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When everyone knows they're welcome, the world is a better place - and you might just make a new friend. This timeless picture book about small acts of kindness in a big world is one that kids and grown-ups will reach for again and again.
Mira lives in a grey and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings colour, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbours.
Welcome, come in! You are invited to travel to homes around the world in this picture book about hospitality and acceptance, which features the word "welcome" from more than fourteen languages. Welcome, friend. Welcome. There are almost as many ways of...
The perfect picture book celebrating friendship, compassion, diversity and togetherness in the world. Our friends are all different, but one thing is true, each one is quite precious and that includes YOU!
Nearly enough, sort of enough, almost enough... In Hana's street there is not enough. Until Hana decides to do something about it. Enough is a story about community, kindness and the power of helping hands. New Zealand title.
From singer-songwriter June Pitman-Hayes comes this rousing and fortifying new waiata for Kiwi children from all backgrounds. This heart-warming story and song celebrates the strength in community. New Zealand title.
A beautifully illustrated book that models a kind and caring attitude to welcoming new children into their play and learning environment taught by their teacher Miss Riggs. Ruby goes from feeling like an outsider, to feeling like she belongs to her new...
Penny loves her purple bike. And she really loves riding it to visit friends! Penny's neighbourhood is filled with friends young and old. They love to garden, play music, and spend time together as a community. Come along for a ride, and practice the...
It's an exciting day in Aquamarina! The entire community has gathered for the opening of a new playground. But when the equipment falls apart because some of the pieces have vanished, it's up to a mermaid named Violet and her best friend, Wally the narwhal,...
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Inside this book, you'll discover 11 funny, scary, exciting, magical just plain wonderful stories about 11 utterly, outrageously unforgettable friends who, in some strange way, may just remind you a little bit of yourself.
Jamila Waheed does not want to spend her first summer in a new neighborhood at science camp when she could be shooting hoops at the local basketball court. And Shirley Bones is looking for a summer of freedom too. When the two girls meet, they quickly...
Sadiq and his friends are starting a video game club at school and planning a tournament for the whole school to participate in, but their teacher reminds them that they also have to have a service pledge, and they are not really sure how video games...
On a dark winter's evening at the end of December, something strange is happening in the school playground. Lessons finished long ago, but there are lots of children still at school and they're all carrying ... clocks! Clocks of every shape and size —...
Neoma and Jag and their small community are 'living gentle lives' on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers from the Valley of the Sun arrive unannounced, the friends find themselves drawn into a...
Eleven-year-old Echo finds the courage to help her younger sister fight cancer, and, in the process, finds the love and support of an entire community.
#Tumeke, brings you the lives, loves and larrikan spirit of an inner-city neighbourhood. The story is told through texts, tweets, Instagram posts, emails, fliers, posters, newspapers, letters, local radio and…the library noticeboard. New Zealand titl...
Auggie and her grandfather use found objects to transform the appearance of their home and, in the process, change a whole town's perceptions of beauty and art.
A nonfiction picture book about the largest solar power plant in the world.
Joanna Ho's lyrical writing and Teresa Martinez's vibrant art weave together to tell an inspiring story of Yo-Yo Ma, who challenges conventions, expectations, and beliefs in order to build bridges to unite communities, people, and cultures.
Meet kids – just like you – whose small acts of kindness are changing the lives of others. Learn about the work they do and discover how the future of our world starts here… with you.
This picture book story shows how young learners can become kaitaki (caretakers) to keeping their environment clean, safe and a happier place. It highlights the effort of young learners to protect sand dunes on the beaches near their school. New Zealand...
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