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.
When Jacinda Ardern was little, she wanted to be a clown. But when she saw schoolmates who didn't have lunch, or even shoes, she knew she had to do something. Some kids laughed at her for wanting to help people so much, or said she couldn't do it. But that didn't stop her . . .
This is the true story of a trailblazer who has inspired people around the planet, perfectly accompanied by Phoebe Morris’ bright and lively illustrations of familiar New Zealand scenes and characters.
Hound is a brilliant detective who ALWAYS solves his case. But this latest trail of clues has him perplexed - could it be that he's missed something important?
This gorgeous, multi-layered and engaging whodunnit by award-winning picture book creator, Kimberly Andrews, has a delightful surprise at the end. Kimberly’s richly detailed imaginings of Hound’s world will keep young sleuths poring over the pages, discovering new clues with each reading.
Abigail is a curious little girl. She likes to discover the answers to really BIG questions. One rainy morning, she thinks of a question that's SO BIG she can't concentrate on anything else until she knows the answer . . . how does water get in the clouds?
The ideal bedtime story for any child who loves to ask questions, and with exquisite illustrations from Sarah Wilkins which make the science of the story seem somehow magical!
Vasanti Unka is known for her riotously colourful and inventive illustrations, always jam-packed with personality, and I Am the Universe is no different.
From glittering galaxies to busy city streets, this stunning picture book takes you on a tour around the Universe. It's a starlit journey through space that will lead you to a wonderful planet brimming with all kinds of life - including yours.
The Prime Minister of New Zealand is famous for her empathy and leadership skills.
Download and print this handy notebook and tick off the items on the list as you make your way through Hound the Detective!
Colouring in = an eternally reliable rainy day activity. Download our adorable Abigail and the Restless Raindrop coloring sheet for a few minutes of peace today!
We delve into the science behind Abigail and the Restless Raindrop with this fact sheet about the rain cycle.
Download our Taking the Lead word search here!
Author Krystal Sutherland shares her favourite stories.
The First Lady of the United States pens a letter to her younger self.
We wanted to know what young Kiwi readers thought about Jesse O's book Locked Down (hint: they loved it!). Read on to see their reviews.
When Jesse O wrote Locked Down (then titled Staying Home) back in 2011, she never imagined that almost a decade later, the events of her novel would prove spookily accurate . . .
Syd, the Muster Pony tells the story of the Wilson sisters' most epic adventure yet, and it's inspired by a real-life road trip Kelly and her sisters took in 2001! (warning: this article might induce a desperate longing to go adventuring around the country, read on at your own risk)
Find out the inspiration behind Beyond Burnout, as well as what you'll learn from reading it!
From contemporary rom-coms, to literary debuts, to the creepiest modern gothic fairytale you could imagine (seriously . . . it is AWESOME!), we've got some stellar YA lined up for you this year. Read on for recommendations for your TBR pile!