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Shona’s great read-alouds gift guide

It’s the perfect time of year to create magical memories of reading aloud together. Today we’re sharing our gift guide featuring some books that we think make great read-alouds. Click on the covers to go straight to our online shop: or of course, visit your local bookshop. When you order you can add a note… Read more »

Hilary Tapper on creating a beach storybook

Hilary Tapper holding a copy of At the Bach

Kia ora! Hilary here, the illustrator of At the Bach.

Creating this book was a really special process for me—I got to focus on creating a book about the delight of ‘baches’ in New Zealand culture.

Rachel’s gift guide for close observers

It’s a fun time of year to choose gifts for readers. Over the next three weeks, we are sharing our 2023 gift guide featuring some good books that we love.

Finalist in Italy’s premier children’s book prize

Eirlys Hunter is off to Rome this December for the awards ceremony of Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi 2023, where The Mapmakers’ Race is one of three finalists in the 11+ category.

The Grizzled Grist a 2023 White Raven

The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist

Each year the International Youth Library based in Munich, Germany publishes a catalogue called the White Ravens with a selection of notable books from around the world.

The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis was selected as a White Raven 2023—the only Aotearoa New Zealand book to be selected.

The creation of Have You Seen Dinosaur?

Have You Seen Dinosaur and Have You Seen Elephant sitting on a table.

This month we’re celebrating the release of my latest picture book Have You Seen Dinosaur?, lovingly published by the wonderful Gecko Press. So in honour of this event I’d like to invite you into my studio.

Giselle Clarkson’s life as an observologist

Giselle Clarkson holding a copy of The Observologist

Hello! I’m Giselle, author and illustrator of The Observologist: A Handbook for Mounting Very Small Scientific Expeditions.

I’m absolutely fascinated by all the smallest details in nature. I especially love tiny invertebrates. I wrote this book because I want to share all my favourite things about them with other people.

Book signing: Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai

This weekend, illustrator Tokerau Brown visited Wellington bookshops to sign copies of Paku Manu Ariki Whakatakapōkai. Unity Books Wellington and Good Books both hosted him.

Have You Seen Dinosaur in the bookshop window?

Have You Seen Dinosaur shop window

To celebrate the release of Have You Seen Dinosaur?, author/illustrator David Barrow painted characters from the book in the window of Next Page Books in the United Kingdom.

Giselle Clarkson 2023 Arts Foundation Laureate

Giselle Clarkson with cat illustration

Giselle Clarkson, author of The Observologist (released next month), is one of nine Aotearoa artists awarded a 2023 Arts Foundation Laureate.

Giselle received the Mallinson Rendel Illustrators Award, awarded every two years to a children’s book illustrator.

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