The Unity Books kids’s bestseller chart for August

What’s the easiest way to get adults studying? Get them studying after they’re kids – and there’s no higher place to start out than Unity’s top-selling children’ books.

Give us a kids’s e book any day of the week. We don’t even want a child to go along with it. However make it daring. Youngsters (your internal baby included) run darkish by nature – they’re adventurous, bizarre, extraordinarily able to find their method into massive, daunting concepts. The most effective kids’s books honour that capability and lead us unashamedly into unknowns. They usually do this with a terrific glint of their eye. Hazard, shock, comedy, alternative. If extra adults learn kids’s books with the bravery that kids do then the world can be a greater place. There, we mentioned it.


1  Atua by Gavin Bishop (Puffin UK, $40, all ages)

The winningest of all the kids’s books this yr. Atua scooped the highest prize on the New Zealand e book awards for kids and younger adults. And rightly so. Bishop’s sweeping illustrations and vivid language captivates from the depths of Te Kore and into Te Ao Marama and the gripping beginnings of Atua Māori.

2  Noisy E book by Soledad Bravi (Gecko Press, $25, 0-3yrs)

A traditional. Our copy is barely alive, held collectively by tape and jammy smears. The at occasions disarming illustrations make this e book beguiling in its simplicity in additional methods than one.

3  Maui & Different Legends: 8 Traditional Tales of Aotearoa by Peter Gossage, (Penguin, hb, $40, 4+)

The startling and iconic world of Peter Gossage is a proper of passage for all Aotearoa children. A vital on all bookshelves.

4  Large E book of Phrases & Footage by Ole Könnecke (Gecko Press, $30, 1+)

Charming. You’ll discover yourselves going off on fantastic tangents because of Ole Könnecke’s playful method.

5  Spark Hunter By Sonya Wilson (Cuba Press, $25, 10-14yrs)

We’re followers of this YA story about fairies in Fiordland. You’ll be able to learn concerning the childhood adventures that impressed the e book proper right here. Additionally admire this remark from Sofia (age 11) on Kete Books:

“The e book made me take into consideration how harshly we deal with wildlife in New Zealand. The character-filled e book made me go exterior and have a look at the timber a number of occasions. I might advocate it to somebody who likes bush walks and nature.”

6  Large Concepts For Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy by Alain de Botton and Anna Doherty (Affirm Press, $40, 9+)

From the College of Life web site: “Large Concepts for Curious Minds is designed to harness kids’s spontaneous philosophical intuition and to develop it by way of introductions to a number of the most vibrant and important philosophical concepts from historical past. The e book takes us to fulfill main figures of philosophy from all over the world and from all eras – and exhibits us how their concepts proceed to matter.”

Appears like one for adults eager to brush up on their Philosophy expertise, too.

7  My First Pop-Up Dinosaurs by Owen Davy (Walker Books, $23, 4+)

A worthy precursor to Jurassic Park. The T-Rex’s gaping mouth pops proper out of the web page in a satisfyingly aggressive method. Whilst you’re ready for the best time to introduce your baby to Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and the angel Jeff Goldblum, this e book will fulfill that freakish want for teenagers to know all of the manufacturers of dinosaur and to say the phrase Pachycephalosaurus earlier than they’ll say tooth.

8  A Excellent Fantastic Day With Mates by Philip Waechter (Gecko Press, Hbk $30, Pbk $20, 3+)

A bucolic delight. All of us want spring to reach greater than ever earlier than. This e book staves off the apocalypse of this winter in pleasant, comforting methods. A number of cake.

9  Yr Filled with Tales: 52 People Tales from Across the World by Angela McAllister (Frances Lincoln, $28, 6+)

The present that retains on giving. People tales dwell on for a cause: they’re deceptively complicated, memorable and at occasions unsettling. Love anthology that may be dipped out and in of and revisited over time.

10  Bedtime E book of Animals Take a Peek at Extra Than 50 of Your Favorite Animals (Dorling Kindersley UK, $30, 3+)

Factual and fanciful on the similar time. This helps populate a toddler’s world with the magic of animal lives. If solely we held onto that as we aged. One other one which could possibly be for the grown ups, too. To remind us concerning the strange creeps we share the planet with.


1  Atua: Maori Gods & Heroes by Gavin Bishop (Penguin, $40, all ages)

2  Adventures of Mittens: Wellington’s Well-known Purr-Sonality by Silvio Bruinsma (Penguin, $20, 3+)

I imply, certain. However he lives in Auckland now guys. Brutal.

3  Cluster of Stars, A Cluster of Tales: Matariki Across the World by Rangi Matamua & Miriama Kamo (Scholastic, $35, 4+)

There’s something totally magical concerning the universe, the way in which stars join our tales from Aotearoa all the way in which throughout the globe. This e book by two of the best communicators of our time is a beneficiant and delightful addition to the rising expanse of literature on Matariki.

4  The Task by Liza Weimer (Random Home, $24, 12+)

A rousing YA novel about two teenagers who stand towards their historical past instructor when he asks them to defend the indefensible for an task. Quick-paced and plot pushed, and comes with a content material warning: comprise sdepictions of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.

5  Counting Creatures by Julia Donaldson (Two Hoots, $25, 4+)

Vibrant illustrations and flaps for little fingers to carry, from the creator of The Gruffalo et al.

6  The Lighthouse Princess by Susan Wardell, illustrated by Rose Northey (Puffin, $18, all ages)

A ravishing, watery journey with a feminist coronary heart.

7  Large Emotions & What They Inform Us by Rebekah Ballagh (Allen & Unwin, $30, 2+)

A really helpful e book for all ages. From College Library Information: “Among the best books I’ve seen about feelings. Rebekah goes past linking feelings to colors or naming them but in addition describes how they make your physique really feel and how one can handle them. I extremely advocate this e book for all dad and mom and educators.”

8  Furry Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy Board E book by Lynley Dodd (Puffin, $16, infants+)

The Spinoff lately launched this documentary on Lynley Dodd and her beloved creations. Everybody deserves the prospect to learn ‘Yeeoooowwwffttzzz’ aloud at the very least as soon as and endlessly instil in a toddler the sheer godliness of Scarface Claw. See additionally Tara Ward’s rating of all the creatures in Furry’s world.

9  Amorangi & Millie’s Journey By way of Time by Lauren Keenan (Huia Publishers, $26, 9+)

An ingenious time-travel journey. Amorangi and Millie should rescue their Mum from the murky depths of historical past and this makes for an excellent premise from which to find out about Aotearoa’s previous and simply how far we’ve come.

10  The Boy, the Mole, the Fox & the Horse by Charles Mackesy (Ebury Press, $40, all ages)

A collective of these enigmatic illustrations you’ve in all probability seen all over the place.

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