Kids’ Club Review by Tulip: Can I eat that?

Can I eat that?Can I eat that?, by Joshua David Stein

This book is so amazingly awesome! It is so funny. it describes food in the most weirdest ways that you cant even think of! with a bit of humor it has these illusions if i can call them that and it is a bit informational! i will recommend this book for food lovers but other than that any one could enjoy this book!

5 stars

Reviewed by Tulip from Newtown and Berhampore School , 10 years old

Discover your green thumb and get into gardening this summer!

Gardening is a fun activity to get involved in during the summer months, and one that many people all around the world find very fulfilling.

Gardening is also really good for you in all sorts of ways. Firstly, gardening outside is a great way to get out in the sun and soak up some vitamin D, just don’t forget to be sun smart and chuck on a sunhat and sunscreen before you head outside.

Gardening is  good exercise and an enjoyable way to keep busy and stay active in the summer months. It is also a fun introduction to science and enables us to learn about the natural world around us using all of our senses (sight, smell, taste, touch, sound).

But best of all, gardening makes you happy! In fact, scientific experiments have shown that when you connect with soil, your brain releases a feel-good chemical called serotonin that actually helps to improve your mood. How cool is that!?

Gardening is also a very rewarding activity, as you get to watch all of your hard work grow and flourish (and it might even end up on the dinner table).

Gardening can be a peaceful activity to do on your own, but you can have fun gardening with a friend or family member, or even in a group. You might know someone that likes gardening, perhaps your Grandparent or a neighbour, that you could help out their garden.

If you have limited outdoor space at your house, try starting small using a planter box, an old car tyre, or plant straight into a bag of compost.

The libraries have HEAPS of awesome books on gardening to inspire you and help you get started. Check out the catalogue to find out what’s available in your local branch library and don’t forget children can place reserves for free using your library card all summer long!

Kids’ Club Review by Zahra: Can I eat that?

Can I eat that?Can I eat that?, by Joshua David Stein

This book is about a child wanting to eat things and asking where they come from.

I love the book. It was funny. I loved the pictures.

My favourite part is seeing yummy food that I like. I didn’t like the half sour pickles.

I learnt about where food comes from.

I recommend this book to people who don’t know where food comes from.

5 stars

Reviewed by Zahra from Karori and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 6 years old

LOVE your leftovers…nom nom nom

November is ‘Love your Leftovers‘ month, a special event created by the folks at Love Food Hate Waste to encourage kiwi families to eat their leftover food. Every year in New Zealand a whopping $870 million worth of uneaten food goes to waste when people throw it away.  That’s enough to buy over 60 private islands in the Carribean! Meanwhile, we also have many families who struggle to buy groceries each week.

 

 

There are a few things that YOU can do to help, and one of the big ones is making sure that good, edible food is not going into the rubbish bin. It might not be very exciting to eat the same food two days in a row, but there are lots of easy ways to jazz up your leftovers to create a tasty new meal, and it might even save you some money.

 

 

Couldn’t finish those vegetables? Try reusing them in an omelette or putting them on top of a pizza. Cooked too much meat to feed the crew? Try creating a new flavour of pie. You can even chuck those potato peels in the oven for a delicious crispy snack. For more inspiration, check out these leftover recipes. And don’t forget, freezing food is a great way to store it for later!

 

 

Wellington City Libraries are supporting this wonderful event by creating book displays that encourage using leftovers. Keep an eye out for one in your local library, or head over to the catalogue to start searching (and reserving for free!).

7 new children’s non fiction about deadly beasts, famous people and cooking up a storm!

Kids, the school holidays are flying by and the library has some new and exciting non fiction books for your viewing and reading pleasure. So come on down and grab books about deadly beast that roamed the earth a million years ago, as well as some that only exist in the world of fiction and fantasy; famous people who changed the world and cooking up a storm in the comfort of your own kitchen where the world of Science and The Gruffalo comes to life that will make your tummy rumble.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsDay of the Dinosaurs.

Travel back in time to a period where dinosaurs roamed the earth. This amazing book features eye catching illustrations, as well as information about dinosaurs in terms of diet, how they lived on land, water and in the skies, as well as how they defended themselves and their territory  from four different prehistoric periods: the Triassic, the early Jurassic, the Late Jurassic and the Cretaceous. This is a thrilling read for any budding palaeontologist.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsAtlas of Animal Adventures.

