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.

image courtesy of syndeticsimage courtesy of syndetics







image courtesy of syndetics

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.



image courtesy of syndetics

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 Elaina: Fly away home

Fly away home, by Christine Nostlinger

This book is a true story about world war 2, as a eight year old suffers the disasters of the war. Though you may think this book is going to be very sad, it also has some very funny and victorious parts.

I really enjoyed this book and it gave me a wide idea of what world war two was like.

I recommend this book for girls ages 10 and up.

5 stars

Reviewed by Elaina from Tawa, 10 years old

4 new children’s non fiction you must get your hands on before school starts

Fresh in your local library! These 4 new non-fiction books are perfect for the last few days before term 3. Find a warm quiet corner and curl up with these amazing facts.

image courtesy of syndeticsOlympic Poems.

A brilliant, funny, inspiring collection of every kind of poems about sport and sporting events of every kind from PE lessons to sports day to the final men’s 100m race. Great to have on hand just in time for the Olympics.



image courtesy of syndeticsThe Weird and Wonderful worlds of words.

Looking for a crash course of the English language? Then check out this amazing new book on the English language. You discover a world can play tricks on the brain and trip up the tongue, cause magic and mayhem, pleasure and pain, and fun and frustration. But overall you will discover the beauty and wonder of the English language.

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of words.


image courtesy of image

Voices from the second world war.

Take a journey into world where RAF pilots, evacuees, resistance fighters, land-girls, US navy, sailors and survivors of the Holocaust and  Hiroshima bombing all tell their stories, passing on the lessons learned to a new generation.



image courtesy of syndeticsFrogs Close up.

Take a closer look at these amazing amphibians. Frogs go through an amazing transformation during their life cycle, and are well adapted to living on land and in water.

Kids’ Club Review by Brianna: The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse, by Joy Cowley

The only thing Bert wants is to fight in the war – handling weapons, defending his country, and having amazing adventures. But he does not realise that his brother is up to something. Read this book to find out what…

3 stars

Reviewed by Brianna from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sarah: The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse, by Joy Cowley

This book is about anot old man who’s great grandson came to his house to learn about his family history and when he leaves the great grandfather thinks about it in his head…
The ending is strange and I didn’t like it but apart from that the book was a really good read!
I recommend this book for 8+ boys and girls

4 stars

Reviewed by Sarah from Central City and Northland School , 12 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Caitlin: The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse, by Joy Cowley

Bert only wants to fight in the war. To defend his country, handle weapons and have adventures. But he does not know that in New Zealand, it can be a place of danger and secrets, and that one boy’s actions can change everything.

3 stars

Reviewed by Caitlin from Island Bay and St Francis De Sales School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Saxon: The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse, by Joy Cowley

I really liked this book it is a bit sad at times but it is also really exciting.

My favourite part in this book is when they discover Donald the solder.

This book is based in the second world war.
When Betty,Bert and Meg discover that they can get in the old bakehouse what will they find?
This is a book filled with drama,sadness and much more. I think whoever likes action will really enjoy this book.

4 stars

Reviewed by Saxon from Karori and Karori Normal School , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Sophie: The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse, by Joy Cowley

I think that this book was really interesting because it was set in the war time. At first I didn’t think I would like it because the cover put me off. It’s about three kids named Bert, Betty and Meg. They find the old bakehouse and they get in by coming through the loose trap door. They turn it into their bomb shelter like they have in England. But one day they find an old soldier in the bakehouse that ran away from the war. Do they keep him a secret the whole time or do they tell somebody? At the end I thought it was really weird but it made me think about things. I think that kids age 8-12 would enjoy this book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Sophie from Johnsonville and Newlands School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Riley: Grandpa’s great escape

Grandpa’s great escape, by David Walliams

The main reason I liked this book was because Grandpa’s escape was very daring and risky. I liked how the story involved history non-fiction elements – it was historical because Grandpa kept telling Jack (his grandson) about the War because he fought in World War II. I would recommend this book to adventurous children who like excitement.

5 stars

Reviewed by Riley from Karori and Kelburn Normal School , 8 years old