6 New Non Fiction to cook up a storm!

Grab hold of these new non fiction books during the school holidays start so you can cook up a storm, whether it is in your own kitchen or backyard.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe ultimate guide to being a superhero

Want to unleash you inner gourmet superhero? Have no fear, we have just the book for you. The ultimate guide to being a superhero is packed with recipes, manoeuvres, and gadgets for every aspiring superhero. Is sure to delight every superchild, every fan of the classic comic book genre, and every parent looking for great party ideas. Recipes include: Kryptonite Jell-O Secret Identity Sandwiches Sidekick Salad Kapow! Cupcakes Super Power Punch And much more!


image courtesy of syndeticsOutdoor Science Lab for kids

The great outdoors is nature’s own science lab and you can find lots if fun experiments just outside your back door. This book, complete with 52 fun science activities can bring your own personal outdoor science lab to life. Great for families to do together where they can anything and everything about science while enjoying the sights and scenes of the great outdoors. Great for ages 7+.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Help Yourself Cookbook For Kids

Want to get on the clean eating path? This irresistible cookbook can help empower children to take charge of their own nutrition help you. Also full of  60 appealing  (and healthy) recipes, and cool facts, such as dehydration causes you brain to shrink. Hmmm, makes you want to reach over for that water bottle.



image courtesy of syndeticsSecrets of Animal Camouflage

This is your chance to discover who is hiding in the wild and the secret world of animal camouflage. Shine a light behind the page and see… a world filled with great surprises in the animal kingdom.



image courtesy of syndeticsFashion rebels : style icons who changed the world through fashion

Calling all fashion rebels! We finally have a book that can help you bring out your innovative fashion creativity and where you can break the rules! Buried deep within the pages, is information female designers and icons, such as Coco Chanel, Marie Antoinette and Katharine Hepburn who treated fashion as an act of fearless creativity, set their standards as to what they would wear rather than follow trends ad as a result changed the fashion industry, as well as the world forever!


image courtesy of sydneticsThe young chef : recipes and techniques for kids who love to cook

This book teaches kids to cook and think like a chef, with 100 delicious recipes, essential techniques, insider tips, fun facts, and more. A must have read for the enthusiastic, budding chef!











New Non Fiction: Let us entertain you!

The holidays are about two weeks away and winter’s almost on it’s way.  Worried about what you are going to do over the holidays? Never fear, come on down to Wellington City Libraries, get stocked up on new books (and maybe some DVDs for good measure)  and let us entertain you!

Wellington City Libraries has more new non fiction in the Children’s collection for your enjoyment and pleasure. This month’s blog post pays tribute to the entertainment industry.

Here you will find a list of books that can give you ideas on how to make your own film (whether as a hobby or if you aim to be the next Sir Peter Jackson); getting schooled up on your favorite Disney, Pixar and Star Wars characters (maybe revisiting and watching your favorite Disney, Pixar and Star Wars movies), drawing SpongeBob SquarePants characters and even running away to join the circus!

There are three more books have been published from the series, Inspirational Lives that focuses on influential people and key figures in the public eye, in the case this month, a writer, a rap star and the creator of Apple! Who knows, maybe reading about their inspiring lives may inspire you to follow your creative dreams and goals.


Behind the Scenes: Film.

If you’re a movie buff (like I am) and interested in what happens behind the scenes of your favorite movies, then have a read of this new revised and updated book on what goes on in the film industry. You will learn about how things work in film, inside knowledge about the jobs people do and even tips on how to get experience and your first job if you are looking to pursue a career in the film industry.


Disney junior encyclopedia of animated characters : Includes characters from your favorite Disney Pixar films.

So you think you’re a Disney expert? Sure, you may know the words to every Disney Song and able to recite all the lines from your favorite Disney movie. But do you know the answers to questions like what is the dentist’s address in Finding Nemo?, what is Mulan’s family name? and why the words “Meega na la queesta!” makes an alien want to throw up? Hakuna Matata! All the answers are in this new encyclopedia from A to Z about all your favorite Disney and Pixar animated characters. If only they had published this when I was a kid.

Also check out my personal Disney favorites: Lilo and Stitch, Finding Nemo, The Lion King and The Incredibles. 



A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away… Three new books on Star Wars arrived at Wellington City Libraries!

In the mood for Star Wars non fiction? For all you Star Wars fans, you get three for the price of one. Three books that are guaranteed to make you the ultimate Star Wars expert!

Star Wars Character Encyclopedia explores over 200 heroes, villains, droids and weird aliens from the Star Wars series. It’s great for anyone who wants to gain further insight to their favorite Star Wars characters. Also find out if you have what it takes to be a Jedi… or a Sith Lord by reading Who are the Jedi and What is a Sith Warrior from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. In Who are the Jedi, you will read and uncover secrets of the most powerful and heroic Jedi Knights of all time, while Who Are the Sith explores the most fearsome fighters of all time and their deadly secrets.  Grab them down at your local library before someone else does.




Roll up, roll up! The Circus has come to the library!… Well almost. We now have a new and exciting book about all you ever wanted to know about circuses. Read all about the history of the circus from 18th century to present day, the use of animals, famous circuses around the world and even tips of how to be a circus performer. You will learn lots of amazing facts and information like the first circus that started was in London, 1768 by Philip Astley and the Cirque du Soleil employs over 5,000 people around the world.


How to Draw SpongeBob SquarePants.

Ahoy  SpongeBob SquarePants fans! Now you can bring SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and Mr. Krabs to life… on paper. This book will show you how to draw these characters with simple step by step instructions. There’s lots of cool drawing tips and sketching ideas, including how to make your own flip book that brings your drawing to life as if there were on film or TV. This book is bound to keep you entertained for many hours on end.


If you enjoyed the last post on Inspirational Lives, get ready for more biographies on your favorite celebrities and key figures in the public eye:


Steve Jobs: Digital Innovator.

Read all about  Steve Jobs, the  American entrepreneur and best known as the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc, the  co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios! (Yup, the company responsible for our favourite Disney movies like Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Toy Story 3!) and how this  man, from San Francisco revolutionized the way we think about computer, music, entertainment brought the world the  iPod, iPhone and iPad! You will learn all about this amazing genius’ inspiration life from how is interest in electronics developed, the founding of Apple, his family life and how his career came to an end due to an illness that led to his death in 2011.

Check out some of the Pixar DVDs like Brave, Up, WALL-E and Toy Story 3.

Anthony Horowitz: Creator of Alex Rider.

We all know him as the best selling author of children and young adult fiction, mostly popularly known as the author of the Alex Rider series, but what don’t you know? Read the latest and revised biography of Anthony Horowitz and find out everything you have ever wanted to know about him:  His childhood, his inspiration for writing and how Alex Rider came to life and things you didn’t know about him, like his mum giving him a human skull for his 13th birthday and spending his gap year in Australia working as a cowboy. You find information on tips to be a writer and a quiz that can show you if you have what it takes to be a writer.


Jay-Z: Megastar Rapper.

This book is the mother of all inspirational lives! We all know Jay-Z as the multi-platinum rap icon,  shrewd businessman and husband of famous R&B singer, Beyonce, who went from being a  kid from the ghetto and a high school drop put to a man who sold 50 million albums around the world, who won 15 Grammy Awards and who even owns his own basketball team! (A life we can envy.) Now is the chance to read about the man behind the multi-million dollar brand. You will read all about his troubled childhood, brush with the law, finally hitting the big time and how his performance in Glastonbury, 2008 brought acceptance of hip hop to a traditionally rock audience




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.