Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Kiwi Kids’ Choose NZ Writers for their Favourite Books

Kiwi kids’ choose New Zealand writers when asked to vote for their favourite books

When Kiwi kids’ got the chance to vote for their favourite books they voted overwhelmingly for New Zealand writers said Whitcoulls, as they announce their Kids’ Top 50 Books list today.

Voting was up a by a staggering 45 percent from last year and nearly one-third of the books (14 titles) chosen are home-grown. Perennial favourites The Little Yellow Digger and The Wonky Donkey make their annual appearance, alongside Kiwi newcomers Kuwi’s First Egg, The Dragon Defenders, Tu Meke Tui and Moo and Moo and the Little Calf Too.

Other newcomers to the Whitcoulls Top 50 Kids’ list include a second Kuwi book – Kuwi’s Huhu Hunt, Dog Man, Bad Guys and Weirdo. Among other Kiwi favourites are Baa Baa Smart Sheep(#19), Snooze with Hairy Maclary (#30) and Perky the Pukeko by Michelle Osment (#44).

The shape of the Whitcoulls Kids’ Top 50 Books list has changed by as much as 32% from 2016, although the top spot is still occupied by the mega-popular Harry Potter Series, followed by Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series at number two, Lynley Dodd’s enduring favourite Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy (number three), The World’s Worst Children (number four) and The Treehouse Series (number five). More than one-third of the fiction titles in the Kids’ Top 50 are read and voted for by children aged 8-10 years, an age group for which reading is particularly compelling.

Commenting about the differences in reading tastes between Kiwi kids’ and adults, Whitcoulls Head Book Buyer Joan Mackenzie said, “Interestingly, the number of New Zealand titles in the Kids’ Top 50 is significantly more than for the adult Top 100 Books list, which Whitcoulls also compiles annually. I think that the popularity of Kiwi writers with our children reflects the importance of stories that mirror a recognisable landscape, and an environment to which they can easily relate.”

This year, Mackenzie was surprised by the huge increase in votes and the fact that this increase wasn’t through online or social media, but from physical votes placed in store. “Perhaps there’s a swing back to more traditional times or perhaps kids’ simply love to be in an environment where they’re surrounded by books,” she said.

Whitcoulls have been asking readers to vote for their Kids’ Top 50 Books for the past 18 years and Head Book Buyer Joan Mackenzie attributes the popularity of voting with children’s love of reading, particularly New Zealand stories.

“The factors which influence voting appear to be varied – some classic favourites make an appearance year after year, whilst the effect of movies shows a more immediate impact. Books which made it to screen in recent times, but are now off the List include Divergent, Maze Runnerand The Fault in our Stars,” said Mackenzie.

Inspired to encourage and foster a love of reading in children, Whitcoulls knows that books are vital for language acquisition and educational success. They also fire children’s imaginations. The Whitcoulls Kids’ Top 50 Books list celebrates the nation’s favourite reads and offers something for every young reader.


ENDS


NOTES

The Whitcoulls Kids’ Top 50 Books list is here:

http://www.whitcoulls.co.nz/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland