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Things in the sea cover Kia ora cover

Things in the Sea are Touching me!

Finalist 2019 New Zealand Picure Book Awards

Kia Ora, You can be a Kiwi too!

Finalist 2019 PANZ Book Design Awards

Shouty cover

Shouty the Pirate

The Night You saved Christmas

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My Kiwi Gumboots



Kia Kaha! Together, standing strong


The bear ITW cover Kia ora cover

From singer-songwriter June Pitman-Hayes comes a story told in both English and te reo Mori that celebrates the great teddy bear hunt. The hunt entertained thousands of children in New Zealand during 2020's lockdown. The story flips the bear hunt around. Rather than us spotting them, what do they see?


Pitman-Hayes' songs are always relevant to New Zealand, and this book is no different. Piwakawaka and t flit through the story, and there's Pitman-Hayes favourite gumboots included too.


Illustrator Minky Stapleton's bright and colourful artworks add to the fun of the story. Stapleton always makes her illustrations inclusive and diverse, and this book is no different. Different cultures, religions and races are represented within the illustrations, as are multigenerational households. She also includes plenty of instantly recognisable flora, fauna, and settings.


Photographs of teddy bears in windows during the lockdown are also included at the end of the book, alongside a place to pop your own photograph.


There's A Bear In The Window takes a chaotic moment in our history and turns it into a catchy, fun song that will bring a smile to little reader's faces.

by June Pitman-Hayes

published by Scholastic NZ