IN THE PIC­TURE

New books to en­chant and de­light even the small­est reader in the fam­ily

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Great new reads for your tots

Aotearoa – The New Zealand Story, Gavin Bishop

A richly il­lus­trated, easy-to­fol­low his­tory of New Zealand, from its pre­his­toric be­gin­nings to to­day. More suited to older chil­dren but a won­der­ful gift, or ad­di­tion to the book­shelf for when baby is big­ger. Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $40

Paddy O’melon – The Ir­ish Kan­ga­roo, Ju­lia Cooper & Daryl Dick­son

The heart­warm­ing story of a baby kan­ga­roo who gets lost in the bush, but meets many won­der­ful na­tive crea­tures as he tries to find out who he is. Com­plete with a happy end­ing, this is a lovely in­tro­duc­tion to Aus­tralia’s unique wildlife. Ex­isle, $14.99

Oi Cat! Kes Gray and Jim Field

This third ad­di­tion to the pop­u­lar se­ries (Oi Frog! and Oi Dog!) con­tin­ues the hu­mor­ous rhyming style that has made these books so pop­u­lar with preschool­ers. A fun way to get lit­tlies read­ing along and try­ing dif­fer­ent words out loud. Ha­chette NZ, $19.99

There’s a Mon­ster in Your Book, Tom Fletcher

An in­ter­ac­tive story for preschool­ers in which they shake, tickle and make noises to scare the lit­tle mon­ster out of the book. But it’s best to call him back and let him sleep in the pages. After all, you don’t want a mon­ster on the loose! Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $28

Bim Bam Boom, Frédéric Stehr

A joy­ful lit­tle tale of mis­chievous friends. Tod­dlers will en­joy see­ing how the group works to­gether to make some rowdy mu­sic, and say­ing the noises aloud, and then see­ing what the friends are go­ing to get up to next. Gecko Press, $19.99

Scar­face Claw – Hold Tight! Lyn­ley Dodd

Scary old Scar­face Claw gets more than he bar­gains for with an un­ex­pected trip through town on top of Tom’s car! The towns­folk can’t be­lieve their eyes – who will save the can­tan­ker­ous cat from his rol­lick­ing ride? Lyn­ley Dodd at her rhyming best, once again. Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $25

Finn & Puss, Robert Vescio and Melissa Mackie

A gen­tle les­son in learn­ing to do the right thing. Lonely Finn be­friends lost cat Puss, only to dis­cover her owner is look­ing for her. A great pic­ture book to read to­gether, or for those start­ing to read in­de­pen­dently. Ex­isle, $19.99

Reena’s Rain­bow, Dee White and Tra­cie Grim­wood

A story of ac­cep­tance and friend­ship, when Reena (who is deaf) meets Dog (who is home­less). A beau­ti­ful tale that will help chil­dren un­der­stand the im­por­tance of in­clu­sion and be­ing un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple’s dif­fer­ences. Ex­isle, $19.99

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