Animals

Book List: For Kids Who Dream Of Horses

Carly Thomas spent most of her childhood either reading about horses or riding them. Here, she takes a look at what’s on literary offer for kids that are horse mad. Finding New Zealand books for horse mad kids was not…

Book Quiz: How well do you know your dogs?

Since Beatrix Potter and before, animals have been a staple subject of children’s literature. How well do you know your literary dogs, from the canon of Aotearoa New Zealand picture books? Test yourself, share with a friend, and let us…

Book Quiz: Animals during wartime

Anzac Day is fast approaching, and if there’s one thing you can count on from Anzac publishing, it is great books about companion animals. We featured Maria Gill and Glyn Harper talking about this phenomenon last month, but how well…

Guyon Espiner: The Books I Read with my Child

Babies don’t come with manuals, or book lists. Today journalist and broadcaster Guyon Espiner recounts how he and his daughter have discovered zen pandas and Roborovski hamsters along their bilingual reading journey. My reading life with Nico began the day…

The Pony Book Club: a pre-teen respite

Nina Powles revisits her childhood obsession with The Saddle Club series and finds their appeal, though flawed, remains. There was one book in the school library that I got out so many times I knew its exact place on the…