New Arrivals · Kids’ Nonfiction

October 8, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

What's the buzz? : keeping bees in flight

October 7, 2015
Wilcox, Merrie-Ellen, author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2015.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
"Whether they live alone or together, in a hive or in a hole in the ground, bees do some of the most important work on the planet: pollinating plants. [This book] celebrates the magic of bees--from swarming to dancing to making honey--and encourages readers to do their part to keep the hives alive"

The suspended castle : a Philemon adventure

October 7, 2015
Fred, 1931- author, illustrator.
New York : TOON Books, an imprint of RAW Junior, [2015]
53 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 27 cm.
Maps on lining papers.
"TOON graphics for visual readers."--Cover.
Philemon and his friend Mr. Bartholomew journey back to the mysterious islands of the Atlantic, and discover an owl lighthouse, a ship that is also a whale, and a castle hanging from a string.

The first telephone

October 7, 2015
Chambers, Catherine, 1954- author.
New York : DK/Penguin Random House, 2015.
126 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Includes index.
Alexander's ideas -- The telegraph -- Surrounded by sound -- Workshop of wild dreams -- Ideas for inventions -- Good news and bad news -- Making connections -- The race for the patent -- The sound of success -- Telephones ring -- Alexander Graham Bell's life -- Telephones through the years -- Telephone quiz.
DK Reads The First Telephone is part of DK's three-level reading scheme helping kids learn how to read at home - and learn to love reading. This book is perfect for children "Reading Alone" who are proficient readers and developing the habit of reading widely for both pleasure and information. DK Reads are leveled into stages to help every child progress their reading skills and become a confident reader. DK Reads feature engaging and highly illustrated topics which appeal to kids. The story is supported with interactive themed pages and questions to encourage children to access information from a range of sources and develop comprehension and reading skills.

The world of little house

October 7, 2015
Collins, Carolyn Strom.
New York : HarperCollins, 2015, c1996.
ix, 150 p. : col. ill., map, geneal. table ; 26 cm.
"Discover more about the original pioneer girl, Laura Ingalls Wilder"--Cover.
Laura Ingalls Wilder -- Little house in the big woods -- Little house on the prairie -- Farmer boy -- On the banks of Plum Creek -- By the shores of Silver Lake -- Long winter -- Little town on the prairie -- These happy golden years -- First four years -- Rocky Ridge years -- Laura and little house through the years -- Seeing the little house sites today -- Bibliography -- Index.
A compendium of biographical and historical anecdotes, recipes, activities, and crafts from the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. In addition, it includes one chapter for each of Laura's nine Little House books, exploring in detail the stories, houses, landscapes, journeys, foods, activities, and crafts. Maps, family trees, photographs, and a timeline trace the history of Laura and her family.

What is punk?

October 6, 2015
Morse, Eric, author.
[United States] : Black Sheep : Akashic Books, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm

Great LEGO sets : a visual history

October 6, 2015
Lipkowitz, Daniel, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
256 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Includes index.

The big book of dinosaurs

October 6, 2015
Wilkes, Angela, author.
New York, New York : DK Penguin Random House, 2015.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 37 cm
Includes index.
First American edition originally published: New York : DK Publishing, 1994.
"The Big Book of Dinosaurs is a color compendium of amazing prehistoric creatures that will entertain and inform children for hours. Found out how many teeth a Tyrannosaurus rex had, what a Stegosaurus ate for breakfast, and which dinosaurs were covered in feathers. Featuring stunning illustrations and 3-D models of dinosaurs, and packed with fun facts, The Big Book of Dinosaurs is the ultimate first dinosaur book for kids" -- Page [4] of cover.

Senseational illusions : bamboozle your brain, scramble your senses

October 6, 2015
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
31 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Cover title.
"Mind-blowing sensory challenges, optical illusions tricks, and games" -- Page [4] of cover.

Just because I am : a child's book of affirmation

October 6, 2015
Payne, Lauren Murphy, 1956-
Minneapolis, MN : Free Spirit Publishing, 2015.
34 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
"Young children need support and encouragement as they learn to value themselves and recognize their own worth--"not because of the things I do, not because of what I look like, not because of what I have. just because I am." This book of sweet, simple affirmations for children helps them respect their bodies, acknowledge their own needs, and name their feelings. Just Because I Am invites little ones to love, accept, and feel good about themselves exactly as they are. A special section for parents, teachers, and caregivers includes activities and discussion questions to use with children"-- Provided by publisher.

Clouds : a compare and contrast book

October 6, 2015
Hall, Katharine, 1989- author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.

