Aotearoa New Zealand History Books List

Aotearoa New Zealand has a long, interesting and challenging history. Many incredible people and communities have walked on this whenua and left their stories and legacies behind. These are some great recent books to learn about our sometimes sad, and sometimes amazing history.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Morris, Toby (2019)

Check out this beautifully illustrated story of our foundational national document. It’s bilingual, which means you can read it in English or Te Reo. Find out about the historical context of the Treaty, and its continuing importance in the 21st Century.

 

 

The New Zealand Wars / Werry, Philippa (2018)

As Māori land was encroached upon by the colonial government and settlers, warfare broke out in New Zealand. This book explores the violence that was experienced in New Zealand in the mid-19th century and how those that fought and died are remembered today. This book explains why the wars happened, and is filled with photographs, illustrations and paintings. We also learn about Parihaka, a peaceful community of resistance to land confiscation and encroachment. The book talks about how we remember these events today and memorial places we can go to learn more and think about our history.

 

 

Kate Sheppard : leading the way for women / Gill, Maria (2018)

A wonderfully illustrated book about the life of New Zealand suffragist Kate Sheppard! Learn about how she lead the way for women getting the vote in Aotearoa.

 

 

Syndetics book coverPeace warriors / Raymond Huber (2015)

This book tells the heroic stories of brave New Zealander’s and people around the world who used non-violent resistance to pursue paths of peace. One of the stories is of Archibald Baxter, who refused to fight in World War 1 because he did not believe in killing. He faced brutal punishment and rejection for his courageous choice.

 

 

The beach they called Gallipoli / French, Jackie (2014)

The battle for Gallipoli is at the heart of the ANZAC narrative of New Zealand’s involvement in WW1. This book explores the geography of the cove and looks at not just the ANZACs, but all the nationalities who fought there.

 

 

Bastion Point : 570 days on Takaparawha / Roxborogh, Tania Kelly (2017)

Sometimes fiction can help us understand real-life  events. This book is a fictional diary, from the perspective of a character called Erica Tito, covering the events at Bastion Point between 1977-1978. Bastion Point was Māori land confiscated by the government for public works, but decades later the government wanted to sell it for housing developments. Māori from around the country gathered to occupy the land and protect it. In the 1980s, the land was returned to local Iwi as part of a Treaty settlement.

 

 

Aotearoa : the New Zealand story / Bishop, Gavin

A colourfully delightful overview of of the history of Aotearoa New Zealand; charting a course from the big bang, to the arrival of Māori, all the way to events in the present day. Filled with interesting facts, this is a great classroom read.

Check out these books on the catalouge, your local library or pop a reserve on them to collect from your nearest branch!

Kids’ Club Review by Merga: Forces

ForcesForces, Angela Royston

It was a good book about force and it really explained what it is I like how their is a quiz to see if you really read the book. Overall it was a good boom

5 stars

Reviewed by Merga from Johnsonville and Newlands School , 10 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lalesa: Forces

ForcesForces, Angela Royston

This book is about force and friction. Force is when someone or something is pushing or pulling something. Friction is about when one surface meets with another surface and slowys down or speeds up something. Overall this is a really good book and I liked it

5 stars

Reviewed by Lalesa from Johnsonville and Newlands Intermediate , 11 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Aoi: Star Wars maker lab

Star Wars maker labStar Wars maker lab, Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

This book is extremely fun to experiment sciences. I tried three experiments. First one was making an exploding volcano. This is how it works, we put baking soda and water in the bottole and then poured vinegar that made chemical reactions. The volcano erupted! Boom! Doom!
Second, we made crystals. We used lots of sugars to make them. It will take several days to allow the crystal to grow. That’s so exciting to watch the crystals keep growing day by day.
Third one was making jar snow globs. We used blocks instead of clay as the object in the jar globs. And we put many sequins to the globes look beautiful. I think I failed on my jar globe because I put too much sequins. But I like what I experimented.
That was all fun! Extremely super fun! I loved it very much!

5 stars

Reviewed by Aoi from Karori and Thorndon School , 8 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Akane: Star Wars maker lab

Star Wars maker labStar Wars maker lab, Liz Lee Heinecke and Cole Horton

This book is awesome. I love it. Mum, my brother and I did some sciences which were from this book. We made an erupting volcano. I thought it was great. we used rose pink and blue as erupting lava. I liked it. The volcano we made erupted well. Then we made snow globes. I made a shape inside it was a rectangle with purple and white and sparkles in it. And also we tried making crystals. we used lots of sugars to make them. We have not finished yet. We are still watching as crystals are keeping glowing, We are watching what will happens next.

5 stars

Reviewed by Akane from Karori and Thorndon School , 5 years old

Kids’ Club Review by Lopa: 100 things to know about space

Syndetics book cover100 things to know about space / written by Alex Frith, Alice James, & Jerome Martin ; illustrated by Federico Mariani & Shaw Nielsen.

Who knows if you can steer an asteroid? After reading this book filled with surprising space facts it amazing to know that yes you can steer it by painting it white. This book is suitable for anyone want to know amazing adventures about space. I really enjoyed it!

4 stars

Reviewed by Lopa from Johnsonville and Samuel Marsden Collegiate School , 11 years old