Auckland Council Libraries: Read a story about families with someone you love

Read a story about families with someone you love

Level up your reading this summer with our Te Ara Poutama Level Up reading challenge. Try out these reads to complete the Whānau (family) quest or add to your reading log!

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Love makes a family

Sophie Beer

Picture book

Whether you have two mums, two dads, one parent, or one of each, there's one thing that makes a family a family... and that's love.

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The longest breakfast

Jenny Bornholdt, Sarah Wilkins

Picture book

A rambunctious story about the best meal of the day. Breakfast and families. New Zealand title.

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The More You Give

Marcy Campbell, Francesca Sanna

Picture book

A modern-day response to The Giving Tree, this lyrical picture book shows how family love is passed down from generation to generation.

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The bomb

Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan

Picture book

In this story about being true to oneself, a boy searches for the secret to doing the perfect bomb into the water. With training from Nan, an expert and former champion, and by listening to his own voice, he finds his unique style and pulls off a wonderful,...

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Te pohū

Sacha Cotter, Josh Morgan

Picture book

Nā Kawata Teepa i whakamāori.

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Things in the sea are touching me!

Linda Jane Keegan, Minky Stapleton

Picture book

This light-hearted rhyming story follows the experience of a little girl's day at the beach with her two mums, as she unexpectedly encounters a range of sea life; with a fun twist at the end! We all know that breath-catching feeling of something brushing...

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Bathe the cat

Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts

Picture book

Dad has posted a list of chores for the family to do before grandma comes, including bathing the cat; but the cat does not want a bath, so she mixes up the instructions, and soon the family is mowing the floor, vacuuming the lawn, mopping the baby — and...

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A family is a family is a family

Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng

Picture book

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different...

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Family tree

Josh Pyke; Ronojoy Ghosh

Picture book

It started with a seed, and that seed was me. And, over time, laughter filled my garden. A heartfelt celebration of family, community and the seasons of life, to cherish and to share.

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Rona Moon = Ko Rona Māhina

Tim Tipene, Theresa Reihana

Picture book

Rona Moon gets angry with everyone: her brother, her nana and papa. One night she calls the moon stupid! Next minute she finds herself up on the moon, meeting her ancestor Whaea Rona... This striking book brings the classic myth of Rona and the Moon to...

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What things did your parents play with?

Margaret MacDonald

Book

Simple text explores some different toys that were played with in the past and today.

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My family tree

Jackie Walter, Art Gus

Book

This information book explores the idea of a family tree and how to make one.

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The mad tadpole adventure

Melanie Drewery, Jenny Cooper

Book

The adventure begins when Maddie's frog, Isabella Princess Big Eyes, is 'stolen'. New Zealand title

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Rona

Chris Szekely, Josh Morgan

Book

Rona lives with her grandparents in the country, and in the holidays, their relations arrive to stay. In the holidays, she bosses around Jessie, her young sibling. Rona likes making up stories to amuse her friends, however, one day one of her tales comes...

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October, October

Katya Balen, Angela Harding

Book

October and her dad live in the woods. They sleep in the house Dad built for them and eat the food they grow in the vegetable patches. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They read the books they buy in town again...

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We belong

Cookie Hiponia Everman, Abigail Dela...

Book

An extraordinarily beautiful novel-in-verse that weaves a dramatic immigrant story together with Philippine mythology to create something wholly new. Stella and Luna know that their mama, Elsie, came from the Philippines when she was a child, but they...

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Kidnap at Mystery Island

Carol Garden

Book

Set in a time after the great global Environment Revolution of 2072, readers enter a high-tech world of eco criminals, artificial islands, global warming, rising seas and patrolling coastal rangers. Like other kids of his generation, Dom has a special...

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Finding

David Hill

Book

A family boards a ship bound for New Zealand. What will they find there? Tests lie ahead - war, earthquakes, protest marches, brushes with death. And so do some thrilling discoveries. David Hill traces the fortunes of two New Zealand families, through...

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The discombobulated life of Summer Rain

Julie Lamb

Book

Making people laugh is what Summer does best. It's how she fits in. And is it any wonder with a family like hers? Top of the list of crazies is Pop, her stingy grandfather, who whips up possum stews and turns chicken scraps into the worst school lunches...

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Get growing : a family guide to gardening indoors and out

Holly Farrell

Book

Put the fun into gardening with this beautifully illustrated guide to growing plants indoors and out. Simple step-by-step projects and experiments explain the building blocks of gardening to show you how to grow everything from cacti to cucumbers! An...

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See where we come from! A first book of family heritage

Scot Ritchie

Book

In this perfect, kid-friendly introduction to the concept of family heritage, the five friends from Scot Ritchie's popular series participate in a Heritage Festival at their school. Today is a big day for the five friends. Their class is hosting a Heritage...

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Anne Coppell.

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