Favourite New Zealand Children's Books

A collection of some of our favourite children's books!
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Have loved reading this to my nieces and nephews, all grown up now, apart from delightful Hugo who I can still share with!

Fishpond New Zealand, Hairy Maclary From Donaldson's Dairy by David Tennant (Read ) Lynley Dodd. Buy Books online: Hairy Maclary From Donaldson's Dairy, ISBN David Tennant (Read by) Lynley Dodd

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Fishpond New Zealand, Little Kiwi's Matariki by Nikki Slade Robinson (Illustrated ) Nikki Slade Robinson. Buy Books online: Little Kiwi's Matariki, ISBN Nikki Slade Robinson (Illustrated by) Nikki Slade Robinson

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith: Estimated Level: J. This story is a rhyming story about an unusual donkey who has some unusual features. Possible craft lessons include: using rhyming features, adding one more part of the story on each page or each paragraph, using a repetitive phrase in writing. Students will listen to how a new part of the story is introduced after the last parts are re-stated and possibly use it in their own writing.

Our community of mums voted on the best children's books of all time, and the results are in. Here are the top 20 kids books every child should own.

Slinky Malinki (Hairy Maclary and Friends): Lynley Dodd: 9780140544398: Amazon.com: Books

Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd image. Our baby loves this book and all the Hairy Maclary ones he's been read.

"Melu" by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly  Children’s Choice

"Melu" by Kyle Mewburn, Ali Teo & John O’Reilly Children’s Choice

Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro? Can you tied them in a know, can you tie them in a bow?  This favourite children's song, which is sung in schools and preschools around the country, receives the Topp Twins/Jenny Cooper treatment, in the style of the best-selling There's a Hole in My Bucket.  Includes CD of the song recorded by the Topp Twins, that will bring a chuckle to adutls and children alike as well as a page of interesting, little-known facts about ears!

Booktopia has Do Your Ears Hang Low? (Paperback with CD) by Topp Twins. Buy a discounted Book with Other Items of Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Fuzzy started as a scribble, just a scrawny little doodle, a smudgey sort of something at the bottom of the page …” He nibbled, chomped, and gobbled scrumptious words and tasty colours. They made Fuzzy grow and grow and GROW … Hello!

Fuzzy started as a scribble, just a scrawny little doodle, a smudgey sort of something at the bottom of the page …” He nibbled, chomped, and gobbled scrumptious words and tasty colours. They made Fuzzy grow and grow and GROW … Hello!

"In the next door garden they were digging out a drain, when the weather turned quite nasty, and it poured and poured with rain..." I can still recite this whole book by heart because my kids demanded it so often. Gloriously funny and a joy to read aloud.

"In the next door garden they were digging out a drain, when the weather turned quite nasty, and it poured and poured with rain." I can still recite this whole book by heart because my kids demanded it so often. Gloriously funny and a joy to read aloud.

Sammy's mother tells him to forget about adventures and get cleaned up for his grandmother's visit, but the new bathtub Sammy's father brought home seems determined to have an adventure of its own.

Sammy's mother tells him to forget about adventures and get cleaned up for his grandmother's visit, but the new bathtub Sammy's father brought home seems determined to have an adventure of its own.

Rollicking rhyme with superb illustrations, this book will become a firm favourite in any household. Then down to the river came a little green frog and a hog from the bog and a dog on a jog, all a-quiver by the river where Marmaduke swam … Marmaduke Duck eating marmalade jam. Wonderful rhyme and hilarious action makes this a truly wonderful read-aloud title-wait till you come across llama farmer Palmer!

"Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam", by Juliet MacIver - Down in the woods, not far from the sea, Marmaduke Duck found a grapefruit tree. "What luck!" cried the duck. I'll take some and make some marmalade jam.

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