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New Nanny Mihi book shares gardening wisdom

May 31, 2024

Nanny Mihi’s Harvest
Te Hauhake a Nanny Mihi
by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Suzanne Simpson,
Translated by Kanapu Rangitauira

Publishing ahead of Matariki, Nanny Mihi’s Harvest Te Hauhake a Nanny Mihi is the perfect book to learn about growing a garden, harvesting, and sharing food — letting tamariki (kids) and whānau (families) explore the significance of harvesting for the Māori New Year.

When her mokopuna arrive for the spring school holidays, Nanny Mihi enlists their help to plant seeds in her garden. 

As they return each season, the kids see their labours bear fruit, helping Nanny harvest, cook and preserve all the produce. 

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024

Apr 13, 2024

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024 expands international reach for Oratia authors and illustrators

What an outstanding four days it has been at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024.

Oratia Books again joined colleagues from around Aotearoa on the New Zealand collective stand in Hall 25 of this major meeting ground for children’s books — alongside over 1500 other exhibitors from around the world. Read the full report by Peter Dowling, Publisher, on our blog.

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Award-winning bilingual picture book now in new paperback edition

Mar 05, 2024

Whakarongo ki ō Tūpuna 
Listen to your Ancestors

Darryn Joseph
Illustrated by Munro Te Whata

Back in an attractive paperback edition is the award-winning book that helped launch Darryn Joseph as a leading author and promoter of children’s literature. 

Darryn had penned a score of readers for Māori immersion education, before Whakarongo ki ō Tūpuna / Listen to your Ancestors came as his first book for the general market, in 2019. 

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New Bum! book continues ‘runaway success’ of the international series

Mar 02, 2024

My Dad’s Runaway Bum!
Dawn McMillan
Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

From the humble beginnings of a boy wondering why his bum has a crack, the 2012 book I Need a New Bum! has built a fan base of millions around the world, with six subsequent adventures published along with a number of bind-ups, sticker books and even a board game.

My Dad’s Runaway Bum extends this hit series in another crazy escapade. Our hero. red-pants boy, is off on another bum-venture, but this time it’s not him that causes the trouble!

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