top of page

100+ books for your NZ bird puppets & 40 story baskets

One of the many things I LOVE about the community in exploring why I teach.ec are the questions that snowball and inspire.



Nicky posted with a picture of her newly purchased Aotearoa birds and asked if anyone knew where to get a moa. I was like YES! As I had been looking for a moa for over a year!! Within an hour we had an answer and I had ordered mine BUT then a list of books was requested and this is where the inspiration and sharing took off!!


We soon had a list of books, photos of story baskets and bookish play. This blog brings all of what was shared together in one spot to come back to.


The birds or manu of New Zealand are unique to this country and feature in many whakapapa narratives or pūrākau. They are messengers, companions, collaborators and transformational in many stories with Maui (who transforms into a wood pigeon), Atua and in their own right. Children find comfort and mindfulness in watching them alive in their surroundings and in the pages of books. Native birds also feature in nonfiction books to books about counting and everyday events.


Let’s begin with the book titles shared: