New Non Fiction: Celebrating Mothers, Artists, Animal Heroes and 100 inventions that has shaped and changed the world forever.

Amazing Babes.

Amazing Babes was originally written as a gift from a mother to her son. This is a great picture book that celebrates inspirational women from around the world and across generations. All the women in this book had the ideas, determination, and creativity to bring about change in the world, and in learning about their stories we honour their achievements. Overall a fantastic read with striking pictures and simple text that celebrates the achievements of inspirational women such as Gloria Steinman, pioneer of the American women’s movement and Malala Yousafzai, a passionate advocate of worldwide access to education. A great book to celebrate International Women’s day. You may also like Of thee I sing : a letter to my daughters by American president, Barack Obama, where he  writes  a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation in the form of a beautiful letter to his daughters.

 

 

 

Mummy & Me Cook and Craft.

Great books to read and use for  gift ideas for Mum on Mother’s day, like whipping up a yummy pancake  breakfast to serve Mum in bed or making up a bead necklace as a gift. Either way or something that you and Mum can do together. Mummy & Me Cook serves as a great introduction to cooking for kids with its blend of over 20 healthy recipes and fun activities as well as fabulous food facts about everyday ingredients. While Mummy and Me Craft introduces kids  to the wonderful world of crafting. Great was for you and Mum to spend quality time together.

 

 

The noisy paint box : the colors and sounds of Kandinsky’s abstract art.

If you have a project which involves studying a famous artist and abstract art, this biography on Kandinsky is a great resource to use. A fantastic picture book biography that explores how one ordinary little boy named Vansa Kandinsky became one of the most (and first) accomplished painters in abstract art and describes how Vasya Kandinsky’s creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors. A biography, art and music book rolled into one.

 

 

 

 

100 inventions that made history : brilliant breakthroughs that shaped our world.

The wheel, the light bulb, the telephone, the toilet, antibiotics,  denim jeans… This book holds information about 100 inventions that has shaped and changed the world forever. This book is a great resource to use if you are doing a project on inventions.

 

 

 

 

 

Animal Bravery in Wartime.

Read this book and find out all about the brave animals from horses on cavalry charges to messenger dogs and carriers, that helped and risked their lives to help humans in frightening and dangerous situations during the war.The first page of this book opens with the sentence, “Although much is made of human bravery in warfare, the role of animals has been neglected.” I couldn’t agree more.

 

 

 

 

Midnight: The Story of a light horse.

‘A foal is born at midnight, on the homestead side of the river. Coal black. Star ablaze. Moonlight in her eyes.’ On October 31, 1917, the 4th and 12th Regiments of the Australian Light Horse took part in one of the last great cavalry charges in history. Among the first to leap the enemy trenches was Lieutenant Guy Haydon riding his beloved mare, Midnight. This is their story.’

We all know the epic story of War Horse by Michael Morpurgo , but are you ready to read the true story of a real-life war horse? This book tells the story of Midnight, an Australian light horse who took part of one of the great cavalry charges on October 31st 1917 during World War I. Prepare to have tissues on stand by when reading this story.

 

New Non Fiction: Homework Help, Sweet treats for winter and Boredom Busters!

One Day: Around the world in 24 hours.

This is a beautifully illustrated book that gives children an introduction to the idea of time and time zones. This book follows the story of 15 different children around the world and the time zones they live in throughout one day. There are 24 hours in a day, so there are 24 time zones. Discover and learn all about time zones around the world, how they work and what’s happening on one side of the world while the other side sleeps. This book is a great resource for homework help and assignments on time zones around the world.

 

 

Transport.

For anyone who wants to study and explore the history of cars, bicycles, scooters, trains and even an oil tanker, this is the book you must read! So hop on board and take an express journey through every vehicle and travel known to man and how each engineering milestone has changed and  transformed world history. This book is a great resource for homework help and assignments on the history of transport, vehicles and even a section on the history of the wheel.

 

 

 

A troop of chimpanzees, and other primate groups.

How do chimpanzees use tools? Why do chimpanzees groom each other? What does it mean when one chimpanzee grins at another? Find out all the answers to these questions and more by reading this book on chimpanzees and primates. You will also discover and get to explores the behaviors and daily life of a chimpanzee troop, as well as their habitat, environmental threats, and the advantages of group living.  Great for children of  Primary and Intermediate school age.

 

 

 

 

Explorer Tales.

This is a great series to read if you are interested in finding information about famous landmarks and destinations. These are great homework resources to use for projects on world exploration. This year marks the 60th anniversary of  Sir Edmund Hillary and  Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbing to the  Mount Everest, why not have a read of one of the books from the series, Mount Everest. Reread and relive how Hillary and Tenzing being the first men to climb one of the most dangerous places to explore. How about exploring New Worlds? Read all about them in New Worlds, where you will read and learn all about famous first voyages to new and undiscovered lands and famous explorers like Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo and Captain James Cook. In South Pole, readers don’t just learn about this cold and dangerous location. They also learn about the explorers who went to great lengths to discover it! I think you will also like reading all about The Amazon, which is home to many amazing plants, animals (Jaguars that wait ready to pounce and piranha fish fish that strip the flesh off your bones in five minutes – Wow!) and land forms that runs over 6,000 kilometers across South America. You will also read stories about people who have explored and survived in the Amazon.

       

 

 

 

100 yummy things to cook and eat.

With winter around the corner, why not make some tasty treats and  goodies to share with your friends and family, like a good old fashioned apple crumble?, a spicy bean soup or vegetable casserole?  You will find the recipes and more in this book. This cook book, published by Usborne has 100 yummy sweet and savory recipes to choose from for some good old comfort food during the cold, blizzardy days and nights. There are also a lot of fantastic baking ideas for school fairs and gifts. I liked the recipes for Oranges and Lemons and Chocolate dipped fruit. I am fan of the recipes for Marzipan toadstools and chocolate nests. This is a book that can be enjoyed by both children, parents and adults.

 

Look inside a burrow.

This is a great picture book for young children (or for parents and teachers to read to children) about creatures that interact within burrow habitats. You will read and learn about all the different types of burrows. (I must confess I wasn’t aware there was more than one type of burrow.) Lots of amazing pictures of various types of animals that live in burrows, including a photo of a toad flicking its tongue, a close up of ants carrying food back to its nest and an even bigger close up of a centipede’s face!

 

 

The Usborne Big Book of Holiday Things to make and do.

School holidays may be a while away, but still now is the time to think ahead of ideas of banishing boredom in the long school holidays. How about reading this book from the Usborne Activities series? You are bound to find ideas for  seasonal activities for each holiday, such as reindeer wrapping paper and an Easter egg card, sit alongside things to make and do all year round including a coral necklace, a pirate cutlass and fairy wings. You will find  easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photos for each activity. Great book to use for gift ideas .

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Non Fiction: Celebrating Fine arts and Inspirational Lives

Well summer’s nearly over, but fear not. Wellington City Libraries has a new range of non fiction in the Children’s collection for your enjoyment and pleasure. This month’s blog post pays tribute to fine arts and inspirational lives.

Here you will find a list of books on fine arts that can give you ideas on activities, like drawing, whether it’s drawing a picture or creating your own graphic novel; playing a musical instrument, even if it happens to be a guitar made from a cardboard box  and helping you find a hobby (or a talent).

What about reading about a celebrity who has become famous for their achievements and contribution to writing and entertainment industries, such as Music, Film and Television.  There are two new books published from the series, Inspirational Lives that focuses on influential people and key figures in the public eye. Who knows, maybe reading about their inspiring lives may inspire you to follow your creative dreams and goals.

Fine Arts Series:

More Fine Arts:

Eco-friendly crafting with kids.

Sometimes children prefer to play with household objects, like a cardboard box rather than the latest (and sometimes expensive) toy. This new and exciting read provides 35 bold, fun and colorful projects designed for preschool children up to five years old that can give you ideas on making and creating toys and games with simple household objects. Possible toys and games include making play dough, creating musical instruments, like a box guitar and invisible ink. Accompanied with easy step by step instructions and photographs showing exactly how to create this amazing and gorgeous toys and games.

 

Telling the story in your graphic novel.

Like graphic novels? Interested in creating your own? You can learn how to draw a  graphic novel by reading this book from the “How to draw your own graphic novel” series. This book shows you how to plan scenes that will create a sense of drama and excitement in your story and different kinds of panels to create the perfect mood.

 

 

 

 

 

Draw Fantasy Characters.

Now that you have Telling the story in your graphic novel to create your setting, what about adding characters into the mix? Particularly fantasy characters like an orge, goblin or a zombie?  Or perhaps musical, punk and naughty fairies? This book contains 96 pages of step by step instructions on how to draw everything from a fairy to a vampire.

 

 

 

 

 

Crafting and drawing not your talent? What about playing a musical instrument? Did you know playing the piano (or any instrument) is considered a fine art. Check out this new non fiction book from the Usbourne series on how to play the piano.

Very easy piano tunes.

Interested in learning the piano? This book will keep beginner pianists happily entertained while learning new skills and aquiring information about the music. You will learn to play all the songs you know so well which includes The grand old Duke from York, London Bridge is falling down and Silent Night. You can also listen to the tunes in this book on the Usbourne Quicklinks website.

 

 

 

 

Inspirational Lives.

Discover more about famous people in the Inspirational Lives series.

J.K. Rowling.

We all know her as the best selling author of the Harry Potter series, but what don’t you know? Read the latest and revised biography of J.K. Rowling and find out everything you have ever wanted to know about her:  Her childhood, her inspiration for writing and how Harry Potter came to life. You find information on tips to be a writer, an insight on how J.K. Rowling spends her day and a quiz that can show you if you have what it takes to be an author.

 

 

 

 

Simon Cowell.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The latest and revised biography of Simon Cowell, the man we know for his  blunt and often controversial criticisms, insults, wisecracks about contestants (and his own mother!) and dubbed Mr. Nasty on talent TV shows like American Idol is now available at Wellington City Libraries!   Read all about Simon Cowell, the global music mogul and  creator of popular television  music competition shows of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent and find out facts and information that you never thought you knew about him, for example he once swapped his father’s handkerchief in his father’s suit pocket for his mother’s best knickers and how Michael Jackson inspired him with the idea that TV had the potential to sell music.

 

 

The Inside world of Animals, Reptiles and Teen Superstars!… and some Arts and Crafts for good measure.

Head on down to the library and check out the latest Junior non fiction that will keep you amused and entertained. Animals! Reptiles! Teen superstars! You couldn’t ask for more!

Amazing new non fiction on animals:

Animal Encyclopedia : 2,500 animals with photos, maps and more!

Love animals? Then this is the book for you. This book has been rated the best children’s animal encyclopedia. Newly published from National Geographic, this amazing encyclopedia, complete with facts, maps and photographs will tell you everything you have ever wanted to know about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish.

 

 

 

 

Animals Are Amazing:

Animals are amazing and don’t we know it. Read up and learn all you ever wanted to know about the world’s  amazing animals which includes MonkeysSharksTigersLions and Polar Bears. These books also come complete with pictures and amazing facts like mother monkeys teach their babies what is good to eat and tigers can grow to be over three metres long.

 

Animals Are Amazing: Snakes

Learn all you ever wanted to know about snakes – snakes that bite, snakes that squeeze, snakes that swim and snakes that climb trees. You will also learn interesting facts like the green anaconda can weigh as much as four grown people and some snakes can live to be 40 years old. Also check out: Amazing Giant Dinosaurs.

 

 

 

 

The inside world of Teen Superstars:

Selena Gomez.

New from the series, Teen Stars is the biography of Selena Gomez, who is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She is known for portraying Alex Russo in the Emmy Award winning television series Wizards of Waverly Place and starring in movies such as Another Cinderella Story and Ramona and Beezus. Whether you’re already a fan, or just want to find out more, this series has something for everyone who’s into the teen celebrity scene.

 

 

 

 

If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, how about throwing in some Arts and Crafts activities for good measure? Check out these brand new non fiction series…

 

Arts and Crafts:

Get creative with these fun activities. Whether your are making a knight’s helmet and sword or a fairy tea party, These books will give you lots of ideas of arts and crafts you can create using knights, castles an fairies themes. Interested in more from this series, check out: PiratesTractors and TrucksDinosaurs and Animals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New from this series is Fun with Paint, Fun with PaperFun with Fabric and Fun with Nature.

Whether you are having fun with paint, paper, fabric or nature, these clever craft books are full of fun ideas and fantastic activities for little fingers to make. From gifts to party decorations or just for fun, these craft activities will keep little fingers busy.

 

 

 

 

 

New Non Fiction for 2013: Things to do, Things to eat and some things that are just plain weird.

The Kids’ Guide to Projects Four Your Pet.

Did you know that creating something for your pet is a great way to show how much you care about it. If you are stuck on ideas, then this book will give you a range of ideas with step by step instructions show how to make simple projects for pets from toys for your cats, clothes for your dogs, a fun house for your hamsters and  liver treats for your cat or dog. You are sure to find something for your fury, feathery or even scaly friend.

 

 

 

 

Poo! A History of the World from the Bottom Up.

How many toilets were there in the average Egyptian pyramid? Did lead pipes cause the fall of the Roman Empire? How did a knight over 20 kilograms of armour go to the loo? How do astronauts wee and poo in space?  Find out all the answers to these questions in this new and exciting read that the School Library Journal rates as the “number one book on number two”. This book provides  everything you have ever wanted to know about the history of poo, as well as hygiene and sanitation throughout history in times of Ancient Greece, Rome, Middle ages, renaissance and the Victorian Era. Also check out Poop Happened! A History of the world from the Bottom Up!

 

Tractors and trucks.

The ideal arts and crafts book for boys that allows them to get creative with fun tractor and track activities. Complete with brilliant step by step photographs and templates to make a digger picture with moving parts, a tanker, tire track pictures, a tractor cab and lots lots more, this is one book and activity idea that can keep boys busy throughout the school holidays.

 

 

 

 


Incredible Edibles.

Love food and science? Looking for a book on mad recipes, crazy experiments, kitchen science projects and weird food stories that will shock and perhaps gross you out? Look no further, here is the book for you. Stefan Gates’s book takes you on an adventure of the amazing, weird and perhaps gross facts about food.  You will also find out answers to questions like what is the most dangerous food on earth, how do you milk a cow and perhaps the mother of all food recipes: how to make your own cola.

 

 

The Garden Cook: Grow, Cook and Eat with Kids.

Move over, Annabel Langbein, there’s a new chef in town! Former Masterchef Australia contestant and teacher, Fiona Inglis has written this excellent book that draws on her real-life experience of working with primary school-aged children. You will find information that covers all aspects of cooking and gardening, including plenty of helpful advice and recipes. The book is written in simple, clear language, is beautifully illustrated and is guaranteed to appeal to all young cooks and gardeners (and to inspire their parents).