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Hooked on Books

Reading is not something that suddenly happens at school. It starts at home and out in the world, where children’s mileage with language, alongside their experiences, supports their literacy development. KATE BARBER talks with primary-trained teacher and mum, MARCIA KASHIZUKA, about instilling the love of …

Much Ado About Shakespeare

Much Ado About Shakespeare By Donovan Bixley Upstart Press Paperback $34.99 A light-hearted telling of the life of William Shakespeare, told in short, entertaining paragraphs, matched with quotes from his work. The text is paired with splendid full-page illustrations full of action, showing Shakespeare as …

Golden Kiwis

Golden Kiwis By David Riley Reading Warrior Paperback $30 Read about every Kiwi who has ever won a gold medal at the Olympics. Begin with some Olympic history and New Zealander Leonard Cuff, who was a founding member of the International Olympic Committee and ensured …

All About Theatre

All About Theatre National Theatre Walker Books Hardback $29.99 An intriguing look into theatre and how it is made; from script to stage, costumes, props, actors, directors, producers and others involved with each production. Read about some of the great shows, the people involved and …

Hour of the Bees

Hour of the Bees By Lindsay Eagar Walker Books Paperback $18.99 Carol is mad that she has to spend the summer on her grandfather Serge’s derelict Mexican ranch. Serge reputedly has dementia and the family is there to pack up and move him to a …

George

George By Alex Gino Scholastic Hardback $36.99 Everyone thinks George is a boy, but she knows that really she is a girl. When the class reads Charlotte’s Web and plan to perform it as a play, George desperately wants to be Charlotte, but is told …

Cool Nukes

Cool Nukes By Des Hunt Scholastic Paperback $18 Max and Jensen are high achievers who have weekly maths tutoring from Professor Mayhew. But when Professor Mayhew disappears in a very public way, the boys – joined by classmate Cleo – try to work out what …

Clementine Rose and the Ballet Break-In

Clementine Rose and the Ballet Break-In By Jacqueline Harvey Random House Paperback $17.99 Clementine Rose is in Year 1 at school and there are the usual dramas with difficult friendships and bully boys. But at last she is going to have ballet lessons, along with …