New Non Fiction: Skills that every kid should know.

Move over wikihow, Wellington City Libraries has a new range of junior non fiction that provides you information where you can learn skills on the following:

How to use an iPad.

My iPad for Kids.

No doubt, the iPad is a great device… and toy. There has never been a a consumer device like the iPad that kids (and adults) are instantly and universally embraced.  However, even such a device like the iPad that could use some modifications and adjustments that could make it even more kid friendly. My iPad for Kids is here to help kids, parents  (and you!) get the most out of your iPad2, iPad 3rd or 4th generation, or iPad mini running iOS 6. Using full-colour, step-by-step tasks, My iPad for Kids provides  step-by-step instructions on various topics which includes iPad setup, customization, syncing accessing the Internet, applications and learning how to use your iPad for home, school, and just for fun! Best for ages 12 years and over.

 

 

 

How to start your own business.

The Quick Experts Guide to Starting your own business.

You’re never too young to start your own business. Why not start now? Part of the series, Quick Expert’s Guides this book is aimed at ‘tweens’ interested in starting their own business whether it is offering services in tidying up  gardens, ironing shirts or even designing your very own social networking site. This book includes features that break down all the  technical/scientific/complex aspects of starting your own business , inspirational case studies, activities, the do’s and don’t’s of business management and a final project to test the reader’s new skills. Chapter round-ups also offer tips on key words and phrases as well as boosting self esteem and confidence, in order to walk the walk and talk the talk of a true expert.

 

 


The Glamorous Girl’s Book.
Girls, it’s time to get your glam on! This book tells you everything you need to go from being glum to glam! You will learn how to walk in high heels, make your own jewelry box, jazz up a boring hairstyle and accessorize yourself brilliantly. The ideal book for girls that will teach them to be confident, fabulous and gorgeous.
 

 

 

 

 
How to speak horse?!


How to Speak Horse.
Yes, believe it or not horses can talk and everyone can learn how to speak horse. But have you ever wondered how horses ‘talk’ to each other?, How do they ‘talk’ to you and how can they ‘talk’ back? This book will show you how. You will learn how horses use body language to communicate, easy groundwork exercises you can do to learn your horse’s body language and how to use your own posture and movement to ask your horse to go forward, stop, turn and follow. Also includes a dictionary of common horse body signals to help get you started.  An ideal guide for pony-mad kids that will teach you how to read body language and talk back to your equine friend.
 

 

 
How to know everything!

5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything.)
For someone who wants to know everything about… everything, this is the book for you. Newly published by National Geographic Kids, this book is bursting with 5.000 awesome facts about everything, including a baby whale gains 200 pounds everyday, snakes use their tongues to help them smell and that the human brain is 78% water.  There’s even two pages of facts about peanut butter and a frog that smells like peanut butter!
 

 

 

 

How to teach, inspire and amuse any boy and girl for hours on end.

 
This series presents Boys Miscellany and Girls Miscellany, which is full of weird, wacky and wonderful facts that are essential for every boy and girl should know. Boys Miscellany will tell you everything you need to know on how to spot a man-eating shark,  a list of superhero sidekicks, details of dangerous dolphins and tales of meat-eating plants. Girls will learn all they need to know in Girls Miscellany.  This book will teach, inspire and amuse any girl for hours on end. They will learn interesting facts and information,  including the top ten problems for cave girls, superpowers every girl should have, how to confuse a pigeon and  which woman has the longest legs in the world.
You will also like The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls.
 

How to get these awesome new books? Pop on down to your local library!

Hinamatsuri: Japanese Doll Festival or Girls’ Day.

hinamatsuri dolls festival

The Japanese Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri), or Girls’ Day, is held on March 3rd in  Japan. This festival is a time to pray for the health and well being of young girls. Most homes with daughters will set up a display of hina dolls. The main dolls used are Odairi-sama (a prince) and Ohina-sama. (a princess)  Around the display dedications of peach blossoms, rice cakes and white sake are made.

A picture book about Hinamatsuri – Girls Day.

 

Junior Fiction about dolls.

   

 

 

 

New Non Fiction rated G …for Girls!

