Unity Books September Bestsellers for Kids

What’s the best way to get adults to read? Get them reading when they’re kids – there’s no better place to start than Unity’s best-selling children’s book.

September is a time for writing and publishing for Aotearoa Children.When co-editors of Ink Publishing of the Year imprint Susan Paris and Kate de Goldie Talk to Kathryn Ryan on RNZ from 9am to noon On the literacy crisis and the lack of brave children’s publications for middle-grade readers (ages 9 to 11), some of our children the writer is offended, As the newsroom reported.

We’d say it’s possible to publish fantastic Auteroa books, including a delicious chocolate box for the Literary Treasures of the Year 3, and there’s room for more. The widely acknowledged fact in this editorial room is that while we love to fart in trees, we’d be eager to embrace more and braver books for kids (and their adults).You can read Susan Paris’ article on the subject right on the spinoff.


1 The Big Ideas of Curiosity: An Introduction to Philosophy by Alain de Botton and Anna Doherty (Affirm Press, $40, 9+)

Kids always have the best questions, and often the funniest answers. The book nurtures that curiosity and introduces a school of philosophical thought to expand on this natural instinct to ask “but why?” It also enjoys the heavy feel: it has a dark, almost serious cover , with an old-school heaviness.

2 Atua: Maori Gods and Heroes by Gavin Bishop (Penguin, $40, all ages)

We named this pukapuka our children’s book of the year. It’s the big winner of this year’s New Zealand Children’s and Young People’s Book Awards, and for good reason. It’s big in form and scope: sharing the story of Atua Māori for young and old to immerse them all together.

3 Maui & Other Legends: 8 Classic Tales of Aotearoa by Peter Gossage (Penguin, $40, 3+)

Is the Aotearoa bookshelf complete without this book? Not really. Get it now.

4 The Spark Hunter by Sonia Wilson (Cuba Press, $25, 9+)

This acclaimed YA novel features a fairy as the protagonist and tells a magical adventure-survival story set in the fjords. Here is the first part of the introduction:

“Nissa Marshall knew there were things hidden deep in the forests of Fiordland – she saw their light in the trees. But what were they and why didn’t anyone else seem to notice them?

When Nissa abandons her school camp in search of a mysterious light, she finds herself lost in a dangerous wonderland. But she’s not the only one at risk – bushes and creatures are threatened too – and she wants to help. What can an elementary school student do when an adult fails, and can she find a way back? In the fjords, people who get lost often get lost. “

Already caught? So are we.

5 Noisy Book by Soledad Bravi (Gecko Press, $25, ages 0-3)

The funniest is when you train your baby to howl like a wolf. “Then the wolf is gone!”

6 Crane Guy by Sally Sutton Illustrated by Sarah Wilkins (Pulkin Pictures, $20, ages 2-5)

Have a blast with Crane Guy! Sally Sutton is a genius. Her powerful explorations of the world of large-scale construction and planning (see: construction; demolition; excavation, dumping, rolling; road engineering) are fun for children. The rhyme is perfect – so good you can sing it. This latest is a sneak peek book that invites young readers to elevate their worldview and investigate the world with that mysterious man you can sometimes see on a crane. Brilliantly creative, with vivid, stylish illustrations by Sarah Wilkins, a delight to read.

7 Kuwi & Friends Māori Picture Dictionary – English text and illustrations by Kat Quin, translated by Te Reo Māori by Pānia Papa (Illustrated Publishing, $35, all ages)

A large-format, exhaustive and user-friendly dictionary of te reo Maori for beginners and young readers. The illustrations are lively and interesting and cover a wide range of topics. Essential books for home study.

8 My First Pop-Up Dinosaur Owen Davey (Walker Books, $23, 4+)

The way kids love dinosaurs is weird. Somehow counterintuitive. Or maybe completely intuitive, considering that things are extinct. Regardless, this is a great book for little hands, and if they can avoid the temptation to tug at the drill that pops up, it packs a punch: T-Rex is ferocious.

9 Counting Creatures by Julia Donaldson by Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots, $25, 2+)

Many JD fans won’t get used to Julia without Axel. Scheffler is a longtime illustration collaborator with Julia Donaldson, who has worked with perennials such as Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. Targeting young readers, Counting Creatures has a lush feel through Sharon King-Chai’s rich, rich illustrations. There are perfect flips on each page so that the critter that is the star of the story can be discovered by the little hands of exploration.

10 How I Feel, Rebecca Lip and Craig Phillips (Wilding Books, $40, all ages)

This huge hardcover book (140+ pages) is a dictionary of over 60 emotions designed to help children develop their emotional literacy. The introduction to the book is:

“Join Aroha and her friends as they share how different emotions feel in the body and how each one works. This emotion dictionary is designed to help children find the words that express their true feelings. Learn to identify and label correctly Our emotions are a very important life skill.”


1 Atua: Maori Gods and Heroes by Gavin Bishop (Penguin, $40, all ages)

2 Years #3 Edited by Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris (Ink of the Year, $45, 9+)

Luscious, adventurous, fun miscellaneous for everyone in whānau. The third annual includes ghost stories by Airini Beautrais, songs by Troy Kingi, beloved sights by Gavin Mouldey, comics by Ant Sang, and more. This treasure trove of over 150 pages is exhilarating from start to finish, and as reader tastes change with each age, it’s a book worth continuing to delve into. Yearbooks also expand on what you might think of as children’s literature in terms of style, format, and authorship.You can read Susan Paris’ article on why the year exists Now, about the spinoff.

3 Adventures of Gloves: Wellington’s Famous Purr-Sonality by Silvio Bruinsma (Penguin, $20, 3+)

I think we’ve run out of words for this book. Meow.

4 Baddies by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Alison Green Book, $28, 4+)

Witches, ghosts and trolls are downright scary, nasty, badass bad guys. This goes back to the familiar JD lawns, with special illustrations by Axel Scheffler, which have a powerful way and a smudged clay-like texture. Kids love bad guys, and this book is an ode to some of the best of them.

5 The Beacon Princess by Susan Wardell, illustrated by Rose Northey (Puffin, $18, all ages)

A fantastic book made here. An own and hold.

6 How do I feel?Rebecca Lip and Craig Phillips (Tikitibu, $40) All ages

7 Kuwi & Friends Māori Picture Dictionary English Text and Illustration by Kat Quin, Te Reo Māori Translation by Pānia Papa (Illustrated Publishing, $35, all ages)

8 Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots, $20, 4+)

OG JD’s third entry on this list! Another collaboration with Sharon King-Chai, this gorgeous book is also aimed at younger readers. It’s essentially an ABC book with sweet peepholes and a folding flap.

9. Unraveller by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan, $30, 12+)

Hardinge fans have been waiting for the latest novel from this exciting dark fantasy queen. Here is the introduction:

“In a world where anyone can cast life-destroying curses, only one person has the power to break them.

Karen doesn’t fully understand his unique talents, but instead helps those who are cursed, like his friend Nettle trapped in a bird’s body for years. She is now Karen’s faithful companion and closest ally.

But the Disbander himself carries the curse, and unless he and Nettle can lift it, Karen is a danger to everyone around him—and everyone…”

We’ll be posting a review of this here soon.

10 My Aroha Tree: Poster and Sticker Set by Rebekah Lipp and Craig Phillips (Tikitibu, $30, all ages)

Another great deal from Rebekah Lipp and Craig Phillips (see How do I feel?), this is a poster + sticker pack designed to encourage kids to visually portray their good times during the less good times. Seems like a brilliant idea – something we can all explore during these toughest times.

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