Cosy up with a good book: Kids' winter reading guide

Winter is the perfect time for kids to snuggle up with a good book by the gas fire. Our adult winter reading guide was a hit, so we thought we’d create one just for the tamariki! 

Here’s a great selection of recommendations for all ages – from hot-off-the-press New Zealand authors to timeless cult classics that will keep kids enchanted and entertained this winter.

Ages 3-5 

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry Gruffalo.  

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Late one winter night, a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. 

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd 

A Kiwi classic that follows the adventures of a dog and his friends as they go for a walk and meet tough tomcat Scarface Claw. 

Snow by Sam Usher  

Every child loves a snow day - no school and snowball fights galore! Join a boy and his grandfather as they enjoy a snow day in the park.

Ages 6-8

The Midnight Adventures of Ruru and Kiwi by Clare Scott 

Join Ruru and Kiwi as they host a midnight party for their friends in the moonlit forest of Aotearoa.

The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies

A touching story about a lonely little boy, a whale washed up on a beach and a friendship that changes both their lives.

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Follow the ever-so-clever Mr Fox in this classic tale as he creeps down into the valley and outsmarts the farmers who are out to get him.

The Little Yellow Digger by Betty and Alan Gilderdale 

A heartwarming tale about a digger that gets stuck in the mud and his friends’ efforts to rescue it. 

Ages 9-12

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill  

The story of young Luna and the benevolent witch Xan, who rescues babies left as offerings by the Protectorate's elders, rehoming them with loving families. A heartwarming tale about family, magic and growing up. 

Aroha Knows by Craig Phillips & Rebekah Lipp 

Aroha knows that nature is there for you and for me. It makes her feel all kinds of wonderful emotions. Join Aroha and her friends as they find meaning in the land around them. 

A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 

Join the extraordinary Baudelaire orphans in this thirteen-book series as they face trials, tribulations and the evil Count Olaf in their fateful quest to unlock long-held family secrets. 

The Kai Stars of Matariki: Tipuānuku and Tipuārangi by Miriama Kamo 

It’s the day before Matariki and a big feast has been prepared. But overnight, someone starts eating the kai. Can Sam and Te Rerehua come up with a plan to replace it in time? 

Where to find books this winter 

Finding the perfect winter read for your kids doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some great places to discover new and beloved books: 

  • Libraries - Your local library is a treasure trove of books, and it's free!
  • Libby - Use your library card to access thousands of audiobooks for free through the Libby app.
  • Op Shops - Second-hand stores are great places to find affordable books. It’s often the best place to look for timeless classic tales, too. 
  • Online - Not sure where to start? Websites like Whitcoulls and Kiwico have excellent reading lists and recommendations for kids and adults alike. 

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