January 28, 2020
Gwendoline Smith AKA Doctor Know
Last year we shared with you a Sampling from Gwendoline Smith's bestseller The Book of Knowing. And this year, Dr Know i...
January 21, 2020
Gordon Ell & Sarah Ell
There has been an enormous amount of amazing local non-fiction in recent months – and here's a taster of one of those re...
December 12, 2019
Here's a fiendishly tricky one: can you match the quote to the 2019 middle reader or YA new release? For consistency – a...
December 5, 2019
“The death of YA – it’s a thing believe me. Google it.”
It was a fleeting comment at a writer’s festival as we moved betw...
November 29, 2019
For our latest School Librarian of Aotearoa feature, we hear from Kowhai Intermediate's Jude Armstrong, who shares the i...
November 25, 2019
Children and young adults in Aotearoa are particularly attuned to natural disasters. In today's book list, Miriam Hurst...
November 14, 2019
Verse novels have been around for a number of years now and while they may never flood the market, their appeal is growi...
November 12, 2019
Here's a fresh instalment of the Margaret Mahy Questionnaire, featuring author, playwright, poet and creative writing tu...
November 5, 2019
How's your reo Māori looking? Can you pick which is MEKA (true) and which is TEKA (false) when figuring out the correct...
November 3, 2019
Isa Pearl Ritchie
Some mysterious middle-grade reading for you today, in the form of a new Sampling! Here's the prologue and first two cha...
October 29, 2019
Earlier this year, Hachette New Zealand ran a unique competition: seeking new illustration concepts for Margaret Mahy's...
October 28, 2019
The latest addition to our growing collection of Margaret Mahy Questionnaire responses comes from the amazing Tim Tipene...
October 16, 2019
Love it or hate it, social media is a part of our life. But does an author really need it? Elissa Weismann swore off Fac...
October 8, 2019
How well do you remember the tasty morsels in the illustrations of your favourite picture books? See if you can get 12/1...
October 3, 2019
Linda Jane Keegan
Do you know any kids who love to explore and discover? Nature lover and environmental educator Linda Jane Keegan gives a...