The Animal Planet collection invites you to go on a wild journey where you will meet awesome wild animals up close, see stunning photographs of animals in their natural habitat, learn how animals survive and thrive all around the world, and find out ways wild animals are just like us.
So what are you waiting for? Come on down to the library, and check out 5 books in the Animal Planet collection where young readers will discover nature.
Prepare to be amazed and spellbound when you see animals on the move that run, hop, slither, fly and climb in this amazing guide. Also detailed information about animals, such as frogs, worms, falcons, and cheetahs. Highly recommended!
Chill out with amazing polar animals in this amazing book where you will meet incredible polar animals up close and how they survive and thrive in the North and South pole. This also contains information about the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of polar animals, including king penguins, narwhals, and reindeer.
Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2018 is on! Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018. The theme this year is “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”. 71 percent of the world is covered with ocean! So this week is a great time to find out more about it.
We are so lucky living in a coastal city where the sea is right on out doorstep, or not too far away. There’s heaps of things to do in Wellington for sea week . To take a look at exciting creatures under the sea head to the behind the scenes trips at Te Papa and Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab in Island Bay. How about on top of the water? A boat show!
Keen to investigate some of Wellington’s sea life yourself? How about some great books about our sea and shore life:
Narelle Oliver has created some great illustrations to show you who could be hiding in the tidepools. Fish, sea snails, shrimp, crabs and sea slugs. Some of the pages fold out to show you the creatures inside.
Want to know about how environmental changes are affecting sea life? Then this book has some facts and information for you, some of the information is challenging as it deals with oil-well accidents, litter, and pollution. Looking at different ocean dwellers: blue-green algae, coral, jellyfish, orcas, sea turtles, and tuna.
Ever wanted to train a shark? Then you have something in common with Eugenie Clark. This ichthyologist – a fish scientist discovered sharks were not just eating machines, but could be trained. Clark also discovered new species of fish in her underwater studies.
This is a strory about captivity, friendship and greed. Fish Girl is an exhibit set up on the wharf like other sideshows. But why is this aquarium set up like a house? David Wiesner has written and illustrated some great books. A couple of them, Flotsam and Neptune rising have explored stories of the sea before.
This classic underwater tale has inspired so many stories and re-tellings. Written nearly 150 years ago the story included some amazing ideas for the time. Not only in exploring under the sea, but also in submarine technology. Discover the original for yourself!
Wellington is known for it’s unpredictable summers so have some indoor entertainment ready! These are the Children’s favorites from our collection. Is one of them yours?
Sing! is a DVD for all of those who have struck a pose in front of a mirror, copied dance moves from their favourite songs or fleetingly thought about performing! If you get inspired, the library has some great stuff to help you with your performance =)
We have scores, music, play scripts and heaps of CDs and movies for you to sing or act along side of. Have a performance piece already? Let us know the the comments =)
NEWS ALERT! Star Wars and Disney’s Polynesian Princess, Moana has taken over this blog post and… the junior non fiction collection! But hold the press, there’s another Disney (Latina) princess in town and amongst the junior non fiction collection in the guise of Elena of Avalor! – Another strong willed, caring, brave and determined princess and a long awaited role model for young girls! Also included are some trailers to movies that will be released later in the year.
Check out the following books and as always, Enjoy!:
Read this book and find out everything you need to know about the newest Disney heroine, Moana, and her companion, hero and trickster of Polynesian mythology Maui, on their incredible journey across the South Pacific. Discover the beautiful locations of Oceania, including breathtaking underworlds along with frightening sea creatures! This book is packed with stunning information and images of Moana’s quest and provides a fascinating, in-depth look at the most thrilling moments from the movie. Overall, I think this book serves as a wonderful companion alongside the movie. It is also a great learning tool to help young girls begin their path to finding themselves, as well as becoming emerging and strong leaders.
Journey to the world of Moana where you will view lush tropical islands, encounter enormous sea creatures and read stories of legendary folklore. These are all part of an ancient Pacific world that is home to Moana. Explore Matunui, meet the people, learn the customs, and more in this official guide to Moana’s world.
Dive into the wonderfull rich and beautiful culture of Moana’s world, to recreate Moana’s style and look. You will find instructions for hairstyles and accessory crafts related to the Disney film. Hairstyles are shown in detail and photograhed on real-life girls.
Tagline from the TV Series: “Becoming a leader will be her greatest adventure.”
Move over, Moana, there’s a new Disney Princess in town! Meet the caring and brave Princess Elena and everyone she loves in this fantastic essential guide. In this guide, you will learn about Avalor’s lively music and fascinating folklore. You will also get the chance to unleash your adventurous spirit and explore the kingdom of Avalor. Overall another fantastic book and great learning tool that will help young girls begin their path to finding themselves, as well as becoming emerging and strong leaders.
Describes the memorable and ever-popular characters, including race car Lightning McQueen, plus key locations, themes, and iconic moments from the movie.
Check out the trailer below:
For an extra treat, check out the trailer for upcoming Disney/Pixar, Coco. Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Hector the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
For any fan who wants to explore the inner workings of the spaceships and vehicles of all six Star Wars movies, comes this fascinating expanded edition of a fan favourite, now with new cross-section artworks and a wealth of new photos.
Check out the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Unpredicatble weather predicted for the school holidays? Set yourself up with some great movies and favourite series incase you get stuck indoors!
The Disney movie Zootopia has placed soooo many different animals together in one city. Rookie cop, Judy, is the first bunny on the force meeting a huge range of characters that have their own ideas of who Judy is. The directors of Tangled and Wreck-it Ralph have created a movie that looks at how different people treat each other. Worth a watch this holidays.
This encyclopedia is a great introduction about the incredible time of dinosaurs. Truly lives up to its expectations providing amazing facts and awesome pictures. Great resource to use for homework on dinosaurs and prehistoric period.
Dive in and take an amazing voyage of discovery and exploration by reading this fantastic encyclopedia that tells you anything and everything about ocean life. With easy to understand text and remarkable photography, you will be able to unlock the secrets of the sea.
Breaking news, Boys! Here is a book that holds the coolest collection of facts, feats and fun things for boys to do! From the 10 greatest superhero movies and 10 most successful video games, to the 10 deadliest animals and 10 tallest roller coasters this book will simply amaze you! – I for one am simply amazed!
Get ready to go on a journey where you will uncover the bizarre behaviour and horrid habits of the world’s most unusual creatures. I have to say, they don’t call this “The Big Book of Awesome Animals.” for nothing. You are bound to find information to all the tough and queasy questions you have about your favourite animals.
There is one word for this book – Awesome! This unique visual encyclopaedia is literately planet earth as you have never seen it. By reading this book, you will take a unique tour of Planet Earth and find out what goes where in the world. Covers diverse topics in six chapters on Geography, Nature, People, History, Arts & Entertainment and Science & Technology, as well as anything and everything from shipwrecks and castles to wildlife and hurricanes, fantastic picture maps that show you what’s where in the world, the world’s tallest buildings, longest rivers, most dangerous earthquake spots and even where you can find animals that glow! I was very impressed with the world maps. I felt they presented a very clear account of world geography. This book is perfect for school projects in the areas of geography, nature, history and technology projects.
Ready to see the real wonders of the world? This book is just the ticket! Get ready to go on a journey of discovery to find the most awe-inspiring places and experiences on the planet, from the Empire State Building to Death Valley, Dubai’s wonder worlds, and Egypt’s Great Pyramids. Combines traditional world wonders with the ‘real’ wonders of their world. Even better, this is a book not for parents. Great for ages 8-12 year olds.
Have you heard about The Great NZ Science Project? Now’s your chance to get behind science and help New Zealand decide how we use it to invest in our future. Explore areas of interest and join the debate. The future of science in New Zealand is in your hands.
Important and leading NZ scientists have teamed up with our best free-thinkers -you guys, to figure out what science areas NZ should be focusing and spending our money on.
There are lots of ideas and projects suggested in the areas of
In each of these areas you can find out about what’s happening, what could happen in the future and why it’s important for scientists to work in these areas. There are heaps of facts and videos to watch. The videos are really cool, I reckon you should watch them.
Then you get to vote and write your opinion on whether you support science developments in these areas, which areas you think are most important and, coolest of all, you get to tell the scientists what you think they should be working on.
If you have an idea for a project for NZ scientists you can suggest it and you never know, an awesome scientist out there might think it’s a good idea and start working on it -Cool!
The Great NZ Science Project is on Facebook and Twitter for you to like, follow, post and comment.
Introducing new books from the series: Zoom! The Invisible World of… that zooms in on the intriguing but invisible world of animals and plants, using macro-photography to reveal some weird and wonderful sights you will not have seen before.