New Arrivals · Kids’ Nonfiction

July 29, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Jake makes a world : Jacob Lawrence, a young artist in Harlem

July 28, 2015
Rhodes-Pitts, Sharifa, author.
New York : The Museum of Modern Art, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm.
"Jake Makes a World follows the creative adventures of the young Jacob Lawrence as he finds inspiration in the vibrant colors and characters of his community in Harlem. From his mother's apartment, where he is surrounded by brightly colored walls with intricate patterns; to the streets full of familiar and not-so-familiar faces, sounds, rhythms, and smells; to the art studio where he goes each day after school to transform his everyday world on an epic scale, Jake takes readers on an enchanting journey through the bustling sights and sounds of his neighborhood."--Provided by publisher.

The baby-sitters club : a graphic novel

July 28, 2015
Telgemeier, Raina, author.
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 21 cm
"Based on the novel by Ann M. Martin"--covers.
v. 1. Kristy's great idea -- v. 2. The truth about Stacey
Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are best friends and founding member of The Baby-sitters Club. Whatever comes up - cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, prank calls - you can count on them to save the day. But baby-sitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. But no matter what, the BSC have what they need most: friendship.

Top secret files : the Cold War : secrets, special missions, and hidden facts about the CIA, KGB, and MI6

July 28, 2015
Bearce, Stephanie.
Waco, Texas : Prufrock Press Inc., [2015]
vi, 117 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
First lightning -- Venona -- They built a wall -- Spy training: Venona-style codes -- Spy training: rocket launch -- The Cambridge spies -- Clever girl -- Spy disaster -- The scholar spy -- Grandma was a spy -- The spy who skied -- The magician spy -- Animal agents -- Spy training: ski team race -- Spy training: parachute men -- Tunnels to freedom -- Operation Blue Peacock -- Last train to freedom -- Project Iceworm -- The race for space -- Operation Ivy Bells -- The Canadian caper -- Girrmann escape group -- Spy training: carrot submarine -- Spy training: glaciers move -- Gadgets and gizmos -- Spy in the sky -- Take shelter -- The thing -- Space needles -- UFOs -- Spy training: flying saucer 101 -- Spy training: your own UFO.

Minecraft Redstone handbook

July 28, 2015
Farwell, Nick, author.
93 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"First published 2014."
Redstone essentials -- Redstone challenges -- Community creations.
Here's everything you need to know to get connected to the electrifying possibilities of redstone. From basic mining and logic circuits to more advanced mechanics, this book will give you step-by-step instructions to get you fully wired to redstone. With builds including redstone traps and arrow launchers, you'll never fear creepers again!"--Back cover.

How to be a princess

July 28, 2015
Carbone, Courtney, author.
New York : Random House, [2015]
60 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.

Minecraft modding for kids for dummies

July 28, 2015
Guthals, Sarah, author.
Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., [2015]
ix, 303 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Presents nine projects to teach children the basics of enhancing Minecraft games with modifications, including earning modding badges, building and protecting structures, and designing a multiplayer minigame.

Sex is a funny word

July 27, 2015
Silverberg, Cory, author.
New York : Seven Stories Press ; Oakland : Triangle Square, [2015]
159 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identies, Sex Is a Funny Word is an essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the "facts of life" or "the birds and the bees," Sex Is a Funny Word opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy. The eagerly anticipated follow up to Lambda-nominated What Makes a Baby, from sex educator Cory Silverberg and artist Fiona Smyth, Sex Is a Funny Word reimagines "sex talk" for the twenty-first century."-- Provided by publisher.

Angry birds playground : question & answer book : a who, what, where, when, why, and how adventure

July 27, 2015
Esbaum, Jill.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [2015]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
A treasury of questions and answers featuring Rovio's popular Angry Bird characters encourages readers to seek the correct answers to big questions about things in the everyday world.

