Kowhai and the Giants is a NZ picture book by new author Kate Parker. It follows Kowhai as she sees the decimation of the forest in Aotearoa New Zealand as the land is settled and the hope that one day, a might forest can be achieved – one small seedling at a time. A story of hope and resilience.
As a visual artist, the images are stunning – each created with layers of paper then photographed to form the images in the book.
Peka and Koro is a story rich in Te Reo, celebrating family and traditions. It tells the story of Peka, a short tailed bat, who flies too far from her family. On her way home with Koro, she meets lots of other forest creatures.
This story has a glossary and facts about all the book characters – a perfect extension to the story depending the age of the children listening.
Peka and Koro carries the New Zealand Made logo – it is written, illustrated and printed in Otautahi (Christchurch), New Zealand
Looking for a book with a Kiwi feel? The Chill Out Chair is the second in the Nicholas series. In this story we journey with Nicholas as he goes from angry to calm. This story contains Te Reo and NZ Sign Language.
Look out for other other books in the Nicholas series – The Goodbye Chair and The Sava Chair
Looking for a book with a Kiwi feel? The Goodbye Chair is set in Auckland (spot the Sky Tower on one of the beautifully illustrated pages) plus it has Te Reo and NZ Sign Language.
This Nicholas Story starts with Nannie feeling sad that its time to go home. Nicholas comes up with a plan to make Nannie happy again.
Look out for other other books in the Nicholas series – The Chill Out Chair and The Sava Chair
Tu Meke Tui is a story of friendship, courage and discovering that sometimes it’s our differences which make us truly special.
With beautiful, realistic illustrations by Flox, this paper back picture book by Malcolm Clarke is one to be treasured. In the back there are 9 creatures to find that have been hidden in the story illustrations.
Note: This book is available in English and Te Reo as a paperback and English as a hard cover board book.
See also Tu Meke Tuatara (available as a hard cover board book).