New Non Fiction: Amazing Series.

Jul
16
Posted in Books, New Non-Fiction, Things to Do
by Katie

 

Art Smart.

Two new books, Paint it! and Make it!  from the Art Smart series has made it to our library shelves. With the school holidays just around the corner, why not check out these awesome new non fiction books, each complete with 12 inspiring projects to try out and get inspired on making  a puppet, sock snake, dino doorstop, (in Make it!) and different painting techniques such as watercolor acrylic and sgraffito (in Paint it!) I thought the project ideas in the books were fantastic, especially the activities for creating your own Picasso self portrait in Paint it! and the get well card project in Make it! These projects are a great way to beat the boredom busters during the school holidays and even better during a rainy day!

 

     

Disgusting & Dreadful Science.

Prepare to be grossed out! Prepare to be shocked and amazed! Prepare to be gut wrenched! Prepare to be enlightened! Boys and girls, the newest (and greatest) resources are here to help you with your science homework (and questions) and ideas for science fair experiments! In Ear-Splitting Sounds, you will learn the awful truth about all the yucky, painful,  disgusting and dreadful aspects of sound, not mention there are some equally gross, but interesting photos contained in this book. Gut-Wrenching Gravity contains even more disgusting facts about gravity! Covers everything from blackouts caused by g-forces to toilet-troubles in space. Glaring Light covers all the most disgusting and dreadful aspects of light. Finally Electric Shocks covers everything you need to know about the most disgusting and dreadful aspects of electricity, like whizzing electrons and static shocks to flying flies and freaky frog legs.

 

    

Animal Family Albums.

You will find books about Cats, Dogs and Horses and Ponies from this series at your local library. Each title in the Animal Family Albums series feature information about all favorite pets and animals which includes descriptions of popular breeds, facinating facts about wild relatives and a quiz to help you discover which breed you would be. The book about cats was a fantastic read. I learned a lot of interesting facts, especially  about Russian Blue cats , which are considered to be good luck and the Manx cats, which are born with either no tail or a short stumpy tail. The book about dogs contained facts about how pet dogs are descended from wolves, and like their ancestors, they like living in packs, which is made up of its human family. It was very interesting to learn while reading about horses and ponies, wild horse herds are normally led by a female and how the herds include other females, foals, a stallion and a few young males.

 

      

World Cultures.

Feel like taking an amazing journey and exploring all the different cultures the world has to offer? There are four new books exploring the  Maasai, Bushmen of Southern Africa, Polynesians and Maori  culture, from the World Culture series. These books are great resources to use that takes an educational look at cultures that are struggling to maintain their traditions in an ever-changing world, so these books are great to use if you are doing an assignment or homework on exploring issues and oppression within different cultures. Each book unveils the traditions, myths and social activities of each culture. Also includes bibliographical references and index. Great for ages 4 to 12 years.

Backyard Bird Survey Week

Jul
04
Posted in Event, Things to Do
by adrienne

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae This survey started in 2007 and provides valuable information about our bird life around New Zealand. It’s really simple to do:

  • Spend one hour counting birds in your home garden, local park, or school ground sometime during the week 29 June – 7 July
  • Record the highest number of each bird species you see at one time during the hour.
  • Use this print form (which you can fax or post in) or this online form to record what you see.

If you’re not sure what the names of the birds are you can look at this handy guide.

You can sit either inside (e.g. in the living room at home or classroom at school looking out the window) or outside (e.g. on a deck or garden seat). If you are outside, be careful not to frighten birds away from your garden. If you have a bird feeder or water bath, you may like to watch an area of your garden that includes that feature. You don’t have to be able to see your whole garden, just part of your garden.

 

Important: Record the highest number of each bird species you see at one time during the hour and record on the form. If you see 1 blackbird early in your observation period and you write that down but later see 2 blackbirds at the same time, then cross out the 1 and write down 2. And so on. Do not record the total number you see at different times over the period you’re watching because the same birds may come and go several times. For example, if you see 2 blackbirds at one time, then later see 1 blackbird the total you have seen at one time is 2 not 3. The latter blackbird may have been the same as one of the two you saw earlier. You are allowed to count birds you hear but do not see, as well as birds flying or calling overhead.

