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Article  •  22 December 2020


A sneak peek at our 2021 kids books!

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.

Locked Down - February 2021

Originally published in 2011, we’re rereleasing this award-winning children’s novel about a deadly pandemic and a family in lockdown.

When a pandemic sweeps the country, twelve-year-old Zac wakes up one morning to the news that everyone must stay home.

He can’t leave the house for weeks and the only people he can count on are his family and closest neighbours. As Zac faces each new challenge living under lockdown, he discovers resources he never knew he had - and mysteries begging to be solved.

Featuring new illustrations from local art legend Toby Morris, Locked Down is a prescient, gripping, and relatable read, sure to engage kids who’ve recently dealt with their own lockdown experiences.


The Hatmakers - February 2021

Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia's world, Making - crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients - is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.

When Cordelia's father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.

The first adventure in a spellbinding new magical world promises to be one of the most exciting children’s books of 2021. Perfect for fans of Nevermoor and The Unadoptables


My Elephant is Blue - May 2021

Talking to young children about understanding and dealing with feelings of anxiety and sadness can be really difficult. Picture books can provide a great tool for tackling these tricky conversations. 

Written by Melinda Szymanik and illustrated by Vasanti Unka, this is a story full of humour and heart about having the blues, in the form of a big heavy elephant.

Warm, empathetic, hopeful and often funny, with the ability to be read on different levels, My Elephant is Blue is the perfect story to help children explore and understand the experience of living under the weight of a big sadness.


Moose the Pilot - June 2021

Pilot Moose lives up high in a treehouse and has a very important job delivering goods in his bush plane through sun, snow and rain, landing in all kinds of terrain.

But on this day, his adventures are even more exciting than usual - three fluffy youngsters need his help!

This is the third visually stunning story set in the delightful world of Puffin the Architect and her friends. The adventures of daring Pilot Moose will captivate readers young and old - especially fans of flying machines!


Phoebe Morris and Mittens! (Photo by Silvio Bruinsma)

Untitled Mittens Picture Book - August 2021

We don’t have a cover to share yet but we just couldn’t wait to share the news about our upcoming picture book featuring Mittens, the most famous cat in Wellington (/all of New Zealand?).

So what can we tell you?

Well, Mittens’ picture book debut will be authored by his human, Silvio and illustrated by Phoebe Morris, award winning illustrator or Taking the Lead.  You’ll be sure to spot a few of Mittens' favourite Wellington haunts and we can promise his story will be told with all the humour and fun one would expect from this charismatic cat!

Featured Titles

My Elephant Is Blue
An award-winning, quirky story about a child who is stuck carrying around an elephant, wondering if they will ever feel light and free again . . .
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Moose the Pilot
Meet Moose, a bush pilot who lives in a treehouse. He's had a VERY busy day when he gets a radio call for one more job - a RESCUE mission!
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Locked Down
Jesse O's award-winning novel about a deadly pandemic and a family in lockdown, rereleased with all new illustrations by Toby Morris.
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The Hatmakers
Enter a spellbinding world in this soaring magical adventure, perfect for fans of Nevermoor, A Pinch of Magic and Rooftoppers.
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