There is a not-so-secret hidden section of the Children’s Department of the library that no one really knows about. Set comfortably between Spanish and 000 information lies a bay of books grossly disregarded. And in that bay are all the NEW informational books that have arrived in Children’s Department. (To be honest, I only became aware of it because I was put in charge of it.)
I am fully aware that when people go to the informational section, they’re going for a purpose. It’s not a place that people tend to linger to see what treasures are held there. It can be so overwhelming because everything, except biographies, is categorized by numbers. What does this mean!!?? (Feel free to ask your friendly neighborhood librarian and they will happily guide you.)
But this isn’t about the whole informational section. It’s about my bay of New Informational books. There is such an array of new treasures that arrive. For about 3 months, these new books are kept in that section until they resume their place with the rest of the informational books.
I wanted to take the time to let you know about this section, because I realize that the whole informational section can be a daunting task to just browse through. But here there is an array of beautiful, new informational books that you should really check out.
Here are some examples:
UNOFFICIAL HARRY POTTER JOKE BOOK: GREAT GUFFAWS FOR GRYFFINDOR
By Brian Boone and Amanda Black
Who doesn’t like a good joke book? And a Harry Potter themed one? Yes, please. Here are a few jokes to wet the whistle.
Q: What’s a good name for a quidditch player ?
Q: What’s a dark wizard’s favorite candy?
Q: What did one basilisk say to the other ?
DOLPHINS: VOICES IN THE OCEAN
By Susan Casey
This book explores the connection between humans and dolphins. Susan, the author, shares her encounters with dolphins and her descriptions are so vivid you feel like you’re right there with her. This book is a fun way to learn out dolphins from personal experience rather than a book of facts. It also has some real pictures of dolphins in the center as well as early artwork of dolphins on pots from ancient Greece.
STAR WARS CODING PROJECTS
By Jon Woodcock
A step by step guide to coding your own animations, games, simulations and more. I am absolutely new to coding and I really appreciated the step-by-step instructions that included images of those steps.
FOSSIL BY FOSSIL: COMPARING DINOSAUR BONES
By Sara Levine Illustrated by TS Spookytooth
This cool book shows kids going through a dinosaur museum and shows, while dinosaurs are different from people, there are a lot of bones inside us that are the same bones as dinosaurs. Yes. That IS very cool. Yes, you should check out the book.
IN THE PAST
By David Elliott Illustrated by Matthew Trueman
I dare you to open this book and not be able to take it home with you or at least explore its pages. It is a book of poetry highlighting creatures in the prehistoric era and going through time. The illustrations are absolutely fantastic and beautifully scary at times.
CREATE! A GIRL'S GUIDE TO DIY, DOODLES & DESIGN
By Ashley N Mays
This is a collection of over 50 crafts from Book Page Embroidery to a Paint Chip Word Banner. Each craft has a photo example craft and the supplies are probably already around your home. It’s a fun book, definitely worth taking a look at.
By Juan Felipe Herrera
“And, as in ufffish thought he stood, The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, came whiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came!” -from Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll. Juan Felipe Herrera was the US Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. He wants you to go on a walk with him, not any walk but he wants you Jabber Walking. It’s okay, he’ll tell you how.
ASTRONAUT, AQUANAUT: HOW SPACE SCIENCE AND SEA SCIENCE INTERACT
By Jennifer Swanson
This is a really cool book comparing and contrasting the ups and downs of space science and sea science. It’s a fun an interesting ride between the two. A lot of pages had side by side comparisons which was fascinating to see how similar they are. It also has activities throughout that enhances what is being learned.
THE CORAL KINGDOM
By Laura Knowles and Jennie Webber
This beautiful book takes you through the coral reef to the beautiful plant and animal life under the sea. The illustrations are beautifully vibrant.