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Online Storytimes

Links to live recordings of story readings by New Zealand authors in English and Te Reo Māori.
Updated: 14/04/2020 8:00 p.m.

Picture of Margaret Mahy reading Down the back of the Chair

Margaret Mahy reads her story, Down the Back of the Chair

Watch and listen to stories by New Zealand authors

Best of Storytime RNZ On Radio New Zealand - The latest and greatest children's stories and songs from New Zealand. Ngā pūrākau me ngā waiata nā Aotearoa.

Down the Back of the Chair written and read by Margaret Mahy

Three Stories by Joy Cowley read by Joy Cowley

Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop

Snake and Lizard - the series of 15 stories  from Radio New Zealand

Kyle Mewburn's Storytime Channel

Zombie Ponies of Fairweather Farm by Kyle Mewburn - Free lockdown download.

Little Rabbit and the Sea by Gavin Bishop, read by Ruth Paul

The Longest Breakfast by Jenny Bornholdt and Sarah Wilkins, read by Baz MacDonald

Waiting for Goliath by Antje Damm, read by Baz MacDonald

That's Not a Hippopotamus by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis, read by Baz MacDonald

Bear Moves Music Video Everyone's favourite purple bear is back and bolder than ever in this laugh-out-loud page turner from Ben Bailey Smith (aka Doc Brown) and Sav Akyuz.

Te Reo Māori stories online

Paraweta I Poo Bum by Stephanie Blake, read by Karena Kelly

He Paki Taonga i a Māui - Māui’s Taonga Tales 
Whakapiri mai ki a Māui me āna paki taonga mā ngā tamariki mai i ngā kohinga taonga a Te Papa.
Join Māui as he shares stories for tamariki based on taonga from the Te Papa collection.
Based on the book He Paki Taonga i a Māui, edited by David Brechin-Smith, Munro Te Whata, Te Hana Goodyer, Izzy Joy Te Aho-White, Huriana Kopeke-Te Aho, Josh Morgan, Miriama Grace-Smith, Ariki Brightwell and Reweti Arapere.

Te Reo Singalong Books by Sharon Holt
Sharon has created a site for children and teachers to use for free during the 4 weeks of lockdown. Each week day will feature a different Te Reo Singalong book complete with 3 videos: one with the author introducing the book, one with the song and one with a fun activity.





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