In this story about being true to oneself, a boy searches for the secret to doing the perfect bomb into the water. With training from Nan, an expert and former champion, and by listening to his own voice,... read more
Some THING in the sea is TOUCHING ME!' You'll squawk, screech, yelp... and laugh out loud at the surprises for all on this funny-sunny family day at the beach.
When a small child goes to the seaside with her Mum and Ma, she is unprepared for 'thin... read more
In the garden, creeping along branches, hiding under stones or flitting from flower to flower, a whole universe of creatures is waiting to be discovered. Butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps, spiders - what have you found in your backyard?
Did you know tha... read more
Whatever will become of me? sighed the sad and lonely little tree. A tiny tree stands all alone on the edge of a felled forest. Whispering winds swirl, and native birds gather around, bringing gifts of blossoms and berries to adorn the lonely little tree... what a magical sight on this Christmas night.
Picture books - NZ
Meet Mini Whinny, the littlest horse in the stable! Shes ever so cute... and ever so naughty! Its August 1st, the official birthday for all horses. But Mini Whinny wants a celebration of her very own. Why should she share with all the other horse... read more
|Author:||Michael Rosen; Tony Ross (Illustrator)|
This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of "A Christmas Carol", the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy... read more
Four children temporarily lose their parents just as they are about to begin the race that offers their last chance of escaping poverty. Their task is to map a rail route through an uncharted wilderness. They overcome the many obstacles posed by nature, bears, bees, bat... read more
Award-winning picture book creator Vasanti Unka brings us a visually gorgeous 'mystery thriller for children' about what makes a rainbow appear and disappear - and who is to blame! A razzle-dazzle rainbow suddenly disappears from the sky . . . What happened? Was it sto... read more
Puffin is an architect who always exceeds her clients' expectations. That is, until she takes on the toughest clients ever - her own pufflings! Puffin takes her tricky new clients on an inspirational tour of her builds. Together they visit all kinds of cleverly designed ... read more
Following on from the acclaimed Whose Beak is This? and Whose Feet are These?, author Gillian Candler and illustrator Fraser Williamson turn to looking at homes. Whose Home is This? includes native birds and sea creatures, such as the yellow-eyed penguin, octopus and cra... read more
|Author:||Pauline (Vaeluaga) Smith|
Fiction - intermediate
|Series:||My New Zealand Story|
|Awards:||Winner of the 2018 NZ Children's Book Awards - Best First Book Award, and finalist in Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Award for Junior Fiction |
Like many 13-year-old girls, Sofia’s main worries are how to get some groovy go-go boots, and how not to die of embarrassment giving a speech at school! But when her older brother starts talking about protests and overstayers, and how Pacific Islanders... read more
|Awards:||Finalist in the 2018 NZ Children's Book Awards for the Elsie Locke Award for Non-Fiction. Recipient of the 2018 Storylines Notable Book Award.|
Explore! Aotearoa features the amazing true stories of New Zealand’s explorers. It follows adventurers like: Kupe, Thomas Brunner and Kehu, Freda du Faur and the Graham Brothers, Tāne Tinorau and Kieran McKay, Kelly Tarlton and Wade Doak. Journey with them over the waves... read more