Alright, it’s November. Stop being picky. Anyway, Christmas is coming up so go buy these books – they will all make brilliant presents!
Let’s Catch That Rainbow, written and illustrated by Ann Keane, Pines Estate Books, ISBN 9780473320171, RRP $19.99
A rainy day story for a rainy day read, Let’s Catch That Rainbow follows Hadleigh and his fascination with rainbows, including trying to catch one! This is a Kiwi story through and through, and has enough bright pictures and story twists to keep kids interested and laughing. It also has good production values, which is great to see in an independently published book.
First To The Top by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris, Puffin, ISBN9780143506874, RRP $25
The story of Sir Edmund Hillary and his many adventures and achievements is taken for granted by adults but while most kids might recognise the name they won’t necessarily know why. First To the Top is a wonderful picture book that perfectly captures Hillary’s life including the all-important Everest climb. It also does a great job of crediting Tenzing Norgay. The illustrations are fantastically cartoonish and this will be riveting to any child with a taste for knowledge and adventure.
In the Bush: Explore and Discover New Zealand’s Native Forests by Ned Barraud and Gillian Candler, Potton & Burton, ISBN 9781927213544, RRP $19.99
I admit it, I’m a nerd, and as a nerd kid I LOVED books like this – full of detailed illustrations, fascinating bits of knowledge and more facts then you can shake a stick at. In the Bush is a journey into our native forests and is chock-full of information about plants, fungi, birds, frogs, bats, reptiles and even pests. The illustrations are AMAZING works of art. Wonderful stuff!
The Lion and the Bird by Marianne Dubuc, Book Island, ISBN 9780994109873, RRP $24.99
I’ve said it many, many times before and I’ll say it again – Book Island books are not only wonderful stories they are little works of art. The Lion and the Bird is a wonderfully gentle story of friendship that will be appreciated by children and parents everywhere. It’s the perfect quiet-time, bedtime story with soft line and colour drawings.
My love affair with Book Island continues.