Swings + Roundabouts Winter 2022

Words About Birds of Aotearoa New Zealand By Geoffrey Fuller Scholastic; RRP: $19.99 Paperback This informative book featuring 20 birds found throughout Aotearoa will delight and inform young readers with its rhyming text and detailed illustrations supporting tamariki to learn small titbits about each bird, including both its te reo Māori and English name. The book also had a Māori edition, He Kōrero mō ngā manu o Aotearoa. For tamariki 3+. I am Me; Little Big Bully; The Grief Wave By Trace Moroney EQ Publications; $19.99 Paperback I am Me, Little Big Bully, and The Big Grief are part of a new Trace Moroney series, My Emotions Series about big feelings for young children. Each book offers both children and adult readers skills and discussion points to navigate their way through a variety of emotions from grieving, and anxiety to self-esteem and empathy. These books offer young children the language they are struggling to find, and to support their articulation of these feelings to others, along with strategies in expressing these often heightened emotions in ways that are healthy and understood by others. Having read previous series to young children, this particular series is definitely targeting an older age group, which is reflected in some of the activities, but children 4+ and those working with this age group will find much in these books to support young children to regulate and tackle these difficult emotions and experiences. Important books to have on the book shelf and read on a regular basis. Eyes that Speak to the Stars Written by Joanna Ho Illustrated by Dung Ho HarperCollins; RRP: $29.99 Hardback From the bestselling author / illustrator team who together created the acclaimed Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, is the companion book, Eyes that Speak to the Stars. In this story a young boy comes to recognise his own power and strength within when he seeks wisdom from his ancestors after a friend creates an unkind drawing. Although the text has an important message about the important role of understanding who you are and your heritage, the illustrations are the real strength of the book, deepening this message and allowing young children to see themselves and images that may be important to their own family and which speak to who they are. For young children 4+. Lion Guards the Cake By Ruth Paul Scholastic; RRP: $19.99 Children will enjoy many repeat readings of Lion Guards the Cake. The book is funny, peppered with onomatopoeia that will amuse young children, the joy of anticipation and after repeat readings the joy of ‘inside knowledge’ of what happens next. Along with the text humour are vibrant and humorous illustrations. And who of course doesn’t enjoy eating the cake and especially the crumbs! This book will be enjoyed by children 3+. June 2022 { 40 }