5 New Animals Non Fiction: The Animal Planet Collection.

The Animal Planet collection invites you to go on a wild journey where you will meet awesome wild animals up close, see stunning photographs of animals in their natural habitat, learn how animals survive and thrive all around the world, and find out ways wild animals are just like us.

So what are you waiting for? Come on down to the library, and check out 5 books in the Animal Planet collection where young readers will discover nature.


image courtesy of syndeticsWild Animals.

A fun and interactive guide to wild animals. Young readers will explore sections about animal bodies, baby animals, food, play time, conservation and more.




image courtesy of syndeticsBaby Animals.

Brace yourself for cuteness overload! This book describes animal babies and their developmental behaviors, discussing cats, otters, raccoons, snails, and kangaroos.

AWESOME FACT: Baby ferrets are called kits.



image courtesy of syndeticsAnimals on the move.

Prepare to be amazed and spellbound when you see animals on the move that run, hop, slither, fly and climb in this amazing guide. Also detailed information about animals, such as frogs, worms, falcons, and cheetahs. Highly recommended!




image courtesy of syndeticsOcean Animals.

Dive into the exciting world of ocean animals where you will meet amazing marine creature up close  and learn how they survive and thrive in the watery wild.




image courtesy of syndeticsPolar Animals.

Chill out with amazing polar animals in this amazing book where you will meet incredible polar animals up close and how they survive and thrive in the North and South pole. This also contains information about the physical characteristics, behavior, and habitat of polar animals, including king penguins, narwhals, and reindeer.

New Non Fiction: Amazing Animals 2014

We are days away from 2013 coming a close. How about popping down to your local library and checking out some new non fiction on animals just in time for 2014?

The Animal Book.

This is a must have book for all animal lovers, budding scientists, teachers and librarians. Contains information and shares facts on over three hundred  fastest, fiercest, toughest, cleverest, shyest and most surprising animals and offers a brief overview of the history of life on Earth. Prepare to dance with a blue footed booby, hum along with a humpback whale or travel to the Galapagos with Charles Darwin and learn some fascinating facts along the way like the horned lizard squirts blood from its eyes and the cricket hears with ears on its legs.



Whales and Dolphins.

This book serves as a perfect start to a journey of exploring whales and dolphins. Read this and find out all you can about these amazing mammals, for example which is the largest animal on Earth, the mammal with the longest migration, and dolphins singing and calling to each other. This book is  designed to appeal to children aged 6 to 8 years old.

Also check out my previous post on Amazing Sea Mammals.



If you were a Snake.

This is probably the sort of  book Lord Voldemort was reading when he was in training talking to snakes. Not surprising as it takes you through everything you need to know about the psychology of snakes –  how they think, how they sense the world and how they communicate. You will also read and find out which snakes are the most venomous, places where you are most likely to find snakes and what it is really like for snakes to shed their skin. Finally (and most importantly) you get insight on how snakes think, feel and experience the world.

Also check out other titles: If you were a Cat and If you were a dog.



Weird Animals.

Do you want to see and read all about the weird and wonderful animals known to man? Well, this is the book  for you! Discover some of the strangest animals on earth through jaw-dropping facts and dramatic photos. You will learn why the duck-billed platypus is so unusual,  you will discover which primate has a seriously strange nose and find out what makes the giraffe  weevil so odd.






Jimmy the Joey: The true story of an amazing koala rescue.

I absolutely loved this book! Read all about the true story of Jimmy, an endangered baby koala joey who is rescued and cared for at Koala Hospital and raised by a new ‘family’ (in the form of the team at Koala Hospital) and a new ‘Mummy’ (in the form of a hospital volunteer named Barb.) This is a beautiful heartwarming story that comes complete with lots of adorable photographs from when he was first rescued to when he was released in a protected forest area for Australian wildlife. There are especially cute photographs of Jimmy in his laundry basket, cuddling  his adopted ‘mum’ and trying to ride her leg! So brace yourself for cute overload! A delightful addition to our libraries and a treat for adults and children during the summer holidays. You might also enjoy reading A little book of sloth.

