Reading recommendations – Tamariki

Reading Recommendations - Tamariki

Librarians recommend the best books for tamariki on a variety of topics - fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, and more - for kids of all ages.

New Zealand Book Awards for Children & Young Adults 2022

#ReadNZ at its best: the finalists of the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults have been announced.

Best of the Year

Library selectors highlight the best books of the year. View the best of this year and previous years.

Library Booklists

Children's librarians recommend great reading in these official booklists for tamariki.

Library Booklists

Picture Books about Neurodiversity, Autism & Sensory Issues

Positive picture books featuring neurodiverse characters that help readers better understand or relate to children with sensory issues.

Tamariki -Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2020

New titles with Te Reo Māori for Tamariki added since 2019.

Anti-racist books for kids

Want kids to read books in which diversity matters, & that show how to fight racism? Try this selection of non-fiction books for tamariki.

If you like ... Harry Potter

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you might like to try the first title in these series. They all have a little bit of magic.

Kids treaty zone

List of books to support the kids treaty zone about the Treaty of Waitangi

Books for older children with dyslexia

Dyslexia friendly books with a special font, thick, cream pages and widely spaced lines; high interest but a lower reading age.

Books for younger children with dyslexia

Dyslexia friendly books with a special font, thick, cream pages and widely spaced lines; high interest but a lower reading age.

Samoan language books and resources for children

Samoan language resources for children.

Understanding Islam

If you want to find out more about being Muslim and understanding Islam, here are some titles for children, teens, and adults.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2019

This list links to the themes which are; ako - learn, whakarongo - listen, waiata - sing, pānui - read, tuhi - write and kōrero - speak.

Tamariki - Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2019

Recent children's titles with Te Reo Māori

The Great Library Seed Swap

Top picks relating to mahi māra - gardening, and titles about New Zealand plants.

Te Matatini - Kapa Haka - Māori Performing Arts

Online resources about Te Matatini, the biennial national kapa haka competition and Māori performing arts books, DVDs and children's titles.

Matariki 2019: Resource list

Selected Matariki resources relating to this year's theme - Te Kahui Kumanu a Matariki - The Guardian Stars of Matariki.

Picture books: Islam and empathy

Stories for young children with Muslim characters, and books about equality, empathy and tolerance.

Environmental Books: Non-Fiction

A selection of non-fiction informational text and how-to guides for kids on related topics around recycling, climate changing, etc

New for Kids

More booklists for tamariki (made by librarians)

Chapter books for sporty kids

Mostly fiction with a few nonfiction books thrown in.

Mystery and detective chapter books for children

Books for budding detectives! A mix of younger fiction (first chapter books), and older fiction.

Engaging, fun, Search and Find, I-Spy and Maze books

These exciting and engaging interactive books are a fun and playful way to build children's memory and learning skills.

Action, Adventure, Mystery! (eAudiobooks for children)

Exciting eAudiobooks for children to listen to. Many are the first in a series, so if you like a story you can check out the next one.

eBooks to read with your preschooler

My top 10 eBook choices for preschool age children. Most of these are picture books I have read to children in Wā Kōrero: Storytime sessions

eAudiobooks for preschoolers

A selection of popular eAudiobooks for your little ones to listen to.

Anti-Racism and Diversity

Books to help children process and discuss race relations & explore cultural diversity - picture books, fiction, & non-fiction.

Everyday Superheroes

Some great stories for little heroes to access from home.

eBook Picture Books with Narration

A collection of eBook picture books that all include narration so children can listen as they read along to a great story!

eBook Biographies for Children

True stories that will inspire and amaze you.

Armchair travel for kids

eBooks for kids- Read your way around the the world, without leaving your bubble!

eBook picture books about pets

A collection of picture books all about pets. All of these are available as eBooks so borrow them from the comfort of home.

Online Reo Māori resources for tamariki

This list focuses on some great Māori online resources to entertain your tamariki at home.

Family friendly films

Enjoyable movies for young children and their adults.

Extra-ordinary princess stories

Princesses who did not follow the rules! Girls who refused to sit around waiting for a prince to rescue them, and did it themselves instead.

Printable lists

If you like ... Classics

Stories so good, they are still excellent lots of years after they were written. Printable list [500KB PDF]

If you like ... Roald Dahl

Quirky characters in unusual escapades. Printable list [509KB PDF]

If you like .... Real world adventures

Writers that prove adventures don’t need magic to be exciting! Printable list [526KB PDF]

If you like ... Ngā Pakiwaitara

Bilingual stories by Kiwi authors. Printable list [1MB PDF]

If you like ... Silly stories

Get your giggle on with these wacky reads! Printable list [341KB PDF].

If you like ... Harry Potter

More writers of magical adventures. Printable list [138KB PDF]
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