Prepare for a  journey of amazing discovery. Featured in this is an amazing collection of images and information about every animal known to existence, as well as nature’s most unmissable events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviours, and Herculean habits.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsGruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes.

Delights such as  Owl Ice Cream, Scrambled Snake, Roasted Fox, and of course… Gruffalo Crumble from the lovable picture, The Gruffalo comes life with this awesome cookbook, filled with recipes and ideas for every meal, that is bound to keep Gruffalo fans of all ages busy in the kitchen. Other tasty favourite that catch eye are caterpillar twists, orange eyes and even a Gruffalo cake. With this book, you are all set for a Gruffalo themed morning/afternoon tea, birthday part or even a Halloween party. These tasty delights are already starting to make my tummy rumble!

 

image courtesy of syndetics.How to draw orcs, goblins, and other wicked creatures.

Where the world of orcs, goblins and artistic creations collide. This simple and easy to read book will teach readers how to draw orcs, goblins, hags, and several other wicked fantasy creatures where you will be able to bring your own Lord of the Rings to life.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsFrida Kahlo : the artist in the blue house.

The artwork and the photographs of Frida Kahlo comes to life with this gorgeous new art book with a charming narrative and fascinating pictures that provide an engaging introduction to the life of Frida Kahlo and her creations.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsScience Experiments you can eat.

Dig into a feast of fun where you’re the scientist and the kitchen is your laboratory. This book that gives you all everything you need where you can test your science theories, make some amazing discoveries and eat your results!  Includes information on how to make rock candy, grape jelly, cupcakes, and popcorn.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsNadia : the girl who couldnt sit still.

A cute and easy to read biography of the young Romanian gymnast, Nadia Comaneci. This book goes into full detail of how some of the ways her energy got her into trouble as a child, how she became involved in gymnastics, and how practice and determination led her to become an Olympic champion. This is the greatest picture book biography since Different like Coco.

7 new back to school non fiction

Term Two has kicked off and we are heading into the coldest months.

But don’t despair! This means that you  have lots of indoor afternoons and evenings to read some amazing books.

Here are some picks from the non-fiction pile:

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMuch Ado About Shakespeare.

Take a peek behind the curtain to discover the boy, the youth, the man behind some of the greatest works of literature. The life and times of William Shakespeare are richly imagined in this unique biography told using quotes from the Bard himself.

 

 

image courtesy of syndetics100 most indestructible Things on the Planet.

This book is full of the roughest and toughest animals, plants and materials you’ll ever come across.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsLet’s Cook Spanish.

Let’s cook Spanish collects 30 of the most classic, traditional Spanish dishes from tapas to apella and optimizes them for your whole family to cook and enjoy together. Each recipe appears in both English and Spanish so you can even pick a few Spanish words  as you are cooking along.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsJungle Animals.

Safari Sam knows loads about all sorts of jungle animals. From orangutans to chameleons and everything in between. Find out about jungle predators, swinging chimpanzees and brightly coloured parrots and frogs through the simple text and other bite-sized facts. Great for primary school aged kids.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsPolar Animals.

Safari Sam knows loads about all sorts of polar animals. From polar bears to penguins and everything in between. Find out about polar predators, shaggy muskoxen and huge killer whales through the simple text and other bite-sized facts. Safari Sam’s Wild Animals (and Nora the Naturalist’s Animals) are brilliant introductory books for young readers aged 5+ in the high-interest area of popular animals.

 

image courtesy of syndeticsWeird but true! : gross.

Get ready to be grossed out–in a good way! This latest addition to the crazy popular Weird but True series is slimy and sticky and jam-packed with more icky, zany fun! Step up to the plate and try not to lose your lunch, with 300 all-new, amazing facts plus photos that kids just can’t get enough of.

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Olympics: Ancient and Modern.

It’s less than five months before the 2016 Summer Olympics kicks off in Rio. Here is your chance to get hold of this amazing book: The Olympics: Ancient and Modern, and discover the amazing history behind the world’s greatest event. Also read about the origins of the Olympics in Ancient Greece, how it nearly disappeared and uncover the story behind its reinvention more than 100 years ago. One book to have on hand for any Olympics school projects and homework.

 

 

 

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.