The night before Christmas : a brick story

October 5, 2015
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863.
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, [2015]
1 volume unpaged : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"Spread the Christmas cheer with this whimsical retelling of Clement C. Moore's cherished poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas." This new edition of the classic features the text of Moore's original poem, illustrated with beautifully detailed LEGO brick scenes and characters. See the colorful stockings hung by the chimney in the fanciful brick house, and look on at the visions of dancing brick sugarplums. Turn the pages to reveal Saint Nicholas with his bundle of toys and his eight trusty reindeer, and watch as he magically slides down the chimney to bring presents to the good little girls and boys before shouting, "Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!" This treasured Christmas poem in brick will quickly become the highlight of your holiday storybooks and a great new tradition for the whole family!"-- Provided by publisher.

Beatrix Potter and her paint box

October 5, 2015
McPhail, David, 1940-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, color ; 24 cm

The hottest and the coldest

October 5, 2015
Marsico, Katie, 1980- author.
New York, NY : Children's Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016.
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
From blistering heat to bitter cold -- Saudi Arabian scorcher -- The frozen continent -- The big truth! -- In hot water -- Within walls of ice.
"Learn all about the hottest and coldest places on Earth and find out what it takes for life to survive in these extreme locations"-- Provided by publisher.

The oldest and the newest

October 5, 2015
Marsico, Katie, 1980- author.
New York, NY : Children's Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016.
48 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 22 cm.
An endless blend of old and new -- Exploring an ancient burial site -- The appearance of a new island -- Timeless trees -- The birth of a new nation.
"Learn all about the oldest and newest places on Earth and find out how the world has changed over time."-- Provided by publisher.

Ultimate toy collector : Shopkins!

October 5, 2015
Boone, Mary, 1963-
111 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm

Big book of answers : 1,001 facts kids want to know.

October 2, 2015
192 pages : color illustrations; 31 cm
Includes index.
Animals -- Space -- People and places -- Science -- Sports -- Inventions -- Geography -- Human body -- Transportation -- Arts.

The wettest and the driest

October 2, 2015
Marsico, Katie, 1980- author.
New York, NY : Children's Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016.
48 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 22 cm.
From drenched to bone-dry -- A rare, rain-soaked world -- Little to no recorded rainfall -- Drenched by natural disaster -- A deadly dry spell.
"Learn all about the wettest and driest places on Earth and find out what it takes for life to survive in these extreme locations."-- Provided by publisher.


October 2, 2015
Ganeri, Anita, 1961-
Chicago, Illinois : Heinemann Raintree, [2015]
32 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Welcome to England! -- Historic places -- Coasts, rivers, lakes and moors -- City sights -- Good morning! -- Fish and chips -- Anyone for tennis? -- From money to tourists -- And finally -- England fact file -- England quiz.
"The book includes chapters on English history, geography, cities, people, and food, as well as visiting some of the most famous places of this unique country, such as the Tower of London and Hadrian's Wall."--Provided by publisher.

South Korea

October 2, 2015
Somervill, Barbara A.
New York : Children's Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2015]
144 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 25 cm.
An unexpected haven -- The stepping stone to Asia -- Wonderful wildlife -- Young nation, long history -- A strong republic -- On the job -- A united people -- Matters of faith -- National treasures, everyday pleasures -- Family first.
Discusses the history, geography, and people of South Korea as well as the country's rich culture and traditions and its beautiful natural areas.

Secret coders

October 1, 2015
Yang, Gene Luen, author.
91 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!"

Thor speaks! : a guide to the realms by the Norse God of Thunder

October 1, 2015
Shecter, Vicky Alvear, 1961- author.
128 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
One day in the distant future, Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is destined to battle the giant snake that threatens to devour the world. Until then, mortals of Middle Earth look to Thor and his magic hammer for protection from evil. In this third volume of the Secrets of the Ancient Gods series, Thor takes time from his duties to lead readers through the mythological Norse realms, those mysterious worlds that are home to gods, giants, elves, and monsters. He also delves into the age of the Vikings and reveals how they lived and what they believed.

Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue presents Romeo and Juliet

October 1, 2015
Lendler, Ian, author.
New York : First Second Books, 2015.
91 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
The Stratford Zoo is like any other zoo... until closing time! That's when the animals come out of their cages to perform Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the best actors, but they've got heart (also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails). Please find your seats and get ready for the funniest (and furriest) performance ever of Shakespeare's most romantic tragedy!

A friend for Lakota : the incredible true story of a wolf who braved bullying

October 1, 2015
Dutcher, Jim, 1943- author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 25 cm.
"The sweet tale of Lakota, the shy wolf pup, is sure to touch the heart of any animal lover. Readers will marvel at Lakota's strength growing up as the lowest-ranking and frequently picked-on member of a wolf pack until he finally finds that supportive and nurturing friend he's always wanted. The book also introduces young readers to the need for conservation awareness: through Lakota's life story, readers will come to understand the many challenges wolves in the wild face today"-- from publisher.

