Kiwi artist Kate Hursthouse's first children's book A kaleidoscope of butterlies & other such collective nouns beautifully illustrates 25 of our planet's groups of animals.
Kate's drawings are stunning, my younger daughter's favourite was "a blessing of unicorns". This engaging book will appeal to all ages of children. Although it is more suited to younger children, my elder daughter found the book inspiring to drawn her own animals. Adults will also have fun learning which collective nouns are used for different groups of animals.
Kate is a dynamic young kiwi artist championing a renaissance in the art of calligraphy and making her mark in Auckland with large scale hand-painted murals in addition to collaborations with Karen Walker, Lululemon, Spark NZ, Laneway Festival, TedxAuckland and Auckland City Council. Kate also runs hand-lettering and calligraphy workshops out of her design studio Scribble Me in Ponsonby.
To find out more about Kate and her art, go to www.katehursthouse.com
Ten Little Kiwi Birds is a fun Kiwi re-imagination of a popular children’s nursery rhyme and playtime song. Award winning children’s music group Itty Bitty Beats and an award winning children’s author Peter Millett have teamed up to create a new piece of music for kids to sing and dance to. The result of their collaboration was a song inspired by Peter Millett’s Ten Little Kiwi Birds rhyme that featured in his children’s book Classic Rhymes For Kiwi Kids.
Three versions of Ten Little Kiwi Birds were created: an English version, Te Reo version and a bilingual version. Itty Bitty Beats wanted to ensure the song could be enjoyed by every whanau, kura and preschool in New Zealand. An innovative video has also been created by Peter Millett to accompany the song.
The SpellBound app was designed as a therapeutic tool to help distract children aged four plus during medical treatment in hospitals so they can cope with stressful or painful moments.
With a tablet or smart phone and the SpellBound app children can bring paper books to 3D life using augmented reality (AR) technology. Using the SpellBound app children hold a mobile device up to an SpellBoung printed children's book and see the characters, animals and scenes in the book emerge in 3D with animation, music and sounds.
Here is video of Spellbound in action:
Me: A Compendium is a fun fill-in journal by Wee Society for kids to capture what makes them unique. They are asked to draw or write lots of things about them like: what their hair looks like, how tall they are, what their band name would be and more.
We think the book is best for primary school children. Your kids might fill it all in on one day or complete it a page at a time.
You can buy Me: A Compendium online from Fishpond
OKIDO is an arts and science magazine for kids aged 3 to 8 years old. Each magazine is full of stories, puzzles, activities, games, experiments, poems and more.
OKIDO magazine is independently published monthly in the UK, but the good news is that it does deliver to New Zealand. To see what earlier issues look like inside have a look at here.
Learn more about how OKIDO was created by Sophie Dauvois and Rachel Ortas in the video below.
To find out more about OKIO childrens magazine click here.
"The Book with a Hole" by Herve Tullet blasts a hole through the middle of the book itself. It's full of fun drawings and inventive ideas.
Sometimes the Hole is an eye the reader can look through, sometimes it is a mouth and the reader's fingers make the teeth. The next minute it is a plate (with food drawn by the reader on a sheet of paper behind the book), an obstacle to jump across or a saucepan. It's crazy. It's a Book with a Hole.
The book is best for ages 3 to 8 years old. You can buy it online from Book Depository
We are excited to tell you about a new New Zealand children's book Feel A Little little poems about big feelings that will be published in April.
Feel A Little is a book of little poems about emotions, with rhyming, read-along poetry by Jenny Palmer (of A Little Ink) and illustrated with bright, imaginative characters by Evie Kemp.
“We've created Feel A Little to use all those elements to engage kids"; says Evie, “It's all very well having important messages about feelings for children, but you have to design something parents and children will actually want to look at! We want to show that books about feelings don't have to be stuffy, preachy or gloomy! They can be beautiful, fresh and spark imagination!"
"I love the thought of a child opening up a well-worn Feel A Little Book to the tab with the emotion they feel and just pointing to it. I feel like that would be such a great way to open up when you don't know how to." - Jenny Palmer.
Feel A Little isn't just a beautiful book, it's a whole toolbox for starting conversations about emotions from a young age. It is perfect for reading to children from a young age, and for children aged 7 to 11 years old to read to you.
To make the project possible Feel A Little launched on the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter. The good news is that Jenny and Evie have already reached their goal and have enough funds to be able to publish the book. You can still order a copy for yourself, or give a copy to a child in foster care until 28 March here.
Evie and Jenny believe every little book can and should make a difference, so they will be giving $1 for every book sold on Kickstarter to the wonderful charity Foster Hope.