Mission : tiger rescue : all about tigers and how to save them

July 27, 2015
Jazynka, Kitson.
Washington, DC : National Geographic, 2015.
112 pages : color illustrations, map ; 29 cm.

Minecraft combat handbook

July 27, 2015
Milton, Stephanie, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, 2015.
95 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
An official reference to Minecraft combat explains what players need to defend against hostile monsters and enemy players, covering subjects ranging from fort building and armor crafting to weapons and setting mob traps.

Minecraft construction handbook

July 27, 2015
Needler, Matthew, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic, [2015]
87 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction -- Wooden house -- Chateau de Resquer -- Nordic hall -- Decorative garden -- Stream cottage -- Palace gardens -- Fortified wall -- Mage City walls -- Large medieval city wall -- Royal hall -- Dwarven city -- Palace -- Suspension bridge -- Tower bridge -- Mage bridge -- Stained glass poppy -- Stained glass pattern -- Fayfill fantasy port -- Colordream -- Ocean temple -- Sea temple -- Atlantis -- Floating island -- Mage tower islands -- Steampunk city -- Galleon ship -- Mage ships -- Pirate island ship -- Epic rollercoaster -- Red dragon coaster -- No escape -- Final wards from FyreUK -- Useful links.
An official guide to Minecraft construction shares essential tips and tricks for building creative structures and innovations ranging from theme parks and waterslides to pirate coves and animal cannons.

Minecraft essential handbook

July 27, 2015
Milton, Stephanie, author.
95 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Provides readers with tips, techniques, and strategies for Minecraft, including how to find resources, make a shelter, create tools, and defend against monsters.

The ultimate book of randomly awesome facts

July 24, 2015
Arlon, Penelope, author.
143 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.

Heroes of Hurricane Katrina

July 24, 2015
Zullo, Allan, author.
New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., [2015]
xii, 180 pages ; 19 cm.

Johnny Boo meets Dragon Puncher!

July 23, 2015
Kochalka, James, artist, author.
35 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Johnny Boo, the best little ghost in the world, teams up with everyone's favorite robot-kitty-warrior, Dragon Puncher, to take on a terrifying Ice Dragon!

Young civil rights heroes

July 23, 2015
Zullo, Allan, auhtor.
New York : Scholastic, 2015.
xvii, 173 pages ; 20 cm
Ten African Americans recount stories about their participation in the American civil rights movement.

Deadly dinosaurs

July 22, 2015
Brown, Laaren.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.
"With 50 stickers!"--Cover.
Come face-to-face with the deadliest reptiles ever! Read lots of facts about monster dinosaurs with giant jaws and terrible teeth.

My little book of sharks

July 21, 2015
De la Bédoyère, Camilla, author.
Includes index.
Gentle Giants. Basking shark ; Whale shark -- Coast and coral sharks. Lemon shark ; Whitetip reef shark ; Gray reef shark ; Sandtiger shark ; Tiger shark ; Bull shark ; Broadnose sevengill shark ; Blacktip reef shark -- Fast sharks. Great white shark ; Shortfin mako ; Porbeagle ; Thresher shark ; Blue shark ; Silky shark ; Oceanic whitetip shark -- Spots and stripes. Angelshark ; Spotted wobbegong ; Zebra shark ; Port Jackson shark ; Swellshark ; Epaulette carpetshark -- Strange sharks. Greenland shark ; Great hammerhead ; Scalloped hammerhead ; Longnose sawshark ; Pyjama shark -- Glossary -- Index.
"Learn all about famous sharks such as the great white and the hammerhead, but also discover sharks that you never knew existed! For example, did you know there is a pyjama shark? Or that the biggest sharks is also the biggest fish on earth?"--Provided by publisher.

Life as a Viking : an interactive history adventure

July 21, 2015
Lassieur, Allison.
Mankato, Minn. : Capstone Press, c2011.
112 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. map ; 20 cm.
"3 story paths, 51 choices, 24 endings"--Cover.
Going Viking -- Raiding for fame and fortune -- The great army -- Last glory of the Vikings -- The end of Viking power.
"Describes the lives of Viking warriors. The readers' choices reveal the historical details of raiding the Lindisfarne monastery, invading England, and fighting at the Battle of Stamford Bridge"--Provided by publisher.


