

 

 

 

1.’Invasion of the Christmas Puddings’ by Jeremy Strong.  Have a read of what’s in store: “’Tis the season to be jolly tra-la-la-la-la … BUT WAIT!

Father Christmas’s EVIL brother, Bad Christmas, is plotting to take over the world.

His poisonous Christmas puddings that turn humans into zombies are pouring through from The Other Side in their millions. Millions of Christmas puddings, all made of deadly sticky matter!

But four children from Plumpot Primary have escaped the puddings. Are they in time to stop Bad Christmas and save the world?

Prepare to be … puddified!” Goodreads.

 

2. Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas if you hadn’t watched ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ at least ten times in which the Muppets tell their version of Charles Dickins’s ‘A Christmas Carol’. One of my favourite moments is when Gonzo sets Rizzo on fire and Rizzo runs around shouting,  “Light the lamp, not the rat, light the lamp, not the rat! Put me out, put me out, put me out!” imdb

 

 

 

3. Now I’ll turn your attention to ‘The Smallest Gift of Christmas’ by Peter H. Reynolds. This is one of new favourite Christmas tales. “Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he had ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it? Peter H. Reynolds’s spare, free-spirited illustrations and heartwarming text make this be-carefulwhat-you-wish-for story the perfect holiday gift.”

 

4.And finally please, oh please, watch with your family the ‘Robbie the Reindeer Trilogy’. It’s a hugely fun film series. “Robbie, an out-of-condition reindeer, tries to earn a place on Santa’s crack sleigh team.” imdb.

 

Wishing you all a silly season with lots of laughter, good books and family films!

Guinness World Records day

Today is the 10th anniversary of Guinness World Records day – one of our most popular library books!

Around the world people will be trying to break and create records to celebrate the day. For a special event the world’s tallest and shortest men met and shook hands in London. The tallest man is Sultan Kosen from Turkey (who’s 2.51m tall), and the shortest is Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal (at just 55cm tall). There’s a difference of almost 2m between them – wow!

Did you know that the Guinness World Records was created by the Guinness beer company to help drinkers solve disputes and arguments over facts? The first book of records was published in 1955 and has been going ever since.

You can search our catalogue for the latest Guinness World Records and have fun examining all the amazing records that people have created (you can borrow the 2013 edition as an ebook).