Wā kōrero ki te kainga – Storytimes at home

Ko tēnei te wiki o te reo Māori (it's Māori Language Week) and throughout our network of libraries the usual preschool storytime sessions for this week will have added te reo Māori content.

If you attended a session and want to try adding some te reo Māori stories at home, or if you missed out and want to give it a go yourself here's a list of recommended titles for introducing some linguistic variety into your child's storytime repertoire.

Te hua tuatahi a Kuwi

Kuwi the Kiwi has never had an egg before, so she's unsure how to look after it. When the egg gets a crack Kuwi thinks that the egg is broken, but she's in for a surprise.

Kanohi

One of a series of te reo board books. Read our interview with author Kitty Brown.

Rhyme & Reo

"This book is an educational resource to help teachers, parents whanau and children build confidence to use and enjoy te reo. Illustrated and featuring quirky Kiwi poems, weaving reo through the English text, with explanatory notes on the pronunciation of the vowel sounds appearing on a side-bar on each page"

Māori Art for Kids

This collection of 15 projects offers children aged 7 and over a range of unique Māori art experiences. Practical skills cover sculpture, photography, design, paint, mixed media, collage and more. Easy-to-follow instructions include illustrations of the steps involved, using everyday craft materials, recycled and found objects. Examples of taonga (treasures) created by leading contemporary artists are shown alongside each project with a brief explanation of the object, its purpose and use in the past and present.

Hoiho paku

"An endearing story about a penguin called Little Hoiho who wants to be more like the other birds she sees around her, Kotuku, Toroa, and Tui. But Little Hoiho learns that her body is made for swimming and spinning and twisting in the water, and that she is perfect just the way she is"

E oma, moko kākāriki

A rare Wellington green gecko is wary of predators and runs to safety. Includes factual information about green geckos, their behaviour and life cycle, and traditional Māori beliefs about geckos.

E hoki Flash

Follows the adventures of mischievous dog Flash who escapes from home and gets up to all sorts of antics, chasing cats, sneaking into cars, rolling in rubbish.

Nā wai te waka i totohu?

The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.

Hairy Maclary no te teri a tanarahana

When Hairy Maclary and his canine friends go for a walk and encounter Scarface Claw, the toughest Tom in town, they run away

Te Tanguruhau

The Māori language version of the children's picture book, The Gruffalo. A clever mouse uses the threat of a terrifying creature to keep from being eaten by a fox, an owl, and a snake, only to have to outwit that creature as well.

Kei reira ngā weriweri

When Max wears his wolf suit and makes mischief, he is sent to bed without his supper. But in his room a forest grows and Max sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

Taniwha, Taniwha

An adventure with Supa Heroes, Maui and Hina

Kei te toro haere mātou

Simple adventures of family life with Charlie the dog. From the series Beginning to read with Charlie.

Ko wai e huna ana?

"Simple sentences, counting, colours, recognising emotion, the names of animals, beginner-level te reo Māori for children and learners."

He tuatara

Reader for children in Māori. Looks at a tuatara. From the Early Te Reo Reading Book series.

Te anuhe tino hiakai

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Good for learning different words for food.

Waiata

Mahi tahi

A song (with book and CD) about working, playing and interacting together. Read our interview with author Sharon Holt.

Songs for Bubbas

Catchy music for preschoolers with some te reo Māori.

Waiata mai

Book with audio CD (Music by Aunty Bea & Rodger Cunningham)

Hush

The traditional lullaby 'Hush Little Baby', retold with a strong New Zealand flavour. A baby is promised a series of items including a woolly sheep, kowhai flowers and singing tui.

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