Mihi is a taonga, a treasure for all New Zealand families.

Trevor Agnew, The Source



NZCYA 2021 Book Awards Finalist.

Mihi is a beautiful baby book that introduces ideas of me and my place in the world in the shape of a simple mihi or pepeha.

Written and illustrated by Gavin Bishop


  • Description

    NZCYA 2021 Book Awards Finalist.

    Mihi / mihimihi / pepeha: introducing yourself and making connections to other people and places.
    Mihi is a simple book to share with babies and talk about their whānau and place in the world. Repeating colours and shapes show the connections between waka, mountain, iwi through to mama, papa and the baby reader. This book is an introduction for children of any age to their own pepeha—and to the idea of a pepeha.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 0-2 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. The Listener, 50 Best Kids’ Books of 2020

      With supreme skill, Bishop encapsulates each element of the mihi, that Māori statement of self, in terms of waka, maunga, awa … right down to the child reciting it.

    2. The Spinoff

      A simple, striking new board book that we predict will be in every ECE in the country soon – it ties into certain curriculum strands beautifully, but more than that: it’s a book that builds kids up.

    3. Volume Bookshop

      The pictures are simple and sensitive, and makes for an excellent first book.

    4. Booktrailers4kidsandYA

      a deceptively simple Te Reo Maori baby board book but one that says so much. I love the book for its simplicity, illustrations and message…I think Mihi is a very special baby book and it needs to be out there in homes, libraries, and preschools.

    5. Trevor Agnew, The Source

      Mihi is perfect…Mihi makes brilliant use of simple words and simple illustrations to help any parent to introduce any young child to their tūrangawaewae…Gavin Bishop’s striking illustrations match the spare simplicity of his text…This is the perfect book for parent and child to read together and then expand and elaborate, inserting details and naming the people. Mihi is a taonga, a treasure for all New Zealand families.

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