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  • Published: 28 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773696
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

Kiwi Baby

A beautiful story about how a new baby needs time to hatch and grow, for all young brothers- and sisters-in-waiting.

Will the egg EVER hatch? This is a story for all children eagerly awaiting a new sibling.

'When Baby wakes up,
will she hop and jump?'
'Not yet, Kiwi Iti,
these things take time.'

Helen Taylor's gentle text and exquisitely detailed illustrations show that growing a family takes patience and love, but is oh-so-worth the wait.

Also available in a te reo Maori edition, Pipi Kiwi.

  • Published: 28 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780143773696
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor is an award-winning children's book illustrator and an exhibiting artist with works in private collections around New Zealand and overseas.

She has been illustrating books since 1992 and has been twice shortlisted for the LIANZA Children's Book Awards. In 2006, Helen won Best Picture Book in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, with A Booming in the Night, a collaboration with writer Ben Brown. Helen has also written and illustrated a number of picture books and in 2015 her book Kakapo Dance won a Storylines Notable Picture Book Award.

Helen lives in an old yellow house on a red-boned hill in the portside town of Lyttelton.

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Praise for Kiwi Baby

Kiwi Baby is a treasure of a book...With Helen’s deft hand, the kiwi and his dad become exquisitely alive on the page. Adorable!

Paula Green, Poetry Box

This is a beautiful baby sibling story from well-established author Helen Taylor, known for Kakapo Dance and other books featuring New Zealand’s wildlife...there hasn’t been a new sibling story by a Kiwi author in awhile by my reckoning, and a kiwi is a lovely exemplar of a family where the male is the sole nurturer, something that is not very often seen in picture books...this book will quickly become a backlist favourite as the years go by, for kids aged 2–5 who are expecting a little sibling.

Sarah Forster, The Sapling

The gentle, simple and repetitive text makes the book suitable for children 2+ and is perfect book to read to young children who are expecting a new sibling. The detailed and exquisite illustrations are an added delight.

Swings and Roundabouts

Life is all about expecting the unexpected and understanding that the best things in life take time...charming story.


a very sweet story...I recommend this for any child waiting for a sibling.

Jan Butterworth, A Kiwi's Book Reviews

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Make your own Kiwi Baby bunting!

Kiwi Baby is a beautiful new story from Helen Taylor for all children eagerly awaiting a new sibling! We've created this Kiwi Baby bunting so you can get your little one involved in welcoming their new brother or sister home.

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