8 New Non Fiction to read during Autumn.

Summer has officially come to an end and we are already days into Autumn – Have you caught sight of any leaves falling from the trees yet? As you’re well aware, Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, so there’s the possibility of shorter and colder days, bringing an end to the warm sunny days at the beach. But have no fear, the library is always stocked full of books to keep you entertained. This blog post features books for girls and boys of all ages that will curb their gaming and sports fetish; channel their inner princess, sports hero, warrior and leader; extra resources to help with homework and get some insight as to what their parents do in the workforce all day.


image courtesy of syndeticsSkylanders Universe: : the complete collection : one book, 321 skylanders.

This is one book that all Skylanders fans must get their hands on! Read all about every single Skylander in this book featured from all three smash-hit video games. Includes information about character bios, battle cries and all 256 possible SWAP Force character combinations.


Cimage courtesy of syndetics ricket with Kane Williamson : a guide to batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy.

Why is it important to play the ball late? How do you play the perfect cover drive? What should you do to deliver a deadly in-swinger? Join New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, a superstar of the game, as he talks through his approach to batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy.


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Amazing Book of Disney Princess.

Dreams of Disney Princesses and books, come to life with the release of The Amazing Book of Disney Princess. Fans will get to discover more about their favourite fairytale princesses. With stunning pictures, fun facts and an exciting quiz, be transported to their kingdoms and discover their magical world. A must have read for budding fans to channel their inner Disney princess.


image courtesy of syndeticsThis is a horrible book of foul facts.

This Horrible Book of Foul Facts serves up all the dreadful details of horrible history you’ll ever need to know – from rotten Roman graffiti to terrible teacher tortures and rude royal nicknames, the foul facts are all inside. Want to know: the crushing details about execution by elephant? How to soften your skin Georgian-style, using the skins of puppies? Whose idea of a top treat was mashed deer tongues? Whether you’re desperate to discover which famous rulers were left-handed, raring to read about the top ten dogs of all time, or just aching to ask about assassinating apes, then this book is for you. History has never been so horrible!


image courtesy of syndeticsThe Princess and the warrior.

A very sad and tragic Mexican legend about a beautiful princess falling into a deep sleep and her brave warrior vowing to stay by her side, even if she never awakens, eventually turning into volcanoes known as Popocatépetl (“the Smoking Mountain”) and Iztaccíhuatl (“white woman” in Nahuatl, sometimes called the Mujer Dormida “sleeping woman” in Spanish), which overlook the Valley of Mexico. Prepare to have tissues on hand.


image courtesy of syndeticsAnimal record breakers.

This book holds thousands of amazing facts and spectacular feats. A must have resource for the budding animal enthusiast.





image courtesy of synedticsBe the change : a grandfather Gandhi story.

“At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste.”



image courtesy of syndeticsWhat do grown-ups do all day?

Ever wondered what your Mum and Dad get up to during their day? Here’s your chance to find out. Read this book and explore fourteen diverse workplaces, then turn the page to find out what each grown-up does there. Features more than 100 jobs. Also a great resource to have on hand if you want to choose a profession and career.


Kids’ Club Review by Juliet: Princess Mirror-Belle

Princess Mirror-BellePrincess Mirror-Belle, by Julia Donaldson

I love Princess Mirror-Belle! She is so mischievous! Julia Donaldson would get the prize for Most-Funny Story if there was one! I think that everyone should read Princess Mirror-Belle. I think it is suitable for 5 years and above, and it would appeal to all 3rd and 4th years. It is about a reflection of a normal girl who comes out of mirrors and thinks she’s a princess and tells princess stories about herself that aren’t true and gets up to all sorts of mischief! I wish I was Julia Donaldson so I could write books like her.

3 stars

Reviewed by Juliet from Cummings Park and Queen Margaret College , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sudhiksha: The paper bag princess

The paper bag princessThe paper bag princess, by Robert N. Munsch (1945-)

The paper bag princess is a very nice book because Elizabeth was able to save prince Ronald when the dragon slept. The princess and the prince were very nice because of all the expensive things they were wearing.

5 stars

Reviewed by Sudhiksha from Johnsonville and Amesbury School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Hannah: The paper bag princess

The paper bag princessThe paper bag princess, by Robert N. Munsch (1945-)

I like this because of the lovely illustrations. It is about a princess called Elizabeth. She has to marry a prince named Ronald. But then one day a dragon takes away Ronald and breaks down her castle. She finds she is wearing a paper bag; that is why she called the paper bag princess. The book is good for anyone who likes picture books about princesses.

3 stars

Reviewed by Hannah from Cummings Park and Ngaio School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by saanvi: A little princess

A little princessA little princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

Its a story all about a little girl who suffered more after her father passed away.
This story teaches me :the good are rewarded and the bad are punished.

5 stars

Reviewed by saanvi from Central City and Clyde Quay School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: A little princess

A little princessA little princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

This book was great! The intro was quite slow but then once I got to the middle I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t actually planning on reading it, but once I saw a great review by Francesca, I decided to try it. Its a heartwarming story about a girl called Sara, and her father tells her that she’s his little princess. I loved this story mainly because of the way the author describes the feelings of each character so well. Its definitely a great book to read.

4 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Francesca: A little princess

A little princessA little princess, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924)

I LOVED IT! It was an amazing book, I personally think Frances Hodgson Burnett is an amazing writer, often the beginnings are very slow, and the action builds up over time.

Normally in Burnett’s books often start slow, due to the fact the main character has low self of steam and is rather shy, over time as the characters courage and confidence builds up, the more trouble and excitement the character get’s into.

“A Little Princess” is about a little 7 year old girl called Sara. Sara is a very observant little girl and is very aware of the world… Her farther often tells her how she is a little princess and about magic and stories about magic.

The story is about how her loving farther sends her away to a boarding school while he participates in the war, during the separation, Sara comes up with ways to entertain herself and others by sharing some imaginative stories, But the headmistress shuts down any hope of crazy stories and “Nonsense” she says. Sara misses her father very much and often wishes he was there with her. She makes friends and experiences some very sad and horrible things, but then a miracle happens…

This books is a very sad and powerful book with some very heavy concepts, i would recommend this 7+…. ENJOY!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Francesca from Kilbirnie and Kelburn Normal School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: The forgotten sisters

The forgotten sistersThe forgotten sisters, by Shannon Hale

Miri has been chosen by the Queen to make three swamp girls into royalty. At first Miri tries to refuse, but deep inside she knows its her duty to be a tutor. Can Miri keep her word and turn the girls into princesses or will she fail the queen and be banished from the kingdom?

4 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lucia: The paper bag princess

The paper bag princessThe paper bag princess, by Robert N. Munsch (1945-)

This book is really silly and funny! My favourite part is when Elizabeth calls Prince Ronald a Bum! 🙂 That made me LOL so much. The dragon is really cute, spiky and speedy which makes the story an adventure to read.

5 stars

Reviewed by Lucia from Karori and Karori Normal School , 8 years old