7 New Non Fiction to read during winter.

Check out what’s new in the junior non fiction collection at your local library. This post features books that will enhance your knowledge of history, dinosaurs, and so much more!

Enjoy!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsKids who did : real kids who ruled, rebelled, survived and thrived.

From the wolf girls of India to a 14-year-old Olympic champion; from Iqbal Masih, the inspirational 12-year-old human rights activist, to the Dalai Lama; from Auschwitz to outback Australia, Tough Stuff is packed with true stories that show what kids are made of. It’s about children who have protested, rebelled, prayed, saved lives, earned a fortune, lost everything, become world-famous, or survived oppression and war. It’s about kids making a difference in the adult world. It’s about kids and courage.

image courtesy of syndeticsForgotten beasts : amazing creatures that once roamed the Earth.

Matt Sewell’s follow-up to the mega-hit Dinosaurs is a beautifully-illustrated large format look at the amazing beasts that time forgot – from the relatively well known, such as the sabre-toothed tiger and woolly mammoth, to the obscure monsters that walked the earth millions of years ago – many now forgotten. New findings are being made every year, and research is showing us exactly how these beasts looked and how they lived.

image courtesy of syndeticsHistory of the world in 100 pictures.

This history of the world covers 100 fascinating historical subjects, including Ancient Egypt, Alexander the Great, the start of Islam, the Aztecs, the French Revolution, the first computer, Albert Einstein and the Space Race. Each topic is brought to life by photographs, easy-to-read text and colourful, modern illustrations.

image courtesy of syndeticsCharles Darwin.

Brilliant biographies of the dead famous

image courtesy of syndeticsA stroll through the seasons.

Follow the wonderful changes that each season brings! From bright spring blossoms to dazzling summer sunshine, vibrant autumn leaves, and sparkling winter snow. Look and Wonder is a fresh, bold, and bright narrative nonfiction series introducing children to the natural world

image courtesy fo syndeticsDinosaurs : travel through millions of years to see the birth and death of the dinosaurs.

Prepare to take a chronological journey, from over 200 million years ago, when tiny Saltopus hopped around in search of food, and pterosaurs took to the skies, through to huge dinosaurs such as Brachiosaurus and Allosaurus of the late Jurassic Period.

image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars Character Encyclopaedia.

Want to know how tall Snoke is? Or where the ferocious Nexu comes from? Look no further than the Star Wars- Character Encyclopedia. This handy guide is full of fun facts and intriguing information, guaranteed to enthrall fans for hours on end. With more than 200 heroes, villains and creatures, it is the perfect introduction to the Star Wars universe.

Star Wars Day back at the library… and May the forth be with you 2019!

Attention all Jedis, Bounty Hunters and Rebels! Star Wars Day is happening again on May the Forth, which is observed and celebrated by fans of the Star Wars franchise. While you’re at it, why not relive and check out the latest non fiction, (as well as Fiction, Audio CDs and movies,) all related to anything and everything from the Star Wars universe!

Enjoy!… and may the forth be with you!

image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars : aliens, creatures & beasts.

This book is packed with information, illustrations and stories featuring all the amazing aliens, creatures and beasts from the Star Wars saga!

image courtesy of syndeticsStar Wars : 5-minute stories strike back.

Blast off into hyperspace with … twelve action-packed retellings that span the entire Star Wars saga–including two tales from Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Each of these exciting stories can be read in just five minutes.

