Engaging Books for Little Readers

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Getting kids excited about reading isn’t always the easiest, but if you’re looking for a few books to get little readers started, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite books for kids.

Encourage learning with the Te Reo Māori version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, get creative with the Aotearoa Activity Book and have a giggle with Boogie Bear by David Walliams. If you’re looking for something new to read to your little ones before bed or when having some downtime this weekend, check out our latest must-reads. ⬇️

Will You Be My Friend? by Sam McBratney

A delightful and humorous new read that follows little Nutbrown Hare who goes on an adventure of a lifetime and tries to make friends along the way.

Will You Be My Friend?

Little Nutbrown Hare has gone exploring on his own. Off he hops along the path until he reaches Cloudy Mountain. What a surprise he finds there in the heather! It’s Tipps, a snow hare, and she has a question for him: Will you be my friend? From the iconic author and illustrator duo Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram comes a delightful new tale that celebrates the playful curiosity of little ones and the magic of making new friends.

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Amazing Aotearoa Activity Book by Gavin Bishop

There are 60+ awesome games, puzzles and activities in this fun, creative and high-quality activity book based on Gavin Bishop’s bestselling Aotearoa.


You’ll have lots of creative fun with this book full of puzzles, quizzes and activities that explore Aotearoa New Zealand and its people. Based on Gavin Bishop’s bestselling Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story and Wildlife of Aotearoa, this activity book is a place for you to tell your own story in words and pictures. You’ll- learn to introduce yourself in Maori- solve puzzles and crack codes- play games- invent a superhero- draw your future home- make maps- curate your heroes in a wall of fame- design a flag- create a menu and much more!

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I am the Universe by Vasanti Unka

A gorgeous illustrated story about our place in the Universe with a billion star rating.

I Am The Universe

From glittering galaxies to busy city streets, this stunning picture book takes you on a tour around the Universe. I am the Universe, an infinite space of glittering galaxies. It’s a starlit journey through space that will lead you to a wonderful planet brimming with all kinds of life – including yours.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Māori translation by Piripi Walker)

With Renee Chin’s beautiful illustrations and the lyrics from Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in both English and te reo Māori, this gorgeous picture book is a classic in the making.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Who delivers mail to the birds of New Zealand? Join Ruru, the New Zealand native owl, while she delivers the mail to her avian friends like Tui and Piwakawaka at night . Discover which birds are nocturnal and track the Southern Cross constellation as it moves across the night sky.

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Boogie Bear by David Walliams

An outrageously funny picture book with an incredibly heart-warming message about celebrating difference – in all its forms.

Boogie Bear

From Number One bestselling author David Walliams comes a hilarious and heartwarming picture book, brilliantly illustrated by the artistic genius, Tony Ross.

Up at the North Pole, a big furry polar bear is swimming, fishing and eating. But when she nods off and finds herself far from home, she thinks things can’t get any worse.

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