It's a new year and a new beginning! With that in mind, here are some top picks from our staff in the Children's Library
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness What would you do if you grew up on a world where you were surrounded by Noise. Noise caused by the thoughts of every human, animal and some plants being broadcast constantly? What if you were the only boy left in a town where all the women had died? What if you found out you’d been lied to all your life? What would you do? Todd Hewitt ran.
This prize-winning book is exciting, thoughtful and brilliant. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and read all three books one after another. If you only read one series in 2016, make it this one.
The Usborne Beginners Cookbook
has an easy to use layout with a ring binder style spine and a complete recipe across 2 pages, so no awkward page-turning is required. Numbered step- by-step instructions and illustrations guide the reader along as well as photographs showing what the finished meal should (hopefully) look like. The book also has useful sections on cookery knowhow, for example: cooking perfect pasta and useful cookery equipment. There are lots of healthy tasty main meals, such as Baked Spanish Omelette and Tortillas with Black Bean Sauce as well as sweet treats. Like all good cookbooks reading the Usborne Beginner’s Cookbook makes you feel hungry and hopefully inspired!
Usborne’s First Thousand Words in Polish
This book is the perfect companion for those of any age who would like to give learning Polish a try. The 'first 1000 words' include every day words and those that are a little bit more obscure. It covers everything that you need to know to get started. Each word is accompanied by a lovely colourful picture, and the book contains funny playful scenes so you can learn the words by creating stories from what you see. There is a useful word list at the back of the book and a written guide to pronunciation ~ but there is an added bonus to this book. You can head online where you will find a really useful interactive pronunciation guide that allows you to listen whilst you learn. You really could not ask for more when starting out with a new language, so why not give it a go!