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-)

O M G
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.

 

New Non Fiction: A cure for the winter blues.

Well, boys and girls. We have finally entered into the coldest month of the year and have been and/or about to be hit hard with some miserable weather. Have no fair, the library has got a new range of Junior Non Fiction. Nothing but a little ‘Plants vs Zombies, a tribute to the arts and Angry Birds Star Wars and Lego redux!’ to cure the winter blues.

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Childrens book of cinema :  Explore the magical, behind-the-scenes world of the movies.

“Presents an introduction to the world of cinema. This title tells the story of cinema from silent films of yesteryear to the big blockbusters of today, covering the innovation of “talkies” as well as the revolution of technicolor.” – World Cat.

This book is every film buff’s (myself included) and budding film maker’s dream! It contains a lot of information about the history of film, actors and directors, (both past and present) From monsters (both scary and fun loving) to musicals, (like The Wizard of Oz) and wizards (Yep, even Harry Potter is mentioned) to westerns, this is true to its word taking you on a showstopping journey through the fascinating world of film. A great book to curl up to, with popcorn during winter.

 

 

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Oil Paints.

Here’s a book that  contains step-by-step guides show how to create a variety of projects using oil paints that is bound to unleash your inner artist. You may also like Watercolors and Acrylics,

 

 

 

 

 

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The Official Angry Birds Star Wars Joke Book.

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away. The bird rebels and the pork federation joined forces to find the funniest, craziest, zaniest jokes in the Star Ways history. Well did they complete their mission? “Hee Hee! Mwa Ha Ha Ha! Bleep Bleep!” Hmmm, I guess the words speak for themselves. Hands down, this is the funniest joke book voted by bird rebels,  pork federation and of course a local children’s librarian in the history of joke books, Angry Birds and Star Wars.  Most of the jokes in this book are Angry Birds Star Wars related. There are the odd jokes enclosed in this book that might be enjoyed by those with a sick and warped sense of humor. And believe it or not, there is the odd librarian joke, hmmm perhaps you might want to try it out on your local librarian, hee hee. Hope you enjoy this book… as much as I did.

But wait, there’s more!

 

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Super Interactive Annual 2014 Angry Birds Star Wars.

“Birds! Slingshots! Destruction! Feathers! Fun! This best selling Annual has it all. Join your favourite flock of characters on Piggy Island as the world of Angry Birds is brought to life in this fun and truly interactive Annual. Using your smartphone or tablet to zap the unique icons on the page reveals super interactive bonus features including exclusive stories, additional profiles and entertaining activities”–Publisher’s description.

Your one stop Angry Birds Star Wars entertainment is here! In the form of this awesome new addition to Wellington City Libraries. Puzzles, quizzes, drawing, games and… lets not forget Angry Birds Star Wars. Who could ask for more? This book is sure to keep children entertained, especially with all the yucky weather we have had lately.

 

 

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Plants vs Zombies : Books of Things.

Are we one the verge of the zombie apocalypse? Not yet. But it could happen… right? So best to be prepared. That’s where this book comes in. This book had all the entertainment, puzzles, games and quizzes to do to pass the time in the probably unlikely event of having to barricade yourself inside your own home to protect your precious brain parts from being gobbled up during a terrifying invasion of shuffling, plant-hating and frankly inconvienient zombies… and also perhaps another book to keep you entertained in the very likely event of having to barricade yourself indoors to protect your precious body from the terrifying cold and wet weather. Great for kids aged 9-12 years.

 

 

 

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The Lego Book.

You can never go wrong with Lego. For all you die-hard Lego fans, this is the No#1 book to read! Here is your chance to read the complete illustrated history of the LEGO products that discusses the origins of the company, and the evolution of bricks, figures, play themes, and related products; and features a time line that records the introduction of the first plastic bricks to the LEGO products of 2012.  I could spend hours looking at this book. Another awesome read that has the WOW factor and that will bring out every adult’s inner child. A definite 5 star rating!

Also check out LEGO play book : ideas to bring your bricks to life and The LEGO ideas book : unlock your imagination.

Also how about some recipe ideas? Check out this new series on recipes from around the world. The books from the Global Cookery series features recipes from India (Recipes from India), China, (Recipes from China), Italy (Recipes from Italy) and Mexico (Recipes from Mexico) A great way for kids to learn about the eating habits of various cultures and nutritional information. These books also featured recipes on your favourite takeaways like Pizza, Tandoori Chicken and Wanton soup. with these ideas, your parents will be able to save money on the weekly Friday night takeaways.

 

To finish off…

 

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Judith Kerr’s Creatures.

Here is a children’s art book and a biography all rolled into one which celebrates children’s author and illustrator, Judith Kerr’s life and work. As a child, I simply adored Judith Kerr’s picture books like the Mog series and The Tiger who came to tea. But after reading this book, I have fallen in love with Judith Kerr’s picture books all over again. This is another WOW factor book that is well deserving of a 5 star rating!

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JUDITH KERR:

– She was born in Berlin.

– Her family fled to Switzerland when Hitler seized power.

– She failed a diploma in book illustration.

– Her husband, Tom Kneale was a famous British screenwriter.

– Her daughter, Tacy Kneale made creatures for the Harry Potter films.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Rachel: Cupcake catastrophe

Cupcake catastropheCupcake catastrophe, by Yvette Poshoglian

Cupcake Catastrophe is a really good book about cooking with Ella (7 years old) and Olivia (5 1/2 years old). They are going to make cupcakes for a special celebration and they are a surprise for their Dad. This is a good book for girls around 5 or 6 years old. Thanks

4 stars

Reviewed by Rachel from Tawa, 8 years old

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.

 

Are you hungry?

Are you looking for some fun things to cook?

Would you would like to cook yourself around the world –  maybe cook some vegetarian. How about trying some sugar-free or wheat-free cooking. What about pasta and noodles?

You can cook yourself up some pancakes, burgers, muffins or what about some chocolate fudge or some yummy smoothies.

So get creating and get cooking!