Digging up the past with these great children’s books

Have you ever dreamed of travelling back in time, to meet famous heroes, brave warriors, wise queens, or your own long-dead ancestors?

Have you wandered round museums admiring giant statues, glittering jewels, and mysterious mummies? Do you wonder who made them – and how, when, where and why?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you share a vision with many adventurous archaeologist – men and women with a passion to find out about the past.

These people travel the globe in search of lost cities and buried treasures. They decipher ancient carvings and dusty documents. They learn exciting new skills and experiment with the latest technology to find out what life was like long ago. Their work takes them to all kinds of places – from deep, dark oceans to high mountaintops.

So come along for the ride and help dig up the past.

New Kids Fiction to get you through these colder winter days!

With winter settling in what better time to rug up with a warm blanket, a cup of milo and some of these new Kids Fiction books from your local library!

Hour of the BeesImage courtesy of Syndetics by Lindsay Eagar

This novel blurs the line between truth and fiction as Carol unravels the fantastical stories of her mentally ill grandfather. When she and her family move to his deserted ranch in order to transfer him to a care home, Carol struggles to cope with the suffocating heat and the effects of her grandfather’s Alzheimer’s. Bees seem to be following her around, but the drought means this is impossible. She must be imagining things. Yet when her grandfather chooses her as the subject for his stories – tales of a magical healing tree, a lake, and the grandmother she never knew – Carol sees glimmers of something special in what her parents dismiss as Serge’s madness. As she rethinks her roots and what she thought she knew about her family, Carol comes to the realization that Serge’s past is quickly catching up with her present.



How to Capture an Invisible Cat by Paul TobinImage courtesy of Syndetics

Every Friday the 13th, 6th grade genius and inventor extraordinaire Nate Bannister does three not-so-smart things to keep life interesting. This time, he taught a caterpillar math, mailed a love letter, and super-sized his cat Proton before turning him invisible.




Image courtesy of SyndeticsTeresa by Deborah Abela

Teresa and her family survived the bombing of their home and went hungry during the long siege of their island during the war. Life in peace time is still hard. Her parents want a better life, and so apply to migrate to Australia to find it. But after the long voyage to Sydney, there are more testing times ahead for Teresa as she tries to learn Australian ways, avoid the bullies and do well at school. She is not about to let anything stop her from making her family and her nanna back in Malta proud of her.



Image courtesy of SyndeticsThe Secrets we Keep by Nova Weetman

Clem Timmins has lost everything – her clothes, her possessions, her house and her mum. Now living in a tiny flat with her dad, Clem has to start a new school and make new friends. On her first day, Clem tells Ellie that her mum died in a house fire and immediately regrets it when Ellie latches on and confides that her own mother is dying of cancer. When Clem receives a letter she doesn’t want to read, it becomes clear she can’t run from her past forever, especially when the truth appears right in front of her face.



Wicked’s WayImage courtesy of Syndetics by Anna Fienberg

Will could walk a tightrope and juggle bananas as he went. ‘One day you’ll be the star of a circus,’ his mother told him. ‘But until then, you must be a secret.’ For each year pirates came to the islands to steal young boys for their crew. And if that happened to you, well, you may as well kiss your life goodbye. So what’s a young lad to do when his mother disappears and pirates arrive at his door?..Will takes courage from a crazy truth-telling parrot, and his mother’s advice: ‘Keep putting one foot in front of the other and your eyes on the prize.’ But will this be enough to survive the perils at sea? And will that infuriatingly polite boy called Horrendo finally tip the balance?..A high-seas pirate adventure about scoundrels and blaggards, devilish treachery, and finding the most precious treasure of all…

Kids’ Club Review by Hayley: Leonardo and the flying boy

Leonardo and the flying boy, by Lournee Anholt

Leonardo had a dream that people would fly one day. He loved to explore and he was also a scientist, sculptor, painter and musician. My favourite part of the story was at the end because it was colourful and people were ‘flying’ in the air after many trials from Leonardo.

4 stars

Reviewed by Hayley from Tawa, 6 years old

6 new non fiction staring a blue whale, issac newton, angry birds and a special guest called cupcake.

The Science Book.

The Science Book is an inventive visual take on astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. With eye-catching artwork, step-by-step diagrams, and illustrations that break down complicated ideas into manageable concepts, The Science Book will have readers conversant in genetic engineering, black holes, and global warming in no time. Along the way are found mini-biographies of the most well-known scientists, and a glossary of helpful scientific terms.



The Blue Whale.

