Auckland Libraries: Popular Pacific kids' books

Popular Pacific kids' books

Our most popular Pacific kids' books from the last year.

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Samoan heroes

David Riley

Book

Read stories of achievers who have Samoan ancestry. It includes legends like Sina and Tigilau; historical figures Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III and Salamasina; and contemporary heroes Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Judge Ida Malosi and Troy Polamalu.

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A day of surprises

Claire Bunt

Picture book

The whole community comes to the island's school and goes down to the seashore to watch a special delivery of resources for the students.

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The little glow worm who couldn't turn on his light

June Allen

Picture book

The little glow worm encounters several other cave dwellers that just might help him. A weta, a cave spider, and a huntsman, but it is the long-tailed bat that comes to his rescue.

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Moana

Jenny Dye

Book

Free-spirited Moana is destined to follow in her father's footsteps and take over as chief one day. But when danger threatens her island, Moana sets sail on an adventure to save her people.

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The only penguin

Gemma Carry

Picture book

Bo loves his parents, but sometimes feels lonely. He dreams of having a big brother, then begins to hope for a baby one instead.

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Little kiddy Sāmoan

1968- Jahri Jah Jah

Book

Learn to speak words and phrases in Samoan.

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The rat and the octopus

Jill MacGregor

Book

When Pita finds a cowrie shell on the reef, Krypton shows him how to make a rat lure to catch an octopus... just like the legend.

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The uga hunt

Jill MacGregor

Book

For a special birthday dinner, Arfa would like some uga. His father takes him on an uga hunt.

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Counting in the South Pacific

Jill Jaques

Picture book

A colourful picture book depicting scenes from the South Pacific that is aimed at supporting preschool children with numeracy skills 1-10. Includes Māori, Fijian, Samoan, and Tongan words.

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My first day at school = O lo'u aso muamua 'i li A'oga

Fiti Leung Wai

Picture book

Ula has his first day at Apia Primary School. The story tells of the excitement of starting school, and what happens when he falls over in front of some of the children.

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Fuzzy doodle

Melinda Szymanik

Picture book

Playful children's story about a caterpillar, a butterfly, words, books and the wonder of life.

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The mouse and the octopus

Lisala Halapua

Picture book

Retells a traditional Tongan fable about a mischievous mouse, who is rescued by an octopus, but tricks his saviour. This represents the origins of traditional fishing lure design.

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Daddy's little bear

Gemma Cary

Picture book

Little Bear has grown brace and confident and is keen to show Daddy Bear his best new tricks. Just when Daddy Bear think he's not needed any more, Little Bear gets into a spot of trouble.

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ʻO le katepila matuā fia ʻai

Eric Carle

Picture book

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

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