Spit and sticks : a chimney full of swifts

October 1, 2015
Grohoske Evans, Marilyn.
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, color ; 28 cm

The throne of fire : the graphic novel

October 1, 2015
Collar, Orpheus, author, illustrator.
Los Angeles : Disney Hyperion Books, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Carter and Sadie, offspring of the brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane, embark on a worldwide search for the Book of Ra, but the House of Life and the gods of chaos are determined to stop them."

Nature attacks!

September 30, 2015
Tarshis, Lauren, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
157 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Snuggle up, ZooBorns!

September 30, 2015
Bleiman, Andrew, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Most of the photos in this book were previously published in ZooBorns: The Next Generation: Newer, Cuter, More Exotic Animals from the World's Zoos and Aquariums; and ZooBorns: Motherly Love."
"What do koala bears, panda bears, sea otters, snow leopards, and people have in common? They all love to snuggle!-- Provided by publisher

Lincoln's spymaster : Allan Pinkerton, America's first private eye

September 30, 2015
Seiple, Samantha, author.
New York : Scholastic Press, 2015.
211 pages : illustrations, maps, photographs ; 22 cm
A biography of the Scottish immigrant barrel-maker whose side line detective work developed into the oldest and most famous detective agency in the United States.

A passion for elephants : the real life adventure of field scientist Cynthia Moss

September 30, 2015
Buzzeo, Toni.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
1 volume (unnumbered pages) : color illustrations ; 26 cm

The caretaker's guide to Fablehaven

September 30, 2015
Mull, Brandon, 1974- author.
ix, 116 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- Artifacts and items -- Creatures -- Demons -- Dragons -- Locations -- Wizards.
An encyclopedia of the creatures, characters, artifacts, items, and places found of the Fablehaven series.

Forgotten bones : uncovering a slave cemetery

September 30, 2015
Huey, Lois Miner.
Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, 2016.
56 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Underground history : enslavement in the North -- The African-American cemetery near Albany, New York : discovery -- The African-American cemetery in New Hampshire : discovery -- The New York City Burial Ground : discovery -- What the skeletons have taught us.

Gay and lesbian history for kids : the century-long struggle for LGBT rights, with 21 activities

September 30, 2015
Pohlen, Jerome.
Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2016]
xi, 180 pages : illustrations ; 22 x 28 cm

Junk drawer chemistry : 50 awesome experiments that don't cost a thing

September 30, 2015
Mercer, Bobby, 1961- author.
xi, 206 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
What is chemistry? -- Properties of matter -- Atoms, compounds, elements, and the periodic table -- Solutions -- Reactions -- Acids and bases -- Radioactivity and thermodynamics.

Stickiest, fluffiest, crunchiest : super superlatives

September 30, 2015
Brocket, Jane, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Millbrook Press, [2016]
31 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm

Ballerinas and what they do

September 30, 2015
Slegers, Liesbet, author, illustrator.
New York : Clavis, [2015].
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Translated of: De ballerina.
"A cheerful and informative book for children about ballerinas and ballet dancing."--Back cover.

Firefighters and what they do

September 30, 2015
Slegers, Liesbet, author.
New York : Clavis, [2015]
26 unnumbered pages : illustrations, color ; 27 cm
"First published in Belgium and Holland by Clavis Uitgeverij, Hasselt, Amsterdam, 2007."--Title page verso.

Spot the snail in the garden

September 30, 2015
Maidment, Stella, author.
Irving, California : QEB Publishing, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm

You wouldn't want to be a Mayan soothsayer! : fortunes you'd rather not tell

September 29, 2015
Matthews, Rupert.
New York : Franklin Watts, 2008.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The soothsayer's son -- Choosing a path -- The calendar of the gods -- So many gods! -- Royal sculptures -- The wayeb festival -- The ball game -- Warrior cults -- The battle of quirigúa -- A new king -- Palent-gazing -- A life of ease.
Step into the shoes of a Mayan soothsayer's son and learn about the Mayan culture and religion of ancient Mexico and Central America.

Wild at heart : mustangs and the young people fighting to save them

September 28, 2015
Farley, Terri, author.
196 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
"A junior library guide selection" --Jacket.
"Wild horses thrived for thousands of generations in the mountains, forests, and deserts of the American West. Their family herds existed in environmental harmony until man chose to "manage" them. Since then, every day more of America's wild horses disappear. But courageous people are trying very hard to reverse this, most notably, young people who feel a kinship with these often misunderstood creatures."-- Provided by publisher.

