Filled with adventure, inspiration and humour, these books are sure to take little readers and their imaginations to new and fantastic places!
The iconic and bestselling book by Dame Lynley Dodd introduces us to the world of loveable scamp, Hairy Maclary, and the cast of his perfectly named friends. The illustrations are timeless and the characters full of personality. But for this reader, it's Lynley's mastery of rhyme that sets this book apart; it never stops being fun to read aloud.
Eric Hill's first lift-the-flap tale featuring adventurous puppy Spot, is the perfect first book for little ones. The playful text is a wonderful spur to read and respond together, and the hide-and-seek flaps encourage curiosity and interactivity. There's a reason it's remained in print for over 40 years!
Kimberly Andrews' beautiful illustrations conjure up a world in which children will find new details with every read. Telling the story of a working mum (who also happens to be a Puffin), trying to meet the tricky demands of her latest clients (her own pufflings) as she designs them a home. This book, with its detailed house designs and endearing animal characters, is sure to spark the imagination of any aspiring architect.
With its simple story about metamorphosis, striking collage-style illustration and innovative cut-outs, The Very Hungry Caterpillar is commonly cited as one of the greatest picture books of all time. Since it's publication, it has sold roughly 50 million copies worldwide, and a copy is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. It teaches gentle lessons; not just about colours, numbers and days of the week, but about changing, growing and transformation.
Bob Darroch's popular series about a flightless friend who sometimes can't get anything right, has been providing giggles to our own little kiwis since the year 2000. In this favourite story in the bestselling series, it's time for Little Kiwi to go to bed -- but where is he? Join his mum on a hunt through the New Zealand bush as she tries to track him down in this lift-the-flap adventure.
Award-winning local illustrator Vasanti Unka is known for her riotously colourful and inventive illustrations, and I Am the Universe is the perfect representation of this. 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.
A story about imagination, flights of fancy, and the meaning of home. When Max is compelled to put on his wolf suit and make mischief, his mother calls him a 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without supper. From there, Max sets sail to the land of the Wild Things, ready to start a wild rumpus. But will he be able to find his way home when everything becomes quiet and he starts to feel lonely? 60 years on from its publication, Maurice Sendak's picture book continues to delight young readers everywhere.
Helen Taylor's stunning illustrations bring one of New Zealand's favorite native birds to life! All the birds in the bush are singing and dancing. All except Kakapo. Kakapo can't coo and glide like Kereru, chirp and twirl like Fantail, or whistle and waddle like Whio. But all the other birds are having so much fun that he can't help joining them - in his own Kakapo way . . . Thud, ching, tumble, shuffle, BOOM! Dance and sing along with Kakapo and his friends in this read-aloud story about birdsong.
Figuring out how to talk to children about difficult emotions can sometimes feel impossible. Books can offer a good gateway to starting these conversations and My Elephant is Blue is the perfect example of this. This story about a child experiencing and trying to understand the weight of a heavy sadness, delivers its message with warmth, empathy and humour.
A gentle and sumptuously illustrated introduction to our precious marine environment and a fun story about a small but daring dolphin! Ruth Paul's Little Hector series teaches young readers about the tiny and endangered Hector's dolphin, and how we might be able to better take care of the ocean and its inhabitants.
Figuring out how to talk to children about difficult emotions can sometimes feel impossible. Books can offer a good gateway to starting these conversations. Here are some books that might help you to navigate those tricky topics.
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.
Here's a selection of children's stories that have received a big thumbs up from Barack and Michelle Obama.
Meet the characters from the beloved children's series.
Give the gift of time to your little one and choose one of these gorgeous picture books to read together and treasure this Christmas.
How to support the conservation of Hector’s Dolphin with Little Hector and the Big Idea.
Organising a beach clean-up is a great way to help keep Little Hector's (and Mini Maui's) home safe. Download our beach clean-up pack to organise your own community clean-up event!
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Celebrate 40 years of Spot with these fun activity packs.
Download these Puffin the Architect activity sheets to colour in and build Moose's treehouse or Pig's toolshed!
Out of the gate and off for a walk went Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy...