Our Kiwi legends series has delved into the stories of many New Zealanders of note: Edmund Hillary, Burt Munro, Jean Batten and Peter Blake.
All household names, and with good reason-- they achieved amazing things and embody the spirit of ingenuity and determination we value so highly in Aotearoa. Our next Kiwi legend isn't so well known (at least she wasn't around Penguin HQ!) but when we found out more about her, we knew her story was one worth shouting about.
Joan Wiffen not only proved that dinosaurs once roamed New Zealand, but as a self-taught scientist, who only began her scientific studies in her forties and nevertheless became hugely respected in her field, she demonstrated what a determined woman could accomplish at any age.
Download our fact sheet to school yourself on this Kiwi Legend.
Give the gift of time to your little one and choose one of these gorgeous picture books to read together and treasure this Christmas.
We sat down for a chat with David Hill and Phoebe Morris, the great minds behind the latest story in the Kiwi Heroes series: Dinosaur Hunter.
Meet Joan Wiffen, a super-determined, self-taught palaeontologist, and a Kiwi Hero! Who is your Kiwi Hero? Print off our activity sheet below and draw a picture of them!
Get your kids excited to get back into reading after the summer holidays with these fantastic adventures!
Need help finding your next great beach read? This collection has every kind of reader covered.
What do NZ YA fans really think of Karen McManus' latest book?
Summer is a great time to catch up on prizewinners from the previous 12 months, return to old favourites or for a bit of personal development. Here are our top five suggestions.
Turn reading over the summer into a game! Download and print off our book bingo sheet for inventive ways to enjoy a story and try different genres. Read under a tree; read a non-fiction book, visit a library; are you up to the challenge?
The bestselling author of Gifts of Imperfection and Dare to Lead on the vastness of human emotion.
Five students get detention, only four leave alive. How far would you go to protect your secrets?
From Earth’s very origins, weather has exerted its mercurial influence and shaped the world we know. Wielding tempests and storms, weather has the power to disrupt and destroy; yet at its most gentle, it can relieve and restore.
He kept trying new things, experimenting and, most importantly, he kept making stuff. Creative, unusual and funny stuff. Eventually, Taika thought he’d try to make a short film . . .