6 New Non Fiction: Coding, dance and world wonders.

Hey Kids!

Check out the latest junior non fiction at Wellington City Libraries. This post features new books in the wonderful world of robotics, coding and dance!



Get an up-close look at all kinds of cool robots, from cyborgs and humanoids to robots in movies, with amazing images and mind-blowing facts. Also check out Coding, which ties in with the Robotics theme, and is packed with fascinating facts and amazing pictures from the world of coding.

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Washington, DC. (City Trails)

Lonely Planet Kids has done it again with the latest release from the City Trails series all about Washington DC – Capital city of USA! Read this book and uncover of the best kept secrets, tourist attractions and more exciting information about Washington DC! Coolest attraction in this book is the house that looks like a watermelon.



image courtesy of syndeticsNational Theatre : all about theatre.

Read this book and go backstage at the National Theatre and hear from experts on every aspect of stagecraft, from acting and directing to set building, costume design and prop-making. A definitive theatre book for anyone interested in theatre and acting.



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Top Dance Tips.

Jazz, ballet, tap, and hip hop-there are so many different sides to dance. Learn the ins and outs of dancing all sorts of styles like a pro!




image courtesy of syndeticsBallerina : a stepbystep guide to ballet.

Leap into the world of ballet with this beautiful guide and accompanying DVD!





image courtesy of syndeticsWrite to me : letters from Japanese American children to the librarian they left behind.

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps. Prepare to have tissues on hand. A librarian’s choice all the way!


Kids’ Club Review by Calla: Diary of a wimpy kid: The getaway

Diary of a wimpy kid: The getaway, by Jeff Kinney

This book was funny, weird and a great read. I know most kids quite like diary of wimpy kid books and I reckon this one was the best so far. In this book Greg (the main character) goes away on holiday with his family. They fly to the Isle de la Corals where his parents got married, except this time it isn’t so romantic! I would recommend this book for all ages up to 14. It was a quick read for me but for beginner readers it might find it a bit harder.

4 stars

Reviewed by Calla from Tawa and , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Luke: Grandad’s guitar

Grandad's guitarGrandad’s guitar, by Janine McVeagh (1946-)

A picture book about a boy called Kahu who gets a guitar for his birthday. He is very upset as he wanted a new one. But then he finds out his granddad’s guitar. What adventures has the guitar had? This is a lovely, heart-warming story suitable for most age groups. I rated it 5 stars.

5 stars

Reviewed by Luke from Karori and Karori Normal School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Molly: Grandad’s guitar

Grandad's guitarGrandad’s guitar, by Janine McVeagh (1946-)

Kahu receives his granddad’s guitar for his birthday but he is not happy as he wanted to get a brand new one. His Nana, however, tells him about its history. The book is about all the guitar’s adventures. I liked this book as it was lovely. Sometimes second hand things mean so much more.

5 stars

Reviewed by Molly from Karori and Karori Normal School , 10 years old

7 New Non Fiction full of taste sensations, life hacks and travel destinations.

Hey Kids! Check out the latest new non fiction in the junior collection. Jam packed full of tasty sensations, life hacks and travel destinations.


image courtesy of syndeticsLife hacks for kids.

Life hacks for kids comes in the form of this fantastic book based on the Life hacks for kids YouTube show. This book is jam packed full of unique craft projects that have been seen, including feather earrings, melted crayon art, a headband holder, and indoor s’mores, and includes questions answered by Sunny. Ideal for children’s parties and sleepovers. Love the ideas for pet treats and the cool colorful cotton swab bouquet.

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Big Book of How.

The Big Book of How provides answers to a diverse collection of over one thousand commonly asked questions, covering such areas as animals, buildings, transportation, food, the human body, and going green.



Planning on an overseas trip in the new year? Check out the latest editions from Lonely Planet Kids series that can assist you with your travel plans.

image coutesy of syndeticsLondon : city trails.

“Here’s a book about London that’s seriously streetwise! Let Marco and Amelia, our Lonely Planet explorers, take you off the tourist trail and guide you on a journey through London that you’ll never forget. This book is perfect for anyone who has been to London, plans to go there or is just interested in finding out more about this amazing city! Discover London’s best-kept secrets, amazing stories and loads of other cool stuff from the comfort of your own home or while visiting the city! But, you don’t have to be a visitor or armchair traveller to enjoy this– Londoners are sure to learn new things about their very own city too! Find out how an old parrot hit the headlines, where you can purchase a tin of panic or some tasty brain jam, what the weirdest item ever left on a bus was and lots more! For readers ages 8 and up.”– Amazon.com.

image courtesy of syndeticsSydney : city trails.

Features colourful themed trails, from history and culture to food and nature, that reveal amazing facts and intriguing tales that kids won’t find on the tourist routes or inside the average guidebook. We’ll show them where to find haunted pubs, ancient Aboriginal art, the best surfing beaches, and lots more! Join Lonely Planet explorers Marco and Amelia as they hunt for more secrets, stories and surprises in another of the world’s great cities.


image courtesy of syndeticsTokyo city trails.

It’s Tokyo like you’re never seen before! Check out all of Tokyo’s best kept secrets including where you can bathe in chocolate, climb Japan’s tallest tower and see human-looking robots and lots more!



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A treasury of songs.

Twenty-three original songs by children’s author and songwriter Julia Donaldson.




image courtesy of syndeticsMy first cookie & cake decorating book : 35 techniques and recipes for children aged 7-plus.

35 step-by-step cookie and cake decorating projects for children aged 7-plus.




Kids’ Club Review by elena: Scarlett

ScarlettScarlett, by Cathy Cassidy (1962-)

This book was really exciting and hooked me instantly. Scarlett was a rebel who kept getting expelled from schools. Her mum is so fed up with her that she sends her to Ireland with her dad and step mum along with her half sisters. Scarlett learns an important lesson and her mum’s along with hers improves after her stay in Ireland.

4 stars

Reviewed by elena from Miramar and Miramar Christian School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Edward: Grandad’s guitar

Grandad's guitarGrandad’s guitar, by Janine McVeagh (1946-)

I thought it was cool because they travelled all over the world with grandad’s guitar. I wondered what was going to happen when it went out to sea in a storm.

3 stars

Reviewed by Edward from Cummings Park and Ngaio School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by elena: Sweet Honey

Sweet Honey, by Cathy Cassidy

I loved this book! It was amazing. I think that Honey is very good at showing what’s on the inside of her, rebel and out of control whirlwind. I love the other chocolate box girls. I do feel for Cherry though, because of how Honey treats her.

5 stars

Reviewed by elena from Miramar and Miramar Christian School , 9 years old

Kids’ Club Review by elena: Grandad’s Guitar

Grandad’s Guitar, by Janine McVeagh & Fifi Colston

I thought it was a very touching story with a deeper meaning than I thought it would have. It was very moralistic when Kahu accepted the guitar and the full story that came with it.

3 stars

Reviewed by elena from Miramar and Miramar Christian School , 9 years old