13 New Non Fiction that will leave you spellbound!

Hey Kids!

There are only a couple of weeks left of spring. Why not spring on down to your local library and check out the latest new junior non fiction!

Read books where you can learn languages with Sesame Street, get spellbound with Harry Potter, read how Maui slowed the sun in English and Te Reo, get your STEAM on and so much more!

Enjoy!


Amazing Inventions.

Odd Science: Inventions is filled with weird and wacky facts that you’ve never heard before. Read about the trainers made of spider silk, wonder at the first record played in space and tell your friends about the robot built in 1937. There are facts about electricity being used as glue, facts about glow-in-the-dark cats and facts about nano-robots that can ‘swim’ inside the body during biopsies!

 


Video Game Creators.

With full-color illustrations and lively text, and chock-full of interesting facts, Awesome Minds: Video Game Creators tells the stories of these amazing men and women who turned a small hobby into a multimillion-dollar industry that changed the way we play and interact, from our living rooms to the arcades, on our computers to our hand-held devices. Awesome Minds: Video Game Creators is the perfect read for those with creative spirits, curious minds, and a love of technology and video games– Provided by publisher.

 


Learn a language with Sesame Street!

Welcome to Mandarin Chinese.

Sesame characters help readers learn Mandarin so they can connect with friends who speak the language. Welcoming words relating to everyday life and friendship give readers new language tools to become smarter, kinder friends.

 


Welcome to French.

Sesame Street characters help readers connect to new friends who speak French. Simple words and phrases relating to everyday life and a colorful approach help readers learn a new language to become smarter, kinder friends.

 


Welcome to German.

Sesame Street characters help readers learn German so they can connect with friends who speak the language. Welcoming words relating to everyday life and friendship give readers new language tools to become smarter, kinder friends.

 


Tales of Aotearoa: How Maui Slowed the Sun in English and Te Reo!

Re-tells the story of how Maui slowed the journey of the sun through the sky each day.

 

 

 

 


Wilma Rudolph.

Read all about Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete’s life.

 


Brilliant Bodies.

Prepare to laugh, marvel and learn with Brilliant Bodies. Jam packed full of facts about elements, organs, hair, feet and so much more!

 

 


Game logic : level up and create your own games with science activities for kids.

This book takes kids on a journey to discover the history of games, and then leads them from their initial idea for a new game through several iterations of a game all the way to playing the final version of a game they created. Explore the processes of both playing and creating games while developing critical and creative thinking skills that apply to tasks and concepts across academic fields. — adapted from back cover.

 


The Unofficial Harry Potter Spell book.

The Unofficial Ultimate Harry Potter Spellbook is a beautiful, elegantly designed reference that details all of the known spells cast in the Harry Potter films, books, video games and card games, as well as official Harry Potter spinoffs, such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Each spell is given its own entry including spell name, pronunciation details, a description of the spell effect, spell casting methods, wand movements, hand movements and vocalizations, plus primary sources in which the spell was used. Readers will also find trivia related to each spell, such as who it was used against, what the outcome was, or what a spell’s unusual history might be. There are more than 200 spells in all, plus suggestions for strategic spell use and methods for creating original spells.

 


Never too young! : 50 unstoppable kids who made a difference.

“Meet 50 super-inspiring kids! It’s never too early–and you’re never too young– to make a difference in the world! The amazing musicians, writers, scientists, athletes, activists, and other fascinating kids in this book accomplished great feats by the age of eighteen. They impacted people’s lives by coming up with new inventions, making art and music, competing in sports, and speaking out about important issues. Let their incredible stories inspire you to follow your dreams, achieve your goals, and strive for greatness now!”–Back cover.

 

 


Harry Potter. Spells & charms : a movie scrapbook.

Packed with inserts, concept illustrations, and behind-the-scenes photography, Harry Potter: Spells and Charms: A Movie Scrapbook is a guide to the spells and incantations of the Harry Potter films. A must-have collectible for all Harry Potter fans.


Suffrage Day 2019

Suffrage Day  is a special  day in New Zealand’s history. Thursday 19 September 2019 is Suffrage Day / White Camellia Day.image courtesy of https://women.govt.nz

Why is Suffrage Day celebrated?

On the 19th of September 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. This year marks the 126 anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New Zealand. The white camellia was the symbol of the suffragists.

What is Suffrage Day?

Suffrage Day provides an opportunity for people to celebrate New Zealand’s suffrage achievements and look for ways to benefit women.

How do we commemorate this day?

