6 New books to read before the year ends.

Check out the latest junior comics and non fiction at Wellington City Libraries. Grab them before the year ends.


Junior Comics:

Mighty Jack and Zita The Spacegirl.

Teaming up with new friend Zita the spacegirl, Jack and Lilly confront an army of dangerous giants and screeds ready to lay siege to Earth and determined to end all human life.

Monkey & Robot.

Presents four stories about best friends Monkey and Robot, who celebrate Robot’s Built-Day, face an exterminator, take care of a parakeet, and learn important things about babies.

Minecraft: Stories from the overworld.

With tales of witch and pillager rivals finding common ground, a heartless griefer who bit off more than they could chew, and valiant heroes new (or not!) to the Overworld, this anthology tells tales that span the world of Minecraft. Featuring stories from star writers Hope Larson, Kevin Panetta, Rafer Roberts, and Ian Flynn and exciting artists Meredith Gran and more, this collection brings together stories from all realms, leaving no block unturned!


Junior Non Fiction:

Gardening with Emma.

Gardening with Emma is a kid-to-kid guide to growing healthy food and raising the coolest, most awesome plants while making sure there’s plenty of fun. With plants that tickle and make noise, tips for how to grow a flower stand garden, and suggestions for veggies from tiny to colossal, Emma offers a range of original, practical, and entertaining advice and inspiration.

Children’s first cookbook.

Whip up some yummy treats this Christm with Children’s first cookbook.With recipes for scrummy scrambled eggs, funny face pizzas and a chocolate sundae surprise, Annabel Karmel shows how, togetehr with mum and dad, you can create food that’s delicious and good for you too.Dinosaur Hunter.

Dinosaur Hunter.

The true story of paleontologist Joan Wiffen, whose fossil discoveries proved that dinosaurs lived in ancient New Zealand. In picture book format.


Kids’ Club Review by Alyssa: In the garden

In the garden, by Jane Buxton ; illustrated by Phillip Small

I like this book as it has strawberries and I love strawberries just like the girl in the book. The book was funny too.

5 stars

Reviewed by Alyssa from Cummings Park and Ngaio School , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Genevye: Flower power

Flower powerFlower power, by Yvette Poshoglian

Ella and Olivia are sisters . They nearly have a lot of things in common . In this book , Ella wants to grow some vegetables in her garden . But Olivia thinks it’s their garden! Actually that is true! They are both sisters so it’s their garden . Because Ella is the oldest sister she can’t just say it’s her garden right? So Olivia is feeling mad . When Ella is finish putting the seeds , she commands Olivia to water them . Because Olivia is angry she doesn’t . Everyday Ella keeps looking at her garden , and one day her dad touchs one and he says it’s dry . Then Ella has a good plan . Olivia can use her flower seeds to put them in the garden. Now Ella has changed . She thinks it’s their garden . So she calls Olivia and then they work together and plant them . I think Ella was an understanding person . I recommended all readers read this book .

5 stars

Reviewed by Genevye from Central City and , 7 years old

School Holidays! What’s on today – Thu 24th April

Here’s what’s happening today:

Movie in the library – Gardening with soul

Wellington Central Library will screen Gardening With Soul on April 24th at 6pm as part of (delayed) Earth Day celebrations.

This is a free event and you are welcome to bring dinner or snacks along.

For more information on this beautiful, fascinating film visit www.gardeningwithsoul.co.nz

All welcome!


Baby Rock & Rhyme

Johnsonville Library at 9.30am

Karori Library at 10.30am


Preschool Storytime

Miramar Library at 10.15am

Island Bay Library at 10.30am


Note: All libraries are closed tomorrow, 25th April, for ANZAC Day commemorations.

New Non-Fiction : Big Books of interesting facts and things to do

Star Trek : The Visual Dictionary

Like it says on the cover, this really is the ultimate guide to characters, aliens and technology of Star Trek.  It’s almost been 50 years since Star Trek first appeared on television, so there’s a lot to include! It doesn’t look at the more recent movies, but for all the old school tv series and movies, you can’t beat this book.






Houses of long ago

This has to be one of the coolest books we have in the library.  It’s got gorgeous pictures of different houses through history; from the Chinese courtyard house to the medieval English manor. Each picture of the house has small flaps you can lift to see inside the houses and learn all sorts of interesting facts about how people lived in the past.





Cook it step by step

With over 100 recipes, this is a pretty extensive cook book that could teach you how to make pretty much anything. There are lots of pictures that take you through each recipe, and there’s some great information on basic cooking techniques as well.  It’s a great book for a beginner cook, but there’s plenty healthy, delicious recipes in here that anyone could make.





The Great Big Book of Feelings

What do you do when you feel jealous? What things make you sad? What do you do when you feel satisfied? This book doesn’t have all the answers, but it will make you think about the hows and whys of your feelings and what to do when they cause you trouble.






RHS Garden Projects : loads of fun things to do and make in the garden

If the weather holds up, there’s plenty here to keep you entertained in your backyard. Or you could keep them in mind for the warmer weather. At any rate, this is a fantastic book full of awesome projects.  They’re divided into three sections: “make it”, “cook it”, and “create it.” There’s plenty of instructions on when to make the projects, as well. My favourite project is making a fairy ring for your garden…just ask your Mum or Dad first!



The Big book of Big machines

If you’re a nut about all sorts of movers, diggers, flyers and cars then this is an excellent choice.  It’s got lots of fold out pages, so you can appreciate just how big these machines are. It doesn’t go into much detail about exactly how these machines work, but there’s enough information to give you a pretty much basic understanding of what the biggest machines are and what they do.






Animal diaries: Tyrannosaurus Rex

This is an unusual book that’s told from the perspective of a Tyrannosaurus Rex who hatches from an egg shortly before the end of the dinosaurs.  The reader stays with him as he grows up, and learns all about how young t-rex dinosaurs learn to hunt, how they live in their family groups, and all the other creatures they would have interacted with. Which were not necessarily dinosaurs and not necessarily food! It also looks at what survived after the meteorite and why. If you find the mighty meat eater a bit much, there’s also a really cool book from the same series told from the point of view of an elephant.







Spring is here

Come on guys – Get Growing. Now that spring is here why don’t you have a go at growing your own vegetables and fruit. This book is packed with fun projects and activities to spark the imagination and cultivate green thumbs. You could grow a sunflower from seed or grow a pizza garden. You can even grow a bean cave and to top it all off you can even make your own scarecrow. So get those gardening gloves on and have a go!