A picture book all about blue whales, who could ask for more. This book is one a word – gorgeous. It is full of relatable facts from every day life that help to make the size and habits of the blue whale easily comprehensible and engaging. Especially great for a younger audience.




Issac Newton.

Read all about the life of Issac Newton, the man who discovered gravity when an apple fell to the ground and came up with the three basic ideas that are applied to the physics of most motion.




Custom confections : delicious desserts you can create and enjoy!

Feast your eyes on a book that you can sink your teeth into. Mmmm, custom confections. All the delicious deserts that you can create and enjoy! This book contains step by step instructions and photos on making all the delicious sweet treats known to man from red velvet cookies to tiramisu. A great book to have on hand for your next high tea or bake sale. Great for ages 9 to 13 years.



Tell Me Everything.

Want to know the answers to hundreds of the world’s most fascinating questions? Then check out this book and discover over 300 information packed pages that will take you through everything, including the world, the human body, history and science and technology. Whether you are looking up information for a project or coursework or out of interest, Tell Me Everything has all the answers.



Angry Birds Friendship Bracelets.

Angry Birds Friendship bracelets presents instructions for creating over fifty woven friendship bracelet patterns based on the personalities of the different Angry Bird characters.





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Also check out Bake Sale. A junior comic about a cupcake called… Cupcake, who runs a successful bakery with his best friend, Eggplant, but dreams of going abroad to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, who is the most famous pastry chef in the world.

Join the Anti-Princess Club – 4 great new children’s book to try

If you don’t like pretty pink tutus, pink tiara’s or anything to do with princesses then you might like to check out the Anti-Princess Club series.

Grace, Emily, Bella and Chloe are four friends who are sick of the world treating them like princesses. They each have a talent that the world doesn’t normally think a girl should be good at. One is very good at maths and computers, another is good at science, another is really good at sport and the last is good at building and art. And they all have a motto – “We don’t need rescuing”.

So take off the tiara and check out all their fun adventures.

7 New Non Fiction for children: House of Horrible and… play Disney infinity without limits!

Horrible Science: Frightful Flight.

In this brand new version of Frightful Flight, discover (and laugh yourself silly) over all the dreadful (and horrible) details that your teacher won’t tell you and information about some seriously silly flying stunts, find out which scientist was blown up in a balloon, and learn how to build a world-beating plane. With fantastic fact files, quirky quizzes and crazy cartoons, this text is a real high-flier! Great resource to use for science homework.




Horrible Science: Body Owner’s Handbook.

This book is a must read book for all you Horrible Science fans out there! You will enjoy discovering how their auto-repair function works and where their top-of-the-range sensory equipment is in the guide that nobody can do without. With a new cover look and extra horrible bits at the back of the book, this title is sure to reach a new generation of readers.


A Little ABC Book.

Forget C is for Cookie, start thinking A is for Alpaca. This gorgeous book is filled with poems and pictures for ‘little people’, picked by ‘little people’ Over 26 weeks, littlies in the community voted on a little animal for all 26 letters of the alphabet. A great resource to introduce littlies to animals and the alphabet. Defiantly a Librarian’s choice read!




Horrible Science: Killer Energy.

Prepare to be shocked, amazed and horrified! In ‘Killer Energy’ readers discover why space loos spray out frozen pee and ‘Shocking Electricity’ exposes how Hammerhead sharks use electricity to track its victims. These two titles contain fantastic fact files and quirky quizzes, teacher tests and crazy cartoons. Great resource to find facts on electricity.




Disney Infinity: Play without Limits.

A race car match between Lightning McQueen and Davy Jones?! Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Zurgbots?!,  and Wreck-it-Ralph a closet chess player?! Yep believe it or not, all this is happening in the wonderful (alternate) world of. Disney Infinity: Play without Limits. This book is amazing, not mention features all your favourite Infinity characters from Disney Infinity, a unique video game with infinite possibilities for imaginative gameplay in Toy Box mode and amazing locations in Play Set mode. Join Woody, Captain Jack Sparrow, Lightning McQueen, Hiro and Baymax, Maleficent and more Disney characters as they interact in the wonderful world of Infinity… and beyond!

Hands down, a fantastic read!




Horrible Science: Microscopic Monsters.

This text features science with the squishy bits left in! What makes your guts a brilliant home for bacteria? Which creature lays its eggs between your toes? Why is your toothbrush covered in germs? Get the answers in this book!




Murderous Maths: The Brain Bending Basics.

Ready for Maths like you have never seen it before? Read this book and discover how dominoes can be deadly, who would win an impossible race and how numbers can have superpowers and much more.