Book List: Dear John's books for a first library

June 29, 2017

A few weeks ago, John McIntyre wrote his final replies to the last round of Dear John letters we received before he died. One of the letters asked for suggestions of must-haves for a first library, and we thought John's answer deserved its own post.

A spread from Roadworks

 

Dear John,

 

My wee bubba is 18 months old, and I am getting stumped for what types of books are most likely to pique their interest. We are keen not to go down the road of gender-marketed books, so we’d love a few suggestions of books that have both great female and male characters.

 

We are checking out books from the library frequently, but we’d love to know what you would suggest to buy and build our home bookshelf with – perhaps some locals if possible.

 

Regards, Jamie F.

 

 

Dear Jamie,

 

Time for a book list, I think. Here are my top picks (in no particular order), though I have plenty more recommendations. Some you'll have, and the library is always good to check out the ones you’re not sure of.

 

A word of caution: even when your children are teenagers, and no matter how mangled a book looks, don't throw them out. We are constantly meeting disappointed adults trying to find their childhood favourites, and especially when they become parents themselves.

 

John

 

 

 

Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell

Puffin
RRP: $18.00

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The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson
Pan Macmillan
RRP: $19.00

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The Cat in the Hat
by Dr Seuss
HarperCollins
RRP: $13.00

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Roadworks

by Sally Sutton
Walker Books

RRP: $20.00

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Stomp!
by Ruth Paul
Scholastic NZ

RRP: $19.00
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The Noisy Book
by Soledad Bravi

Gecko Press
RRP: $25.00

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Puffin

RRP: $23.00
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A Summery Saturday Morning
by Margaret Mahy
Puffin
RRP: $20.00

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Who Sank the Boat?
by Pamela Allen
Puffin
RRP: $18.00

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Each Peach Pear Plum
by Allan Ahlberg
Puffin
RRP $18.00

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 The Nickle Nackle Tree
by Lynley Dodd
Puffin
RRP $18.00

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 A Lion in the Meadow
by Margaret Mahy
Hachette NZ
RRP $17.00

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
by Michael Rosen
Walker Books Ltd
RRP $20.00

Buy now

 

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
by Lynley Dodd

Puffin
RRP $18.00

Buy now

 

 

 

Where is the Green Sheep?
by Mem Fox
Puffin
RRP $18.00

Buy now

 

Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney
Walker Books
RRP $20.00

Buy now

 

 

Down the Back of the Chair
by Margaret Mahy
Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
RRP: $20.00

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Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes
by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
Puffin
RRP $21.00

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Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam
by Juliette MacIver
Scholastic NZ
RRP: $18.00

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The Giant Jam Sandwich
by John Vernon Lord
Random House Children's Publishers UK
RRP: $22.00

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Mog the Forgetful Cat
by Judith Kerr
HarperCollins NZ
RRP: $19.00

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Harry the Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion
Random House Children's Publishers UK
RRP: $21.00

Buy Now

 

 

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

Random House Children's Publishers UK
RRP: $20.00

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The Witch in the Cherry Tree
by Margaret Mahy
Puffin
RRP: $2000

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea
by Judith Kerr
HarperCollins Children's Books
RRP: $19.00

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Giraffes Can't Dance
by Giles Andreae
Hachette Children's Group
RRP: $20.00

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The Little Yellow Digger
by Betty Gilderdale
Huia Publishers
RRP: $20.00

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Poo Bum
by Stephanie Blake
Gecko Press
RRP: $20.00

Buy Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah forster

Editor of The Sapling, and Media & Communications Manager at Booksellers NZ. Sarah has worked in the book industry for the past 11 years. She ran the Writers in Schools and other education programmes for the NZ Book Council for 7 years, and knows exactly how awesome our Kiwi writers and illustrators are. Sarah is from the West Coast, and lives in Wellington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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