Kids’ Club Review by Max connolly: Chemical chaos

Jun
10
Posted in Kids Club Reviews
by adrienne

Chemical chaosChemical chaos, by Nick Arnold

it was amazing and it was really cool. It could have been a bit better but the cartoons are great.The illustrations are really good and the amazing cartoons are great as well.:):):):):):)

5 stars

Reviewed by Max connolly from Cummings Park, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Max connolly: Space, stars and slimy aliens

Jun
07
Posted in Kids Club Reviews
by adrienne

Space, stars and slimy aliensSpace, stars and slimy aliens, by Nick Arnold

It was a nice book in the horible science seris so it was really good. One of the best books I have read so i liked it. It could have been better but it was ok.:):):):):(:(:(:(:(GOOD!!!!!

4 stars

Reviewed by Max connolly from Cummings Park, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Max: The horrible science of everything

Jun
06
Posted in Kids Club Reviews
by adrienne

The horrible science of everythingThe horrible science of everything, by Nick Arnold

It’s one of those series where you know that there will be ones coming out all the time. I my-self found out about this just today! (today is Wednesday 5th June 2013). It is the whole collection of all the books.:):):)!!!!WOW!!!!!

5 stars

Reviewed by Max from Cummings Park, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Max: Deadly diseases

Jun
06
Posted in Kids Club Reviews
by adrienne

Deadly diseasesDeadly diseases, by Nick Arnold

YOU BABY! this book explains all about the diseases and your bodys defence system. It was a really good book and i loved it.It was one of the horrible science series.I loved it.:):):)

4 stars

Reviewed by Max from Cummings Park, 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Max: The body owner’s handbook

May
28
Posted in Kids Club Reviews
by adrienne

The body owner's handbookThe body owner’s handbook, by Nick Arnold

I’ts probably the second best book in the Horrible Science Series. I could have read this book about 20 times(seriously!). The good humour makes this author one of the best authors in the history of mankind. The fact that he is a wee bit inappropriate is a good way to make people laugh out loud. This book is recommended for 6 and over.

5 stars

Reviewed by Max from Cummings Park, 8 years old

New non-fiction: History

May
17
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Nicola

Avoid being Sir Isaac Newtown!

Sir Isaac Newtown was one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. But he didn’t have it easy; he survived plague, civil war and poverty to become a Professor of Mathematics at 26!  He went on to live an amazing life and make many important discoveries that changed science forever.

 

 

 

 

 

Awesome Adventures at the Smithsonian

This is the official guide to the Smithsonian Institution, which is not just one but a collection of museums mostly located in Washington D.C.  There are exhibitions on everything, from human flight (The National Air and Space Museum) to the origins of human life (  National Museum of Natural History.) While this would be a great book to take on a trip to the U.S.A, it’s really interesting to read in its own right.

 

 

 

 

ANZAC Day The New Zealand story : what it is and why it matters

This is an important book about New Zealand’s role in World War I. Although it does talk about Gallipoli, it also mentions other places that New Zealanders fought, such as the Western front.  The Maori and Pacific Island soldiers who fought are also discussed. The book also looks at what happened after the war; what life for the soldiers who came back was like, how the dead were memorialised and the first ANZAC day services.

 

 

 

 

Dogs: a very peculiar history

This is a great little book will tell you all about the history of dogs,  from the wild dogs that our ancestors domesticated to the pampered pooches of today’s top celebrities. Not only will this book tell you the history of dogs, it also explains their doggy behaviors and quirks.  Also included are stories about heroic dogs, fictional dogs and movie star dogs! Basically this is a great book for you canine lovers. However, if you’re more of a cat person, there’s also Cats: A very peculiar history. 

 

 

The Book of Blood

A lot less gruesome than its name suggests, this book will tell you everything you need or want to know about blood. As well as looking at the science of blood, this book also takes a look at what people in the past thought about blood (and how it worked) and how that changed over time.  There’s also some really interesting sections on bloodsuckers, from the real ones, like mosquitoes to the fictional, like vampires.  It’s a well written book with great pictures and lots of interesting information.

 

 

 

 

The Arab-Israeli conflict

The Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the most contentious issues of our time and sometimes it’s hard to know what to think. This book lays out the history of the conflict and how it’s shaped international relationships.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medicine through the Ages: Modern, Renaissance, Medieval and Industrial Age

These are some really fantastic books about how medicine changed and developed over time.  They’re extremely informative, and filled with great (if gory!) illustrations.  They’re a bit more serious than books like the Horrible Histories, but they’re still very interesting and worth a read.