Check the latest and newest non fiction for girls!  Escape into a world of fairy tales (and fairies), ballet, inspiring women, cheer-leading and…where dreams come true.

Becoming a Ballerina: A Nutcracker Story staring the Dancers of Boston Ballet.

Ever wanted to be a ballerina? This book is a beautiful and inspiring portrait of a real life girl pursuing her dream to becoming a ballerina and scoring the lead role in The Nutcracker. Complete with dozens of full color photographs that bring to life the hard work and artistry that go into creating the magical world of the ballet.

 

 

 

 

Gymnastics.

Are you interested in becoming a gymnast? Performing back flips, leaps and somersaults sounds exciting, but its not that easy to do. This book will help you master those techniques, along with with step by step photographs and also tell what you need to do in order to condition your body, diet, clothing and kit.

 

 

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Cheer! by Lisa Mullarkey.

If you ever wanted to become a cheerleader? Don’t be fooled by the stereotype,  cheerleading is hard work. Luckily Ready, Set, Cheer! is a new series that tells you everything you have ever wanted to know about cheerleading. Cheerleading Basics explains how to get started in cheerleading and introduces some basic motions, chants and cheers. Cheerleading Spirit will tell great ways to spread spirit around at games, pep rallies and community events. Cheerleading Stunts and Tumbling introduces a number of gymnastics moves with hints on how to be successful. Cheerleading Tryouts and Competitions shares tips on how to become the best cheerleader you can be and how to help you squad become a winner.

 

The Oxford Treasury of Fairy Tales.

The perfect book that allows you to escape into a world of brave knights, sleeping princesses, wicked witches and talking frogs. Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Snow White.  Oxford University Press has taken all the fairy tales that you love and know so well and published them into this beautiful, bound collection of stories with colorful illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

Maya and the Turtle.

This Korean folk tale tells the story of Maya. She and her father are poor, but live a comfortable life. Her mother is dead, but foresaw Maya’s destiny of becoming a princess. One day Maya finds a little turtle. She takes him home, raising, caring for him and never knowing that he will play a part in her destiny. Beautifully illustrated and filled with fascinating nuggets of information about Korean culture, this book offers a poignant tale of the rewards of kindness, patience, courage, a loving heart and a lesson in how true glory, even if foretold must be earned.

 

 

Disney Fairies: The ultimate guide to the magical world.

With a sprinkle of pixie dust (and this exciting new read), take a journey to Neverland and meet all your favorite Disney fairies including Tinkerbell, Rosetta, Silvermist and Vidia. This book is crammed with fun information about your favorite fairies, finding your fairy talent and even what fairies like to eat. With eye catching pictures of the fairies, stills from the movies and fairy themes of magic, friendship, fairy fashion and nature, this is one book no fairies fan should be without.

If you this tickles you fancy, you might want to check out the DVDs Tinkerbell, Tinkerbell and the great fairy rescue  and Tinker Bell and the secret of the wings.

 

 

Helen’s big world : the life of Helen Keller 

Read about the inspiring life of Helen Keller in this picture book biography. Born deaf and blind, she was determined to expereince every part of life and with the help of an unrivaled teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen found that knowledge would soon lead to freedom. This book is an excellent and unforgettable portrait of one of the world’s most influential women whose vision for progress changed America and the world forever.

 

 

 

 

The stories of the Mona Lisa : an imaginary museum tale about the history of modern art.

In this book, a father tells his daughter a story of the fascinating history of modern painting through what many consider the most famous work in the history of art: the Mona Lisa by Leonardo De Vinci. This book takes you on a through an imaginary museum where you learn about famous art movements, for example  impressionism, cubism, expressionism, minimalism and surrealism. You also learn about artists like Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Picasso and Pollock. All of the most famous painters of the modern and contemporary art movements are explained with their own Mona Lisa portraits, in their signature styles. The Stories of the Mona Lisa is the perfect book for anyone who loves art, history, and a good story.

 

Girls (and boys) will also like:

I have a dream / Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it’s creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 28th August 1963.