DID YOU KNOW: Koalas aren’t bears, but a rather a mammal called a marsupial, like kangaroos, wombats and opossums and a mother koala carries her baby in a pouch on her body.


Vicks: The Polar Bear Cub.

Brace yourself for even more cuteness! Check out this amazing book on Vicks the polar cub, who was born in the Rotterdam Zoo on December 6th 2010 and who became a celebrity as 500,000 people watch him during the first several months of his life on a webcam feed from his maternity den until he made his first public appearance in March 2011 and captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. Overall I enjoyed this book. Absolutely loved the photographs, especially the photography of a newly born Vicks cuddling up with his Mummy. The illustrations were cute and complemented the photos and events taking place in Vick’s life well. Another  delightful addition to our libraries and a treat for adults and children during the school holidays.

DID YOU KNOW: Male polar bears pee down, while female polar bears pee straight behind them.



Gone to the dogs…

Owing a puppy or a dog can be great fun. However it is important that you know how to look after them properly. Luckily for you, Wellington City Libraries has a new book in the Junior Non Fiction called Puppy by Jinny Johnson, which goes into full detail of what a puppy eats, drinks, what toys it likes to play with and what you need to do to make sure your puppy is comfortable. This is a great book to read, especially good for young children and for families who are interested in acquring a puppy for a pet. If you’re unsure what breed of dog is suitable for your family, you can also check these books on dog breeds also by Jinny Johnson: Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd. These books are great to read because it tells about the dog breed’s main characteristics,  how to train them, how they grow and shows them in action.

Hope you all have a Happy New Year and enjoy the rest of your summer.

New Non Fiction: Amazing Sea Mammals and Caring for your Pets.

Info Search: Living in the Wild: Sea Mammals.

Mammals are warm blooded creatures that give birth and produce milk for their babies.  By reading this series, you have an introduction to information about sea mammals, including their classification, habitats, adaptations, food chains, life cycles, behaviors and intelligence. Each title also contains maps, charts, colorful photographs and a profile that will tell you everything you want to know about each sea mammal. I managed to learn a lot about the sea mammals that I did not know or would never have guessed. (See under Believe it or not.)

Wellington City Libraries has some new books from this series which includes :


This book is great to read if you are looking for information about the walrus, a sea mammal that spends one third of their time on land or pack ice and the other two thirds in the ocean. Find out amazing facts and answers to questions about the walrus like what do walruses use thier tusks for?, Why do walruses sometimes turn red? and what amazing thing can happen when a walrus calf loses its mother? Comes complete with fantastic photos, especially one with a female walrus and her calf.

Believe it or not: Male walruses are called bulls, female walruses are called cows and baby walruses are called carves.


This is a fantastic read! Lots of fantastic photographs, especially seal pups. (If you are a sucker for baby animals photographs like me, then this is the book to read.) Contains lots of great information, especially that you can find out the age of a sea lion by counting the growth rings in its teeth. You will also find out answers to questions about seals which includes what do seals use their claws for? and What is “hauling out”.?

Believe it or not: Whiskers are one of the most sensitive parts of a seal’s body.




Move over Free Willy, this book gives the full run down of everything you ever wanted to know about orcas/killer whales. However seal fans may not like this book as orcas are predators that hunt sea lions. Still, I find this book very enjoyable with the information and photographs. You will also find out the answers to questions like what is “spyhopping”?, why are orcas light on the bottom and dark on the top? and how do orcas hunt?

Believe it or not: Orcas give birth to one calf every three to five years and pregnancy lasts 15 to 18 months.


Sea Otters.

This is a great picture book for young children (or for parents and teachers to read to children) about sea otters. This book follows the story of a baby otter, just a little bigger than a kitten born far away in the Pacific Ocean. You will read about this sea otter’s fantastic journey as she learns how dive, find food and how she fends for herself when she becomes fully grown. There are some fantastic photographs of the baby otter devouring clams and crabs and cuddling up with her mum.

Believe it or not: By the time a sea otter is three months old, she can swim and dive by herself. When she  is one year old, she is fully grown and ready to have a baby of her own.

