3 new non fiction for the new school year

Back to school already! The holidays always go so fast. But it doesn’t have to mean there are boring days ahead. heck out these new non-fiction titles that have just arrived in the library. Nothing boring here!


image courtesy of syndeticsKindy Kitchen.

Are you a fussy eater? This book will show you how to love your fruit and veges.  In Kindy Kitchen you’ll meet – and eat! – a rainbow fruit serpent, a pineapple crocodile and a cucumber frog, and you’ll discover a new flavour of fun with this amazingly entertaining and seriously adorable cookbook! With its delicious combination of illustrated rhymes and 30 juicy fresh fruit and vegetable recipes, Kindy Kitchen will keep those rumbling little bellies full of what nature intended!


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Travel Book.

Planning your next overseas holiday? Check out this amazing new travel book from Lonely Planet kids that will give you ideas on where to plan your trip. From amazing animals and super sights to fun festivals and fabulous food, this book is packed with hundreds of facts about very country on our planet.



image courtesy of syndeticsTreasury of Norse Mythology.

Check out all the amazing stories of intrigue, trickery, love and revenge in this amazing treasury of Norse mythology, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia.







6 new non fiction staring a blue whale, issac newton, angry birds and a special guest called cupcake.

The Science Book.

The Science Book is an inventive visual take on astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. With eye-catching artwork, step-by-step diagrams, and illustrations that break down complicated ideas into manageable concepts, The Science Book will have readers conversant in genetic engineering, black holes, and global warming in no time. Along the way are found mini-biographies of the most well-known scientists, and a glossary of helpful scientific terms.



The Blue Whale.

A picture book all about blue whales, who could ask for more. This book is one a word – gorgeous. It is full of relatable facts from every day life that help to make the size and habits of the blue whale easily comprehensible and engaging. Especially great for a younger audience.




Issac Newton.

Read all about the life of Issac Newton, the man who discovered gravity when an apple fell to the ground and came up with the three basic ideas that are applied to the physics of most motion.




Custom confections : delicious desserts you can create and enjoy!

Feast your eyes on a book that you can sink your teeth into. Mmmm, custom confections. All the delicious deserts that you can create and enjoy! This book contains step by step instructions and photos on making all the delicious sweet treats known to man from red velvet cookies to tiramisu. A great book to have on hand for your next high tea or bake sale. Great for ages 9 to 13 years.



Tell Me Everything.

Want to know the answers to hundreds of the world’s most fascinating questions? Then check out this book and discover over 300 information packed pages that will take you through everything, including the world, the human body, history and science and technology. Whether you are looking up information for a project or coursework or out of interest, Tell Me Everything has all the answers.



Angry Birds Friendship Bracelets.

Angry Birds Friendship bracelets presents instructions for creating over fifty woven friendship bracelet patterns based on the personalities of the different Angry Bird characters.





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Also check out Bake Sale. A junior comic about a cupcake called… Cupcake, who runs a successful bakery with his best friend, Eggplant, but dreams of going abroad to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, who is the most famous pastry chef in the world.

6 new non fiction: Buzzing bios, Cooking Madness and the mysterious world of the greeks and… an egg.

Nelson Mandela : it always seems impossible until it’s done.

Read the incredible story of Nelson Mandela, a remarkable man that would fight against discrimination,  his country’s cruel system of apartheid and eventually become president of his country. A great resource to use for anyone studying Nelson Mandela and apartheid.



Shackleton’s Journey.

This book tells the story of the shipwreck of the Endurance in a sea of ice en route to Antarctica, and the survival of all 28 members of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackleton.




Complete Children’s Cookbook.

Yummy, yummy, yummy and just in time for the winter season. This book features over 150 delicious recipes to get you and your kids in the kitchen. From eggy bread to sunflower loaves, lamb hotpot to ice cream, there’s a scrumptious recipe for every occasion in the Complete Children’s Cookbook. One word to describe this book, YUM!



Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece.

This book serves as a wonderful introduction to the world of gods and goddesses of the Olympians. From Zeus to Athena, read about the family of gods and goddesses that the ancient Greeks believed watched over them.




The Olympics of ancient Greece.

Read this book and learn all about the athletes, competitions, and religious ceremonies of the ancient Olympics. Great for a younger audience.




Egg : nature’s perfect package.

Explore how a simple, often colorful, sometimes surprisingly shaped package, reveals nature’s life cycle, unusual animal defensive strategies, parenting behaviour, evolution, and more, in this beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book. Overall this is a fantastic book that gives you insight into the remarkable and mysterious world what really goes on inside an egg and what fantastic animals emerge from eggs.

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!

