Sky High by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris, Penguin/ Random House.
The exploits of aviator Jean Batten feature in this dazzling picture book about our Hineo-te-Rangi (Daughter of the Skies). From her childhood to her world record flights in the 1930s, Jean’s fearless determination and flying skills are vividly portrayed. Ages 4-8.
Aotearoa: The New Zealand Story by Gavin Bishop, Penguin/ Random House.
Writer/illustrator Gavin Bishop captures the defining moments of New Zealand history, from Gondwanaland to the present day, in his magnificent pictorial homage to our nation. The tiny tasters of information amid the illustrations are perfect for children aged 7-11.
Annual 2, edited by Kate De Goldi & Susan Paris, Potton & Burton.
Annual was the hero book of 2016. It returns with a glorious new mix of stories, poems, essays, comics, art, music and even a board game from a variety of contributors. It’s a miscellany to dip into and enjoy in small bites or big chunks with something for everyone! Ages 9-99.
All Aboard the Discovery Express by Emily Hawkins & Tom Adams, illustrated by Tom Clohoshy-Cole, Allen & Unwin.
Take a trip back in time to learn about the story of transport. However, expedition leader Professor Pendleton has disappeared and his crew need your help deciphering the puzzles to find him. Interactive fun for ages 8-plus.
Kuwi’s Kitchen by Kat Merewether, Illustrated Publishing.
French Toast Huhu Grubs, Parsnip Chips and Kuwi Apple Puffs are just some of the recipes junior chefs will love from Kuwi the Kiwi’s first cookbook. It makes healthy ingredients fun and tantalising, with clever tips to entice picky eaters. A bonus is the free kiwi cookie cutter.