  • Wearing a white camellia. Why? These flowers were worn by people supporting women’s right to vote in New Zealand.
  • Wear a The Suffrage 125 symbol. Why? The symbol draws on historical colours and icons adopted by women’s suffrage petitioners and presents them in a contemporary form.

Where can I find information about the suffragettes and and Suffrage Day?

 


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Amazing women: 101 lives to inspire you.

Read this story of 101 extraordinary women of our time. Empowering and inspiring accounts of female pioneers include the likes of JK Rowling, Rosalind Franklin, Beyonce Knowles, Marie Curie, Malala Yousafzai, Angela Merkel and Serena Williams. A beautiful package that rejoices in the remarkable and crucial contributions women have made to our society.
image courtesy of sydneticsWomen’s suffrage.

“Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the suffragists were the first people to ever picket the White House and how the nineteenth amendment granting women the right to vote passed by only one vote when a legislator changed his vote to “yes” after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to “do the right thing.” The unique details, along with the clever interior illustrations, make this series stand out from the competition”– Provided by publisher.

Kate Sheppard.

“When Kate Sheppard was a young lady jauntily exploring the streets of her new home in Christchurch, the world was a different place. Women did not ride bicycles or participate in outdoor activities like sports. And they certainly were not allowed to vote. But Kate wanted to do more, and she knew that women deserved the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Her campaign would become the battle of a lifetime. Includes an end section of facts about women’s rights around the world”–Publisher information.

Eliza and the white camellia : a storyof suffrage in New Zealand.

New Zealand suffragist Eliza Wallis was a first-wave feminist who actively sought the Vote for Women. She was a founding member of the National Council of Women in 1896. Her story is told by her fourth great niece in this bilingual children’s picture book, a Suffrage 125 project.

Rebel Voices.

A beautifully illustrated celebration of the brave campaigners who fought for women’s right to vote. Tracing its history from New Zealand at the end of the 19th century, follow this empowering movement as it spread from Oceania to Europe and the Americas, then Africa and Asia up to the present day. Meet the women who rioted, rallied and refused to give up.

Suffragettes and the fight for the vote.

“This book takes up the story in the mid 19th century, when the first petition was presented to Parliament, and traces the fight for the vote through the work of suffrage organisations and the suffragettes. From peaceful demonstrations to violent campaigns and prison hunger strikes, the story is brought to life through fascinating historical photos and artefacts”–Back cover.

 


Be counted! : the diary of Amy Phelps, Dunedin, 1893.

Thirteen year old Amy goes to live with her aunt and uncle in Dunedin to continue her education. At Otago Girls’ High she pursues her dream of becoming an artist like her hero, Frances Hodgkins. Meanwhile, all Aunt Delia can talk about is the campaign to get women the vote. But Amy soon finds some girls who need more urgent help. Her efforts to find her wayward friend Mary lead her to discover a dark side lurking behind Dunedin’s stately buildings. Includes historical photographs. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.

 


Kids’ Club Review by Helena: Good night stories for rebel girls

Syndetics book coverGood night stories for rebel girls : 100 tales of extraordinary women / Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

This book carries around the stories of amazing girls who rewrote the rules that were holding back women. They inspire us in our everyday life to do something good for the world, even if it is something small like trying to smile at people.

These stories will inspire you to do something great in the world, take your turn at being a hero in everyday life.
My favorite story is of a girl named Helen Keller.
Helen Keller was blind, mute and deaf. She didn’t want to have anything to do with the world, she was trapped. Trapped in a world of darkness a world where there was no comunication with anyone. She was alone. Until a teacher named Anne Sullivan came to help. Then she got a hint of sunlight in her dark world. And her whole life changed…

5 stars

Reviewed by Helena from Miramar and Evans Bay Intermediate School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Leela: Good night stories for rebel girls

Syndetics book coverGood night stories for rebel girls : 100 tales of extraordinary women / Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.

It’s inspirational, and I liked it that they tell us that anyone can be anything, and that there’s no limits to what a woman can do. You don’t need to be a man to be strong! My favourite was Simone Biles – she’s my personal hero because I love gymnastics.

4 stars

Reviewed by Leela from Karori and Karori Normal School , 6 years old

Kids’ Club Review by hunter: Amazing women : 101 lives to inspire you

Amazing women : 101 lives to inspire youAmazing women : 101 lives to inspire you, Lucy Beevor and Sarah Green

This book is about alot of amazing women that will inspire you.
Whether your a male or female you will feel like you want to be like a person in this book. Example: Mother Teresa, When Mother Teresa was 18 she felt like it was gods call to become a nun. she became one of the Sisters of Loreto. She moved to india to become a missionary of charity and then helped the sick and dying until she was too sick to continue. She won the nobel peace prize in 2016 and attained saint-hood. This is one of her most famous quotes: Spread love every where you go. let no one come to you without them leaving happier.

4 stars

Reviewed by hunter from Miramar and Evans Bay Intermediate School , 11 years old

5 new non fiction about Little People with Big Dreams.

Little People Big Dreams, written by Isabel Sánchez Vegara, is a collection of biographies with simple text and eye catching illustrations, about famous people, (mainly women), who pursued a dream no matter how impossible it seemed and who truly made a difference. Wellington City Libraries has various books by Sanchez in the collection and continues to grow with the edition of five new books from the series.

Enjoy!

image courtesy of syndeticsGeorgia O’Keeffe.

Presents information about Georgia O’Keeffe, from her childhood in Wisconsin where she developed her fascination with nature to her exhibits around the world.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsHarriet Tubman.

Presents information about Harriet Tubman, from her childhood in slavery to brave escape to the North and her work to help others escape slavery.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsJane Austen.

Presents information about Jane Austen, from her childhood in the English countryside to how her own heartbreak became the inspiration for “Pride and Prejudice.”

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMother Teresa.

Presents information about Mother Teresa from her childhood, to dedicating her life to religion and caring for the sick and poor around the world.

 

 


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Anne Frank.

Anne Frank was born in Germany to a loving family. But when World War Two broke out, Anne and her family had to hide in a secret annex in Amsterdam. Here, Anne wrote her famous diary, describing her belief in people’s goodness and her hopes for peace. After the war, her diary captured the hearts of the public and she became one of the most important diarists of the 20th century. This story of her life features a facts and photos section at the back.

 

 

7 New Non-Fiction for the school holidays

Hey kids! Check out the latest new children’s non-fiction in the library collection for the first week of the school holidays. Featured in this blog post are books about amazing and inspiring women; music legends, minecraft and lego.

Enjoy!

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Amazing women: 101 lives to inspire you.

Discover the stories of 101 extraordinary women of our time. Featuring an international selection of female figures, this carefully curated collection highlights those who have achieved significantly in their fields, ranging from science and politics to sport and the arts. Empowering and inspiring accounts of female pioneers include the likes of JK Rowling, Rosalind Franklin, Beyonce Knowles, Marie Curie, Malala Yousafzai, Angela Merkel and Serena Williams. A beautiful package that rejoices in the remarkable and crucial contributions women have made to our society.

 


image courtesy of sydneticsWomen’s suffrage.

“When people think about the women’s suffrage movement, things like voting rights and protests may come to mind. But what was the movement all about, and what social change did it bring? This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black-and-white interior illustrations, will make readers feel like they’ve traveled back in time. It covers everything from the history of women’s rights in the U.S. to women’s suffrage movements across the world, and more. Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the suffragists were the first people to ever picket the White House and how the nineteenth amendment granting women the right to vote passed by only one vote when a legislator changed his vote to “yes” after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to “do the right thing.” The unique details, along with the clever interior illustrations, make this series stand out from the competition”– Provided by publisher.

 

image courtesy of syndetics Star Wars: Maker Lab.

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.

 

 

 

image courtesy of syndeticsMusic Legends: 40 inspiring icons.

Learn how 40 famous artists and bands became the greatest and memorial legends of their generation, going on to inspire and create new generations and musical sounds. The title doesn’t mince words when it comes to “inspiring.” Hands down, the best guide to the greatest musical acts of all time.

 

 


image courtesy of sydndeticsMinecraft: Guide to PVP Minigames.

When it comes to making minigames for Minecraft, the only limit is your imagination. The official Minecraft Guide to PVP Minigames is full of inspiring minigames for you to rebuild in your own world. Whether you prefer non-PVP combat games like arrow golf and elytra ace or games that let you battle other players like spleef and sky wars, there’s something for everyone.

 

 


image courtesy of syndeticsMinecraft master builder world tour.

Thanks to this truly interactive, step-by-step guide, aspiring master builders can make amazing structures that push the limits of the imagination. From theaters to bridges, every masterpiece here is based on a real construction. Travel to five continents to erect an African palace, an Asian pagoda, a European clock tower, an Australian beach hut, an American diner-and, for a world-class difficult project, an entire mountain village. You’ll get plenty of tricks and tips from expert Minecrafters to help you improve your skills, along with enough fun facts and trivia to delight any Minecraft fan!

 

image courtesy of syndeticsThe LEGO neighborhood book : build your own town!

Check it out, lego fans! A new, fantastic guide full of ideas using lego blocks, not just to create buildings, but also unleash your interior designer skills to create furniture, light fixtures, and so much more!