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Level up your reading this summer with our Te Ara Poutama Level Up reading challenge. Try out these reads to complete the Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland quest or add to your reading log!
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Nana is coming from Samoa especially for Selafina's birthday. Selafina is so excited and as a special welcome, she wants to dance the siva. Can she learn the dance and overcome her own shyness in time for the big day?
Granny McFlitter's knitting needles have been in a blur, knitting an entry for the local A and P Show's 'Best Vegetable Knitter' competition. But the show turns to chaos when a bull breaks out of his pen. Everyone dives for cover, except Granny McFlitter....
Iggy can't seem to take off his party costume, and his parents don't seem to notice that he has turned into a boogie monster! But that's not the weirdest part.
There's much to discover walking along a New Zealand beach with small children when the tide is out. This simple, illustrated and bilingual counting book features many treasures to encourage their curiosity. Although set at Huia on the Manukau Harbour,...
A story full of humour and heart about having the blues, in the form of a big heavy elephant. Warm, empathetic, hopeful and often funny, My Elephant is Blue will help children explore and understand the experience of living under the weight of a big ...
A young boy learns how to celebrate Matariki from his grandfather. They watch the stars from the top of a mountain, prepare food for the gods, and the boy learns about Te Waka o Rangi and the tradition of calling out the names of loved ones who have passed...
Goat is dreaming of a best friend when she hears a strange squeaking coming from a ball of prickles. This is the beginning of a most unexpected friendship. Though Goat is a creature of the day and Hedgehog hunts at night, life in their rolling paddock...
Jennifer and her whānau go to Te Atatū to help Tui's family move house. What they learn about Matariki from Nanny on the way, and their encounter with the Waterview Tunnel, lead to a big discovery at Mount Albert - old tunnels run under here, too!
Sam's father enters the night race to Kawau Island, but the other crew member doesn’t show up. As the sun sets and the weather worsens, Sam's father is knocked out. So Sam, her sister, and mother must sail the boat alone.
Who can help when you're faced with vicious creatures or people who don't care whether you live or die? The Tui Street kids are writing 'hero's journey' stories at school, but soon find themselves involved in adventures more difficult than they could...
Selina is crowned Commonwealth Poet and invited to perform for the Queen in Westminster Abbey. But when someone at work calls her a 'sellout', Selina starts doubting herself. Can she stand with her people who struggle against the Queen and serve her,...
Auckland 1942: in an area called Chinatown the descendants of Chinese miners and market gardeners gather to maintain their culture and community. While New Zealand is at war the main issues of Silvey’s world are her school’s closure and arrival of Chinese-American...
The fictional diary of Erica Tito, Auckland, 1977-78, covering the events of the occupation at Bastion Point (Takaparawha).
Sofia’s sunny teenage days turn dark when she learns about marches, protests and overstayers, and how Pacific Islanders are bullied by police. Through Sofia’s eyes, we witness the terror of the dawn-raids and see the Polynesian Panthers’ encourage immigrant...
Ngā tamaiti rangatira is a collection of writing by young people from the Tipu Whare program at Panama Road School.
The origin of volcanoes - The time of Auckland volcanoes - The first eruptions, the later eruptions, and the last eruption. Our volcanoes today and the future, and a map of remaining volcanoes in Auckland.
Based on the life of Sylvia Durrant, who helped over 140,000 sick, injured and lost birds during her lifetime, this book inspires a reverence for the natural world and calls to action to all young ecologists and environmentalists.
Brave, trail-blazing and glamorous, this stunning picture book tells the true story of how Jean Batten became an international superstar for her solo flights across the world.
Accompanying Auckland’s many wondrous landmarks, passageways, caves and pa sites are equally wondrous tales of how they were formed, whether it be by natural forces or by the Māori who lived in the area.
Dr Tokilupe Taumoepeau made history as New Zealand's first female vascular surgeon. This Tongan is helping open doors in health and medicine for young people with Pacific heritage - including her family.
This book was made possible with support from Creative New Zealand and the Ministry of Education as part of the Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly New Zealand Book Council) annual Writers in Communities project.
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