July 21, 2015
Green, Dan, 1975 June 20-
New York, NY : Kingfisher Books, [2015]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Includes index.
"It's a small world!" --Cover.
Microbugs -- Bacteria basics -- Body battlers -- Micro meanies -- Hardcore herd -- Bug buddies.
"Do you know your parasites from protists? How fast does plasmodial slime move? What's living inside your pot of yogurt? From minibeasts to macrophages, this book zooms in on the tiny and near-invisible microbes that make up the building blocks of life."--Back cover.

Palace pets ultimate handbook

July 21, 2015
New York : Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2015]
60 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.

Hoops to hippos! : true stories of a basketball star on safari!

July 21, 2015
Diaw, Boris, 1982- author, photographer.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm.
"NBA star Boris Diaw of the San Antonio spurs takes young readers on safari as he explores his off-court passion: wildlife photography! Join Diaw as he escapes from stampeding wildebeests, comes face-to-face with lions, and discovers why you should never come between a hippo and its watery home. Through engaging stories and photos by Diaw, readers will discover a whole new side to this basketball champ" -- provided by publisher.

Ocean animals collection.

July 21, 2015
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [2015]
Cover title.
"4 books in one!"--Cover.
Sea otters (Level 1) -- Manatees (Level 2) -- Sea turtles (Level 2) -- Weird sea creatures (Level 2).

Craft camp : over 40 fun projects for kids

July 21, 2015
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When school's out, it's time for camp--craft camp! Kids (and their parents) will love these 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more. Create colorful pinatas, eco-friendly mobiles, and up-cycled hats and T-shirts. Boys and girls from 6 to 12 will all find something fun to do. Helpful photographs and how-to illustrations explain the techniques in an easy-to-follow way.

Who was Beatrix Potter?

July 20, 2015
Fabiny, Sarah, author.
105 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Born into wealth in 1860's London, Beatrix Potter always had a vivid imagination. Her early interests included natural history and archaeology, and Potter delighted in sketching fossils and fungi. After briefly illustrating Christmas cards with her brother, Bertram, Potter wrote and illustrated her well-known book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit. The book was rejected by several publishes until Frederick Warne eventually took a risk and published the story in 1902 - a risk that paid off. Peter Rabbit was a huge success and readers loved hearing about Peter's mischevious adventures in the lush English countryside. As she got older, Beatrix Potter became a proud conservationist, working hard to defend the landscape she loved so well against industrialization and logging. Now over one hundred years old, Peter Rabbit and his animal friends have become cultural touchstones and continue to delight readers of all ages.

Flutter, butterfly!

July 20, 2015
Alinsky, Shelby, author.
23 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.

Ocean : a visual encyclopedia

July 20, 2015
Woodward, John, 1954- author.
256 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm.
Published 2015 in Great Britain under the title: Ocean: a children's encyclopedia.
Includes index.
Explore the hidden depths of the ocean with this stunning visual encyclopedia for kids. Ocean: A Children's Encyclopedia reveals the secrets of the seas through stunning images and beautiful photography to engage and educate kids. From the Arctic to the Caribbean, tiny plankton to giant whales, sandy beaches to the deepest depths, Ocean: A Children's Encyclopedia let's your child discover the mysterious world beneath the waves. Packed with fun facts for kids, this encyclopedia will dazzle your child covering everything from sea creatures and ocean birds to the Great Barrier Reef. Topics are presented through a combination of fun graphics, interesting fact-boxes and high-quality photographs. Look up an individual subject for school projects or curious minds can read from beginning to end!

The girl's body book : everything you need to know for growing up you!

