Shine: A Story About Saying Goodbye by Trace Balla, Allen & Unwin, ISBN9781743316344, RRP $24.99
Oh god. Picture books can tug at the heart strings at the best of times but a picture book for kids to help them understand grief and loss, particularly of a parent? I dare you to not be a quivering, blubbering mess when you get to the end of this.
However, the best books illuminate the things we’d rather not see and Shine does that for little kids, in the gentlest way possible, whilst helping them to think about love and loss and life going on. It’s also wonderfully illustrated.
A book that will be genuinely appreciated by all kids and parents.
The Goodbye Chair (A Nicholas Story) by Josephine Carson Barr, illustrated by Simon Barr, Veritas Aotearoa Publishing, ISBN9780473238636, RRP $19.99
Nicholas has been staying with Nannie for the holidays but it’s almost time to leave. He knows Nannie will be sad, so he comes up with a special way to say goodbye. The Goodbye Chair is a sweet story, with lots of Kiwi touches including the three official languages of New Zealand – English, Maaori and NZ Sign Language. This makes it a perfect choice for gifts, schools and libraries.
The Fairiest Fairy by Anne Booth and Rosalind Beardshaw, Nosy Crow, ISBN9780857633156, RRP $28.99
Betty is a very cute little fairy, still learning her fairy ways. With the help of her friends she tries her best to be a fairy but she does get in a muddle. Will she be the fairiest fairy of them all?
The Fairiest Fairy is a gorgeous rhyming story with the cutest illustrations and a simple story. Definitely a great bedtime read!
Teddy Took the Train by Nicki Greenberg, Allen & Unwin, ISBN9781760112134, RRP $24.99
Does everyone have a story of losing a beloved toy? I do; Bunbun left in a Brisbane hotel in 1983(?). I still miss Bunbun. Aaaaanyway Teddy Took the Train is a good antidote to the fear of losing a toy that can grip the hearts of kiddies. Teddy ends up on a train after being accidentally left behind and that is just the start of his adventure. Will Dot see Teddy again? Hopefully but in the meantime he’s got a lot to do!
Teddy Took the Train is a great sharing story for kids. I wonder what Bunbun is up to?
T is for Taniwha by Ann K Addley, Ann K Addley, ISBN9780473317331, Available at Amazon.com
Billed as The Colouring Book for Kiwi Kids, T is for Taniwha could really be a colouring book for any kid – but is a great little run through of some kiwiana. I loved the style of the illustrations and it would definitely provide some busy time for kids! Can be purchased hard copy or as an ebook – so you could use it more than once, I guess?
Cute, fun and an alphabet run-through. Grab it for those rainy days!