Kōrerotia te reo! Wherever you may be on your learning journey, we have a book to help you.
For tamariki and beginners
Broadcaster and te reo champion Stacey Morrison loved reading Bob Darroch’s classic lift-the-flap picture book Time For Bed, Little Kiwi to her own tamariki so much that she has translated it into te reo! This is a great book for parents and educators reading to pre-schoolers.
For older pre-schoolers and primary school learners we recommend these two new editions of Peter Gossage’s classics, translated by Merimeri Penfold: available for the first time as bilingual editions, with each spread showing both the English and te reo. Good for expanding vocabulary, and with amazing illustrations to enjoy and to help with context.
(Te Hopu a Māui i a Te Rā / Te-Ika-a-Māui)
For teens/competent learners upwards
Te Kaieke Tohorā is the te reo edition of Witi Ihimaera’s classic bestseller (which inspired the award-winning film), The Whale Rider. Translated by Tīmoti Kāretu, it tells the story of a girl caught between old traditions and new ways. This is a good “stretch” choice for intermediate learners who are keen to move on from easier books.
For adult learners of all levels
Scotty and Stacey’s Māori Made Fun is a brand new pukapuka we have published to coincide with Te Wiki! It contains over 200 puzzles and games to boost your reo, from wordfinds and crosswords to riddles. Great to take on the bus, or to have lying around on the kitchen table or in your bag while you’re waiting for an appointment – a few minutes here and there will really help your vocabulary stick. Click here to see an example of a crossword!
Another good new 'book' for on-the-go: we are delighted to announce that Scotty Morrison’s bestselling Māori Made Easy is about to be available as an audiobook – the perfect listen for while you’re in the car or doing the dishes!
Hairy Maclary and his friends are known and loved all over the world. But how familiar are you with Dame Lynley Dodd's other creations? There are plenty to discover, and just like Hairy Maclary, they all feature Lynely's uniquely exuberant artwork and gorgeously readable rhymes! Here are some suggestions to get you started.
After an exhausting and unusual 2020, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be grateful for a new year, not least because of the stellar line up of children’s books we have coming your way over the next few months!Read on for a sneak peek at some of the best new children’s books we’re bringing to you in 2021.
Sometimes a story is best told alongside a beautiful picture, Here's a small selection of some of our favourite 2020 picture books from local creators.
If you’re planning to head to the shops for a last-minute Christmas here's what destitute gourmet wants you to think about!
If you’re new to the world of audiobooks and aren’t sure where to start or if you’re looking for the perfect book to listen to on your summer road trip adventures, we’ve got some great suggestions for you!
From the influence of family to his political rise and the world events that shaped his presidency, Barack Obama covers enormous ground in his Presidential Memoirs, Volume 1: A Promised Land. Here we break down some of the key themes and turning points.
From inauguration through to Operation Neptune’s Spear, take a look at the milestones covered in Barack Obama's riveting memoir.
Here's a selection of children's stories that have received a big thumbs up from Barack and Michelle Obama.
Ever wanted to know a bit more about Slinky Malinki's friends?
Meet the characters from the beloved children's series.
Rick Riordan's books are perfect for 12+ readers who love action, adventure, and a good dose of humour from their books. We've outlined some of Rick Riordan’s most impressive, imaginative worlds so you can decide which adventure to go on first.
What do NZ YA fans really think of Jennifer Niven's latest book?