Top 10 NZ children’s Christmas books for teachers

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

These are the Christmas books I have in my kete and links to where you can get them. As you can see Yvonne Morrison is the most prolific writer and song maker for New Zealand books and you can’t go wrong with any of hers.

My all-time favourite would have to be A Pukeko In a Ponga Tree by Ihaka Kingi perhaps because I have had it the longest and it has so many teaching and Christmas memories.

I try and bu a new one each year.

1.A Pukeko In a Ponga Tree by Ihaka Kingi is a favourite with the counting of kiwiana treats. An adaption of the popular song The Twelve Days of Christmas. This can easily be made into a magnet story too.

A Pukeko In a Ponga Tree by Ihaka Kingi

2. A Kiwi Jingle bells by Yvonne Morrison and Deborah Hinde is another kiwi-fied book to get you ready for a Summer Christmas in New Zealand.

A kiwi jingle bells

3. We Wish You a Kiwi Christmas by Lynette Evans is a kiwi version of the popular We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The story of how a kiwi helps Santa and his broken down sleigh with all her flying friends to act as Santa's reindeer.

We wish you a kiwi Chrsitmas

4. A Kiwi Night Before Christmas by Yvonne Morrison sees Santa dressed in a singlet and shorts delivering gifts from a miniature tractor pulled by eight flying sheep.

A kiwi night before Chrsitmas

5. A Kiwi Jingle Bells (Book + CD) by Yvonne Morrison reflects New Zealand sunny summer Christmas and holidays. A rollicking Kiwi version of a favourite Christmas song.

A kiwi jingle bells

6. Slinky Malinki's Christmas Crackers by Lynley Dodd has mayhem with a Christmas tree and Slinky Malinki and the Hairy Maclary crew.

Slinky Malinki's Christmas crackers

7. Brian Saves Christmas by Yvonne Morrison is a story rather than a song. It sees brainy Brian's talents prove essential when the team are fog bound on Christmas Eve.

Brian saves Christmas

8. All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth (not strictly NZ but Katz Cowley lives here and Craig Smith is singing) by Don Gardener features Monkey who wants his two front teeth for Christmas! Sing along.

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

9. A Kiwi Christmas Carol by Chris Gurney and Philip Webb.

The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas by Myles Lawford is Sing along with Pio Terei, counting the twelve days of (Kiwi) Christmas! "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...a meat pie from the local dairy!"

A kiwi Christmas carol

10. The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas by Myles Lawford is a Kiwi take on a classic but with meat pies, boogie boards, and rugby balls!

The Twelve Days of Kiwi Christmas

Bonus. I have heard great things about Kuwi's Very Shiny Bum by Kat Merewether . But have yet to get my hands on one so it will need to wait till 2019. Links to the books are affiliate links.

Kuwi's Very Shiny Bum

Merry Christmas.


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