This comprehensive visual dictionary is the perfect Star Wars book for getting to know the galaxy far, far away. Packed with more than 1,500 stunning images, it showcases major and minor characters including Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, creatures, vehicles, weapons, props, and items of tech in unparalleled detail. The definitive companion to the Star Wars movies, Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary is a must-buy for the beginner and the die-hard Star Wars fan alike.
Offers young Star Wars fans projects and experiments inspired by the Star Wars universe, including instructions on making Jabba slime, Kyber crystals, and an Ewok catapult.
Recreate: Relive your favourite Star Wars moments — Expand: enlarge the Star Wars galaxy! — Challenge: Compete for fun with friends and family — Use it! Build treasures to keep or gifts to give.
This Star Wars encyclopedia profiles over 200 space ships and other vehicles. Find out about deadly starfighters, vast battleships, speeders, bounty-hunter craft, and many more iconic vehicles.
A visual guide to the movie offers a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of Han Solo, his allies and enemies, along with information on the planets, vehicles, and aliens he encounters.
Also check out the teaser trailer to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, produced, co-written and directed by J. J. Abrams. It will be the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the ninth and final episode of the main Star Wars film franchise.

“The saga comes to an end”… on December 19th 2019, and from the looks of this trailer, they definitely saved the best for last.

Kids’ Club Review by Jacob: Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, updated and expanded

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, updated and expanded, Hannah Dolan, Elizabeth Dowsett, Clare Hibbert, Shari Last and Victoria Taylor

Its about star wars which some people don’t like as there’s dead people and blood stuff. It has pictures of all the lego people. I liked that it had my favourite characters like Luke Skywalker and that a lego came with it which was the captain of the stormtroopers. The pictures were really good and the writing and colours on the writing were good too.

5 stars

Reviewed by Jacob from Tawa and Amesbury School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Alexander: Star Wars maker lab

Star Wars maker labStar Wars maker lab, Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

This book is an instruction manual for StarWars themed art&craft and science experiment fun. It has very clear easy to follow steps (and things that you mostly have at home). I really like the Lightsaber Duel. You can make your own light saber which looks like it has a real glowing blade. It is smaller than a real one though – so I am going to try and make a bigger one, I also love the R2D2 Holoprojector. I am going to make that next. You need a mobile phone for this, but I am going to try and make it with a torch and clear film.

5 stars

Reviewed by Alexander from Cummings Park and Karori West Normal School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly Morgan: Star Wars maker lab

Star Wars maker labStar Wars maker lab, Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

A Star Wars themed book about making crafts and science projects. This would be the perfect book for a Star Wars fan who likes science and space crafts. I am not one of those people although the slime recipe looked interesting. I would recommend this book to a Star Wars fan.

2 stars

Reviewed by Molly Morgan from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Anna: Star Wars maker lab

Star Wars maker labStar Wars maker lab, Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

This book is basically about how to build things from Star Wars. It has 20 craft and science projects in it. For example, you could make Jabba slime. This book would really suit fans of Star Wars. Some of the crafts are easy, the others hard. Some of it creates a lot of mess. It is full of things my mother would not like in our home.

4 stars

Reviewed by Anna from Karori and Karori Normal School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Aoi: Star Wars maker lab

Star Wars maker labStar Wars maker lab, Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

This book is extremely fun to experiment sciences. I tried three experiments. First one was making an exploding volcano. This is how it works, we put baking soda and water in the bottole and then poured vinegar that made chemical reactions. The volcano erupted! Boom! Doom!
Second, we made crystals. We used lots of sugars to make them. It will take several days to allow the crystal to grow. That’s so exciting to watch the crystals keep growing day by day.
Third one was making jar snow globs. We used blocks instead of clay as the object in the jar globs. And we put many sequins to the globes look beautiful. I think I failed on my jar globe because I put too much sequins. But I like what I experimented.
That was all fun! Extremely super fun! I loved it very much!

5 stars

Reviewed by Aoi from Karori and Thorndon School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Akane: Star Wars maker lab

Star Wars maker labStar Wars maker lab, Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

This book is awesome. I love it. Mum, my brother and I did some sciences which were from this book. We made an erupting volcano. I thought it was great. we used rose pink and blue as erupting lava. I liked it. The volcano we made erupted well. Then we made snow globes. I made a shape inside it was a rectangle with purple and white and sparkles in it. And also we tried making crystals. we used lots of sugars to make them. We have not finished yet. We are still watching as crystals are keeping glowing, We are watching what will happens next.

5 stars

Reviewed by Akane from Karori and Thorndon School , 5 years old