New Zealand Book List For Children
Historical Fiction & Novels – New Zealand books For Kids
Why not use this with Any Novel Novel Guide to go with your historical fiction novels.
Valley of Heavenly Gold by Eve Sutton© 1987 (OOP)
I stumbled on this little beauty. A father goes into the New Zealand gold fields and makes a find. When he comes home sick his son goes to find the gold. Great courage is required by the boy and he finds great comfort in his father’s bible. Suggested Age: 10+
Six Little New Zealanders by Esther Glen © 1917
Ester Glen was a contemporary of Ethel Turner and this title is a parody of The Seven Little Australian. This book is written with good humour and a little cheek. While reading it I had a few laugh out loud experiences. It is about a family who go to live on a farm with their bachelor uncles.
Comet in the Sky by Phyllis Johnson © 1985
Is a true story about May a girl of 11. It is set in 1909 around the time of Haley’s Comet. The story tells about life on a bush farm in New Zealand. The story is full of adventure and challenges. We read it as a read aloud and all enjoyed it.
The Drover’s Road Collection – Joyce West
A Bethlehem book of three adventures set in New Zealand. The author grew up in remote country districts of New Zealand and writes stories about warm family relationships and countryside adventures. Three complete books: Drovers Road, Cape Lost and The Golden Country. Ages 8 – 15 yrs
History – New Zealand Books For Kids
The Story of New Zealand by A.H. Reed © 1947 (OOP)
Recommended by Charlotte Mason homeschoolers for reading history.
Awesome Aotearoa by Margaret Mahey
Contemporary history of New Zealand but not one I recommend. It’s here just incase you thought I didn’t know about it. Has a horrible history feel about it. Read my review.
Our Empire Story by H.E. Marshall
A book about the colonies of Britain. One section of this book is dedicated to New Zealand history.
Nature Stories – New Zealand Books For Kids
Nature Stories To New Zealanders by Crosbie Morrison
A collection of stories that tell the tale of an Australian naturalist who travels around New Zealand and makes observations about the flora and fauna of New Zealand. Quite humorous in parts.
New Zealand Resources
New Zealand is one of Australia’s neighbours. It is recommended for study in the National Curriculum around Year 4. Use New Zealand Flag and Geography Pages as part of your New Zealand studies.