10 New Non Fiction to read during winter.

Hey kids! Winter is coming, and there are bound to be days where you will be spending more times indoors – whether it is at your local library or in the comfort of your own home. Luckily there is some awesome new non fiction available in the junior non fiction collection at your local library! Check out these books that will help you brush up on your English/grammar skills, prehistoric animals, and so much more!


image courtesy of syndeticsPlanetarium.

Check out the latest book which is part of the “Welcome to the museum series”, a collection of books where the museum is open all hours!

Welcome to the planetarium! A book that houses a huge collection of astronomical objects and enables you to explore the universe in all its glory!

Hands down, one of the best books on planets!

Have a look at other books in the series, such as AnimaliumHistorium and Dinosaurium,

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image courtesy of syndeticsThe science of warfare : the ferocious facts about how we fight.

Want to learn the science of warfare? Then this is the book for you! This ferocious books of facts of how the best in warfare fight will tell you all you need to know. From medieval trebuchets and siege towers to the tanks and high-powered aircraft of today, it is an eye-opening introduction to the mechanics of warfare.



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Whether they already own one, or beg for one each Christmas and birthday, children love pets, and PET PALS is the perfect title for any pet-loving child out there. From where they sleep to what they eat, and how you can make them feel safe and at home, this book provides all the pet care advice you could possibly need. Adorable photos, and gentle, accessible text, makes this the perfect guide for all pet carers – whether they own a pet or not!



image courtesy of syndeticsAmazing transport : journey through the history of transport.

Fasten your seat belts and get ready to zoom through the history of transport and discover incredible facts about all kinds of vehicles along the way. With wonderfully intricate illustrations from Chris Mould, Amazing Transport tells the story of some of science’s most recognisable inventions in a way you’ve never seen before. Prepare yourself for the journey of a lifetime.

Hands down, one of the coolest books on transport I have ever seen! Ideal for anyone who is interested in transport and history!



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My first dictionary.

My first dictionary contains core words, with clear definitions, simple spelling tips and fun wordplay activities. This is a great book to help improve children’s reading, writing and spelling.



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My first thesaurus.

My first thesaurus is an easy-to-use word finder containing more than 100 key words and more than 1,000 secondary words, as well as synonyms and antonyms. Simple example sentences and amusing cartoons clarify and visually reinforce word meanings while making the process of discovery fun. The thesaurus can be used alongside its companion title, My first dictionary.



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Weather and the seasons.

This book is a good introduction to weather and the seasons, describing what is a cloud, why rainbows form, and how animals migrate for the winter, and includes four weather-related science projects.



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Taniwhasaurus : the true story of finding the dinosaurs of Zealandia.

Tells the story of Joan Wiffen, a self-taught fossil hunter who discovered the first evidence of dinosaurs in New Zealand.


image courtesy of syndeticsMaria Montessori.

New in the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the incredible life of Maria Montessori, the pioneering teacher and researcher. Maria grew up in Italy at a time when girls didn’t receive an equal education to boys. But Maria’s mother was supportive of her dreams, and Maria went on to study medicine. She later became an early years expert – founding schools with her revolutionary educational theories and changing the lives of many children. 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 educators life.

Top 10 Non-Fiction for July

1. Star Wars character encyclopedia by Simon Beecroft

2. The LEGO book by Daniel Lipkowitz

3. Amazing giant dinosaurs by Marie Greenwood

4. My tourist guide to the solar system and beyond by Louis Dartnell

5. The horrible history of the world by Terry Deary

6. Matariki by Melanie Dewery

7. The Usborne book of origami and other paper projects by Eileen O’Brien

8. Ripley’s believe it or not by Rosie Alexander

9. Pokemon ultimate handbook by Cris Silvestri

10. The great prehistoric search by Jane Bingham

New Non Fiction for the school holidays: Absolute Gems, animal adventures, eating like a dinosaur and learning how to be a superhero.

Well another term has ended and the school holidays are here.  Luckily for you, Wellington City Libraries has stocked up on precious gems also known as new non fiction books to keep the boredom busters at bay, especially with all the cold and miserable weather we have had lately.

This month’s blog post introduces you to instruction manuals on how to be a superhero (or an evil genius) and how to eat like a dinosaur, books that features some of the cutest animals on the planet, fairy tales around the world and traveling back in time to visit ancient historical lands, monuments and important figures that changed the world forever.

