New Releases

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Our New Releases page is consistently in our top 8 most-viewed pages each month. We welcome people who wish to list their new releases here and in our well-read newsletter The Read, for a fee of $40 + GST for a month-long listing. Here's what you need to know about listing here:

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If you have an e-book, this is fine as long as you have physical books also, that you are interested in getting booksellers to sell on your behalf. Though we are happy to link to your site for distribution, we will not allow a link to Amazon on this site. 

Michelle O'Connell’s picture books open access to war stories for children

Masterton’s Michelle O’Connell had a dream of turning World War One commemorations into works of art accessible to children. Three picture books later, Miss O’Connell is launching Tinui: The Last Post at the Masterton Public Library on 22 April.
The book tells the story in pictures and words of one of the young pariticipants at the Anzac Day commemoration in the small Waiararapa town of Tinui.
 

Make Room for Pukeko, by Caroline Mead

A book to be shared and enjoyed with young children about a Pukeko who thinks he is a duck. But the ducks at the pond are not keen on his long legs or bright feathers, until one day, when danger looms, Pukeko proves his usefulness...
 
Author and illustrator Caroline Mead is an early childhood teacher.

Make Room for Pukeko
Publisher: Caroline Mead
ISBN: 9780473387709
Format: paperback
Size and extent: 290x210 portrait 24 pages

Reo Pēpi-Rua! Series 2

Dunedin māmā Kitty Brown and Kirsten Parkinson (Ngāi Tahu) have had a “massive” response to their unique, bilingual books from the NZ public. When sales reached over 5000 books and following two reprints for the fledgling publishing company, Reo Pēpi, the pair knew they better fast track production for further editions. A second series of Reo Pēpi books will be launched this Saturday April 8th with a whānau friendly party at the University Book Shop in their hometown Dunedin.

Good Sons, A Novel of The Great War, by Greg Hall

In early 1914 Frank Wilson and his two close friends, Tom Davis and Robert Sutherland, are growing up in Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand. The coming war in Europe arouses the hopes and dreams of a generation of young men. The pressure becomes irresistible and one by one the boys become soldiers. Frank delays his decision but in 1916 a strange encounter shocks him into enlisting.
 

The Little Feijoa Tree, by Marion Day

The little feijoa tree is different from all the other fruit trees in the orchard.
She cannot understand why, so she calls on Mother Nature to explain.
But can Mother Nature reassure the little tree?
Will she ever have fruit of her own?
 

Black Shag, by Marion Day

Black Shag is washed up by a storm. She is too weak to stand and dry her feathers so she can fly home.
 
None of the little creatures on the seashore can help her. And Big Wild Swan is in a bad mood so he is of no use.
 
Can Black Shag save herself before the tide comes in? Is there anyone who can rescue her?
 

Earth's End Publishing announces Moa, by James Davidson

Earth's End Publishing is proud to announce our latest release, a collection of James Davidson's acclaimed children's comic book series, Moa.
 

The Broken Bullock Cart, by Kersie Khambatta

The Broken Bullock Cart is a simple story (with illustrations) of a boy in rural India who finds a broken bullock cart under a haystack, takes help to fix it, gets the owner of bullocks interested, and enters bullock cart races. They win and come back to a hero’s welcome at the village.
 
The Broken Bullock Cart
by Kersie Khambatta
Published by Mr. Kersie Khambatta.

Ori the Octopus, by Anne Helen Donnelly

Ori the Octopus likes to help his friends, he does have eight legs after all!
 
But what happens when his helpful ways get him all tangled up?
 
A fun and brightly illustrated book about friendship and helping others, with actions and craft ideas for children to enjoy.
 
Author’s website also has children’s videos to watch featuring book characters and free activities such as colouring in, join the dots and loads more!