Spring is in the air! A season of new beginnings, rebirth …. and exercise! Why not spring into sport with Play Smart, where you’ll get active, have fun and learn about science. Guaranteed to help you ace in P.E., science and possibly be a future contender of the Olympics.
“How you ever wondered how to score a glorious goal make a perfect pass or hit a winning wicket By looking at angles forces distances and mass this series will teach you how. From hitting and kicking to running and jumping we will explore a variety of sports and the science behind them giving you all you need to know to Play Smart.” (Amazon).
“How is a tennis player is able to hit the ball and have control over it? Questions such as this are answered in this exciting look at the science behind tennis. Readers learn how to execute certain serves, such as a forehand serve and backhand serve, using a deeper understanding of physics. Detailed diagrams explain the science behind what happens before and after the tennis ball is hit with the racket. This creative guide to science curriculum topics includes graphic organizers, a thorough glossary, and delightful, full-color photographs that depict the thrilling intersection of science and sports.” (Catalogue).
“In swimming, there are multiple scientific concepts at play, such as density, gravity, momentum, and buoyancy. Readers learn about these concepts and more with this engaging guide to the science behind swimming. Useful diagrams display how to execute the perfect push-off from the wall of a pool, how to swim successful strokes, and how to do a cannonball. Informative fact boxes, helpful graphic organizers, and full-color photographs provide additional information. Readers will be thrilled by visual examples of science concepts in action. This high-interest approach to science curriculum topics will resonate with young readers.” (Catalogue).
Goodbye winter, hello spring! Spring is in the air! A season of new beginnings, rebirth and when the earth comes to life. It is also season where the weather starts to warm up, trees start to grow leaves, and plants start to flower. This is the season when a lot of animals are born and birds migrate to the warmer temperatures. In New Zealand the months of spring are September, October and November. For ideas on what do in Wellington during spring, click here.
Where can I find information about spring?
ManyAnswers has a senior and junior page dedicated to websites, resources and ways to search for information about festivals and celebrations in New Zealand, which includes Valentine’s day.
There’s something special about each season of the year, wherever we live in the world. Follow the children in this book as they discover and explore the unique character of spring, through indoor and outdoor play. Sensory, detailed and child-centred, this is the perfect introduction for young children to the cycles of the year. (Catalogue).
“Follow the wonderful changes that each season brings! From bright spring blossoms to dazzling summer sunshine, vibrant autumn leaves, and sparkling winter snow. Look and Wonder is a fresh, bold, and bright narrative nonfiction series introducing children to the natural world” — Back cover.
Little Bear has just woken up from his long winter sleep. But when he pokes his head out of the den, the world around him is vast, white and silent. The only thing he sees is a smooth little stone, just as alone in the snowy wilderness as he is. He nestles it in tight to his fur and off they go in search of friends. Little Bear’s Spring is a lyrical story about friendship, with a gentle introduction to spring and what happens to the natural world when the seasons change. Written by star picture book author Elli Woollard and illustrated by Briony May Smith, who’s artwork brings a sun-dappled springtime landscape to life with breathtaking beauty. A glorious reminder for children and adults of just how wonderful the natural world is, and that, sometimes, the unlikeliest of friendships are the best kind. (Catalogue).
“Finding out about the four seasons has never been so engaging. This book is full of exciting experiments, fun puzzles, quirky humour and science facts to make you say WOW … it’s science with a BOOM!” (Catalogue).
“A stunning book exploring the cycle of seasons, the passage of time, the way people live, play, forget, remember… Through objects, places and actions, the world is revealed as both permanent and ever-changing.” (Catalogue).
“Have you ever wondered why we have seasons, where the wind comes from or how we predict the weather? Read this book to find out about weather and how our planet changes throughout the year. Age: 6-9 years.” (Catalogue).
Did you know? The myth aboutHades and Persephone tells how the four seasons were born. During spring and summer, Persephone resides with her mother, Demeter and therefore all the crops begins to thrive. In autumn and winter, Persephone is with Hades, which would cause Demeter to become depressed.
Read more about the myth here and you can also read the following comics:
This graphic novel tells the story of Demeter, the Greek goddess of the harvest, and her daughter, Persephone. Demeter rules over a perpetual summer on earth, where crops, trees, and flowers grow in abundance. Persephone, young and beautiful, unknowingly attracts the attention of the lonely god of the Underworld, Hades. Hades kidnaps Persephone, and a frantic Demeter searches in vain for her daughter. Finally, Demeter retreats to her temple in mourning. The goddess’s sorrow causes the crops to die and the ground to freeze. The first winter falls over Greece. As people begin to starve, the other Olympian gods and goddesses try to convince Demeter to accept a marriage between Persephone and Hades. But Demeter will not give up her daughter forever to the Underworld. Finally a compromise is struck: Persephone will stay with Hades for half a year (winter). When she comes back from the Underworld to spend half a year with her mother, spring returns to earth. (Catalogue).
Hades: Lord of the Dead tells the story of the great God of the Underworld and one of the most famous of all Greek myths: Hades’ abduction of Persephone and her mother’s revenge. Be prepared to see a new side of Persephone in this dynamic adaptation of the story of the creation of the seasons. Perfect to read just in time for spring. (Catalogue). Also available as an eBook.
Remember stay safe in your bubble, stay at home, be kind and spring forward to seeing you all in person.
Spring is finally upon us! It’s time to enjoy the longer, warmer days and get stuck into some fun outdoor activities.
For budding junior gardeners we have a fantastic bunch of books to help you grow your own plants, fruit and vegies. How cool would it be to start a vegie patch in your backyard?!
Spring is the perfect time to go exploring outdoors. Browse from our selection of recreation books, grab your friends and go on your own nature adventures.
Creative kids will love our arts and crafts books, jam-packed full of fun, seasonal activities.
As well as a wealth of non-fiction, there are also Spring fiction and picture book titles that you might like to try. Why not make the most of a sunny weekend and read a book (or two, or three…) up a tree!
Tawa Library is celebrating Spring Into Tawa on Saturday 8th September with several events.
First up is a special storytime on Hairy Maclary. It’s Hairy Maclary’s birthday in September, so join us at the library at 10.30am to hear some of Lynley Dodd’s stories read aloud. It’s tongue-twisting fun for children, and children-at-heart.
People from Tawa College Adult Education are also visiting Tawa Library for Spring Into Tawa. From 10am – 12.00pm there will be demonstrations on flax-weaving, wood-carving, patchwork and felt-making, and at 12pm there will be performances by ukulele and Irish whistle experts.
Also, don’t forget to visit the Wellington City Council stall in the main road outside the library.
Spring into Tawa is on September 8th from 9am – 12.30pm at Tawa Plaza and the Main Road shops.
Hey guys! Today is the first day of spring! Yippeeee! Spring is in the air! Come and get some books about Spring and what to expect. Start watching out for those daffodils and lambs when you go for a drive in the country. You can even download a story to your MP3 player or iPod from our website for when you are biking to school or walking in the lovely Spring air!