Kids’ Club Review by Danielle: Jake’s Cooking Craze

Jake’s Cooking Craze, by Ken Spillman

All Jake’s friends started watching a reality TV show called “JuniorChef”, and everyone is talking about it. Jake felt left out so he started watching the show to. Now he doesn’t want to just watch it, he wants to do it. Read the book to find out what happens next!

4 stars

Reviewed by Danielle from Tawa, 8 years old

Christmas non-fiction for children

It’s time to get into the Christmas spirit. Check out some of the huge collection of non-fiction books that Wellington City Libraries has to offer!

Craft it up Christmas!

image courtesy of syndetics10 minute Christmas crafts.







image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas things to stitch and sew.








image courtesy of syndeticsCraft it up : Christmas around the world : 35 fun craft projects inspired by traveling adventures.







Cooking up a Christmas Storm!

image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas cooking.








image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas cookies! : a holiday cookbook.







image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas fairy cooking.







Christmas Carols.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne book of Christmas carols.








image courtesy of syndeticsMy very first Christmas carols.







Fun facts and Information about Christmas.

image courtesy of syndeticsHorrible Christmas.








image courtesy of syndeticsChristmas.








image courtesy of syndeticsThe Usborne Christmas treasury.

Kids’ Club Review by Hayley: Sweet treats

Sweet treatsSweet treats, by Carolyn Beth Weil (1958-)

This book is the best cook book around!
This book teaches you how to make lots of yummy sweet treats such as cakes, brownies, lemonade, pudding, muffins, rocky road, cup cakes, ice cream sandwiches, cookies, ice cream sundaes, ice blocks, homemade drinks and loads more.
Step by step instructions and you will have your treats in no time!

5 stars

Reviewed by Hayley from Tawa, 11 years old

New Non Fiction: Back to School numbers.

Welcome to Term 3! I hope you all had a fantastic break over the school holidays.  Here are some new junior non fiction to help you catch up on your school work.
image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsWhy do reptiles have scales? : and other questions about evolution and classification. 
Wildlife wonders? You better believe it. This book covers anything and everything you want/need to know about the classification and evolution of reptiles and how they have adapted to survive the ever changing environment. This is a great book to use for biology projects and homework. Great for Primary and Intermediate level.

You might also want to check out Why do Plants have flowers? and other questions about evolution and classification. Lots of amazing facts about the evolution and classification of plants, like you find out the age of a tree by counting the rings beneath the bark and apparently find out which flower smells of rotting meat – Whoa!. A great resource to sue for horticulture projects and homework.



image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndeticsIt’s time for Animaths! It’s time to improve your maths sssskills by looking at Shapes with Snakes. Become a “roaring” success with maths by Taking Away with Tigers and some maths ant-ics by looking at Adding with Ants.

These books are great to use to introduce young children to simple key maths concepts with the use of  cut out photos of animals. These books are sure to engage the interest of reluctant mathematicians.




All about the Commonwealthimage courtesy of syndetics

According to WikipediaThe Commonwealth of Nations, commonly known as the Commonwealth (formerly the British Commonwealth),  is an intergovernmental organisation of 53 member states (including New Zealand) that were mostly territories of the former British Empire, with some notable exceptions. The Commonwealth operates by intergovernmental consensus of the member states, organised through the Commonwealth Secretariat, and non-governmental organisations, organised through the Commonwealth Foundation.

Luckily for the library, we now have a junior non fiction book jam packed with information about the Commonwealth. This informative, fact-packed guide also tells you all about the history and the aims of the Commonwealth since its foundation in 1931. Did you know New Zealand is one of the 53 countries led by HM Queen Elizabeth II? A great book to use for Social Studies homework.




image courtesy of syndeticsCool Kids Cook.

Ready for another back to school number that will help you ace Home Economics and allow you to unleash your inner Gordon Ramsey-Jaime Oliver- Nigella Lawson-Chelsea Winter? Donna Hay has released a cookbook for kids. Donna Hay for kids?! How cool is that! Check out the awesome cookbook, catered for cool kids that contains over 40 fun and simple recipes for kids to make for family and friends to enjoy. Found a few tasty numbers like spaghetti bolognese, sausage rolls, chicken noodle soup, cup cakes and chocolate moose. Wow,  I wish I had this book when I was doing Home Economics at school.




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Encyclopedia of the human body : begin to discover the human body.

Got a biology project coming up on the human body? This back to school number can help.  The Encyclopedia of the human body will allow you to discover information about how the human body and anatomy works. You will discover and learn everything from how blood flows through the heart, to how food is digested and where your voice comes from… hmmm!  This is the kind of book that makes *physiology look cool and screams AMAZING!


*Physiology: The branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.