You will also like A rookery of penguins, and other bird groups and Giant Pandas.


Pet Guides:


What is great about these pet guides is that they are great picture books for young children (or for parents and teachers to read to children), with simple, helpful tips and advise on how to care for your pets, whether you own a cat, dog, goldfish, rabbit and horse. Kitty’s Guide to Caring for your cat covers all the basic elements of caring for your pet cat, which includes what is the best way to pick up a cat, what do cats eat and when you should take your cat to the vet.  Ruff’s guide to caring for your dog offers adviseon how to care for your dog, for example where is the best place to get a  Goldie’s Guide to caring for your goldfish provides simple information about caring for a goldfish, including feeding, cleaning the tank, and what to do if it is ill. Bunny’s guide to caring for your rabbit gives you advise on caring for your rabbit, including feeding, exercising and keeping a rabbit house clean. And finally Winnie’s guide to caring for your horse or pony tells you all you need to know about caring, feeding and exercising horses and ponies.



How to look after your pet cat.

This is the book to read if you are looking for a practical guide with expert advise on how to care for your pet cat. This book comes complete with step by step photographs and filled with useful information and guidance from how to choose a kitten or cat, feeding and healthcare. There are also photographs on various cat breeds around the world. Great for ages 5 to 9 years old.





Something a little different..

Pug and other animal poems.

This book presents a collection of eighteen whimsical animal poems that describe eccentric animal behaviors and are beautifully complemented by bright art collage illustrations. The poems and the art bring to life funny and elegant moments that take place in every animal’s life, whether  it is a fly sipping spilled milk or a cat’s quiet gift of a mouse on the doorstep.






New Non Fiction: Animals and Heroes

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Experiments and Thought Experiments.

Kids of all ages will enjoy reading this book about Albert Einstein, both about his childhood and the important contributions he made to science. Complete with activities and experiments to bring Einstein’s theories and ideas to life, kids will be able to calculate the speed of light with a melted bar of chocolate, model a nuclear chain reaction using dominoes, demonstrate the expanding universe with a marshmallow peep, replicate a solar eclipse and much, much more.



Can We Save the Tiger?

Can we save the tiger and all other beautiful and extraordinary endangered species described in this new book? It’s not too late! This beautiful picture comes complete with artfully drawn illustrations both in colour and black and white,  introducing a wide range of endangered species that includes tigers, polar bears, American Bison, European crayfish and even New Zealand’s very own native bird, Kakapo, this book portrays the hash reality of  struggles these endangered animals face and points out ways that we may help.  Suitable for Children ages 5 to 8 years old and a excellent guide and resource to our world’s endangered species.



The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey the Movie Storybook.

Seen the movie? Now read and enjoy the movie book. Relive the story of The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey in this fantastic photo-filled book. Join Bilbo Baggins and the company of Dwarves battling against evil forces and their quest to recapture the lost Kingdom of Erebor. With this amazing retelling of the movie, you too can visit Middle Earth.







Did you know that penguins have dark feathers to absorb the sun’s heat and  mother penguins can lay one or two eggs at a time? All this information, complete with pictures and other amazing facts about penguins can be found in this new and exciting read from the series, Animals Are Amazing! You will read about all types penguins (noisy penguins, driving penguins, baby penguins and waddling penguins), including why penguins have wings and how they survive in the freezing cold.




So, You Want to be a Comic Book Artist? The Ultimate Guide on how to break into Comics?

So, you want to be a comic book artist? This hip, new guide presents a step by step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books, including developing compelling characters, approaching publishers, and adapting storylines for video games and movies. You will also find inspiration through profiles of young comics creators as well as world-famous artists who have worked on comics and cartoons such as X-Men, Superman, Batman, Spiderman and SpongeBob Squarepants.




The Animal Antics Joke Book.

Why are dogs such bad dancers? How to fleas get from one animal to another? Why was the cat scared of the tree? Find out the answers in this new, amazing joke book from the Laugh Out Loud series. This book is packed full of jokes about daffy dogs, kooky cats and peculiar parrots.