5 New Non Fiction to Read During Winter

Hey kids! Check out the latest new non fiction at your local library. Books featured in this post range from animals; buildings, trees and what it takes to be a Jedi! Just in time for the winteriest time of the year!

Enjoy!


image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars Use The Force!: Discover What It Takes To Be A Jedi.

A fun, non-fiction chapter book where children can learn all about the Jedi. So, you want to learn what it takes to be a Jedi? Are you sure? Star Wars: Use the Force takes you on a thrilling, fact-filled and fun journey that shows what it really takes to be a Jedi. For ages 6+.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Secret Life of Trees: Explore The Forests Of The World, With Oakheart The Brave.

Listen to ancient tales from Oakheart the Brave, the oldest and wisest tree in the forest, and be inspired by the magic and mystery of nature. Combining non-fiction with a splash of fantasy, this is a book you will get lost in, time and again.

image courtesy of syndeticsThe Not Bad Animals.

A funny non-fiction book starring misunderstood animals from around the world. Children will learn facts about a collection of different creatures as Sophie Corrigan’s unique artwork and hilarious text dispels facts about animals who have been given a bad rep! Ages 5-10.

image courtesy of syndeticsBuilding A Home.

A non-fiction picture book packed with action and vehicles for children who enjoy discovering how things are made. With action-packed artwork from Klas Fahlen and a gentle narrative text by Polly Faber, find out all about the people, machines, processes and tools involved in breathing new life into an old building. For ages 4+.

image courtesy of syndeticsAnimal antics.

Have you ever wondered how ants carry up to 50 times their body weight? Or why sloths move so slowly? Discover the answers to these questions and more as you laugh along at the hilarious pictures in this fun non-fiction book for kids. Animal Antics is jam-packed with funny photos of animals in action. Look out for goats popping up in unexpected places, zebras and chimpanzees grinning for the camera, and adorable chipmunks with bulging cheeks. Alongside high quality images, each page features mind-boggling facts about your favorite animals, including how they get around, what they like to eat, and how they stay cool or keep warm. Children will love this fresh glimpse into the lives of loads of weird and wonderful animals.

 

Kids’ Club Review by Robin: The evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The evolution of Calpurnia TateThe evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly

This book is about a girl in the 1890s who is growing up with a whole bunch of brothers, but she has to be ladylike and learn how to cook and sew, but she really likes science. I loved this book, I have gotten it out of the library so many times! Five stars! I would reccomend it to ages 7 plus.

5 stars

Reviewed by Robin from Island Bay and South Wellington Intermediate , 12 years old

Bee Aware Month!

September is Bee Awareness month and this year Apiculture New Zealand are focusing on bee health by educating us on how we can feed the bees and help protect our precious bee population.

Did you know that bees support New Zealand’s agri-industry exports by over $5 billion annually – that is heaps! Plus they help grow one third of all the food we eat as well as helping our gardens flourish and look beautiful.

There is heaps that we can do to help out our little buzzing friends and one of the easiest way is by planting bee friendly plants and flowers. Bees need food so that they can help pollinate the food we eat. Bees will feed on pollen and nectar and this helps them to grow and Bee strong which helps them to fight off disease and parasites.

Bees also need clean water so why not make a shallow container for them to drink from. Just make sure you put pebbles and twigs in the water so the bees have something to rest on while they are drinking.

Another way we can help the bees is to stop spraying our gardens with harmful pesticides which kill the bees.

Palmers Garden Centre who are supporting Bee Awareness Month have information and competitions on their website plus check out their 5 top tips for a bee friendly backyard.

The library also has heaps of books on bees so take a look and… Lets save our bees!

Parks Week 2018

Who loves going to the park?  I do!  And I bet you do too!  We are very lucky to have an abundance of wonderful parks, gardens, walkways, tracks, reserves and sports fields to enjoy in Wellington.  There are parks for every occasion you can think of.  Where is your favourite park, and what do you enjoy doing there?

Wellington City Council’s Parks Week 10 – 18 March is an annual celebration of our parks and there’s lots going for the whole family to enjoy including Bike Krew Rodeo and the great annual Mt Victoria Treasure Hunt!  These events are both free and family-friendly so make sure to bring mum and dad, and your friends along too!

Parks are so important for our communities, they provide us with lovely green outdoor areas to play in, and they help keep us and our environment healthy.  Show your appreciation for our cities’ great parks by heading along to a Parks Week event or by simply enjoying your favourite local park.

2016’s Parks Week video is a cool clip worth a look too!  And here are some outdoor activity books:

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Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Rockhopping

RockhoppingRockhopping, by Trace Balla

Imagine trying to find the source of a river. This book is about Uncle Egg and Clancy who are trying to do just that. Read this book to discover what adventures they have along the way. I liked this book as it was a change from chapter books and had a unique plot. Children 5+ would enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: The blizzard challenge

The blizzard challengeThe blizzard challenge, by Bear Grylls

Olly is not keen on camping, his rucksack is too heavy and his two tent mates are too happy camping. In the night however, Olly is magically transported to a glacier and Bear Grylls is his guide. What will happen next? This book was okay but it is suited for younger readers who like camping and adventure. I am not one of those people. The book would suit children learning to read.

3 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: Rockhopping

RockhoppingRockhopping, by Trace Balla

A book about adventures in the bush. The main characters are Clancy and uncle. They find ways to solve problems, for instance, their backpack falls down a ravine and they have to find a way to rescue it. Recommend it for nature lovers aged 7+

3 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Khandallah and Cashmere Avenue School , 8 years old