July 20, 2015
Dunham, Kelli S., author.
Kennebunkport, Maine : Applesauce Press, 2015.
131 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm

College, quicker : 24 practical ways to save money and get your degree faster

July 20, 2015
Stephens, Kate.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2015]
271 pages ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Introduction -- How to use this book -- Section 1. Organize your early graduation plan: the basics of Transfer Credit Policy -- Section 2. Utilize college-level coursework in high school -- Section 3. Standardize your testing -- Section 4. Optimize your time -- Section 5. Maximize your college experience -- Section 6. Capitalize on nontraditional opportunities -- Final thoughts.

How to play the recorder : a step-by-step guide

July 20, 2015
Da Silva, Lisete, author.
New York, New York : DK Publishing, 2015.
64 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
Your recorder -- Recorder family -- Starting to play -- Reading music -- Time signatures -- Breathing -- Tonguing -- Hand positions -- The note B -- The note A -- The note G -- Good technique -- High C -- High D -- Tied ntoes -- Long and short notes -- Practice tunes -- Low E -- Low D -- Making music -- The note F# -- Low C -- F natural -- Scales -- Duets -- High E -- Get practicing -- Showtime -- Fingering chart and glossary.
"DK's How to Play the Recorder is a highly visual and user-friendly guide for anyone learning to play the recorder on their own, and it is also a perfect companion to recorder lessons. The book is structured in a way that challenges readers without overwhelming them. Notes are clearly introduced at appropriate stages with specially selected musical pieces that provide context and a sense of achievement. A range of useful hints and tips offer additional guidance and encouragement."-- DK website.

The amazing stitching handbook for kids : 17 embroidery stitches :15 fun & easy projects

July 20, 2015
Nicholas, Kristin.
Lafayette, California : C&T Publishing, 2015.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

Complete photo guide to crochet

July 20, 2015
Burger, Deborah, author.
127 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Includes index

Jack Hanna's big book of why.

July 20, 2015
Hanna, Jack, 1947- author.
176 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Provides answers to over two hundred commonly asked questions about animals, from why do parrots talk to why do fish swim in groups.

Baby animals

July 20, 2015
Delano, Marfe Ferguson, author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, [2015]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Shows a variety of baby animals and how their mothers take care of them.

Hoot, hoot, hooray! : and more true stories of amazing animal rescues

July 20, 2015
Blewett, Ashlee Brown, author.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm.
"Meet some brave, amazing animals and the caring people who come to their rescue. Filled with engaging photos, fast facts, and fascinating sidebars, readers won't want to put this book down" -- provided by publisher.

Out of the woods : a true story of an unforgettable event

July 17, 2015
Bond, Rebecca, 1972-
New York : Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux , 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Inspired by the author's grandfather's experiences living in a lodge in the woods, a story of how people and animals survive a forest fire in a small Canadian town"-- Provided by publisher.

Stella : the dog with the big heart

July 17, 2015
Feldman, Thea, author.
New York : Simon Spotlight, 2015.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Hero dog"--T.p.
"Stella is a real dog. She is a special dog with an important job. Stella is a therapy dog and she creates happiness wherever she goes. That makes her a hero to many people. Read her story to find out more about Stella and what makes her a hero dog."-- Provided by publisher.

Courageous princess

July 17, 2015
Espinosa, Rod.
Milwaukie, Oregon : Dark Horse Books, [2015]-
volumes : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
v. 1: Beyond the hundred kingdoms -- v. 2. The unremembered lands
Princess Mabelrose may not be the fairest of the land, but she has enough brains and bravery to fend for herself in a fantasy world of danger and adventure! From a mighty dragon with an army of trolls, to a tyrant tiger king, Mabelrose meets each challenge with courage and pluck, her bravery winning her the help and friendship of many of the people, creatures and magical beings she encounters in her quest to find her way home.

I am Lucille Ball

July 17, 2015
Meltzer, Brad, author.
New York, New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, [2015]
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 20 cm.
A first-person presentation of the life and career of comedian and studio head Lucille Ball.