 

New Non Fiction: Skills, Homework Help and Getting Dewey Decimal.

Apr
12
Posted in Facts, New Non-Fiction, Things to Do
by Katie

New books! Grab them before they all run out the door!

Do you Know Dewey? Exploring the Dewey Decimal System.

This is a fun, informative book about the Dewey decimal system the young reader will enjoy.  The ultimate resource that all kids, parents, teachers and librarian must have!

 

 

 

 

Caring For your Turtle.

Did you know that turtles are cold blooded animals and  don’t have teeth? These were facts that you can read about in this new book: Caring for your turtle. A great resource for young children to have that goes through all the basics of how to care for your turtle. You will also learn which turtle breeds make good pets.

 

 

 

First Aid Basics.

A great resource for young children that takes you through all the basics of first aid. Comes complete with color photos and simple text describe first aid for cuts, bee stings, choking, and other medical issues. Also includes note to parents and teachers.

 

 

The Quick Expert’s Guide to Building a Website.

Here’s another awesome read from the Quick Expert’s Guides, focusing on how to build a website. Great for ‘tweens’ who are interested in  learn how to create your very own, personal, fantastic website from scratch, how to master HTML programming, embed content galore and get the scoop on how to keep your click rates sky-high.

You may also like The Quick Experts Guide to Starting your own business. Also check out last month’s blog post on Skills that every kid should know.

 

Extraordinary Animals.

Extraordinary Animals looks at some of the most incredible animals on the planet. This is the book to read if you want to read about the ugliest fish alive, poisonous frogs and naked rats. This book is also full of fascinating facts like the hag fish eats its prey from the inside out, the giant salamander is the size of a dog and the bee hummingbird is so small that it is light as a few grains of rice.

 

 

I Wonder Why Soap Makes Bubbles.

Why does soap make bubbles? What force stops us from slipping over? Can liquids change shape? You will find all the answers to all these tricky questions in this new and exciting read! This book is full of colorful and surprising information that will set thousands of young minds buzzing full of information that gives children a perfect introduction to science, featuring rainbows, fizzy drinks, musical instruments and much, much more.

For more help on big questions and amazing answers, check out Any Questions and Many Answers.

 

 

 

 

New non-fiction: From the earth to the stars

Mar
12
Posted in New Non-Fiction
by Nicola

Star Wars origami : 36 amazing paper-folding projects from a galaxy far, far away

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…someone decided to make a book for people who love both Star Wars and origami. Make your favourite characters and ships and monsters from all six films. This book is probably better for those who have some basic origami skills already, but take out a few more of our origami books and you’ll be good enough to tackle these great paper sculptures.

 

 

 

Pixar Character Encyclopedia

Pixar makes great movies, there’s no doubt about that! Now you can get the inside scoop on all of your favourite characters, from Woody the Cowboy to Merida, the rebellious Scottish princess. It also covers the ‘smaller’ characters who you might have missed the first time around.

 

 

 

 

 

How they croaked: awful ends of the awfully famous

This talks about the lives and especially the ends of the lives of the great and good and not so good. Scientists, royalty, composers and explorers all feature, with special attention paid to the medical facts behind each person’s death.

 

 

 

 

 

The skull in the rock: how a scientist, a boy and Google Earth opened a new window on human origins

This is one of the most interesting books on paleontology that we have in the library. It begins with the nine year old Matthew,  finding a fossil while on an expedition with his Dad, the famous paleontologist, Lee Berger.  Or does it? Professor Berger was using the Google Earth app to look at fossil rich areas in a whole new way, and noticed there was an area that might need a second look…this book is as much about the processes of paleontology as it is about this very important find. A must read for those interested in paleontology, the origins of mankind and how new technology can help us take a different look at the past.

 

 

 The Impossible Rescue

Most New Zealanders know about the extraordinary feat of endurance that Ernest Shackleton undertook to survive the Antarctic wastelands.   The Impossible Rescue is a similar story from the polar (get it?) end of the world.  Three hundred American whalers were trapped in the Arctic after their ships had been trapped by ice. This book tells the story of the small group who set out to help them.

 

 

 

 

From mud huts to skyscrapers: architecture for children

This is one of the best books about architecture that we’ve got in the library. Using simple language and great illustrations, it takes you through the history of the main types of mostly Western architecture, talking about the unique features of each one. It’s a brilliant introduction to the way buildings have changed over time.