About insects : a guide for children

September 28, 2015
Sill, Cathryn P., 1953- author.
46 unnumbered pages : color illustrations, 23 cm
Describes the anatomy, behavior, and habitat of various insects. Includes: Dogbane Leaf Beetle, Eastern Velvet Ant, Giant Stag Beetle, Praying Mantis, Monarch Butterfly, Virginia Ctenuchid Moth, Black Horse Fly, Southeastern Lubber Grasshopper, Common Whitetail, Giant Walkingstick, Gladiator meadow Katydid, Whirligig Beetle, Silverfish, Honeybee, Luna Moth, German Cockroach, Convergent Ladybug Beetle (with aphid), Mayfly.

Coco and the little black dress

September 28, 2015
Haeringen, Annemarie van, author, illustrator.
New York : North South Books, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"First published in Holland by Leopold in cooperation with the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag under the title Coco of het kleine zwarte jurkje."
A picture book biography of the famous French fashion designer, Coco Chanel.

Grandi regine

September 25, 2015
Piumini, Roberto.
Milano : A. Mondadori, 2014.
158 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 27 cm.
Includes index.

Treasury of Norse mythology : stories of intrigue, trickery, love, and revenge

September 23, 2015
Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948- author.
Washington, DC : National Geographic, [2015]
191 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.
"Classic stories and dazzling illustrations of gods, goddesses, heroes and monsters come to life in a stunning tableau of Norse myths, including those of the thunder god Thor, the one-eyed god and Allfather Odin, and the trickster god Loki. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Scandinavia. This book is the third in the trilogy that includes the popular National Geographic Treasury of Greek Mythology and National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology."-- Provided by publisher.

Hansel & Gretel

September 23, 2015
Hobbie, Holly, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, Hachette Book Group, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
A simplified version of the traditional tale in which Hansel and Gretel become lost in the woods and find their way home despite an encounter with a wicked witch.


September 22, 2015
Osborne, Mary Pope.
New York : Random House, [2015]
120 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"A Stepping stone book."
"A nonfiction companion to Magic Tree House #15: Viking Ships at Sunrise."
Vikings -- Viking warriors -- Ready for battle -- The longship -- Life on board -- Religion -- Viking farms -- End of an age.
Introduces the Vikings, discussing why they went on raids, what they wore, what their ships were like, and how they shaped history.

The emotions' survival guide

September 22, 2015
New York : Random House, [2015]
64 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"How to deal with how you feel!"--Cover.
"Disney - Pixar Inside out."

Jump back, Paul : the life and poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

September 22, 2015
Derby, Sally, author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
122 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
"Did you know that Paul Laurence Dunbar originated such famous lines as "I know why the caged bird sings" and "We wear the mask that grins and lies"? From his childhood in poverty and his early promise as a poet through his struggles to find acceptance as a writer and his tumultuous romance with his wife, to his immense fame and his untimely death, Dunbar's story is one of triumph and tragedy. But his legacy remains in his much-beloved poetry--told in both Standard English and in dialect--which continues to delight and inspire readers today. More than two dozen of Dunbar's poems are woven throughout this volume, illuminating the phases of his life and serving as examples of dialect, imagery, and tone" -- provided by publisher.

Ninjago, masters of Spinjitzu. The tournament of elements

September 22, 2015
New York : Little Brown and Company, [2015]
79 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes, "Lost scrolls of Spinjitzu" written by Greg Farshtey.
On Master Chen's island, nothing is as it seems, and no one is to be trusted. But if the Ninja want to find Zane, they must enter the Tournament of Elements. Join Lloyd, Kai, Cole, and Jay as they face off against dangerous traps, giant serpents, and the most villainous Elemental Masters. Will they survive long enough to find their friend?

You wouldn't want to live without writing!

September 22, 2015
Canavan, Roger, author.
New York : Franklin Watts an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2016]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
"How would you know what time it was without clocks? How would you buy things without money? It's hard to imagine what life would be like today without the inventions and discoveries that we take for granted, from the humble bar of soap to the fantastic complexity of the Internet. Combining history with science, this series explains how these products of human ingenuity have transformed our world" -- provided by publisher.

You wouldn't want to live without plastic!

September 22, 2015
Graham, Ian, 1953- author.
New York : Franklin Watts, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., [2016]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
"How would you know what time it was without clocks? How would you buy things without money? It's hard to imagine what life would be like today without the inventions and discoveries that we take for granted, from the humble bar of soap to the fantastic complexity of the Internet. Combining history with science, this series explains how these products of human ingenuity have transformed our world" -- Provided by publisher.

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