Tag Archives: New Zealand

Pack your bags – we’re going on a trip!



Tania McCartney and Tina Snerling

EK Publishing

RRP $19.99

Tania and Tina have once again triumphed as they continue their “A Kid’s Year Series”.  Children are celebrated and cultures, customs and festivities are explored in each book via the group of children featured.  What an absolutely marvellous way for us to spread the joy of inclusivity, promote cross-cultural understandings and foster peaceful relations with others.

Each spread shows the diversity of each country and what makes it special in terms to which every child can relate.

Their unique mastery in capturing the moments that shine in a child’s life, their families and homes is undeniable. While there is reference to history in each, primarily these focus on what is important in the modern life of each of these amazing countries and rejoices in the cultural diversity of each, especially recognising their First People.

The illustrations and the text are as joyful as each other and a visual delight for the reader.

In our school which particularly focuses on cultural understandings these are important additions to our collection. Of course, they are also ideal for supporting the ACARA Intercultural Understanding capabilities.

Each book concludes with an illustrated map and snappy facts of interest about the country and it’s make up.

Released this week – it’s time to go globe trotting!

A Kiwi Year: Twelve Months in the Life of New Zealand’s Kids



Join Charlie, Ruby, Oliver, Mason and Kaia as they show food, sports, native animals, everyday life, special places and exciting adventures like bunji jumping! Learn some Maori and find out about twirling pois – or discover where pavlova was really invented!


A Canadian Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Canada’s Kids



Liam, Ava, Oki, Chloe and Noah are our guides through the beautiful Canadian country. Special celebrations familiar to our Aussie kids such as Mother’s Day and Christmas as well as some not so well known to them like Thanksgiving are lavishly detailed. Add the excitement of the Calgary Stampede or the amazing wildlife not to mention igloos and ice fishing and this is a fascinating virtual trip for readers.


Teaching notes for this amazing series are available here.

Highly recommended for primary libraries – you really must have the whole series. Where are we travelling to next I wonder?


The Godwits – Bruce Pickworth. Illustrations by Lorraine Robertson


The Godwits – Bruce Pickworth. Illustrations by Lorraine Robertson

Bullawai Books, 2016.


ISBN 9780994611802

It’s a long way from Shoalhaven NSW to the shores of the Yellow Sea but even longer to Alaska. For the godwits their annual migration is an amazing natural undertaking that of course is not without its perils.

The godwits need a new leader for their huge journey and that bird will need all the necessary qualities. Making a choice is not easy for old Danta who must protect the flock.

For thirteen year old Wei the anticipation of his favourite birds arriving as they make their way to the far North is tremendous. His special birthday present of a set of binoculars is the perfect gift. How distressing then when he realises that land development is going to threaten his beloved birds. Wei determines to ensure the protection of the godwits by saving the wetlands.

This is a chaptered narrative in picture book format and the amazing and almost unbelievable annual godwit migration is beautifully explained by Bruce within the text.

The strong themes of courage, compassion and leadership make it a perfect choice for studies of environmental issues as well as exploring these qualities in themselves.

Find out more about godwits here or here.

Highly recommended as a valuable addition to your primary library shelves. The book is $16.99 and is available through Dymocks, Children’s Bookshop or email Bullawai Books. Bruce is available for school visits free of charge so keep that in mind!