101 Things to do to become a Superhero… or evil genius.

Well kids, there has finally been a book released that many evil geniuses would attempt to destroy. 101 Things to do to become a Superhero… or evil genius. that not only tells you  all about the 101 things to do to become a Superhero… or evil genius, but probably what  Superman, Batman, Spiderman and every superhero you know and heard of had to go through while they were superheroes in training. And excellent timing with the school holidays coming up and the release of the movie, Man of Steel. 101 Things to Do to become a Superhero has been praised on Amazon as “an absolute gem.” The book includes information on what you need to transform yourself from mere mortal into exciting, dynamic total superhero material. So what you are you waiting for, don’t waste time as a mere mortal, begin your transformation today.



An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales.

Ready for another “absolute gem?” If you are bored with Fairy tales, Greek mythology and enjoyed Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland, a collection of Irish Folk Tales a reviewed in a previous post? How about a dose of Scottish Folk Tales? Check out this  wonderful treasure filled with stunning illustrations that holds a collection of eleven stories that brings Scottish folk tales and tradition to life. Fantastic themes of magic and enchantment that are that will make you EVEN more spellbound! Great for kids aged 6 to 9 years, who love adventure, romance and talking animals.

Also check out Nessie the Loch Ness Monster.



A little book of sloth.

Brace yourself for cuteness! If you have a weakness for cute, baby animals (like myself), then cozy up with adorable baby sloths in this irresistible photographic picture book during the school holidays! British filmmaker and sloth expert Lucy Cooke has produced this book that takes you behind the scenes of what goes on at Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage. Complete with with  hilarious, heart-melting photographs of sloths (Babies and Adults – A couple of charming photos of sloths dressed in oneises!), you will get to know the delightful residents of the at Avarios Sloth Sanctuary and become more knowledgable of the laziest and one of the cutest animals on the planet. A delightful addition to our libraries and a treat for adults and children during the school holidays.

WARNING: Baby sloths can be highly addictive. Prepare yourself for cute overload.



 The secrets of stonehenge.

In the mood for some time travel? Travel back in time 5,000 years and more to relive the mysteries and secrets of one of the greatest ancient monuments in the world! You will discover the very first henge, dug out with antler-horn picks and find out about the Amesbury Archer, buried with his archer’s wrist-guard and flint arrowheads. This is a great resource that can help you with your homework and answer every question you ever wanted to know about Stonehenge, for example why was this amazing monument erected? How did our Stone-Age ancestors bring such massive stones to the site from so far away? How did they raise the enormous stones to their upright positions? What was Stonehenge used for, and who lived around the site?



Eat like a Dinosaur: Recipe and guidebook for gluten-free kids.

This is a book that parents should have if they have children that suffer from gluten intolerance and food allergies. In Eat Like a Dinosaur, you will find over a 100 kid-approved recipes and projects that are free of grains, dairy, soy and refined sugar that will steer your child toward meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and healthy fats. For those with food allergies, the top 8 allergens have been visually marked on each recipe for children to self-identify recipes that may contain eggs, nuts, fish, or shellfish.



The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice.

This book is great resource that gives children a basic introduction to the history of the rise and fall of the Roman empire. Blended with illustration and text in the form of a graphic novel, you will read and find out who Romulus and Remus were, discover what happened to Julius Caesar and experience life what happened during the times of Ancient Rome.





Funny Bums.

Ever wanted to find out why some animals have funny bums? This is a fantastic picture book  for younger children answer this question and gives insight to the rear ends of animals that comes in many shapes and sizes. None of them are boring and maybe some that funny. Great book to use as a learning tool and for a laugh. Great for primary school age.



Kids’ Reviews by Emily

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #2: Spirit Walker by Michelle Paver

The second book of the wicked series, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Spirit Walker unlocks a life changing secret. It has you on the edge of your seat, staring at the book, rushing to read but you are rushing so the words are a big jumble. The scene moves away from the beloved Forest, to the rough-and-tumble Sea Islands. Fantasy breaks its chain and things here are like nothing you could ever imagine. I give a pat-on-the-back to Michelle for this great book. 5 Stars.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #3: Soul Eater by Michelle Paver

Soul Eater brings you deep into the story – fantasy has gone wild! A forest of stone, demons, spirits, and cold fire. It’s like you are really there, forced to break the promise to the World-Spirit and climbing through tunnels smaller than you are, facing freezing temperatures. I love this book! Its chock-full of action: one baddie is not how it seems, a beloved character gets part of him cut off, and there is heart-break and joy. 5 stars.

Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #4: Outcast by Michelle Paver

Outcast is a brilliant book. It is interesting and sets your nerves on edge. If you like adventure, spine-tingling thrills and something awesome right around the corner, then this book is for you. But you might want to start with the first book in the series, Wolf Brother. 5 stars http://www.wcl.govt.nz/blogs/kids/index.php/2011/05/03/kids-review-by-emily-6/
Reviews by Emily of Newlands