Hoot, owl!

July 17, 2015
Alinsky, Shelby, author.
23 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.

Red pandas

July 17, 2015
Marsh, Laura F., author.
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2015]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Guess who? -- A forest home -- Life in the trees -- Lots of leaves -- Day sleeper -- 5 fun facts about red pandas -- Little ones -- Something to say -- Home area -- Hide-and-seek -- What in the world?.
Provides information about red pandas, including their diet, life cycle, physical characteristics, behaviors, and habitat.

Ugly animals

July 17, 2015
Marsh, Laura F., author.
Washington, DC : National Geographic, 2015.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
What is that? -- On the ground -- Under the earth -- In the air -- 5 ugly frogs -- In the water -- In the trees -- In outer space?! -- Quiz whiz.

Skylanders Trap Team : Master Eon's official guide.

July 17, 2015
New York, New York : Grosset & Dunlap, [2015]
176 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Trap Team is the fourth game in the Skylanders franchise, and this official guide is the definitive source for all the new realms and characters. This 176-page book will help young Portal Masters navigate all the new and exciting adventures in Skylanders Trap Team. Also includes a fold-out full-color poster" -- provided by publisher.

The young investigator's guide to ancient aliens

July 17, 2015
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2015.
105 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Includes index.
"Based on the hit television series."
Introduction: ancient aliens- explaining the theory -- The basics -- The evidence -- Aliens in our time.
"Based on the popular History Channel show, this book takes a look at history while asking the question: What if there were aliens involved?"-- Provided by publisher.


July 17, 2015
Chmakova, Svetlana, 1979- author, artist.
New York : Yen Press, 2015.
210 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

The boy's body book

July 17, 2015
Dunham, Kelli S., author.
Kennebunkport, Maine : Applesauce Press, [2015]
131 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"Everything you need to know for growing up you!"
"Growing up isn't as easy as it looks. With changing emotions, friends, expectations, and bodies, some days it can seem like life is one big roller coaster ride. The Boy's Body Book is the #1 bestselling guide for boys, and it's here to help with expert advice, common sense tips, fast facts, and answers to all questions a boy might have. Topics include: From hair care to athlete's foot, a head to toe guide to what's happening with your changing body ; Basketball football, soccer, chess: How you can excel no matter what you like to do ; The care and keeping of parents, teachers, brothers, and sisters ; How to keep your friends and your morals, and what to do if peer pressure or bullying starts to be come an issue ; And so much more!" -- provided by publisher.

Wild predators

July 16, 2015
Kratt, Martin, author.
New York : Random House, 2015.
32 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"A science reader."
"PBS's animated hit show Wild Kratts follows the adventures of zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt as they travel to animal habitats around the globe. Along the way, they encounter incredible creatures while combining science education with fun. Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 will love this Step 2 Step into Reading leveled reader as they activate their Creature Power Suits to go hunting with the world's most amazing predators, such as sharks, lions, and crocodiles!" -- provided by publisher.

Coral reefs

July 16, 2015
Rattini, Kristin Baird.
Washington, DC : National Geographic, 2015.
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
City under the sea -- Reef builders -- In the zone -- Neighbors on the reef -- Reef plants -- The reef in darkness -- 6 cool facts about coral reefs -- People and reefs -- Rescuing reefs -- Quiz whiz -- Glossary.
"In this level 2 reader, young readers explore the amazing underwater world of coral reefs. Beautiful photos and carefully leveled text make this book perfect for reading aloud and for independent reading." -


July 15, 2015
Furgang, Kathy, author.
Washington, DC : National Geographic, 2015.
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
Fire! -- Up in smoke -- On the move -- On the bright side -- Cool facts about wildfires -- Wildlife warriors -- Tools of the trade -- Fires in focus -- After the fire -- Safe and sound.

The American heritage picture dictionary

July 15, 2015
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2016]
138 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Preschool & kindergarten"--Cover.

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