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Author and Book Websites

For a comprehensive list of New Zealand writers try the New Zealand Book Council website.  

Literature Live is a series of videos that explore the creative process with 10 of New Zealand's most highly acclaimed authors and illustrators. With formats varying from interview to following the subjects into schools, the videos offer insights into what makes a great writer or illustrator. Common themes of where they get their ideas, how they became writers and how they work reveal that writing and illustrating books for young New Zealanders is as much a matter of hard graft as inspiration, and that the writer's own experiences are a big part of their writing.  

Christchurch City Libraries' website also has some good interviews with New Zealand authors.  


Eric Carle (author of The Hungry Caterpillar) 

Lauren Child (author of the Charlie and Lola books) 

Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many others) 

Brian Falkner (author of The Real Thing, Henry and the Flea, The Tomorrow Code) 

Gary Paulsen (author of Hatchet) 

Dav Pilkey (author of Captain Underpants)

J.K.Rowling (author of the Harry Potter series) 

Louis Sachar (author of Holes) 

Theodore Taylor (author of The Cay) 

Jacqueline Wilson (author of Cookie and many others)  


Beast Quest 

Deltora Quest 

Geronimo Stilton 

The Gruffalo 

Lemony Snicket 

Spiderwick Chronicles 

Zac Power

Dr Seuss Storybook Maker

Te Totara also has a Pinterest account which recommends books to read:

Books like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"