Kia Kaha: A Storybook of Māori Who Changed the World
Stacey Morrison and Jeremy Sherlock
January 16, 2023
Kia Kaha: A Storybook of Māori Who Changed the World, by Stacey Morrison and Jeremy Sherlock, is by far one of my favourite books.
Each page tells a meaningful, true story about some carefully chosen Māori who stood up and cared about what was right. Along with each story, there is a beautiful illustration that shows the person’s personality. Most of these stories have been forgotten, deleted from our history. Kia Kaha shows that standing up for what’s right may have consequences, such as losing your job, being arrested, or being forgotten. Read more
I Am Autistic
October 5, 2022
I Am Autistic by Chanelle Moriah is a beautiful book designed to inform and educate people on Autism, teaching us about it in an interactive and positive way.
This book is deliberately written so anyone can read it and learn from it. Autistic people can find out why they do certain things and act certain ways, and that others do as well, so they feel less alone. It also educates non-autistic people more about autism.
It is very helpful for those who are unsure whether or not they are autistic as it has space for you to write down your own experiences and feelings which can paint a clearer picture on whether or not you should be diagnosed. Read more
Draw Some Awesome
July 25, 2022
Donovan Bixley’s Draw Some Awesome just inspires you the second you open it.
I’d never heard this author’s name before I opened Draw Some Awesome, but it was amazing to realise he has illustrated so many well-known picture books.
I loved this book. It is such a fun, bubbly, colourful read.
The author tells you about his background, and then gives you tips and tricks for drawing. He shows some of the work he did in his childhood. He gives you basic art techniques with examples from his other books, and the colours and characters draw you in. Read more
Inside Bubble Earth: Recycling
July 5, 2022
Have you ever wondered about the effect plastic has on Planet Earth? About the plastic age and how we got here? The ways we can change our earth for the better, and help our climate?
You’ll find answers to those questions and more in Des Hunt’s new book on plastics, what they do, and the science behind it, in a readable but informative way.
Inside Bubble Earth: Recycling is split into easily readable sections that each explain parts of the process of recycling. From our problems to our future this book explains everything you need to know about plastics. Read more
Lost Wonders: Vanished Creatures of Aotearoa
Allen & Unwin
May 6, 2022
Lost Wonders: Vanished Creatures of Aotearoa is a sad but powerful book. Each chapter is a different story about our extinct, or endangered creatures of Aotearoa. Although it is a non-fiction book, at the start of each chapter, author Sarah Ell writes a paragraph of an explorer, killing or just encountering the animal of the chapter. The animals mostly consist of birds, but there are also plants, bugs, whales, and dolphins. All these living things became extinct, or at least very close to it, whether it’s from human killings, habitat loss or the introduction of different predators. Read more
Draw Some Awesome
January 19, 2022
Do you love to draw? Are you constantly looking for new ideas for your drawings? Or maybe you just need some good tips? Well, you’ll find them packed inside this amazing book.
Draw Some Awesome by award-winning illustrator Donovan Bixley is an absolute must-have for any kind of artist, young or old. It is full of tips and tricks for better drawing, and you will feel inspired as soon as you open the first page.
From perspective to composition and everything in between, this book is full to the brim with everything an artist needs. Read more