Do you have a dream? Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr did.  He was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He had a dream for freedom and equality of all people, no matter the colour of their skin. On August 28th 1963, he stood before the nation and agave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our history. In the only picture book version of Dr King’s speech, with magnificent illustrations his iconic words and dream comes alive again and again for many generations to come. This book also includes a CD of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s original speech. A fantastic book to use if you are doing a project on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Have you ever had a dream? Now is the time to make it come true.

 

 

 

 


Top 10 September

September is quite exciting – check out the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book!

1. Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan – New Book – this is the 3rd time the 3rd book in the Heroes of Olympus Series is #1 on the Reserves list!

2. Kingdom of the Wicked, Derek Landy – Available Now – The latest Skulduggery Pleasant is up from #10 last month.

3. Yellowfang’s SecretErin Hunter –  New Bookup from # 4 last month – the 5th book in the Super Edition Arc.

4. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, Dav Pilkey – Available Now – 4th month on the Top 10!

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the third wheel, Jeff Kinney – New Book – The latest in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Greg is in middle school – it debuts at #5! Reserve it now!

6. Big Book of Billy B. BrownSally Rippin – New Book – 4th month on the top 10 list!

7. Guide to Pokemon Legends, – New Book – 1st time on the list. Reserve now and learn all about the legends of Pokemon!

8. The Third DoorEmily Rodda – New Book – Join Rye as he faces another door – the third, wooden door.

9. The 26-Storey TreehouseAndy Griffiths – Available Now – Get in quick – For everyone who enjoyed the 13-Storey Treehouse!

10. Emerald StarJacqueline Wilson – New Book – Reserve your copy of Hetty Feather’s latest adventure now!

Top 10 July

Get in quickly! The most popular kids’ books reserved at Wellington City Libraries for the month of July are:

1. Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan – (new) – up from #2 last month – Book 3 in the Heroes of Olympus Series.

2. Guardian Angel, Robert Muchamore – (new) – up from #3 last month – Book 2 in the Cherub Series.

3. Summer’s Dream, Cathy Cassidy –  up from #4 last month – Part of the Chocolate Box Series.

4. Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, Dav Pilkey – (new) – up from #5 last month – Can Captain Underpants stop Tippy Tinkletrousers?

5. Yellowfang’s Secret, Erin Hunter – (new) – The 5th book in the Super Edition Arc.

6.  Big Book of Billie B. Brown, Sally Rippin (new) – Another one of Billie B. Brown’s exciting adventures!

7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling – You loved the book – you’ll love the audio book – narrated by Jim Dale.

8. Angel and the Flying Stallions, Stacy Gregg – one of the popular Pony Club Secrets.

9. All Because of a Cup of Coffee, Geronimo Stilton – Geronimo Stilton falls in love! What?? Geronimo in LOVE?? What will he get up to?

10. The Demigod Files, Rick Riordan – a collection of three short stories featuring your favourite hero, Percy Jackson!

Kids’ Review by Jemima

The Longest Whale Song by Jacqueline Wilson

The Longest Whale Song: even the title interests you! This story is about a small girl called Ella. She is already pretty upset as her new step-dad has moved in, plus her mum is pregnant! But as Mum goes in to hospital, after she’s had little baby Samson, Ella is getting worried. It turns out her Mum is in a coma. Panic!

Ella is made to act a lot more grown up than she feels, and her step-dad, Samson, and the moody nurse aren’t being much help. The reason I gave this story three stars is because it seems to go on and on. I still really enjoyed this book though, and would definitely recommend it to children aged 8-11. 3 stars.

Review by Jemima of Karori

Kids’ Review by Kate

Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson

It all starts off when Floss gets news from her Mum and her stepdad: they are moving to Australia!!!! But there is one problem: Floss won’t get to see her real Dad. Floss decides to move in with her Dad and leave her Mum. Floss and her Dad have a hard time trying to live together. Floss has stinky clothes, makes friends with a nerd, and leaves the most popular girl in school. Floss’ Dad loses his job and ends up working as a truckdriver and living at his old friend’s house. With this exciting book you will be reading it every night again and again. A very good book. 5 stars.

Review by Kate of Otago